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Numbness in my right feet

Lethal LeeLLethal Lee Posts: 1
I suffer from L4/L5/S1 disc protrusion since 2002 and have had many spasms in my lower back through the years. Every time they emerge it stops me in my tracks and I'm unable to do anything for days until the pain subsides.

I had a spasm in my lower right back early this month. I went to my local GP for a shot of cortisone to relieve the vice locking excruciating pain . I've had cortisone injected twice before last year for the same reason and it worked straight away.

Unfortunately I had a shot On the 10th Aug and a few days later my right leg went numb and I have numbness in my right heel - right toes and the right side of the foot . It is ask quite painful. I have also for some reason major pain in my right calf muscle and thigh muscle and the right butt .

I do believe that this may be associated with the cortisone shot and the GP may have hit a nerve as he was injecting me.

I've been in major pain for 2 weeks now and have used Endone daily to no effect and had Finalgon Cream which is quite hot but hasn't done anything .

I've been referred to a neurologist by my GP and I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience with cortisone and sciatica after a failed attempt for the shot to work .

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    done via naked eye or did the doctor have a fluoroscope or other x-ray type of assisted aid? No spinal injection (or even joint injection) should be done with those aids. The naked eye can only do so much.

    If a nerve was nicked, it could produce some of the symptoms you have. In addition, each day that pain can get worse and worse. Once a nerve is nicked, it will take time to heal, there really isnt anything they can do to correct that

    I have had two nicked nerves due to steroid injections. (one shoulder, one lumbar). The sharp pain that resulted made many of my other spinal / joint conditions seem tame.. The good news , was that the intense pain only lasted for about a week. Then things started to calm down.

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