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Old 03-20-2003, 03:37 PM   #1
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Question Numbness at bottom of butt cheek

Hi again all,
I just discovered today that I have a patch of numbness at the base of my left butt cheek, just along the crease where it joins my leg.

I am 15.5 weeks post-IDET and this is completely new. I have never had numbness before. I'm scared that I'm getting nerve damage.

Has anyone had numbness in this area? What were you able to do about it?

Does anyone know what nerve my L5-S1 might be impinging on to cause this? I can feel tightness and occasionally pain starting from deep within my groin area and extending out to the area of my butt cheek. Hard to describe without a 3-D model! But I am convinced it is L5-S1-disc-related, and am trying to learn more about anatomy to figure out what's going on.

Thanks for any help or ideas AT ALL!!!

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4 years of back pain
Annular tear L5-S1 diagnosed 3/02 via MRI
IDET 12/2/02
Still worse pain than pre-op, am told to wait 6 months for improvement
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4 years of back pain, but was still able to work and maintain moderate activity (hiking, low-impact aerobic exercise)
Annular tear L5-S1 diagnosed 5/02 via MRI
IDET 12/2/02
1/26/03 Posterior disc prolapse occurs after sitting too long after walking. Causes new pain down left leg.
3/1/03 Leg pain reduced with exercises from the book "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie.
3/9/03 Severe, new buttock and thigh pain and numbness starts.
3/25/03 Used McKenzie techniques to treat buttock and thigh pain -- pain reduced
4/4/03 Started physical therapy
5/8/03 Still worse than pre-IDET, but showing slow improvement with PT, McKenzie exercises, yoga, and Hanna Somatics exercises
5/30/03 PT suggests buttock and thigh pain may be from facet joint
7/6/03 Still worse than pre-IDET due to leg and thigh pain and numbness, and have become so inactive I can't tell whether back pain is better. Can't stand for any length of time, can't walk long, run at all, or do any aerobic activity. I regret agreeing to the IDET and wish I had had more patience with the natural healing process of my disc!

 
Old 03-20-2003, 07:23 PM   #2
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Question

Hi again.
I just checked again, and the area of numbness has extended down the back of my left thigh about 3 inches below the crease. It extends to about mid-thigh.

What is happening?????

Thanks for any info. I am worried!
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4 years of back pain
Annular tear L5-S1 diagnosed 3/02 via MRI
IDET 12/2/02
Still worse pain than pre-op, am told to wait 6 months for improvement
__________________
4 years of back pain, but was still able to work and maintain moderate activity (hiking, low-impact aerobic exercise)
Annular tear L5-S1 diagnosed 5/02 via MRI
IDET 12/2/02
1/26/03 Posterior disc prolapse occurs after sitting too long after walking. Causes new pain down left leg.
3/1/03 Leg pain reduced with exercises from the book "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie.
3/9/03 Severe, new buttock and thigh pain and numbness starts.
3/25/03 Used McKenzie techniques to treat buttock and thigh pain -- pain reduced
4/4/03 Started physical therapy
5/8/03 Still worse than pre-IDET, but showing slow improvement with PT, McKenzie exercises, yoga, and Hanna Somatics exercises
5/30/03 PT suggests buttock and thigh pain may be from facet joint
7/6/03 Still worse than pre-IDET due to leg and thigh pain and numbness, and have become so inactive I can't tell whether back pain is better. Can't stand for any length of time, can't walk long, run at all, or do any aerobic activity. I regret agreeing to the IDET and wish I had had more patience with the natural healing process of my disc!

 
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Old 03-25-2003, 01:23 PM   #3
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Telzey,
When I had an SI Joint injection last week, the anesthetic made me numb in exactly the same area. Could involve your SI joint, though why yours would be numb.......hhhmmmmmm.......don't know.
deal4

 
Old 03-25-2003, 04:35 PM   #4
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Hi deal4
Thanks for replying. Nice to hear from you! Hope your SI joint injection gave you some relief.

Well, my doctor also thought at first it was SI joint pain, so you hit the nail right on the head! However, then he did a test with my leg that determined it was NOT SI joint pain.

And, since I made this post, I started doing a different set of McKenzie exercises which completely abolished the pain and numbness in my leg, hooray!!!! [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif[/img]

Unfortunately, I still have pain in my left buttock that I think is referred nerve pain. Now, if only I knew the anatomy of the nerve roots around L5-S1 to figure out which nerve is being impinged on!!!

I had an MRI last week and am waiting for the report. Maybe that will shed a little more light on the situation.

Thanks again and I hope you are doing well! Keep us posted.
[img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img] Telzey

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4 years of back pain
Annular tear L5-S1 diagnosed 5/02 via MRI
IDET 12/2/02
Still worse pain than pre-op, am told to wait 6 months for improvement
__________________
4 years of back pain, but was still able to work and maintain moderate activity (hiking, low-impact aerobic exercise)
Annular tear L5-S1 diagnosed 5/02 via MRI
IDET 12/2/02
1/26/03 Posterior disc prolapse occurs after sitting too long after walking. Causes new pain down left leg.
3/1/03 Leg pain reduced with exercises from the book "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie.
3/9/03 Severe, new buttock and thigh pain and numbness starts.
3/25/03 Used McKenzie techniques to treat buttock and thigh pain -- pain reduced
4/4/03 Started physical therapy
5/8/03 Still worse than pre-IDET, but showing slow improvement with PT, McKenzie exercises, yoga, and Hanna Somatics exercises
5/30/03 PT suggests buttock and thigh pain may be from facet joint
7/6/03 Still worse than pre-IDET due to leg and thigh pain and numbness, and have become so inactive I can't tell whether back pain is better. Can't stand for any length of time, can't walk long, run at all, or do any aerobic activity. I regret agreeing to the IDET and wish I had had more patience with the natural healing process of my disc!

 
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