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Managing numbness in legs.

In brief, I was diagnosed with SS some time ago and now it seems to have returned. I recently visited my GP who checked my notes and told me the SS was 15 years ago and I had been symptom free since then. From what I can remember, the numbness, pins and needles feeling in my legs just went away without any treatments at all.

Now the numbness and pins and needles sensation has returned to both legs and when I try to walk I loose control of my legs and can't really feel them touching the ground. My GP sent me for an MRI scan and when I chased the results up all he could tell me was that the scan showed a slight deterioration from the scan I had had 15 years ago.

Now, some 4 months after my visit to my GP, I am still waiting for an appointment with a specialist and I wondered if there was any advice available on managing the numbness in my legs. When I try to walk, the only relief from the numbness I can get is to either sit on a bench or a wall for a time and then try walking again. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.



  • Not much one can say except to sympathize. I have the same problem in my right leg, and have used a cane for a few years to help move around and provide stability. As much as I would prefer not to have to use an aid for walking, it beats loosing control/strength of my right leg and collapsing. 

    I manage the insubordination in my right leg by forcing it to walk and swim. For me I find it is much worse when I sit around and do nothing.

    Best of wishes and hope you have a pain free day!

    View my history for all the gory details.
  • Thanks for the reply and the Best Wishes. Most of the post and threads I see on here are about managing pain but the funny thing is I do not have any pain just the annoying numbness that leads to the lack of mobility in my legs.

    Although it may sound a silly question but do canes or sticks vary, are some better to use than others? I have never used a cane as an aid but I feel I've reached the stage when I must start to use one as an aid for walking even short distances.

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  • I have numbness in both hamstrings making it difficult to stand or walk with out severe discomfort.I find that if use a heating pad for 20 minutes on the hamstrings while laying in bed slightly relieves the numbness.Cold does not work for me

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