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Old 01-12-2005, 10:47 PM   #1
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serious numbness problems

for quite a while now i have been having numbness specifically in the side of my left foot and the pinky toe ONLY and it goes completely numb when i lay down for any period of time.

i also get unprovoked erections during this time and have to get up and walk around for the numbness/erections to go away.

please do not think this is a joke, im trying to be as professional about this as possible.

i have told my doctors about it and so far they only drop more medication on me that does not help.

my only way of sleeping right now is by sleeping in my lazy-boy chair with a few pillows to support me.

the numbness etc happens no matter which way i lay.

im really concerned and worried that there is some serious nerve damage somewhere.

the MRI that the docs did recently they said that it wasnt that bad. but i still have the numbness and i also get major back flare ups which cause my feet and ankles to swell.

*sigh* any suggestions or anyone else have any of these problems?

 
Old 01-13-2005, 12:20 AM   #2
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Re: serious numbness problems

I'm sorry to hear you are having these problems. I can't offer you any suggestions, but I would like to welcome you to the boards. Hopefully someone will come along that can give you some answers.
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Old 01-13-2005, 05:18 AM   #3
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Re: serious numbness problems

Get a copy of your your MRI either from your doc or the facility where you had it done just to see just "what"it is they they say is not "that bad".Did they mention anything to you that might be causing this?It really does sound as though you have some sort of a nerve issue going on whether it be a herniated disc,bone spurs or any number of other possible causes.You really DO need a little bit more info than "its not that bad".Please keep us posted.Marcia
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:36 AM   #4
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Re: serious numbness problems

gonewiththewind:

Find a nerve chart. The chart will show you what nerves are effected by which parts of the back. I found it very helpful. It shows the nerves that lead to the feet.

good luck,

 
Old 01-13-2005, 11:39 PM   #5
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Re: serious numbness problems

Most times numbness to the leg and/or foot are from a nerve impingement.

 
Old 01-14-2005, 05:04 AM   #6
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Re: serious numbness problems

If i remember correctly(this may sound rather odd), the little toe area is actually innervated by the C 8 nerve.You do not actually have a C 8 vertebrae,but you do however have the C 8 nerve.Just look up dermatomes and you will come across the chart that Bette mentioned.Have you consulted a NS for a second opinion on this yet?That would be my next step.You really do need more info than you are getting.Marcia
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Old 01-14-2005, 06:43 AM   #7
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Re: serious numbness problems

I'd say you ned to get te film of your mri and the report and find a buroligist to see and get another opinion and continue to keep looking,I have had spine pain for clost to 6yrs and have had many problems with getting a Dx and am still looking for more answers.
I have no idea about the errections as I'm not of that gender but it sure doesn't sound right I have damage to the S1 nerve that causes the numbness you are speaking of in the foot though I have numbness and pain following the whole S1 nerve and have had numerous MRI's that could not explain all the symptoms and then finally after 5yrs they did a EMG and that peoved the damage.
So keep searching sometimes it seems never ending to find the answers but don't give up.
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Old 01-19-2005, 09:11 PM   #8
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Re: serious numbness problems

thanks everyone for the kind words..

just to add to this, lately i have noticed my left ankle will swell up a bit when i have the numbness.

whats really strange, is that i dont have the numbness in my left toe until i lay down in the bed and try to sleep.

who knows.. i am a disabled veteran and trying to get help is sometimes hard.

but being at a new v.a. they are starting to get things moving.. so we shall see..

maybe one of these days i can actually get more than 3 hours sleep a night..

 
Old 09-16-2005, 08:59 PM   #9
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Re: serious numbness problems

Your doctor does not seem to be doing you any good. I think you should see a spine specialist....either an arthopedic or neurosurgeon. The numbness and tingling are indicative of a nerve being pinched and if it goes on too long, that can cause permanent damage. Please get yourself in to see a specialist before doing anything else!!

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Old 09-17-2005, 08:17 AM   #10
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Re: serious numbness problems

what about leg pain i have been going to pt for along time for my back prolems had very little leg pain but now its all the time but no numbness is this nerves that are making my legs hurt pt is by no means helping but got to do it i just hope they arent waiting for my spine to collaspe to say well you were right you have problems not knowing is hard to deal with

 
Old 09-17-2005, 08:22 PM   #11
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Re: serious numbness problems

[QUOTE=Ed276]what about leg pain i have been going to pt for along time for my back prolems had very little leg pain but now its all the time but no numbness is this nerves that are making my legs hurt pt is by no means helping but got to do it i just hope they arent waiting for my spine to collaspe to say well you were right you have problems not knowing is hard to deal with[/QUOTE]

Ed, if the PT is not helping but is seeming to make your problems worse, why are you still going? It's time to make an appt with a different doctor; if you aren't seeing a spine specialist you need to find one. If you have one, he is not doing you any good so a second opinion is needed. The leg pain is now indicating a furthering of the pre-existing problem...nerves are being pinched.

Good luck.

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