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L3 L4 Fusion with extreme numbness in left leg

Milli07MMilli07 Posts: 1
edited 04/15/2015 - 11:10 PM in Chronic Pain
On Friday, the 17th will be 13 years since the accident I was in. My back was broken in 2 spots and xxxx hospital put titanium bars in my back with 4 rods.. I've been having issues for almost 4 years now with pain, I'm only 26 and I've had nerve blocks, rhizotomies*, injections, phycsical therapy all of which haven't been beneficial to me. The second rhizotomy I had later the day I got it I had to go to the ER because my pain was worse than it was before. I've taken percocet 10's and sometimes they help other times they don't, however I've been without any since Oct 14'... as of 2 am this morning my left leg has been non stop numb. I'm in the works of getting a neuro surgeous/specialist however it seems no one wants to take my insurance. So hopefully tomorrow the good Lord will have guided me to the right physician. What should I do about the left leg numbness? My lower back back the past 2 1/2 weeks have been at its worst. Would the ER be able to help me? Is there any tests they can run? I've also been bruising easily, and they're nasty looking almost like I've been grabbed or hit something hard (arm and leg) no one has touched me so I'm not sure if that is associated but felt it was worth mentioning. I also started Cymbalta 60mg today. I took it an hour ago and it's done nothing for the lower back pain. (Wasn't expecting it to works instantly) please help with advise! Thanks in advance!


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  • Have you had recent diagnostic tests? What did they show? I'd push my GP for a referral as soon as possible. Does the numbness go into your saddle (the parts that would contact a saddle on a horse) area? Search CES symptoms at the top of the page here. If anything applies to you then go straight to the ER.
    With numbness you don't want to wait around. You need to be properly evaluated by a board certified spine surgeon. The last thing you want is permanent spine damage. The longer a nerve is compressed the longer it takes to recover!

    Best of luck. Please let us know how you get on.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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