What could be the cause of numbness radiating down my leg?
Thank you for your question - I can completely empathise with you having endured back pain and leg symptoms in the past - it can be quite troubling.
Before I continue, I just want you to consider whether you have any of the following:
1. Numbness around the anus
2. A sudden change in bowel or bladder function
If you do, please can I urge you visit your local emergency department as soon as possible - these are known as "red flag symptoms" and require urgent attention.
As Dr Sean mentions, you sound like you are experiencing radicular/nerve symptoms. This is due to nerve irritation somewhere along its pathway. While the back is probably the commonest place for this to happen, most people will be able to recall an episode when it comes or when they "slipped" the disc.
Hi, thank you for the question. This symptom that you are experiencing is something that is very common.
What you’re feeling is something we term, as a radiculopathy. It’s the sensation one experiences when a nerve from the back (Lumbar) region gets pressed.
Nerves are very sensitive, and any compression, from either a disc bulge or slipped disc, bone spurs, soft tissue swelling etc, can cause this symptom.
That’s also why you’re experiencing some Low back discomfort. They usually come together, though some patients may only have back pain, or leg symptoms.
It is important to identify the source of the compression, as sometimes left untreated, may lead to further compression and progressively worse symptoms. I would recommend that you visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon - scans may be necessary to identify the pathology.
Management options can then be...