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    Old 06-04-2005, 08:57 PM   #1
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    I HATE my numb butt...help!

    Hi Everyone,

    I have gotten so much great advice from these boards, just wanted to say thanks and now I want to rant about my possible sciatica.

    It's been three days now since I felt something go "ping" in my lower back during a yoga/ core class and I have been suffering from excruciating pain ever since. My doctor said it was a pinched sciatic nerve, and to take it easy for a few days. If it doesn't get better (it hasn't), then I'm going for the MRI. In the meantime, I'm trying to work and sleep, both of which are impossible. At least I am up and moving around though.

    But the worst part by FAR is the fact that my right butt cheek and leg, down to my knee, is completely numb. I can't stand it. I hate sitting on the toilet seat. I hate that my leg feels heavy and I walk like Frankenstein. I can take the pain but the numb leg is a new one for me.

    I know I can't do anything except wait until the MRI but I'm wondering if there's anyone in the same boat. What are the chances of it just going away after a few days? How many days/ weeks until I should really worry?

    Anyway, thanks to those who responded to my other post as well.

    - M

     
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    Old 06-04-2005, 10:34 PM   #2
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    Re: I HATE my numb butt...help!

    To be quite honest, if you are experiencing the numbness in your buttocks, and down your whole thigh to your knee... then I dont hesitate to say that this is most likely not something that is just going to go away in a few days..... Numbness is usually a sign of a nerve being compressed... and that is ususally from a disc that has herniated and is pressing on the nerve... But the only way to know for certain is to have the MRI, and it should be able to give you more defenative answers....only speaking from my own experience and your description of your symptoms...I wouldnt really let it worry me perse' until you find out for sure from the MRI what is causing your pain and numbness... if it progresses enough before the MRI or something that you start to loose your bladder or bowel... or your legs go completely numb and you loose all control of them... then I would tell you that is the time to worry, and you are looking at an emergency situation, and need immediate attention... but since you aren't experiencing any of that..... I wouldnt worry myself to much.... Wait till you get your results... talk to your doctor... see what they tell you, and decide what avenue to take to fix the problem...Thats the best advice I can give you so far... Keep us updated on what you find out.... and We will be thinking about you...

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    Old 06-08-2005, 09:36 PM   #3
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    Thank you, TRose. I'm just feeling grouchy and annoyed that I'm not better. I go back to the doc on Monday and will know then about the MRI and the plan from here. It helps to know there are others out there.

    - M

     
    Old 06-09-2005, 07:19 AM   #4
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    Hi, I too am having a numb butt and leg, but I can't get in to see my doctor until the 28th. I hate sitting on the toilet seat too, it seems to make it worse. Since you will be seeing your doctor before me, let me know what he says. Valley

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    Old 06-09-2005, 07:30 PM   #5
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    Re: I HATE my numb butt...help!

    I will keep you updated after my appointment! Thanks for your responses.

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    Old 06-24-2005, 08:04 AM   #6
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    Just got my diagnosis from the neurosurgeon after the MRI and it's worse than I thought it would be.

    He said that I had completely "blown out" one of the discs, in addition to a 8mm tear in the tissue. The Degenerative Disc Disease has been getting significantly worse to the point where there is no cushioning left at L5/ S1. The fluid in the spinal column is almost completely closed off, and the disc is pushing on the nerves for my butt and legs. He said I am very close to losing control of my bladder and bowels, and if that happens then I am to immediately contact him.

    He won't operate right now because there is a chance that Mother Nature will repair some of the damage, and I am not in intolerable pain.

    He prescribed a few months (!) of absolute rest. No sitting for long periods, exercise of any kind, no stretching, no plane trips, no bending at the waist, no picking anything up, no sit-ups, etc. I am flabbergasted. How will I work? I am frustrated at the idea of lying around for so long as I am (was) extremely active AND I am a documentary filmmaker so I have to be mobile.

