After reading a lot on here, just became a member. Here's my story:
July 27, 2014 bulged a couple discs in my lumbar. Pain/fire went down my left leg from lower back to knee and through the left groin (not the private parts, just the inside crease of the leg). Got an appointment 2 weeks later with NS and he took xrays (MRI can not be ordered unless xrays done first up here on the Canadian Prairies). Xrays showed all spaces between the verts were in good condition. NS figured no ruptures, just bulged L3-L4, L4-L5 and perhaps L5-S1 mainly from years of bad posture, sitting at desks, sitting in recliners without lumber support, bad sleeping posture and years of being overweight. I am 45 yrs old, 5'9" and have been between 280-295lbs for nearly 10 years. The good news is that I am now down to 230lbs and still going.
NS recommended doing Mckenzie stretches/exercises for 4-6 weeks before he could order an MRI. Things went well. Really no pain after 6 weeks; just stiffness in lower back. Started PT and have been building core muscles and stretching.
17 days ago we decided to finally install 200 - 10lb landscape edging blocks around our back yard. I basically spend 14 hours over 2 days sitting on my knees and on my hands and knees installing these blocks. I would do McKenzie half push ups every hour to keep my back stretched but I found it was my legs that suffered the most. After couple hours I would get up and walk around and could hardly straighten my knees until I walked for a minute or two.
After second day (and finished), I went inside, took off my shoes to find my feet were numb. The numbness ran from the heels, down the outside of the feet to the two small toes. First thought was I my have pinched some nerves in my knees after being on them for so long.
Unfortunately with fall arriving and snow possible any time now, I only gave it a couple days before I had to build some firewood racks since we were having a cord of firewood delivered the next weekend. Again, knees were sore, feet still numb but back and legs were fine. That weekend we bought a wood splitter and I split/stacked the cord of wood with wife's help.
So I have been able to rest now for the last 10 days without doing any major bending or knee work. My left foot only has slight numbness along the outside and a little bit of pins/needles in the heel. My right foot has constant numbness along the outside (with varying degrees through the day), outside ankle numbness comes and goes, but no real heel numbness. I never experienced any loss of strength or flexibility and I have always been able to push up onto my toes and lift my toes.
I've been reading a lot on here and it seems like everyone with L5-S1 disc issues and sciatica says they have burning or numbness through the butt, down the back of the leg and sometimes into the feet. The worse the pinched nerve (disc bulge) the further the pain/numbness goes down the leg.
Here's the part I find odd, I don't have any pain/numbness in the butt or down the back of the leg. The only place it's numb is the feet. So I basically have a couple questions:
1. Is it possible to have a disc bulge and only have numbness in the feet without having any pain in the butt or legs first?
2. Could this be a pinched nerve issue in both knees since I spent the better part of 2 days sitting on my legs/working on hands and knees?
3. Some places on the internet say that numbness means a more heavily pinched nerve and that pins/needles is a good sign of pressure coming off the nerve while other places suggest the opposite (pins/needles worse than numbness). Which is it?
So has anyone had similar experiences as me? Would love some input from anyone. Appreciated in advance.