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Help! pins and needles sensation in the right leg from two days

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had low back pain on the right side after twisting my back. It was just a mild pain for a long time(4 months). Two weeks ago, I stretched a bit too much and the amount of pain increased.

Since 4 days ago, I have been having consistent pain at the center(near the disc) area. Pressing the spinal cord with my thumb gave me some relief. There was no relief from standing or walking.

Today, I started getting pins and needles sensation in my right leg. I also had tingling sensation for some time in several parts of my body(chest, arms, thighs, feet, stomach).

I am really scared that it is getting worse everyday. I am not getting appointments with any of low back specialists near where I live in california. They are all booked for two months! I am traveling to India in three weeks. I am hoping to get a diagnosis, and help from a spine specialist while I am there.

Did anyone have these tingling sensations before? Did it get better or worse over time? Please suggest on how I can prevent myself from getting worse.

I am sure it is a bulged disc. As I am typing this, I have a wierd tingling sensation in my stomach. Hope this won't turn out to be an emergency.


  • I think you need to be seen on an emergency basis. You should contact a neuro-surgeon, and explain that you are having increasing symptoms, some of them alarming. If they can't work you in sooner, ask about them ordering an MRI at least, so you could be getting that done before your appt.

    From your description, it sounds like your lumbar disc may be impinging on the cord. This can cause pins & needles, numbness, and burning pain. Reading this over, I really think you should see someone soon, even if it's in an ER. A MRI is needed to diagnose your problem. Good luck.
  • Thanks Maggie. It is better today. My arms and legs feel more normal. The amount of pain near the back is also less. Now, I have tingling sensation near my butt.

    I don't understand what's happening to me. If it is a disk bulge/herniation, the tingling should be localized to regions traversed by one nerve. In my case, it is happening in places all over my body. :( Does it always happen if the disc is impinging on the spinal canal?
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  • while I think these symptoms are important and 2 months is definitely an unfortunate time to have to wait to see a surgeon, these are not emergent symptoms, like loss of bowel/bladder function is.

    Also, your spinal cord does not even go down that far - it ends around T12-L1; your symptoms, in the legs and feet are more lower lumbar. There are nerves and nerve roots down there that descend from the cord, but not the cord itself.

    Good luck getting that checked out. Also, have you tried taking some anti-inflammatories (motrin, aleve)? They may help.
  • usually comes from nerve damage but once fixed it might or night not go away depending on the extent of the damage.

    BEst Wishes,
    Christina :)
  • It slso sounds like it could be sciatitica, from where the bulgin disc ispressing on the sciatic nerve. I can't say for sure but just giving a possible thought for the tingling and numbness down the leg anyway.
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  • I also have this pain. The burning sensation is the most painful. Last November I had cardio surgery and alot of nerves were damaged. The pain should be getting milder but is not.
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