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Numbness in Thigh?

misterkatamarimmisterkatamari Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
So I'm waiting to get an MRI and see a neurosurgeon, but I don't see my general doctor until next Tuesday.

I've been having severe pain in my lower left back, radiating to my hip and left leg. I have scoliosis and apparently a bulging disc and DDD. I'm getting the MRI to see how 'bad' it all is.

My new question though, deals with sort of the opposite of pain. For the past few days I've had numbness in my left inner thigh and left groin/pubic area. It isn't completely 'dead' feeling, but it is sort of feels like I am touching it through layers of gauze. Kind of like when you get general numbing in your gums when you go to the dentist.

Someone told me that maybe the muscle relaxers I am on could cause it, but I read online that it might be a nerve getting blocked up or something. My knee reflex was fine though last week, so they acted like my nerves weren't being compromised. So it seems kind of weird. Just wondering about anyone's opinion.


  • Before my microdiscectomy, I sometimes went back and forth between the pain (which the neurosurgeon seemed to think was in the "right" place for my impinged nerve) and the numbness as you describe that covered essentially the entire leg and, uh, a little higher. After the surgery I had intermittent total numbness with tingling for a couple of months, but the electric pain and gauze-numbness were gone. The reflexes correlate with different nerve roots.
  • Ah, ok. Thanks for the reply.

    It's just a weird sensation as I've never felt it before. When I was in the ER the doc tested my knee reflex and acted like that if it was ok I didn't have any other nerves being pressed on or else my reflex would have been dead. So to me it sounded like he meant if ANY nerve had been pushed against.
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  • sound like nerve damage

  • painkiller said:
    sound like nerve damage

    Guess I'll find out when I have my MRI, maybe.

    It's not really something that is bothering me much, but it is sort of scary...if that makes any sense.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    hi misterkatamari,

    For me when I had the similar symptoms you are experiencing it was found through the MRI that I had spinal stenosis or impingement of the cord from
    narrowing of the spinal canal in the L4 thru L6 area. Back in 2006 I had a laminectomy to that area of the lower spine and it's all good now. Wished I had it done a few years earlier, what a relief! Not saying this is exactly the same problem you are having but hope you can get the same relief I had.
    Take care,
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  • I didn't even know what a laminectomy was! I had to look it up!

    Thanks for your reply, Ranger.

    The main thing I have been experiencing is debilitating pain. I can't do anything besides recline in my chair and lie in bed, and even those things don't get rid of the pain. I go back to my doctor soon so I'll make sure to bring up the numbness.

    The numbness isn't actually bothering me too much, but it does worry me of something else being amiss. Although it sounds hopeful that it isn't always permanent.

  • I had to go for an EMG/nerve test for numbness. Although it's numb in my thigh I was still able to feel the Neurosurgeon touch that area with a pen so I'm due for another EMG in a few days to see if the nerve is still compressed at L4-L5 area but I also have numbness in my calf and foot. I hope your Neurosurgeon appointment goes well Tuesday. There's an article on what to ask your Dr. in Spine Health articles that may help. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks Charry. Unfortunately, the appointment tuesday is just with my medical doctor. I don't even have a neuro appointment yet, because I still haven't had my MRI. I'm waiting for it to be approved and then I'll have to drive a few hours to get to the closest neuro. lol
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