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justmejust posted:
Anyone have experience getting back to high activity levels with an ongoing mild foot numbness? Working steadily with physical therapist.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi JUSTMEJUST - welcome to the support group -

first - need to know a little more background - did you have back surgery? which part of back? when was surgery? what exactly did they do?

there are a lot of factors involved dealing with back surgery that can affect other areas of the body, i.e., leg/foot numbness etc.

I had back surgery in 2008 - removed disc and put hardware in. my damaged disc had been pressing on the nerve roots on both sides and I have permanent nerve damage in both legs. I have certain areas that are numb all the time and other areas that will go numb for a while. I can stand on tile floor that is very cold and not feel it as my sensation has been damaged.

numbness affecting the legs/feet can go away after back surgery but sometimes it can take up to a year maybe longer as the nerve roots repair themselves. there are times when the damage is far greater than expected. most surgeons may not order testings to determine this. I found out after my surgeon released me and advised me to seek help at a pain management clinic and also with a physical therapist. I went thru a couple of years going from one pain clinic to another and also physical therapists too before being referred to a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management Specialist and it was noted how I was walking - I was scheduled for an EMG and Nerve Conduction Test where it confirmed I had nerve damage in both legs.

I hope this helps a little - it would help us to help u more if we knew a little more background~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
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bj1208 responded:
Hi - rec'd error message that my response may not have posted so posting it again~~

Hi JUSTMEJUST - welcome to the support group -

first - need to know a little more background - did you have back surgery? which part of back? when was surgery? what exactly did they do?

there are a lot of factors involved dealing with back surgery that can affect other areas of the body, i.e., leg/foot numbness etc.

I had back surgery in 2008 - removed disc and put hardware in. my damaged disc had been pressing on the nerve roots on both sides and I have permanent nerve damage in both legs. I have certain areas that are numb all the time and other areas that will go numb for a while. I can stand on tile floor that is very cold and not feel it as my sensation has been damaged.

numbness affecting the legs/feet can go away after back surgery but sometimes it can take up to a year maybe longer as the nerve roots repair themselves. there are times when the damage is far greater than expected. most surgeons may not order testings to determine this. I found out after my surgeon released me and advised me to seek help at a pain management clinic and also with a physical therapist. I went thru a couple of years going from one pain clinic to another and also physical therapists too before being referred to a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management Specialist and it was noted how I was walking - I was scheduled for an EMG and Nerve Conduction Test where it confirmed I had nerve damage in both legs.

I hope this helps a little - it would help us to help u more if we knew a little more background~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
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justmejust replied to bj1208's response:
Hi, thanks for your story. No surgery for me. Doing core exercises. Pain and numbness is mild and just in the right foot. I walk 1 to 2 miles 6x a week. Have green light to ride my recumbent bike. Other than that no impact sports for now as they aggravate symptoms.
 
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dianer01 replied to justmejust's response:
Hi JMJ,

I have nerve damage and some numbness in both feet, the right more than the left. Of course you want to talk to your doc and PT for guidance.

The other thing you want to do is make sure you have good fitting shoes and socks. Look for socks without seams and look for those which are size based. I wear womens size 11 shoe and find it imperative to spend the extra $ and get socks in a larger size. Also be careful that your socks are not bunched up as it can cause blisters or raw spots.

Several years ago I was at a fair and was wearing what I thought were really comfy hurrachis, no socks of course, I didn't realize I was tearing up my foot until the blood seeped through the sandal. The moral of this story is to wear socks and good fitting shoes to prevent unnecessary injury. Fashion be damned.

I also keep lightweight slip on sneekers for in the house as I tend to kick things on accident and they protect me from messing up my toes or stepping on things. My feet also feel better with some moderate exercise than not.

my best to you

di
 
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justmejust replied to dianer01's response:
Thanks di,

It is nice reading your experiences. What caused your nerve damage and numbness. I forgot to mention that my tingling/mild numbness is related to an old disc injury and a weakened core.
 
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dianer01 replied to justmejust's response:
My numb feet are due to repeated and massively ruptured disks. My first surgery was a laminectomy and diskectomy, 5 months later and 3 ruptured disks later I had a L3-S1 fusion.

di


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