What to do about numbness in the leg?

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What to do about numbness in the leg?

Post by GUEST1103 » Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:45 pm

Hi everyone,
I am 39 years old. 2 months ago I was diagnosed with a large L5/S1 herniation. Never actually experienced a bad back pain, but have been suffering a lot from numbness and sometimes pain in the left calf. The numbness in the leg is there all the time, sometimes I only feel it in the 2 small toes, and once I am on my feet, either standing or walking, it gets really annoying and gets up the thigh. I took physio and massage therapy but nothing really helped so far.

I went to a clinic where they offer DRX9000 treatment, having my MRI with me. Still the doctor/owner of the clinic chose to run some tests on me, including physically pressing some spots on my back. It aggravated my condition A LOT! I suspect he might have done this on purpose in order to have me come for the treatment!!

I have started doing RYB exercises but not sure whether they will help for numb and weak foot and leg. Back stand and Cobra exercises do cause moderate pain in the lower back, all the other basic exercises, including a regular Cobra, are easy to do.
Any advise you folks can offer would be much appreciated.

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Post by randolph » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:58 am

Hi Guest1103

The symptoms you briefly describe sound like classic sciatica. And considering that you've had an MRI done, I assume you're talking with some competent doctors (GP and specialists). All my sciatica symptoms have gone, including the numbness, leg cramps, and muscle weakness (like you are experiencing), apparently as a result of daily exercising and stretching, and the body's normal efforts to heal.

The DRX9000 doesn't have a very good reputation around here; check out the discussions we've had about this expensive treatment option, and Dean's comments especially.

Dean's recommendation to do the basic exercises for two months, before adding the advance exercises, worked well for me.

Any pain you experience while doing the exercises is a message to back off a bit. You do want to push yourself some, so that you can gradually get stronger and more flexible. But you don't want exercising to be such a painful grind that you feel like you're going to the dentist when it's exercise time, and you're uncomfortably sore afterwards. Too bad exercising is not as fun as eating chocolate ice cream ... but it should provide a gratifying, and pleasant, sense of accomplishment after you've exercised. At least it does, for me.


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