I realize that losing the sensation in your leg and foot are very common with herniated discs that are impinging on nerves, but I have never experienced this before even prior to my laminectomy/discectomy several years ago. Two weeks ago this current problem started and it seemed that within about an hour of the mind-blowing pain my leg and foot went completely dead.
I am concerned because I have not been able to walk around now for 2 weeks. I am trying to get up a few times a day and hobble around the room because I am concerned about developing an embolism.
Now, I don't know if this makes sense but when the pain is soooo bad in my leg, ankle, heel, and side of foot that it literally feels like my leg is dying. I sometimes look down at my foot and expect to see necrotic flesh (I know that's a bit weird sounding but my imagination gets the best of me in times of extreme pain).
I was wondering if there is anything special I could be doing to help bring back some of the sensation. Should I elevate my legs or dangle them down to keep the blood moving. Will the sensation come back?
The past 2 weeks have felt like 2 years to me. I have been staring at the same 4 walls now...day in and day out......14 days today.
I am so thankful that I found these boards. Reading other people's stories has helped me in the fact that I realize I am not the only one going through this. I am able to gather strength from the encouraging words of others.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you and I hope your day is [I]pain free[/I]
Last edited by justjustine; 05-07-2005 at 08:22 PM.
I am so sorry to hear about your troubles. First, have checked with your dr and let their office know about this development ? I would suggest that you do leg excersise in bed while you are lying there. This will help with several things including decrease the risk of DVT which you mentioned. Pump your feet up and down, like you are pushing the gas, contract your quads, and do regular leg lifts. I know that the pain is bad but you will really be happy that you did this. I would also suggest sitting as upright as you can for as long as you can. You might also try massages wokring from the quads down to the feet working on bringing good blood flow to your feet.
I am afraid that if this is caused by a pinched nerve it really has nothing to do with blood flow, but anything that makes it feels better is worth it.
Until you get into PT or some kind of treatment plan I don't know of anything else that would help.
I have similar problems. I suffer with spondylolisthesis, scaitica, lumbar lordosis and I have a pars fracture at L5 S1. About a year ago I started getting terrible pain in both of my feet. It seemed to be mainly my right foot but it didn't take long for it to progress to my left. I went to my GP and was diagnosed with Plantar faciatis. It can be extremly painfull and it at its worst in the morning. It feels as though I'm walking on two broken feet. There are things you can do to help ease the pain. I don't know that this is what you have as it could be many different things. However, some of the things that I do to help with the pain are physio, ibprofen, excersices in the morning and excercising in general. For us people with disability and health problems it can be extremly difficult to keep active and keep our weight the same. Those are two ideal problems for causing PF (lose of physical activity and weight gain). I can only suggest that you go to your doc asap and at least ask for an x-ray or better yet a ct scan. Good luck and please keep us posted. Kristy.
I have been having problems with my foot being numb and my calf is very weak. It went to my leg two weeks ago. I know what you mean about the pain making it feel like the leg is wasting away. My calf was in so much pain and the dr gave me prednisone and it took away the pain in my calf but I now have terrible weakness there and in my foot. It was almost like the cells were dying in my muscle. It helped me to massage my calf when I was laying in bed and the bottom of my foot. I also got cramping in the bottom of my foot that drove me nuts. If I took a heating pad and laid on my back and just set the bottom of my foot on it the cramping would go away long enough to fall asleep anyway. I know it's hard to get up but get out of bed as often as possible and walk on that leg to keep it from getting more and more weak. I am the kind of person who just cannot sit for more then 5 minutes and I was walking around constantly even though it hurt. I actually have gained some of the strength back already. Not enough though I am having a microdiscectomy Wednesday. The cause of my problem is a severely pinched nerve. Check with your doctor though about how much activity is safe. Don't just follow my advise without checking first.
There is nothing you can do for yourself at home other than rest and maybe ice or heat. You need to get in to see a spine specialist as soon as possible. It sounds (and I am not a dr!) like you may have a herniation that is putting a great deal of pressure on a nerve; or, you may have an annular tear and the material coming from that torn disc is dripping onto a nerve. If I were betting, tho, I would say it is the former. The longer you wait, the bigger chance of permanent damage. I would guess that the impingement is pretty bad for you to have this much weakness and numbness so quickly.
Please do get some help right away, and then let us know what your dr. tells you...most likely an immediate MRI is in the forecast.