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    Foot numbness

    I have a question for any one who is bothered by a numb foot. MY left foot was tingly right after my first surgery. Dr checked it --no foot drop--but he said that he did the surgery from the left side so they would be more nerve damage. That surgery was 12/3/08. t10-pelvis. I know it has felt strange at times--but lately it is the major NUMB. and at times some stinging feelings. I do take gabapentin for a nerve on my left ribs that is still raw. So is it possible to iratate the nerves if we are fused? Should I bring to Dr attention?
    I did have to have the rest of the spine fused but the last surgery was 2/23/11. So I am well healed.

    Ed--my info source--what do you think?
    This foot and lower leg can keep me up at times. The other one is fine.

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    Same problem

    I have about the same problem. My left knee down to my foot is always slightly numb. It is there but causes no major problems. And my left knee cap is always cold at night even living in the desert and nights have been close to 100 degrees.

    I started right after surgery and I am now 7 months. I think it is a pinched nerve and therefore nothing can be done like in the past going to a chiropractor.
    Gardenia
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    pre-surgery 75 and 89 - post ?
    Dr. Bridwell Nov 27, 2012 @Barnes Jewish @62yrs
    T11 to Sacrum Dural leak at L2 & L3 ccmail4g@gmail.com

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    Hey you two! Foot pain/numbness is right up my ally, for that is what I deal with on a daily basis. Does it feel like pins and needles or like a wet sponge?

    If the answer is yet to either option you could have a condition called Neuropathy (which we see in many patients, especially those that have had severe spinal problems) it would be a good idea to see a podiatrist or your general doctor and see if they feel an EMG/NVC test would be helpful in diagnosing or excluding such condition.

    It could also be a short term side effect from the surgery. I know I have numbness on my left side but it stops above my knee.

    Tamena
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    Hi !
    I was only concerned about this as it seams to be bothering me more in the last month or so. I can feel things--like touch and that--but just feels numb. I do take gabapentin for a sore nerve in my chest wall. I have been on it for a little over 2 years. My lower lumbar surgery was 12/08. The numbness isn't really new--just more intense. My right leg gets that way from the knee down when I sit. So in the evening, I have to be real careful getting up--left foot numb--right leg numb when I sit.
    I have noticed more left foot numbness when I sit far back--almost on the tailbone. Hurts Too!!
    Any other people notice that pain{I am fused to s-1 and pelvis}
    I thought the gabapentin was to help with this.

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    Of those who take gabapentin,What dose do you take. I am on 300mg a day--was on 600 mg,but kept falling. We had to cut it back.
    Also ,I have an appointment for my granddaughter to see my scoliosis doctor. She saw him 2 years ago, Slight 14 degree curve--he said she was Ok,but she continues with back pain. So it is time to check again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    Ed--my info source--what do you think?
    I think your foot is numb....

    Here is an HSS article....Almost required reading for adults over 40. I just wanted to highlight the oral medication paragraph......

    For radicular symptoms, drugs that reduce inflammation in the nerves and surrounding soft tissues may be prescribed, or drugs that reduce "overactivity" in nerves (neuroleptics) can be used to limit symptoms. Although the neuroleptic agents (such as gabapentin or pregabalin) can be very effective, they also depress the function of normal nerves and can leave patients with a "rubbery" sensation in the legs; in addition, some patients taking these drugs report feeling sleepy much of the time, a side effect that may fade over time. Anti-depressants may also improve radicular symptoms, although the mechanism involved is not well understood.

    Dr. Cunningham notes that Oxycodone is a common and typical narcotic to use on rare occasions to manage extreme pain symptoms. "Narcotics can offer effective pain relief on a short term basis; for example, in the week or so leading up to surgery or for a few weeks following surgery," he says. "However, these drugs are not a good choice long-term as the patient accommodates to the dose and requires increasingly greater doses of the drug to achieve pain relief. Moreover, they eventually become ineffective."

    http://www.hss.edu/conditions_degene...s-overview.asp

    Its hard to say why you foot is numb......taking things real easy right now would be a good idea, and seeing your scoliosis surgeon. Be prepared for a MRI and or a CT scan.

    Hope this helped some.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    I was on Gabbapentin until the 6 months period however at the lowest dosis.

    jackieg412 - RE: grand daughter
    My oldest daughter had signs of slight scoliosis at 8-10 as her shoulders and arms would go numb. My husband wanted her seen by an orthopedic that took 3 weeks to schedule. In the meantime, I took her to my chiropractor she showed me how her right side muscles where stronger than the left thus pushing the spine to curve.

    Very reasonable and clear explanation. She suggested to stop the gymnastics and just do swimming. My daughter really took to swimming competitively up thru high school. The scoliosis never developed due to even muscles build up.

    The orthopedid told me the curve was insignificant until I showed him my xrays and the first thing he said: surgery, rods, etc and I was not even the patient. Second time that I was told this by a physician and spent days in tears and doom.

    Until I saw the light, the right place, the timing was there.
    Gardenia
    Baja California, Mexico & El Centro, Ca
    pre-surgery 75 and 89 - post ?
    Dr. Bridwell Nov 27, 2012 @Barnes Jewish @62yrs
    T11 to Sacrum Dural leak at L2 & L3 ccmail4g@gmail.com

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    Is this numbness all of the time or does it come and go?

    Melissa
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    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    I do hope all will be OK for my granddaughter. It may very well be the muscle issue you spoke of. She is a dancer and has been in intense dance for 10 years now. One side does seem more developed than the other. Or did her posture training help to encourage her and kept the angle of scoliosis down? It is hard to say. She is well trained in ballet--and it demands perfect posture. We see my scoliosis specialist in a few weeks, he said 2 years ago she would be fine{14 degree scoiliosis}, but it is an easy look at a new xray when she says she hurts. Also, I would never want her to go through this surgery if we can prevent it. We will see in a few weeks. Scoliosis missed my children---don't want it to hit my grandchildren.
    ED thanks for the info. I will think about calling DR this week. The foot just seems to be more numb or feel that way. It works and is not cold to the touch.
    Melissa--do you have any foot numbness? You have had so much--just asking?It is numb all of the time, but I have been sitting back more on the tailbone--working on computer more lately.
    Thanks for all of the good advice
    Jackie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    Melissa--do you have any foot numbness? You have had so much--just asking?It is numb all of the time, but I have been sitting back more on the tailbone--working on computer more lately.
    Jackie
    Jackie,

    I do have foot numbness but it is not all of the time. I would say i have it about 50-60% of the time

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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