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L2/3 nerves guys!! Ouch!

Aviatrix36440Aviatrix36440 Posts: 5,744
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi fellow spineys!! I have disk protruding into my L2 & 3 nerve roots from the L2/3/4 area. Okay, that not withstanding, have any of you had *major* pain on the outer thigh and wrap around to the front of the thigh? I am asking as I've had neuropathic pain since last December, but more annoying than "painful". I took a nap today, and when I awoke, I feel like a huge stick is being pushed into my outer thigh, and as I walk, like a vice grip is on the front of my thigh (almost like the bone is being grabbed!) - very painful, and causing walking issues.

Sitting. If I sit 'jet' straight, not bad, but if I lean to either side that damn stick is right into my leg (outer, just below the hip). This is new, so no mention to my doctor. I am just wondering if I should wait it out (as a flare) or did something change in my sleep? Good grief. Any whoooosss.... thanks for listening. :) Grrrr..

PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.


  • Hiya brenda >:D< Yes to your question.It does cause walking issues, my leg gives way, without warning, its scarry walking up and down stars, i hold on tight just incase it gives on me, also i wake with pain but my leg is a heavy weight, kinda lifeless, if you have this feeling you will understand what i mean. It sounds very agrivated , have you spoken to the orthopedic surgeon or even PM? In the mean time rest as much as possible. >:D<

    Angie :H
  • Never a dull moment, eh? I recall having similar pain before my last fusion. Started at the outer hip and curved down to my knee. It was a deep and intense pain. For me, standing too long is what seemed to set it off. Haven't had it since my fusion last year.

    Maybe call the Dr. if it continues. Although it could be that you slept a bit funny. I can only sleep on my sides and can't tell you how many times I wake up in pain in my hips and have to roll to the other side. Once I am up and moving it slowly goes away. Hope it stops for you soon, you need to feel as good as possible for that upcoming road trip!

    Take care,

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  • >:D<

    I am sorry to hear you are suffering with this particular pain.

    I, too, know what this feels like and I very much empathize with you.

    I battle this pain every day on both legs and hips. I have a combination of "waist down" issues, but when I get the kind of pain you are describing... it reminds me of the pain from my IT bands being irritated.

    Do you have any hip pain? Does the pain stop at your knee?

    What helps me with this pain is applying Lidoderm patches to each thigh and cutting another Lidoderm patch in half and placing them on my hips. It also helps to elevate your legs. If you don't have a wedge to elevate your legs, you can take several pillows that you sleep with and tie something around them to keep them from sliding, while elevating your legs.

    I am allowed an extra Neurontin when I have a severe episode like this, as my nerve pain hurts so bad.

    Can you take anti-inflammatories and/or a muscle relaxer? Those help me, as well.

    Again, I'm sorry about this pain Brenda. Please let us know how you are doing, when you can.


    Tammy >:D<
  • Oh Brenda honey I am sorry to hear this....I wish you had NO pain...old or new!!

    But yes unfortunitly I also have that pain....it almost feels like your "bone" is hurting...doesnt it??

    I have not found any relief from mine yet...my Hubby tells me that my walking problems add to my "sway" so he likes it....LOL!!

    I will say a "pain-free" prayer for you...please let us know if it eases up!!!

    GENTLE >:D< FOR YOU!!!
  • I haven't mentioned this to my NS yet as it just started. Unless something goes to high pain levels, I give it a week to see if it settles. I am hoping this is the case. Stairs...yuck! My right leg has failed to "come up" enough a few times and I've tripped on them! I don't have "foot drop" just the heavy feeling most times. Walking "up" stairs or ramps kills me most, going down isn't comfy, but feels more stable.

    I rested up a bunch today, and though a bit better, it hurts more if I put pressure on it, and the weird? If I sit with my feet supported, I have this warm wet feeling across the whole front side of my thigh to my inner knee - nothing below the knee.

    Thanks for your post, as it is making me a bit more comfortable about what might be going on. *HUGZ* Thanks again Angie!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Lisa,

    You have that right! Always something new. I sleep on a TempurPedic adjustable bed, so I raised the legs last night to see if that helped. It's down a tad, but still there. I'm beginning to feel that things are changing again in those disks. So since this sort of pain isn't normal for me there, I'd see what you all thought.

    I hear ya on wanting it to stop. The trip starts in 2 weeks!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Tammy,

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I've been reading more and more on these Lidoderm patches. I haven't tried them yet - guess I'll run that by my doctor to try. Me and NSAIDs don't get along, so kind of out of luck there.

    Sorry to hear you too go through this. What bites is when you can't "point" to what caused it! I did a lot of things around the house in the last couple of days - dunno maybe too much bending got me this time!!

    Heat and ice didn't help, so I guess I'm gonna get my trust ole TENS out and see if that helps. So far, yes the pain only goes to the inner side of my knee and not below. It's also fairly steady state with only a "slight" buzz feel in it. Just weird for me... *HUGZ*


    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Polly,

    That's funny! It slows my walk speed even more - not that I was walking fast before! (G) Thanks so much for the thoughts, HUGZ and wishes. :) *HUGZ* back to ya!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda you are so welcome >:D< , When you have this heavy feeling do you get pain aswell?

    Polly.....Sway lol =)) =))

    Angie :H
  • Howdy Angie,

    Actually no, no pain when my leg does that. In an odd way, I think that is one of the negatives too it, as I don't know when the leg will not respond fully, so I trip - then yep pain! (G) I do know that if I walk a lot with the hubby (with a cane now), I "sort" of know to guard that it might not come up enough on steps, so I am more cautious, but otherwise, it's unpredictable.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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