I saw my reg neurologist earlier this week, because I was in a lot of pain.
I have disc herniations confirmed in C5/C6/C7 with some arthritis and stenosis. Not enough for surgery though. I get the pain where the neck meets the shoulder, the shoulder, collar bone area, down my left back side of the arm into the pinkie and ring finger mostly. In the hands it can feel like it has fallen asleep, ache, pain etc.
Now I have only had an x-ray on my lumbar spine. Which revealed arthritis in L3 or maybe it was L5 ...But I haven't had an MRI on it like I did with my neck or an EMG.
My pain is right above where your bum would start so I suppose L5. The pain goes towards the left , around my left hip, down the left side of my leg along the left side of my ankle into the outer two toes. Sometimes the ache or numb feeling spreads onto the ball of the foot and when it aches it makes it hard to walk bare foot without wanting to limp a little.
I also can be sitting on the recliner and sometimes the pressure from the recliner flap on my calf can start my foot to fall asleep or have a numb sensation. If I move it around , it kind of goes away.
I was wondering if this sounds normal for someone who possibly has a herniation in their lumbar spine and sciatica problems (I also get the ache or pinch feeling in my bum down the back of my leg) ? My doctor thinks I have some kind of out of linemeant or possible herniation but hasn't ordered any mri's for it.
What do you guys think ?