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Left outer thigh numbness and lower left back pain

Hey everyone

To start off I am 21 years old and have been having this pain for about 5 years now. I have numbness on my outer left thigh that has not gone away and is gradually increasing with pain. I also have some lower back pain on my left side. This all began with me noticing that if I touch the left leg it feels different from when I touch the left. Also, if I scratch the area, I am in excruciating pain. The numbness never goes away and if I sit for long periods of time or stretch, the pain intensifies.  The back pain feels as if pressure is being applied to it 24/7, it does not go away and a burning sensation. I have had this for a long time already and have visited several doctors but have gotten no where. I am seeing a doctor now and he has ordered an MRI for my cervical region. These past few months it has gotten worse to where I would describe it as a knife running along my leg and I could feel pain shooting down my thigh. I have never had any serious injuries nor past histories that may hint to why I am like this. I just wish I could figure out what it is because it has gotten to the point where I'm in tears because it hurts so bad. Does anyone have any idea what this might be or has gone through something like this?

-Thank you for reading! (:



  • hi hurtadobriana

    welcome to spine-health

    good luck with your mri and please let us know the results and any treatment you are offered.

    unfortunately there are no medical professional on this site and it is against forum rules for members to give medical advice.

    sometimes numb areas in the legs can relate to nerves being compressed, as i experienced when i herniated one of my lumbar discs.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
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    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
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    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
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