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Numbness in both legs

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I have what I think is sciatica, I have numbness down the front of both legs but not below the knee. I have pain in my left buttock,left hip,left groin the pain at the moment is not severe but uncomfortable to say the least, when it's at it's worst it's unbearable.

The numbness in the front of my legs is annoying because sometimes it feels that I have no control over them.The pain in my groins if I attempt to lift my legs over a fence or into a bath is very painfull although I only feel pain in my left groin if I am walking any distance and sometimes there is no pain at all in my left groin. the numbness however down the front of both legs is constant. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has had or, still has the same problems.


  • all classic symptoms of sciatica. Have you see an orthopedic or neurosurgeon for some tests? I would recommmend it.
  • Thankyou for your answer. No, I haven't seen any specialist as yet but, after your comments I think I may do so.What put me off was the fact that my general practioner didnt seem concerned after my xrays came back but, he is not the one suffering is he. Thankyou once more
  • Its been awhile since you posted this but I am pretty sure you have excatly what I had... Its calle Peraformus sydrome.. not sure if I am spelling it right but I had it for about 2 years & it was unbearable.. I was being treated at a pain management clinic, got injections in my spine & some therapy for about 4 weeks, with no improvement they let me go & my primary care doc reffered me to a Nuerosurgeon who knew right away my siatica was not caused from my back which was what they were treating me for... I was the Paraformus muscle in my butt that was compressing the nerve which caused me horrible pain in my left leg & groin area. I had surgery & I am 100% satisfied that I did. I couldnt be more happy with the results, Its been 3 years since my surgery & I have no more issues related to that... Thank GOD!!! Its important to find a good surgeon though & I did have one of the best!I hope you get this, better yet I hope you have gotten the answers & relief you deserve & need.. write back if you can!!!
    Have a great day, Holly
  • piriformis -- for those wanting to do further research, this is a good place to start:


  • Piriformis Syndrome and sciatic pain is still not recognized by a lot of doctors including my NS. Although I have had back pain since high school sports, farm work, and several falls, it never sidelined me. Early this year I did a lot of lifting out of the ordinary and began intense groin and lower back pain down into the legs with some minor numbness in the lower legs and muscle weakness. It hurt worse when lifting the foot up toward the opposite thigh as when putting on socks. I finally went and had xrays, CT scans, and mri's. They showed grade II anteriolisthesis with a 40% slip at L5-S1, no disc material left there, squashed nerve at that area and scoliosis above L5. Also, other ddd issues. I was sure that was the problem and seriously considered open back surgery. I then obtained all my films and radiology reports and found out I had the slip at least back to 2007 from a CT scan. I then wondered if this was this way for that long why is it hurting so much now. That's when I came across Piriformis Syndrome. I thought that muscle may have been injured with the heavy lifting I had been doing. Other than majaof3, I have found no one or no sites that have gave much hope for a good surgical outcome and no way of proving it is the piriformis muscle other than some electrical test. I had four months of intense pain then things calmed down until I tried to lift someone up who had fallen. It started all over again for another month and is again subsiding. Have had no PT, but made changes in my daily activity and getting dressed. I don't know if it will continue to get better or not. I still have the structural spine issues. I have been on Mobic and eight tylenol a day. But, now am cutting back on the tylenol to four or two a day. Trying some of the exercises. Again, I don't know what will happen and if the pain will come back. For now surgery is off the table. I do wonder how many "failed" back surgeries are because the pain was never from the "supposed" sciatica but the pirformis muscle. And that is assuming this syndrome is real, since the most of the medical field fails to reconize it. So, I am still confused and waiting for a while to see what happens.

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