Sudden buttock and lower leg burning numb toe after two or three hours of sleep..

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reliefbound
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   Posted 1/8/2012 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
To anyone that can help in any way I am desperate;

I am a 49 year old male. A few weeks ago after not feeling well I woke up after a three hours with a large pouch of fluid on my left hip (I believe it was pooling blood) and extreme burning pain in both of my legs starting in my buttocks with severity in my shins and feet. I had great difficulty walking for almost an hour and the burning sensation was not tolerable. The pouch subsided after about the first hour. I went to the Family Dr. as soon as I could and he suggested a back X-Ray which showed L4 was somewhat concave and could pinch a nerve. (I have subsequently had an MRI completed of back and am waiting for specialist to to read it)

I find it very hard to believe it is my back causing this situation as my problem is bilateral and based on the information I have obtained seems like it may be due to nerve related damage from loss of blood flow. My question is could my blood pressure have dropped low enough to cause permanent damage by way of lack of oxygen to nerves in both legs including my shins and toes and feet. I am still in significant pain and have been given Neurontin with some relieve but I still have constant burning sensation in buttocks, lower legs and feet that has made existence miserable. I strongly believe I had low blood pressure at the time of the onset of this problem as I was very dizzy when I stood up.. Your thoughts on cause and ideas for treatment would be most appreciated. I am supposed to schedule an appointment with Vascular Specialist and then a Neurologist as soon as available for visit.

Thank you,
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 1/9/2012 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Reliefbound,

Welcome to our forum.

So sorry that you need us though.

I an not a doctor but dizziness upon standing is low LBP. Im surprised you didnt pass out.

Sounds like it is nerve related pain and certain pain reliever pills are excellant for that condition. i dont know their names.

Soon other members will respond.

Nice to meet you
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Betsey
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   Posted 1/9/2012 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Reliefbound,

Have you seen more than one specialist/doctor for this? I am sure there are other things going on, perhaps diabetes? High blood pressure? Vericose veins? Some silly injury that you missed. Do you were those, all to sexy, ted hose? If so, to the knee, or to the thigh. The vascular surgeon seems like a good place to start.
I used to take neurontin for years but its made me so I have trouble thinking of.... um.... um..... OH! words. tongue Good luck, my prayers are getting longer and longer please keep us all posted.

Perhaps, through some twist of fate, this incident has brought things to attention that you did not even know about and will be helpful in the end.
Abdominal surgeries 7ish (C section x2, Hysterectomy, Laprotomy due to scar tissue, left Colectomy, ventral hernia repair,MRSA, Ventral hernia repair removal, MRSA. Ventral hernia repair laproscopic, last surgery left a hole for months that needed to be packed. The last hernia repair was a placement of a Large abdominal mesh with unusual sensitivity to the tacks.

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   Posted 1/9/2012 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum reliefbound.

I have had lots of incidences of leg pain, calf pain one or both legs, tingling, pins and needles in both feet, sometimes pain or numbness only on one side ... It always turns out to be from my spine, with the exception of when only one hip hurts, and that's usually been bursitis. Bursitis can be treated with a simple injection of cortisone into the bursal sac. My leg and feet usually feel better after a spinal injection (several types of those).

No use worrying. Read as much as you can on real medical websites - just to understand the anatomy and types of treatments. For me, exercises and physical therapy haven't done much, but others have had good results. I take that back, in part: I learned that pushing my spine out, away from my back, flattening the curve in the lower spine helps sometimes. Lying on the floor and pushing the spine towards it, or pushing it towards the seat when driving can relieve the pain temporarily. At least a little. I do believe that building core muscle strength helps, even if it doesn't stop pain for me. I don't exercise as much as I should.

When you get the results of the MRI you will be prepared to understand them if you read beforehand. Just don't get hyper believing stuff with no proven studies.

As for blood flow, there's not much in the parts of the spinal discs. Staying active is often recommended, but as we age these things shrink, get torn, herniate, etc. I used to have horrible pain from protruding L2/L3 disc, but it stopped when the disc shrank away and is now bone on bone. It took a couple of years. I've got a new one now lower down. I'm hoping injections will make it feel better as it did the higher one - so I can avoid surgery and just wait for the disc to shrink on its own like the other one did.

One thing this disc pain does is to trigger muscle spasms in my back. I get relief from a TENS unit if I put it one soon enough, like before starting to drive for an hour's trip.

Best wishes.

reliefbound
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   Posted 1/15/2012 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your input all of you. Do you think exercise will help with the pain? It is so hard to even consider.


Thank you,

David

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   Posted 1/15/2012 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi David, since this does sound like nerve pain and the Neurotin helped somewhat, I would check with my dr before starting any exercising. You sure do not want to do something that will aggravate this. The dr can give you specific exercises to do to avoid this. Also, if the Neurotin is helping with the pain you may talk to the dr about a small increase in it. We see many on here that they slowly increase the Neurotin to get the best effect.

Keep us posted. Take care.
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reliefbound
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   Posted 1/23/2012 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your input , The pain has subsided some with increased in Neurontin 3 x 300 mg per day. GP advised MRI showed L3 / L4 damage disc degradation, Can you recdomend best Specialist for this type of damage. Thank you in advance?

David

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   Posted 1/23/2012 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi David, depending on what you mean by damage disc degradation would depend on what type of specialist you could consult with. If your GP feels you are not a surgical candidate then most like;y he will refer you to an orthopedic dr. There are a lot of different ways to treat someone with conservative care. Has your GP said whether he will treat this or did he say off to a specialist? If you don't get any relief in the pain you could always ask to be referred to a PM dr. Before going the PM route I would see if the dr orders some physical therapy and if that fails to help then look at a PM dr.

Keep us posted on how you are getting along. Take care.
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