I've had 35 years at a job where I keep aggravating my already bad back(heavy lifting). If I'm careful I can manage, but after many painful episodes (usually a few a yr where I'm incapacitated), I now am having a lot of tingling in my legs & feet. It used to be only if I sat down for an extended amount of time; the past several weeks the tingling is present much of the day. I'm on a monthly maintenance program at Physical Therapy. I'm doing the stretches daily, but feel no long-term relief and am feeling really desperate. I feel so much better after PT, but as soon as I'm not moving , I stiffen up so much! I'm 54 and move worse than some people I know who are in their 80s. When I had to deal with a worker's comp Dr about 5 years ago, he pretty much dismissed me with a DDD diagnosis after reading my MRI. I don't know in he was just trying to protect the employer from any liability, or if the MRI truely didn't amount to much, as I doon't understand it. I'm now getting worried that the nerve tingling will end as permanent damage;any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Yes, it does sound like you have a disk pressing on the nerve. I had the same thing in my hands at work as I've done computer secretarial work since I was 18. I had a c6 & c7 and my neck is still hurting bad, tingling down leg they go numb hands hurt wrist hurt and I'm waiting on a SSDI hearing. I would get a second opinion. Mine was a workcomp case and I settled and waiting on a SSDI hearing. ----Hugs---
The Following User Says Thank You to angelwings54 For This Useful Post: tweetyfeety (06-01-2011)
Thank you Angelwings54- hope now that you're not doing that job you start feeling better. I wish I could use my skills without having to change from a job I enjoy, just to quit abusing my body! Good luck to you