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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:36 AM in New Member Introductions
I everyone:) My issue began about a month and a half ago. I'm not sure if I injured myself working ( I'm a dental hygienist) or whether I did something at home. I woke up one morning with the oddest feeling. My legs and my feet felt numb and I had a tingling sensation going from my butt right down to my toes. I felt the strangest sensation if I tapped my hips...it felt like a rubber band snap that went from my thigh to my ankle. When I sat, it felt like my rear end was on fire and my feet felt numb. I had full range of motion. In fact, stretching actually gave me relief. I went to my PCP and he performed an EMG. The results indicated that there was a mild ( sure didn't feel mild!) nerve pinch on my right side. The left side tested normal even though I felt it on both sides. I had a really difficult time getting comfortable. Everything I did seemed to aggravate it except when I stretched. I also had an x-ray of my spine done and that did not reveal anything. I have been going to PT 1-2 times a week and things have really improved. The tingling has subsided greatly and I can sit without discomfort. I can finally feel my feet again but every now and then if I sit a certain way, it feels like the nerve in my leg is midly irritated. I am scared because I have never experienced anything like this before. I am wondering if I should request an MRI to rule out a disc problem. Is it possible that I pulled a muscle in my lower back and that caused this?? I am anxious to hear your thoughts. I don't know who else to discuss this with. I am so happy I found this forum!! Thank you all in advance:)


  • welcome to our group of pain people looking for answers. you'll probably think im crazy saying youre lucky. but really you are because your symptoms are so mild. it sounds like pressure somewhere in the spine. one good thing about getting an mri is that you get a baseline from which you can compare future mris. i doubt drs will do anything except something conservative such as physical therapy. hopefully mri will show cause of sensations and the best course of treatment can be utilized....pete
  • It sounds like your doc is taking the right steps since you are improving. I think that if something was bad enough to show on an MRI you would know it by getting worse instead of better. Statistics say that most back issues will resolve on their own with in 6 months. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you stopped by. =D> since you are feeling better and know where and how you hurt yourself i wouldn't spend the money on the MRI. :? feeling better is the best key to know you are doing something right! =D> you have seen a doctor!! keep resting, do your pt and hang at SH. :D good luck! Jenny :)
  • i carnt answer your question but i just wanted to introduce myself
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