I'm new to the forums after lurking for a while I had to get myself signed up in the hope of some sound advice.
I'm having an internal struggle on deciding if I should go to A&E, I'm 22 and I live in Sweden so there are currently no doctors (GP) open on the weekend. I've had severe pain in my right leg for two weeks with numbness in my toes with alternating pins and needles... the pain is the strongest in the middle of my thigh toward the outer edge with a little bit extending down my calf.
I've been prescribed Paraflex (Muscle relaxant) and Citodon for Sciatica which I think is the EU equivalent to co-codamol in the UK (I might be wrong there.) Citodon hasn't really helped except for making me feel nauseous and dizzy. I ran out a couple of days ago with the intent to make another appointment but I ended up not doing so because I thought things were improving.
However I woke this morning with a numbness in my lady bits and an (almost) inability to pee (I can pee and go no. 2 if I strain extremely hard). The pain has increased two fold in my thigh to the point where I can't stand on it... I have little to no pain in my back anymore but the leg pain is absolutely excruciating, coupled with the lack of sleep and loss of appetite I'm at a loss for words. I don't even have the energy to cry over the pain anymore.
The thing that's scaring me the most (and the only reason why I would consider going to A&E) is my difficulty with urinating/defecating. It's got to the point now where I try not to drink or eat too much because I'm scared I won't be able to force it out.
The only thing that gives me any comfort is sitting on the bed in a sort of frog position like so: http://www.riverstonechiropractic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/frog-stretch-pic.jpg
except in a more crouched down position with my bum sitting on my legs. I've tried to stretch a bit and keep moderately active by pacing back and forth but the pain is just too much currently.
I value and appreciate any opinions.
Many thanks guys! Nobody on the forum is medically qualified but I think you would have seen when reading posts that members would be suggesting you should be going to A&Ehttp://www.spine-health.com/conditions/lower-back-pain/cauda-equina-syndrome