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Old 06-10-2005, 11:42 AM   #1
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Question Sacroiliac joint dysfunction - numbness in toes/feet?

I've posted before about some random but perisistent numbness I have in my feet. On my left foot, the underside of my pinky toe feels numb. Also, a 2 inch patch on top of my right heel feels numb. I don't know when it started but it's constant. I didn't notice it till I got pins/needles in my calf last year and a visit to a neurologist got me looking for things. It could've been there for years for all I know. The tingling in my calf only happened twice for a week or two at a time. I went to a spine specialist who saw some minor disc desiccation on my thoracic films which might explain the sporadic spasms I get in my scapular region. I'm going to PT 3/x wk now but he can't find anything majorly wrong except that he commented that my musculature is somewhat imbalanced in my upper back and my ribcage is tight. He has no explanation for my foot numbness. The past two days I've had a return of hip pain/aching. I mentioned that I had a pain deep in my hip on the right and he said that was probably my SI joint. I only had MRI's of the thoracic and lumbar spine. Could that be causing my numbness in both feet? I notice that sometimes I get a sharp pain in my hip area, especially after the birth of my children (2 pgs 15 mos apart). I'm in decent shape, on the thin side too so I don't have extra weight except for lugging around two toddlers! I never thought to mention it to my orthopedist because my thoracic area gave me more pain. Nothing in the clinical exam that he found but do I need to bring his attention to it to get a more detailed examination of that area? Might I need a different MRI?

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Old 06-10-2005, 02:57 PM   #2
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Re: Sacroiliac joint dysfunction - numbness in toes/feet?

SI joint dysfunction would not cause pain/numbness in your feet. You need to look at a nerve chart.

Old 06-10-2005, 04:31 PM   #3
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Re: Sacroiliac joint dysfunction - numbness in toes/feet?


You really should talk to your spine specialist about the pain and show them exactly where the pain is on your back. As you said you had a spine specialist, I assume they are either a neurosurgeon or orthosurgeon rather than neurologist who does no surgery. It is possible that you need another test, but again they may look more intently at the MRI films, concentrating on the lumbar area after you tell them of the pain you are experiencing. There are other diagnostic tests that could be needed, but first a good comprehensive exam with you showing them where your pain is. It is quite possible that you have some stenosis or other problems in the sacral area, around the L5-S1 or even at the S2 area.

You may also wish to visit the spine-universe site which is BionicWitch posted for board members to see. It is at the top of the threads in a post about "good news for lots of you" and has the exact link as approved by the moderators. The site is excellent and if you will do a site search for " Neurological.Exams.Sensory.Nerves" you should find an article there of a longer name which displays chart or list of which nerves cause pain/numbess at which locations. Gives you a pretty good idea of what area is causing which pain.

Best wishes and hope you will cover all the bases with your spine specialist.

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