lower back pain with numbness in anterior part of leg

by erica


I feel pain in my lower back pain around sacroiliac joint region, sometimes, I can feel numbness in my anterior part of leg. i cannot sit for long period of time.

Hello Erica,
Yes, it's of concern. I need some more facts. Bend slowly forwards, then backwards, then to the side and slightly backwards. What happens in your back and leg? Do it carefully.

Then go to Chiropractic Help home page and type Slump Test into the Search function in the navigation bar on the right. What do you feel?

Something to watch out for. If the knee starts to buckle, on the stairs or even walking, then you definitely shouldn't delay. Also, when walking are you having difficulty dorsiflexing your foot. Raising the toes. Are you tripping?

Take a pin and poke your legs, comparing sides. Try and isolate as exactly as you can where that numbness is. Does it go below the knee? Where?

The rule of thumb is, get a professional opinion without delay if the pain in your back starts spreading down your leg.

Let me know the answers to these questions. Keep to the same thread.

Dr B

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Mar 27, 2014
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by: erica

My doc said that my L4 and 5 have some trouble, they are more forward as compare to others. When I lie down on back, I feel serious lower back pain and I can feel numbness and tingling from the side of thigh down to the side of leg before ankle. This happens on both side, my doc just mention to me that this is considered 'premature degenerative'. Can you let me know the exact problem that I am facing right now? And what should I do next? Thank you so much!

Hello again, Erica,
An exact diagnosis depends on an examination and perhaps an xray or scan. I have access to neither and can only answer in general terms.

I'm not sure what this premature degeneration is; but young and old get attacks of acute lower back pain radiating to the leg. What is of concern is that your doctor's treatment isn't working and he's giving you a fuzzy diagnosis.

Start doing the gentle exercises you'll find in the navigation bar at the chiropractic help site. Type slipped disc rules into the search function and start following some of them. Like, sit less and stop bending.

Please don't write from a smartphone as I have to spend ten minutes correcting your grammar.

Dr B

Mar 27, 2014
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by: erica

When I bend forward my lower back is painful, but I feel ok with bending backward and sideward. When I was carrying out the slump test, I feel alright with it, just the muscle stiffness. But after the test, I can feel the numbness on the lateral side of my leg very clearly.

Hello again, Erica,
You may well have a bulging disc but it's not clear from this at what level. I think it's time you decided whether you are going to go the medical or chiropractic route. Your leg may start going lame just now.

Dr B

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