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Old 06-30-2008, 04:54 AM   #1
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I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

 
Old 06-30-2008, 06:11 AM   #2
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

I would probably see a chiropractor. Numbness is probably pinched nerves. Your spine will be out of alignment. My chiro asked me if I had numbness I have two bulging discs in lumber vertebrae which refers pain to my hip joints. Guess you've had x-rays and seen doctor? See a chiro or a physio. Good luck

 
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:17 AM   #3
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

You have a pinched nerve. A good chiropractor will be able to help you.

 
Old 06-30-2008, 06:52 AM   #4
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

Interesting that the first two posters said "see a chiropractor." I suppose you could do that if you have a chiropractor that you know and trust. However, if by a slipped disc you are referring to a spondylolisthesis, which is causing nerve compression, a chiropractor could cause more harm than good.

An x-ray will not show any of the soft tissue or nerves that might be trapped. You need to have a MRI to see that. If I were you, I would seek out a fellowship-trained spinal specialist, either an orthopedic or neuro surgeon whose practice is limisted to the spine and back. Depending on what is wrong with your back, a chiropractor might be OK, but if you have a disc herniation or a myriad of other conditions, more harm than good may result. A good chirporactor should know his/her limitations and refer you to a trained spinal specialist, but most feel they can handle anything and their patients live to regret their treatments.

How do you know you have a "slipped" disc and what do you mean by that??

 
Old 06-30-2008, 07:22 AM   #5
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

I strongly echo Marlo's reply.
My 'slipped disk' was a slipped vertebre and I went to the chiro first who I am convinced did further damage to me and now I'm living with leg pain and ongoing back problems (I would have had them anyway, but what I'm saying is adjusting a spine isn't the best route for everyone, you need to be diagnosed first with what it is that is wrong. Slipped disk is way too vague.
Please see a spine specialist before you go further, I learned the hard way.
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:34 AM   #6
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

Hi
Thanks for all of replys.
Sorry for being vague,i have sum 11 years ago had a discetomey(have to bear with me as far as spelling goes)on the lowest part of my back.I have been nigh on pain free for the last 9 years.
Back in November i woke up 1 morning with the familar pain of siatica back in my left leg.It has gradually got worse from then,ive have had and MRI scan and results show that another disk the 1 above 1 already operated on has slipped(thats all what i was told,slipped disk!!!Im in England dealing with NHS!)But unfortunatley i didnt have an injection that i should of had to show up previous scar tissue,so i am now waiting for results of another MRI scan.
The numbness however,last tuesday i forgot that its not a good idea to sneeze and sneezed at full speed as such and boy did i regret it,i was screaming in pain for a least 40 mins.cut a long story short i was prescribed Diclofenac 1 tab 3 times aday and Remedeine 2 tabs up to 4 times aday as and when needed.
I dont like taking pain killers as you could be doing yourself more harm if you cant feel it!So i took the Diclofenac for 2 days and only 4 tabs of the Remedeine.Woke up on Friday morning and my leg was numb(well most of it,not the calf)Stopped the pain killers straight away but still numb.
When i previously had problems i had loads of pain but never any numbness but always tried to keep active,was just a bit concerned that if you get numbess what the right thing to do is keep active or rest as much as possible?
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

Could you describe the feelings of numbness? If you develop any bowel or bladder problems, you need to call your doctor immediately. This might be a sign of cauda equina and you need to be seen right away or you could end up with permanent damage and/or problems.

If the numbness is like pins and needles, like when a limb "falls asleep," it is OK to go about your activities as you can. If the leg is truly numb and has no feeling, you will need to be careful as the danger of falling is high. You won't really be able to tell how you're putting your foot down, etc. You won't damage anything by exercising, etc., you just won't have very good balance, etc.

Diclofenac isn't really a pain killer. It is an anti-inflammatory and is prescribed commonly for arthritic pain, or to help keep inflammation down. So you should keep taking it. Your doc is hoping it will cause the inflammed tissue to go back down and thus, take pressure off of the nerve root.

In the meantime, do NO lifting, twisting and do not lean forward or especially, back as in extension. This will pinch the nerve even more. Try icing for 20 minutes at a time. Taking the diclofenac is probably the most important thing you can do. Activity level is less important. Lying down is better than sitting or standing though, as you can unload the discs (gravity....) If you can, you could try lying down about 10 minutes every hour. You're trying to give the area a chance to decompress and move off that nerve root.

 
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

Im ok then as leg just feels like it asleep,when you say bowel,bladder problems do u just mean not being able to go?
As for the icing do u mean to hold on my numb leg,sorry im a bit thick!
Ive just taken the Diclofenac as u sound very knowledgable and very nice to share your knowledge to,thank you.

 
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

Bowel and bladder can be incontinence or it can be when you can't go....I'm not talking about a one-time thing...but when this problem comes on suddenly, it should be investigated. Do not ignore it.

You can take a package of frozen peas or corn or make an ice pack and place it on your lower back where the L4-5 vertebrae are...kind of near your belt line on most people. Put a towel between you and the ice, and let it stay there for 15-20 minutes...but no longer than 20 minutes.

 
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

Before you even consider chiropractic care - be sure to see your doctor and get confirmation of any disc problems. X-ray, CT and MRI would show what disc problems you may have and then the doctor can see if what the tests show match your symptoms.

If you have leg numbness that is not alleviating then move fast - you could end up with permanent nerve damage if you wait too long.
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Re: I have a slipped disk in my back and my leg has gone numb what does this mean?

I agree with what Marlo has said. I hav had back & feet problems for the past 7 years & I think going to Chiro was my biggest mistake.
Here in Canada we cannot see a spine specialist without referral from the family doc & since I was only 24 then, they associalted the pains with Fibromylgia. None of the Rheumatologists I was referred to, bothered to get an MRI done. When finally I had an MRI done last year, on much insistance, they detected slip disc & nerve comprssion in the L4-L5 vertebrae for which I had surgery in Jan. I am still recovering, so its too soon to say if it was a success..

 
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