Numbness in lower leg

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   Posted 5/25/2012 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Last January I began to feel a numb are on the bottom of my left foot. Today it has gradually climbed to just below the knee. It kinda has the same feeling as if it had fallen asleep and is waking.. the pins and needles along with big time pain. I know it isn't asleep as it lasts all the time no matter what I may be doing. The pain originally began in my left hip years ago and traveled down my leg to the knee. I haven't been to the doc yet but I wonder if this is something any of you have had. Thanks in advance for ideas?

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   Posted 5/25/2012 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have an appt. with a Dr. coming up soon to see about this?

It could be anything from a disc issue in your spine to a pinched nerve in your hip that can travel downward.

When do you notice it the most? Upon waking.....or after driving.....or after walking....

Do you have pain along with this or just the numb feeling?

Obviously none of us are Drs. so it's just all speculation...

So hopefully you will get answers soon from the Dr.
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   Posted 5/25/2012 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
TY snowbunny,
It begins as soon as I awake and start moving. Never stops, seems to be worse at night, but I would assume that is because when I lay down it dominates my discomfort. I have an appt. with a new GI on Tuesday. We recently moved and I have lost all my doctors.
It is so hard to find new ones. I still need to find a good Primary Care, Rhummy, and Pain Management Dr. Try as I might it seems like I am seeking hidden treasure the way everyone seems to ignore my requests for new Doc's and it really sucks big time.

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   Posted 5/25/2012 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Lynn, you really need to have your back checked, this could very well be coming from your back and you don't have to have back pain for this to happen either.

Good luck finding new drs, thats a real chore.

Take care....Susie
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   Posted 5/25/2012 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a herniated disc at L4-5... I experience pain all the way into my toes on the right and numbness from the knee down. The herniation is pushing on the nerve to the right. It is possible that you're dealing with the same thing but on the left.

I hope that you can get the situation with your doctors sorted out! Good luck.
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   Posted 5/25/2012 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all, I never even considered having a back problem since I have no back pain, it's all in my hip. I do have pain in my tail bone though... the cartilage I would guess? It is very hard for me to sit in one position for any real length of time.
I am hoping the new GI will be able to refer me to a good Rheummy and Pain Management Doc.
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   Posted 5/25/2012 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynn I'm sorry that you're having so much pain in your leg. I wish you good luck in finding new doctors. I would suggest looking your insurance up online and see if they have a list. Take care.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
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   Posted 5/25/2012 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Lynn it could be allot of things, but I would not wait to long before seeing a doctor about it, as it could get worse, and if it is a nerve in your back and it sure sounds like it might be, then the longer you go without treatment the worse it could get and possibly even result in permanent nerve damage! Please have it checked out soon!, see a neurologist if you can!

Good luck to you!

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   Posted 5/27/2012 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all. Good advise and I am working on looking to get referrals due to just moving here to Al, close to Rome GA. Very difficult so far but keeping fingers crossed that the new GI for my Crohn's Disease will be able to make the referrals for me.
Again thanks for info. I really appreciate it!
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