    He didn't seem to have any sympathy though, and gave me the wake-up call that if I do any more damage I will be in very serious trouble.

    I'm going to be turning to lots of you on these boards for support and commiseration!

    - M

     
    Old 06-24-2005, 08:26 AM   #7
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    Re: I HATE my numb butt...help!

    Hi, everyone!
    I'm new to this messageboard. I truly appreciate all your posts. They are very helpful.

    I just had a laminectomy (had terrible sciatica paint and numbness) 3 weeks ago. My post-op appointment is next week.
    How long will it be before I get relief from my leg pain? I'm better than I was...before the operation my pain was 8-10 and now it is anywhere from 4-5. I was hoping it would eliminate the pain entirely.

    Do any of you have any suggestions? Thanks for a great board!

     
    Old 06-24-2005, 09:01 AM   #8
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    Re: I HATE my numb butt...help!

    Hi,

    So sorry for your problems. You say your neurosurgeon, but don't indicate that he is a spine specialist. I doubt seriously that a true spine specialist would have you waiting a few months, as the longer a nerve is that compressed the less likely you can have a full recovery.

    I would urge you to use the web to search out for a spine specialist in your area. Take your films and see several if necessary to find one who is a good communicator, who will discuss all the potentials and who is concerned about the time a nerve is compressed. My first doc didn't tell me about the time and I waited too long, so wound up with numb toes for the rest of my life. Also, he didn't do his own tests like the facet joint injection, so I wound up temporarily paralyzed, loosing all lower body functions and believe me, this is NOT something you want to mess with. If you don't know how to search out a spine specialist (can be neuro or ortho) who has done a spine fellowship and does just spines in their practice, then do a board search for a reply to a post (who should I see) and I've given directions there. If you can't find it, post again and I'll post the "how to".

    Please, do not wait until the compression causes permanent damage and you have a numb butt for life. The guidance my spine specialist gave me (and of course it depends on the amount of compression so it can be more or less time) is if relief is given within 6 months there is excellent chance for full recovery, but it drops to 75 percent chance at 9 months and only only 50 percent chance at a year. While no one wants surgery, the fact is, we need to be fully informed so we can decide what is the best route for us. If we know and choose to delay, then we are willing to accept a lesser outcome, but we want to know the real risks from the word go.

    Best wishes and I hope you will see a spine specialist.

    [QUOTE=mmmartino]Just got my diagnosis from the neurosurgeon after the MRI and it's worse than I thought it would be.

    He said that I had completely "blown out" one of the discs, in addition to a 8mm tear in the tissue. The Degenerative Disc Disease has been getting significantly worse to the point where there is no cushioning left at L5/ S1. The fluid in the spinal column is almost completely closed off, and the disc is pushing on the nerves for my butt and legs. He said I am very close to losing control of my bladder and bowels, and if that happens then I am to immediately contact him.

    He won't operate right now because there is a chance that Mother Nature will repair some of the damage, and I am not in intolerable pain.

    He prescribed a few months (!) of absolute rest. No sitting for long periods, exercise of any kind, no stretching, no plane trips, no bending at the waist, no picking anything up, no sit-ups, etc. I am flabbergasted. How will I work? I am frustrated at the idea of lying around for so long as I am (was) extremely active AND I am a documentary filmmaker so I have to be mobile.

    He didn't seem to have any sympathy though, and gave me the wake-up call that if I do any more damage I will be in very serious trouble.

    I'm going to be turning to lots of you on these boards for support and commiseration!

    - M[/QUOTE]

     
    Old 06-29-2005, 09:14 AM   #9
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    Re: I HATE my numb butt...help!

    Quietcook,

    Thank you so much for your advice. I will seek out another Neurosurgeon who is a spine specialist and look for a second opinion. It certainly can't hurt and I am so worried about have permanent problems for the rest of my life -- it's worth the extra effort.

    I'll keep the boards updated.

    - MMM

     
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