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Back injury with numbness and weakness in leg (srs)

cgcgradedccgcgraded Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Lower Back Pain
On Monday, I was working out (deadlifting) and I felt like it felt like a terrible pain in my lower back. It locked up locked for a few seconds.

I was finally was able to stand up and walk around a bit (pain was still horrendous). About 5 mins later the inside of my left leg went numb. I considered going to the emergency room but I HATE going to doctors so I just put ice on it.

The numbness has reduced since the first day but the inside of left knee is still numb and I have no hip abduction strength. However, my back has felt like it has better each day.

I'm thinking I might of herniated a disk that put pressure on my sciatic nerve causing the numbness and weakness? I really don't want to go to a doctor, especially sense my back is feeling much better. Do you think its just a matter of time before all is well?



  • Whenever you develop muscle weakness, don't wait and go see a specialist. Have you had an MRI done on your lumbar? Things might get better, but it's always a good idea to see a doctor. Good luck!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    The best thing for you to do is to start with your PCP. Generally, when you have what may be the start of a spine problem, you go to your PCP to get it checked and probably will get an x-ray. If something unusual shows up, then you may be referred to PT to see if it helps and if not, then it may be time for an MRI. If that shows more than the PCP can handle, they'll refer you to a spine surgeon/specialist. If it comes to that, you can come here and get suggestions on the best way to find a good one.

    So, start at the beginning and go from there. A possible spine problem is NOTHING to mess with. You need to make sure you don't have something going on that needs special attention before something worse happens.

    Please keep us posted as to what your doc says.
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  • I would go so that they can identify what the problem is while it is young. I allowed the USAF to weight 2 years after my injury to really do something. NOw all i hear is if they had done it sooner i would be in much better conditions. Almost 9 years later i an still dealing with enormous amount of pain and problems.
    Please go see someone ASAP. I too hate ER, however i would rather go to a doctor while i have sorta of a choice vs. i have no other choice. Please, please go.
    Best of luck to you.
  • Welcome to Spine Health!!! "Weakness" is something you don't want to mess with!!! If your insurance allows, I would try to get with a Spine Specialist as soon as possible. If it doesn't then like was suggested, you need/should get with you PC physician to find out where you are at.

    You don't want this to become a lifelong issue! Also too, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to skip the gym and weights until you know what is going on? Please let us know how it turns out. Again, Welcome aboard!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • good suggestion on the gym skipping av.
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