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05-03-2006, 10:22 AM
Did anyone with the low lumbar curve have any problems with your feet??? Maybe silly ?? but my left foot has been getting numb off & on since about March or so when I wake up in the morning. It is always the left foot, toes. My Lumbar is on the left side...thks! :)


05-03-2006, 11:25 AM
Be sure to report this to your surgeon. It sounds like you may have some nerve involvement.


05-03-2006, 11:39 AM
thanks Linda,
When I was tested back in January on my legs & feet at Dr. Boachie's, I was very flexible & no problems standing on the balls of my heels & walking. I still have no problem with that at all. But a lot of mornings I wake up with my left toes feeling kind of weird, just different...not really like you slept on them(maybe not as bad as 'numb') but just different than the right foot. I've been thinking it's all in my head with this upcoming surgery-I think you almost get paranoid about any different feeling.. But I most definitely will mention it at testing day this June.
thks again-------Lynne :) :) :)

05-03-2006, 12:52 PM
Hi Lynne,

Yeah, my left big toe goes tingly and/or numb sometimes when I walk a long time in the wrong shoes (like at the mall). I'm so used to it I hardly even think about it. Something else to worry about :eek: !!

05-03-2006, 02:11 PM
Lynne -

You are sooo not alone. I have pain in my leg that goes into my foot and big toe. It is caused by nerve impingement. The nerve exiting out of L5-S1 is compressed and it causes pain on a daily basis. My lumbar curve is 58*. Ask Boachie about it.


05-03-2006, 02:24 PM
I guess we all have that biggy Lower Lumbar curve! I'm 60 Lumbar...so I'm right there with ya..BBest. Is your curve on the left side? & is it your left foot?? singer, yours too?? thks :)

05-03-2006, 02:35 PM
Curve is on the left side, pain is in the right foot. Go figure.

05-03-2006, 03:30 PM
My curve is to the right, numb toe on the left. Hey Brandi, we're mirror opposites!

05-03-2006, 03:45 PM
I had the same issues with my foot and left leg.
It would turn purple and be numb from just walking or standing too long.
Mine was all nerve related.
Be sure to tell your surgeon about it so he knows what to look for on your MRIs and stuff.
The myelogram was the best test for figuring out the extent of nereve damage.
Have you had one of those yet?


05-04-2006, 02:06 PM
Kat...no tests yet... I go June 1st for whatever I need. I know they said I need a lower MRI done. I hate the MRI & I'm hoping it's an open one at HSS. I think I hate the MRI worse than surgery.. maybe they can give me something, I'm claustrophobic..........Ly :eek: :eek:

05-04-2006, 02:15 PM
I hate them too, I lasted 20 minutes-the test was supposed to be over an hour-b/c I didn't ask for anything to calm me down and ear plugs with all that clicking :eek: !! Looking back, the nurse should have told me about it, instead of being mad at me for wanting to get out :mad: Some hospital staff are nice and then sometimes you run into a bad one...

Jacque's Mom
05-04-2006, 03:28 PM
Lynne, the last MRI I had at HSS was in 2002 and it was closed but they may very well have open ones now. Maybe you've done this before but if not I find this helps.....bring a washcloth or something that size and put it over your eyes so if you do open them, you do not see the top of the MRI so close to you (I felt like my eyelashes could touch it!). The first time I had one done, even though I was telling myself DO NOT OPEN YOUR EYES, I did and it's an awful feeling seeing the top so close to you. With the cloth over your eyes it isn't as bad if you do open them. As far as the noise, I would bring my earplugs and it would deaden the noise somewhat but it is noisy. Good luck to you........ LYNN

05-04-2006, 04:12 PM
The MRI i had last summer was an open one, which was not toooooooo bad.. There was a window in one wall of the room and i kept my head turned so i could look toward it. The banging noises i tried to imagine as being my mother in the kitchen when i was young, cooking supper with the iron skillets and stirring food and then banging the spoons on the sides...lol...

Whatever you do, DON'T think about itching somewhere...... :p

05-04-2006, 07:59 PM
The hospital called me a few days before my MRI and asked if I was claustrophobic. I told them I was. They told me to contact my doctor to get something prescribed. My doctor prescribed 1 tablet of Valium. I took it about 30 minutes before my procedure...I remember walking and feeling like I was "high stepping". I had no problems with claustrophobia during the procedure.

Kindest Regards,

05-05-2006, 05:31 AM
I'll take the valium & the wash cloth please! I've never taken more than a Tylenoil PM for anythg. But for this, I will need a valium! My dad who has passed, god bless him, had a MRI years ago before his hip replacement & when he came out, he said to my mom..."I never want to hear another Johnny Mathis song again as long as I live"................Ly ;)

green m&m
05-05-2006, 07:32 AM
You could try to get an open one, but open MRIs are lower magnet field strength so the images won't be as high quality as convensational MRIs.

I think most open MRIs only go up to .3 telsa while closed ones can be up to 1.5 telsa. I'd find out if your doctors cares either way, you don't want to end up getting rescanned. Open MRIs also can take longer than closed MRIs to scan.

I've had three, one closed and two open... I was fine with all of them except the last one which was a c-spine that I had hard time NOT swallowing for... oops :p I couldn't help it!... the tech was getting annoyed..hehe. My c-spine has to get rescanned on a closed MRI which annoys me just cause that takes time and I wanted a closed scanner from the beginning.. darn scheduling. :mad: