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Lower back pain with pain and numbness down legs

meme226mmeme226 Posts: 5
edited 12/14/2014 - 7:07 PM in Lower Back Pain
I have had back pain for almost 2yrs. I have been under pm the whole time. At first pain was minor and here and there. Now my pain is constant and running down my legs. I also have one toe that's numb. Has anyone else had this experience.


  • 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
  • Has your pm ordered any diagnostic tests? Have you ever looked at a Dermatome Map? They show which part of your spine effects which parts of your body. You can just search for one on the Internet.
    Having said that it's possible to have symptoms without there being any actual damage to your spine. Only a spine specialist can really tell after examining you, discussing your pain & analyzing the correct imaging. What does your pm say when you go every month to your appointments? I think the cause of any numbness needs to be found & treated sooner rather than later. Is your pm the only doc you currently see? Have you consulted a spine surgeon for diagnosis recently?
    I'm sorry for all the questions but I'm a bit confused that you're under the care of a pain management doc but these changes in symptoms haven't been investigated. How long have you had them? It doesn't sound like its something that's only just happened...
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • markommarko Posts: 1
    edited 12/20/2014 - 3:40 AM
    I have had 2 surgeries on my lower back. No help. Im interested in your toe. Which one? I get pain in my middle toe on the right foot. Starts out like a cramp and if I don't sit ends up killing me after only 10 minutes of standing. Riding in the car is bad also. A half hour in the car and the toe starts throbbing. Last night I woke up and the toe was on FIRE. Weird wonder what causes this. Do you have (excuse this is next comment) sharp pains when standing you pass gas? This process sends pains down both my legs that are intense.
  • meme226mmeme226 Posts: 5
    edited 12/27/2014 - 1:55 PM
    I've been having numbness in my left big toe for about 6 months. I have had several mri scans done. There are a few doctors at my pm but I now see one of the np. I think she very air headed and have wondered about her. I've had epidural procedure. I'm on 3600 mg of gabapentin, 7.5 Norco, 4 mg trizdine, 75 mg dicolfenic. My back hurts very bad. It's has changed my whole life. I also see a neurologist. Him seems very concerned about the numbness and cold toes. I have started having problems with my knee on the same side. I'm having a discogram soon. My neck is having pain to the point that my Neuro doc wants a nerve test done. I'm 36yrs old and have never had any trauma to my back. Any advice?
  • janeyseasiderjjaneyseasider Posts: 1
    edited 12/29/2014 - 12:28 AM
    I have had intermittent back issues for 20 years. Basically it goes in average every couple of years. This time it went about 6 weeks ago. Can't turn over in bed, can't be forward can't get up, but OK when lying flat, can't put my socks in etc. I've seen a physio who said herniated disc. Currently my pain has gone, I can move a lot better but since my pain has gone I have had tingling in my feet buttocks, and legs. I have no problem passing urine or the other. I have no pain when on the toilet, but this tingling is concerning. I've read lots and it seems common, and the bowel and bladder subject comes up all the time, currently that bit is fine. I can walk distance fine without pain, just wish this tingling would go away ! In going to the docs, but historically he had been no help to me and just dismissed it as something I have to live with and prescribed diclofenac. I'm worried sick sometimes. I hear lots of horror stories about surgery, and have a relative that had surgery and is now incontinent and can't walk.
  • Hi... my first post
    It started two years ago, with a strange cramping sensation in my lower right leg and foot every time i walked anywhere... I'm 58 years old, slim, always been active, ex gymnast etc etc. I first thought it was down to the flat shoes i wear, so changed them to ones with thicker soles... but it made no difference. I put up with it for a year until the length of my walks got shorter before the pain kicked in. My GP thought the pain was coming from my back, even though I had no back ache (then), I was referred for an MRI and an eventual consultation with the consultant. He told me that I had more degeneration in my spine than most people my age but put that down to severe wear and tear of the years i spent being a gymnast. I do have a very slight disc bulge that could be pressing on the nerve that's giving me the awful sensations running down my leg, and stopping me walking almost anywhere. So an injection was arranged to see if it made any difference. I embraced that injection, so much so that the staff said they had never had anyone so relaxed during the procedure. Unfortunatley it has made no difference... and the consultant has said if that hasn't helped an operation wont help either... now where does that leave me ??. My long walks planned with my new grandchild in the summer have dissapeared, I am devastated that he's telling me nothing can be done. This bit is for the ladies (sorry gents) I went through an early menopause at 36, but just the day after my injections I had the awful vision loss that accompanies migraine, then I had another two episodes hours apart, I maybe get one migraine a year, if that. the week after the injection I started to feel what i can only describe as hormonal... then a full blown period!! after 22 years. I have had it all checked out at the clinic smears, biopsys the lot... the tests say hormonal !!!! reading a little about the injection it says it can effect hormones, sugar levels etc... but really.
    Where do i go now... I feel so lost, trapped and helpless. The back pain is now starting to be very apparent, and the knawing cramping pain kicks in after a dozen or so steps. Is this all there is left. I work full time, have four soon to be five grand children, and feel that i may as well get the wheelchair now. Any advice out there would be gratefully recieved.
    Sharon :-)
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