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Sciatica/numbness

scr1019sscr1019 Posts: 1
about 3 years ago I took a nasty spill and landed down hard on my right buttock

I suffered w/ sciatica pain for about 2years. The specialist I saw told me I had likely pinched by L2 & L4 and that there wasn't much he could do for me, other than give me a shot of cortizone but that would require an expensive MRI and I am currently uninsured, so that wasn't an option. Nor was the expensive physical therapy he prescribed.

The pain has gotten a lot better over time, but since Halloween there's been an added symptom. A scary one.

Numbness on the left side of my body. It's not completely numb, but there's a considerable loss of feeling from my left ankle all the way up to the left side of my face and there's a little swelling on my left side as well.

Tonight is the 2nd time it's happened, both were after nights out dancing, so I'm wondering if my body just can't handle it anymore?

I typed my symptoms into XXXX and it says I'm having a stroke... But uh, I don't think that's accurate. lol

Do I need to be worried?
Samantha Robin
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Comments

  • LizLiz Posts: 7,904

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 41
    I know it sucks to hear this but I would definitely be worried about that.... Considering it happens after exercise maybe the nerves can't fire the way they should be from high activity due to the pinch of L2 and L4. So sorry to hear you are going through this, its very frustrating and draining.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
  • I am new to the board and just read your story. So sorry you are having numbness. Maybe you can go to the local hospital to make sure its not a stroke. I get numb too, and electric zaps, but not from my toe to face. Usually numb in hips and electric zaps in specific areas. Prayers sent your way.
  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 41
    Im glad to hear your Sciatica has calmed down, from what I have heard it is an awful thing to have to deal with. Your new symptoms are interesting, I can't see how they would be related to your fall from a few years back. Like you I have tried to look up all my symptoms according to what has happened to me and its a dead end. Go see your doctor and see what they say about it. By the way, my right side is numb and the symptoms get worse the more I move around, check out my story for yourself, its a weird one. How did you do this weekend?
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms that cause loss of sensation or diminished sensation along one side of your body, you need to be seen by a doctor.
    No one here is qualified to offer you advice other than to see your doctor.
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