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Numbness in different parts of the body (legs-arms-back and posterior

I am 57 and advised to have the L5/S1 op two years ago, but I have heard so much bands reviews about it and friends were against it so I got frightened and refused to do it. Now I have less pain but so much numbness around my body at any time and any position, sitting or sleeping or standing, the same numbness happens over and over so I keep changing positions to regain the sensation of normality. I am scared and confused what is happening to me. Sometimes I feel numbness in my face as well, it is not a long lasting but happening
I need advices, please help


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have been getting periods of numbness that shows up out of the blue also but my problem is my neck not my lower back. I have some spinal cord compression that I believe is causing it. It sure sucks when my leg goes numb while I'm walking. Mine also doesn't last. I am supposed to have surgery in about a week to have fusion done in my neck. I'm scared as heck and would rather not have surgery but I don't have a choice.
    My honest opinion would be to see your Doc and voice your concerns on this issue. Maybe there are options, maybe not so much. But at least you will know what you need to do and your can address the numbness with your Doc. You may not like what they have to say about it but it doesn't sound like it can be ignored. Good Luck
    Tracie C
  • It is time to see the surgeon again, and discuss the new symptoms and worsening of them.
    That's the problem with waiting too long , is that there are consequences of that, and it sometimes can become permanent.
    The only way to know for sure what exactly is going on , is to return to the surgeon and get a new evaluation and recommendations for treatment.
  • I had a similar issue with my right leg. I would move and it would ease up just a little. Now though it continues all the time and gets worse with driving or sitting in chairs. After my surgery it was gone for months. That is until the swelling went down and the muscles and nerves started to rub the rod and screws. I was told this can happen to some patients but doesnt happen often. Now I am having the hardware removed so the numbness and tingling can stop. Oh wait, i forgot to tell you I too had pain and that in my back. I saw a specialist who did a nerve conduction study and told me that I had some degeneration in my leg. He asked if I had any back pain to which I said yes. He asked of I knew what it was from and so I told him of the disk herniation. He then told me that the disk was likely pushing on the nerve for my right leg and that the surgery I had been suggested a year before would remove the nerve impingement. They sent me for a ct with contrast. That again said that the disk was herniated and had gotten worse over the year. Anyway, I had it repaired and it got better. Have to do something sooner rather than later as well as the longer you have the nerve impingement the greater chance you have of permanent nerve damage.
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