Nerve pain and numbness in leg

Hi everyone, I injured my (already weak) low back due to a heavy lifting incident 8 gays ago. I am accustomed to the horrible pain, but this time I am also getting SERIOUS hip pain, moderate anterior thigh pain, and major numbness/pins and needles further down (knee, medial thigh). Is this a normal part of the Sciatic pain process? I usually self-treat and wait for symptoms to resolve on their own. Does this sound more urgent to anyone? Not looking for medical advice, just experiences/opinions to compare. Thanks!!



  • RichardsonRRichardson Posts: 52
    edited 01/13/2020 - 10:49 AM

    @gijdrum If I was experiencing numbness and tingling down my leg it is time to see a doctor.  If it wee me, I would see my PCP and maybe they'll refer you to a specialist who may take images to see what's going on.  Good luck.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,459

    Welcome gijdrum to the forum.

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    Here’s a great article about back pain on Spine-health that you might want to check out: Back Pain Overview: A Guide for Understanding Back Pain. The article outlines common lower back pain causessymptoms, and treatments. It’s a very comprehensive article. I hope you find this information helpful.

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  • Anytime I have numbness, pins and needles, I see the doctor, that usually means nerves are involved.

    Take care and keep us posted


  • When I felt my back go the burning went straight down my leg immediately. 3 weeks later that nerve was fully numb all the way down (instead of the horrible burning pain). I had a discectomy 4 months later and I'm now 2 months post-op - don't know what effect the surgery had at this point, but the surgeon was fully confident the nerve wouldn't be able to recover without removing some of the protruded disc (at l4/l5). The MRI showed a lot of disc in the wrong spot, so I seemed like a pretty obvious case I guess.

  • gijdrum - I'd say it's time to see a doctor for an evaluation and make that appointment.  If the pain/numbness clears up you can always cancel the appointment.  S/he may also be able to offer you good advice about pain relief, physical therapy, and non-invasive options. My doctor first referred me for an MRI and then to a spine specialist.  The spine specialist has been very conservative with treatment, which I somewhat appreciate (part of me wishes he'd just take a pair of plyers and pull the aggravated nerve right out of my back lol).  Take care of yourself, it's ok to do that!

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