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Left leg and foot are numb – only 23 years old

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Please help me. I’ve been having lower back pain for a month and a half now, and have been sitting in a recliner chair or lying down in bed quite often. The day before yesterday, I was on the toilet, trying to dry myself after going “pee”. I can’t really bend over that well, so I was doing this while trying to keep my back straight. All of the sudden I felt a really bad pain in the back of my left thigh, going down my leg and into my hip. I couldn’t walk well after that – I figured I’d just strained a thigh muscle. Well I kept putting ice under my thigh, or near my hip, and tried to stay off of it. But the spasms were really bad in my hip/thigh, and yesterday I had a series of spasms worse than ever while reclining in my chair, that lasted for about 5-10 minutes. When my muscles started to loosen a little, I realized that my left leg and foot were going numb – it feels like they’re “asleep”. I can feel it faintly in my left foot if I’m touched, and I can still feel “cold” if I walk barefoot on a cold floor, but the back of my left leg and my left foot are “asleep”. This is hard to deal with because I have a 2 year old son. I went to the ER, but the doctor didn’t know exactly what was wrong. He gave me painkillers and muscle relaxers, and told me I might have a pinched nerve, and that it would get better in time.But last night it actually got worse. When it first happened, I could still feel my toes. It was only the side of my foot and my heel that were numb. But now my whole foot is numb, as well as most of my calf and the back of my thigh. I’m really scared. My lower back (especially in the left rear hip area) is hurting a lot. And I’m having muscle spasms and “twitches” in my left thigh muscles and calf muscles. I can only walk with a walker, and even then I can’t make it very far.Please, if you know ANYTHING that might help…an exercise, a procedure…ANYTHING…please let me know. I’m miserable and depressed, and even though it’s only been this way for a day now, it feels like an eternity already.Thank you…Brandy Hoover

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  1. i have been having this pain for years already but i learned how to deal with it i can’t even run around or get up to make my daughter a bottle cause the pain is so painful and i have went to the doctor and he prescribed me ibprofuen but it did not work i am still trying to determine the reason for this pain because i am only 24..

  2. It sounds like you have a trapped or inflamed nerve, probably from a lower back problem… for example an intervertebral disk may be bulging or even ruptured. There are definitely things that can be done to help this, but you need to see a doctor before it gets worse. You will proably need to see your general practitioner or family doctor first, and he/she can take an x-ray to see what the damage is. If the medication they give doesn’t help,the doctor will probably send you to a specialist… You’re too young to let something like this cause any more permanent damage! Trust me, it will be worth the trip.

  3. I don’t know if you have found any relief from the numbness, it sounds like your sciatic nerve is being affected. You need a good Chiropractor, and one that acctually adjusts yoru spine from head to toe. There are many who are a waist of time but a good one will do wonders. Try lying down with a rolled up towel in the small of you back. These helped me eliviate the pain and numbness.Good Luck

  4. Hopefully, there is a teaching hospital near you,such as Duke University, Barnes-Washington University and St. Louis University. The latter two are here in St. Louis. It has been my experience that most doctors don’t know everything. Indeed, many do not know ANYTHING. I know you are going through hell, Brandy. And with a two year old, it’s even harder on you. Ipray that you will find the help you need and the cure. Good luck, my dear….Mary Ann

  5. : But last night it actually got worse. When it first happened, I could still feel my toes. It was only the side of my foot and my heel that were numb. But now my whole foot is numb, as well as most of my calf and the back of my thigh. I’m really scared. My lower back (especially in the left rear hip area) is hurting a lot. And I’m having muscle spasms and “twitches” in my left thigh muscles and calf muscles. I can only walk with a walker, and even then I can’t make it very far.: Please, if you know ANYTHING that might help…an exercise, a procedure…ANYTHING…please let me know. I’m miserable and depressed, and even though it’s only been this way for a day now, it feels like an eternity already.: Thank you…: Brandy Hoover

  6. Now I’m having severe pains in my left calf muscle, left hip/buttock muscles, and a burning, stabbing sensation in my left foot.Maybe this is the compressed nerve trying to heal?…I don’t know, but it hurts like nothing I’ve ever felt before…

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