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    Old 04-07-2007, 04:06 AM   #1
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    Femoral Nerve Problem Linked To L5S1 Disc Problem ?

    Hello, first post and all that.

    In short I have a disc bulging at L5S1 squashing the nerve down my right leg, had phsio, spinal block injections and now due to the length of time I am awaiting surgery. I'm on Lyrica, Tramadol and Diclofenac for the pain which is under control and I have no side effects. I can still feel the nerve streching inside my leg and have numbness in my right foot on all four toes and down the outer edge extending up my outer right lower leg.

    I am happy with my treatment so far in relation to this but at about the same time the back problem started I lost feeling in both front thighs. Initially I had a burning pins and needles sensation and so at the time of my spine block the consultant also gave me an injection above my right hip to block what he said was a trapped femoral nerve. The burning and pins and needles stopped but the feeling did not return, the feeling is less in my left thigh than my right.

    The consultant has said that my back is the priority and to get that sorted first and then look at the thigh issue.

    Obviously I've looked around and suspect that the femoral nerve problem has been brought on by me trying to find comfortable positions to lessen the back pain and by laying on my back with my legs up for long periods.

    Do the two problems often go hand in hand, is there a good chance the feeling will return on its own and if not what options are there. I'm in the UK and don't have to pay for treatment but do have to wait for MRI scans etc, I am lucky to have enough cash to pay for MRI scans privately, would scans identify the cause and show where the nerve is trapped or damaged.

    I would be really grateful for a reply, I can't deny that the two problems are a great worry.

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    Old 04-11-2007, 05:52 AM   #2
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    Re: Femoral Nerve Problem Linked To L5S1 Disc Problem ?

    Anyone ?

     
    Old 04-11-2007, 06:13 AM   #3
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    Re: Femoral Nerve Problem Linked To L5S1 Disc Problem ?

    Hi - I'm wondering if your doctor has ever said that the feeling in your thighs could return - even if it's a burning and tingling feeling? I, too, have a feeling similar to yours - mosting a burning feeling - which extends from my thighs to my lower legs. It mostly happens at night when I'm in bed. I use the gel ice packs, which relieve it. If your back pain is being relieved by taking the drugs you mentioned, why are you considering surgery?? Have you gotten several opinions? I have also had epidural steroid shots, and so far I have been able to put off surgery. The neurosurgeon I saw recommended that I try to avoid surgery as long as possible because there is no guarantee that my problem can be alleviated and it could possibly get worse. I have some stenosis and degenerative disc disease wth some herniation at L5 and have had 2 steroid shots - the last was almost two years ago. Good luck!

     
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