Severe lower back pain and numbness in one toe
(st. ignace, MI)
Does raising the leg cause pain? Where, be precise?
Recently I injured my back by simply trying to pick something up off of the floor. When I bent over I felt a pop and could not stand straight up due to severe pain. I am the type that waits a few days (5 to be exact) to go to my doctor. She suggested x-rays and an MRI. The x-rays were taken today and she called to tell me that there is no significant changes in the dysplasia in my back (I'm not sure what that means).
My question is, if the x-ray shows nothing significant should I just go with the pain and not bother with the MRI?Hello Jennifer,
I'm not sure what dysplasia in your back means either; it's normally a term applied to the hip. But no significant change to presumably previous x-rays is what is important.
Is your toe actually numb, or does it just feel that way. Ask hubby to prick both with a needle; is there a significant difference?
Which toe, by the way? That gives important information as to the location of the injury. Do you have any slipped disc symptoms? Does bearing down on the toilet or sneezing hurt for example?
Sitting in a normal kitchen chair, ask hubby to slowly raise your good leg parallel to the ground. Remember what you feel. Now drop that one, and raise the naughty leg; what happens now? Tell me as precisely as you can.
Is your overall condition improving? Can you turn better in bed, dress more easily and is the numbness in your foot abating?
Answers to all these questions help to make the decision whether to go for the MRI; it's always useful but very expensive.
Waiting a few days is often not a bad thing, but if you had pain in the chest on the left side, sweating and tingling down your arm, would you delaying going to the doctor? Of course not. You probably have a slipped disc and the sooner it's reduced, we think with chiropractic manipulation, the less likely you are to end up with a difficult outcome.
Meantime, use ice for pain control, don't bend and sit much less, or not at all; do the gentle slipped disc exercises you'll find in the navigation bar at chiropractic help every hour.
I hope all this contributes.
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