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Tingling only. No pain

I have a herniation in L4/L5 and L5/S1. I had my MRI in Sept 2013 and with PT the symptoms went away until July of this year when I over exercised. Rarely do I ever have any pain, it's mainly tingling. I've started my PT again and I do my exercises at home. I'm just curious if anyone else just has the tingling and not the pain? Is this a "good" thing, or a "bad" thing? It does seem to be lessening, but it is still there.
I probably should add, I have severe anxiety, so I focus on this A LOT. It actually overwhelms me. The last thing I want is to have surgery on my back, ever.


  • When I first started having symptoms from my current cervical foraminal stenosis, I only had tingling in one arm and hand. About four months later, I added severe pain to the tingling as well as some numbness in my left hand. I read somewhere that tingling and numbness are taken more seriously by the medical people than pain. I know is that it is a sign that a spinal nerve is being impinged upon, and that "squeezing" can eventually cause permanent damage.
  • I have the same issue. I have a herniated L5/S1 and for about 1 week I had sciatica to the point I could not sit down or stand for more than a few minutes. After stretching, icing, and some exercise work on my core, the pain went away completely. I still have tingling in my left foot, and a very weak calf muscle. Is this just a temporary condition, or will that go away eventually? I am afraid my lack of pain is giving me a false sense of recovery.

  • I had back ache for few days then tingling and numbness down my leg and foot that's when I developed a foot drop this was 10 weeks ago,,, went hospital checked me over and they said it looks like a slipped disc,, and needed an mri scan,,, I never got that scan till 2 weeks after when I rang them and asked to be seen sooner has my appointment wasn't till 4 weeks later, when I was seen again I was sent straight for an mri has it was urgent due to my foot drop,, and was referred then to a different hospital to see a spinal surgeon, didn't get my results till I seen the surgeon 5 weeks since it happened,,,, I was told by him that it had been left to long and was now paralysed, I can still walk with crutches but will need a splint to wear soon,, I now needed surgery microdiscectomy for a large herniated disc L3/L4 done to relieve pain in leg,,, had that done 13 days ago,, my pain is not to bad now and my foot drop is still the same I still have the numbess on leg and foot,,,hopefully the surgeon is wrong and I start to get my foot back but it takes a long time for nerves to recover, see my surgeon again in a few weeks,,, take care
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