Anyone Numbness ?

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TeaBag
TeaBag Member Posts: 101
edited 4. Dec 2014, 04:10 in Living with Arthritis archive
I have had numbness since Tuesday down below and around my buttocks since Tuesday it now has moved to my lower left leg and foot ..it is not completey numb the best way i can describe it is like a dental injection wearing off ..have any off you had this ?
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  • LignumVitae
    LignumVitae Member Posts: 1,972
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I've had a similar thing down my buttock and leg from a slipped/ bulging disc (prolapsed is the word I'm looking for). It might be worth mentioning it to a medic and seeing what they say. I know some disc problems can cause numbness around the pelvis and when you complain of back pain medics often ask if it is making you incontinent.
    Hey little fighter, things will get brighter
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    Just want to second what LV has said, and add that if you start to experience any loss of bladder or bowel control go to A and E, this is advice I have been given when I had a similar problem.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,730
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    I've no experience of this but it does sound worrying. How are you today?
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • TeaBag
    TeaBag Member Posts: 101
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    Still Numb i did try to get an appointment yesterday but i couldn't my walking is bad anyhow but this really has affected it now the only good thing is my legs numb so pain is slight but i don't know if this is good or bad as i don't know if i am doing damage while walking
    i will see what way i feel in the morning and perhaps ring Dr on call for advice
    Any of you who have had this how long did it last ? i have a couple of fibro friends (online) who told me they get this but as they haven't official told me yet i have fibro i just don't know ...Thank you all for your replys .
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,730
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    Like LV and Slosh, I'd be thinking more of disc trouble than fibro. I will give no advice as I really don't know anything about it but I hope it can be dealt with soon.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    All I can say is try and see your GP or take yourself to A and E so you can get checked out and do let us know how you get on.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
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    Sudden numbness is a little concerning, so I would push to be seen by an out of hours doctor, or at least spoken to. How are you this evening?
  • TeaBag
    TeaBag Member Posts: 101
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    Hi just an update went to Dr on call this morning a young girl who looked about 14 she really didn't know had to go and confer a few times :cry: so Amitriptyline was prescribed as they think its a nerve being nipped and I have to see my own GP for a referral to orthoppeds I did say do you think its a flare to which I was told oh I don't really know :lol:
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
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    Hello Teabag
    Sorry I am late seeing this, I would have said go to the walk in center they can be very good ..but I see you have spoke to someone..and hopefully you will get a proper checkup it does sound like a disc prob,I always get asked if i have any numbness..please let us know how you get on..
    Love
    Barbara
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,730
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    She wouldn't know, teabag, as rheumatology is a specialism. From all that I've read on here - and nothing else - her diagnosis sounds right. i hope the amitrptyline helps and the GP too.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • TeaBag
    TeaBag Member Posts: 101
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    No appointments until 15th and not with my own GP
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    I prefer people who don't know the answers or are not sure to go and ask rather than one who breezily says 'Oh yes, this is the problem so go and take that.' Sticky is right, we are closed books to most GPs, especially the newly-qualified. I am sorry that you cannot get an appointment until that late date, does your surgery run a system of offering cancellations to others? If so, would this be a suitable answer for you? DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • weejim1961
    weejim1961 Member Posts: 15
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    Just be a bit careful in the meantime, as I had similar symptoms after a back accident and ended up damaging my leg permanently, now wear a leg caliper. To cut a long story short, hurt back, pain down leg, carried on working with rubs and pain killers. Tinkling and numb down to back of knee, then right down to foot. Then bowel stopped moving, thought it was the pain killers. Outcome was disc was pushing on a nerve and with me persevering damaged my leg and had to have all my large bowel and rectum removed. I was told it was just unfortunate that the way it was rubbing on the nerve was a chance in a million. Although at the time I had to wait 6 months to see a orthopedic which probably didn't help. At the same time it could be a trapped nerve, my arm goes numb sometimes, when it swells in the shoulder area. I know how you feel the numbness is more annoying than painful. I am on amitripline for nerve pain (made a mess removing my rectum) LOL. depending what dose you start on you might feel other parts going numb (face) but it soon subsides. I was also put on a epilepsy drug Carbamazepine for the nerve pain. Hopefully it is just a trapped nerve and will settle soon.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
  • TeaBag
    TeaBag Member Posts: 101
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    weejim1961 wrote:
    Just be a bit careful in the meantime, as I had similar symptoms after a back accident and ended up damaging my leg permanently, now wear a leg caliper. To cut a long story short, hurt back, pain down leg, carried on working with rubs and pain killers. Tinkling and numb down to back of knee, then right down to foot. I am on amitripline for nerve pain (made a mess removing my rectum) LOL. depending what dose you start on you might feel other parts going numb (face) but it soon subsides. I was also put on a epilepsy drug Carbamazepine for the nerve pain. Hopefully it is just a trapped nerve and will settle soon.
    Hi that is what scares me because I cant feel the pain in my knee at present and I don't know what damage I may be doing going to try and get a sooner appointment
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    Have you thought about going to A and E? This has been going on for a while now.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • TeaBag
    TeaBag Member Posts: 101
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    Hi I finally had my GP appointment yesterday and I have been referred for an Urgent MRI my Gp thinks its a disc problem the numbness now is just in my two feet feels like walking on marbles or your socks has rolled down a very strange feeling I will update again if I have more info thank you all for your reply's and well wishes x :)
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,730
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    Good that he's got onto the job straight away, Teabag. Sorry about the marbles :wink: but at least it will be dealt with quickly. That's the main thing.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • weejim1961
    weejim1961 Member Posts: 15
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    That's great Teabag that your doctor is quick on the ball. Hopefully it's just a trapped nerve and some physiotherapy or traction will fix it. I still have a disc pushing against my good leg (the one without the caliper) and once or twice a year I get pelvic traction when I get sciatica then numbness in it. Thats been going on near 20 years and it's still fine, I even have the traction equipment at the end of my bed, the hospital gave me it so I wouldn't have to go be admitted to hospital all the time. Hopefully you won't have to wait long on the scan.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    I know the feeling! Hope you don't have to wait too long to get the results.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • TeaBag
    TeaBag Member Posts: 101
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    Just an update my MRI is on 12th Nov the Numbness now has gone over the last couple of days Typical! :roll:
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,730
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    Thanks for the update, Teabag. Going is a good thing. If there's a problem I think the MRI will still pick it up.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • As5567
    As5567 Member Posts: 665
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    TeaBag wrote:
    Just an update my MRI is on 12th Nov the Numbness now has gone over the last couple of days Typical! :roll:
    It could have been a pinched nerve from some type of disk problem, its good that the numbness has gone for you in the meanwhile but it will be assuring to have an MRI to rule out any disk problems so that you know in the future.
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    Good news on the date of the MRI and also that the numbness has gone. Still worth getting it checked out in case the problem comes back.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • TeaBag
    TeaBag Member Posts: 101
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    Had my MRI this week 4 weeks until results it was very uncomfortable i couldn't lie flat on my back so had to have my head propped up and go in feet first felt like a bit of a freak until i got home and realised that they do scan that way a lot :lol:
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,730
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    Thanks for the update, Teabag. Well done on surviving the MRI :wink: Please let us know the results.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright