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Posted in: Herniated disc, and Sciatica.

L5/S1 herniation, now pinky toe going numb?!?

Started by 540148428@facebook on 03/25/2014 8:46pm

I have been diagnosed with a L5/S1 herniated disc a few years ago, with MOST of my back and leg pain always in my right leg. Recently, my LEFT pinky toe has been going numb and the LEFT side of my back has been hurting with some pain into my left leg. Does this mean my herniation has gotten worse? Has this happened to anyone else?? Thanks in advance!!

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Hi. I sympathise fully with you, although I am not sure what it means now you also have the pain in your left toe, but think you should definitely go back to your Consultant to be reassessed.

I was diagnosed 8 weeks ago with L5 / S1 protrusion right side. ( I am told the term "herniation" applies to a disc bulge, small protrusion and large protrusion). My MRI showed the disc markedly impinging upon the nerve and I could not walk without a bad limp. I can tell you it has been agonising pain and numbness in my right foot, toes and ankle every day, and not being able to stand for longer than a few mins without the pain kicking in. I was prescribed Codeine and Naproxen. The codeine made me nauseous, I lost my appetite completely and felt anxious and jittery and after 5 weeks I stopped taking both the drugs and ended up on a drip In hospital with codeine withdrawal, which set me back somewhat. I am now managing the pain on paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

I was lucky to find an accredited Chiropractor who does home visits . He has straightened me up. I can now walk properly again. I am still in a lot of pain in the morning but on advice I do ice pack for 10 mins on the affected lumbar area on waking up and carry on with heat pad for 50 mins. I do this as many times in the day that I can fit in with my legs up and knees resting on a small stool. It has definitely helped. The ice pack calms the nerve and the heat then floods the disc with blood aiding healing. My numb right foot comes and goes but is definitely getting better. I am starting to feel pain in my back now. I had none before. All pain was in my right leg and hip. I am told this is part of the healing process.

I hope you feel better soon. Please let me know how you get on. All the best.


I've suffered with my back for years . I had server symptoms in July 2013 . . . One of the Doctor s at the surgery told me I had health anxiety ha. What a joke . A month lateR I was having emergency surgery on 2 bust collapsed disc s L4/L5 symptoms were all a build up pressure on my spinal cord .I have degenerative disc disease , fibromyalgia. After my op a still struggled but it relived the siatica . Have been constantly in and out of hospital to get help with pain relief. Mobility terrible. August this year MRI and X-rays showed bone spurs on c4/c5 in neck and a disc buldge. Lower back in chronic pain . Symptoms water running down my left leg siatica , numbness dragging leg when trying to walk. Doctor referred me to private neurosurgeon. Nhs to cover cost . Doc believes I have another prolapsed disc L5/s1 MRI done Wednesday. Result s tomorrow. Hope I don't have to have more sugery. But guys if this problem goes on longer than 8 wks your doc should be referring you for a MRI then take it from there . If symptoms persist surgery may be the only way . You can always ask for your doc to refer you to private hospital they can't say no , but I only did this as felt as if I was getting no where's with the nhs hospital .


Hello ebook
I've had a simular problem but mine was on the right side. What was found is mine spine was out of alignment and was grabbing the spinal cord. I ended up having fusion to correct the issue. But in your case I might try a chiropractor to help with the alignment if you already have the new micro or laser surgeries are getting rave reviews. But fusion would be my last option mine hasn't gone very well. Also you might want to try some inversion therapy, I have a friend in his 70s and he has lower back issues he inverts once a week for 15 min. and bounces around like a kid.