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Numb toes at night

StasisSStasis Posts: 1
edited 02/03/2016 - 10:33 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello group.

I ruptured a lower back disk (I want to say L4/5) maybe 10 years ago. Had excruciating pain on and off, and have had 2 MRIs maybe 3-4 years apart afterward. Bulge is seen to have shown to have shrunk quite a bit between those MRIs and more or less, I am pretty normal. I play raqcuetball twice a week, can walk/hike for hours on end. Only thing I can't do is stand around (the "museum" walk) and lie on my stomach for more than 5-10 mins. In the recent 3-4 years or so I have been having a different issue that I am pretty sure is related. The front half of both my feet go numb when I sleep, feels like they are freezing cold (I used to get up and run hot water on them until I finally felt them and realized that they weren't cold at all!!). Up until the last few months, I could just lay in the fetal position, or ball up face down for 5-10 mins and it would go away (all makes sense when you understand the bulge, spine/nerve geometry....I'm an engineer). But lately it has gotten worse, my toes ache most nights and it is very hard to get them to stop. Curling up sometimes works, but often not. Most of the time during the day they are fine, maybe slightly numb, but doesn't bother me. I have no movement strength issues in my feet when this happens. So my question is, am I right to assume that this is still an issue related to the disc injury? I have other (mental) issues that keep me from sleeping sometimes, and I know that this aggravation might just be the thing that I focus on. But wondering what else I can do, stretches, positions, etc. I am looking to try an inversion table. Any thought suggestions appreciated. I am 54 years old BTW.


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  • I am not going to be a lot of help to you, but I had major surgery on my spine six months ago, and now I have a lot of numbness in right foot and when I wake in the mornings my left big toe is numb....mine is through nerve damage, so yours could be nerve related too .....
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    That is always not that uncommon.  After I had my 4 lumbar surgeries and recovered, I really didnt have many problems with my back afterwards.  I did have a number of other surgeries after that (2 ACDFs, Both Shoulders and Hips totally replaced and Achilles reconstructive surgery.

    Many times, its my legs that hurt more than the rest of my body.  For me, it seems to start from my hips and then down the legs.  After a new mri and some x-rays , for me, the problem is with my spinal stenosis and aggressive spinal arthritis.

    That makes it a bit more difficult to come up with a plan to correct all of this. 
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