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Bulging Disc (L5) Right leg numb and weak. getting worse
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An_255725 posted:
hi i am 22 years old and I gave birth 10 months ago, and right after i noticed my right leg was numb and weak. they said it was normal from epidural. when i got home and i walked up the stairs for the first time since giving birth and i almost fell because my leg was so weak. i waited two weeks and it still was bad. i got an MRI and it showed i have a bulging disc in my lower back. they did nothing about it. i have just lived with it and it got better. the only time i noticed it was when i was shaving my leg and could feel the numbness. two weeks ago (10 months after i gave birth) i drove in the car for about 5 hours. when i got out of thye car to wlak my leg was so weak and my back was killing me . i could barely walk. i was thinking about going to emergency room but i held off to see if it would get better. it has not. after a day of this it just kept getting worse. now when i sit for long periods of time my leg gets numb and weak and now it is radiating to my left leg a little bit sometimes. i have also noticed my arms getting tingly sometimes in certin postiotions. i have also had painful bowel movements since i gave birth and some blood in stool but i thought it was just hemorrhoids from being pregnant. i was using mirolax and the hemorrhoid cream and i felt like it never helped. ever since i drove for that long period of time i have noticed that sometimes it takes me along time to start a urine stream. and i have been taking stool softener and last night for the first time in a while i had diarrhea that was very runny and a little mucusy and like shreds. and sorry TMI but i had like one big mucus bubble attached to a thick strand. i was very nervious and was googling stool pictures and couldnt really find something simular. i have been googling all my symptoms and cauda equina syndrome keeps popping up. but it says you can barely walk and i can. i just have noticed slot of things that might be all related. Please any answers are very appricated. thank you:)
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davedsel2 responded:
Hello and welcome.

FYI, there are no doctors that reply in this WebMD Back Pain Community. We are a group of lay people who have more experience with back pain than we would ever want. It is against the rules to provide any type of diagnosis or medical advice.

I am sorry you are in so much pain and fully understand.

It is best to consult with spine specialist such as spinal orthopedic surgeons or spinal neurosurgeons when dealing with issues such as yours (and most of ours here). The spinal specialist will review your latest MRI or CT scan and may want a new one. They will then develop and recommend an effective treatment plan for you. Surgery should be your last resort and you should get several opinions if that is one of your options.

After you have seen the spinal specialist, the next step would be a pain management specialist that is a physiatrist. These doctors go deeper and offer a wide variety of treatment. Here is a link to an article on SpineUniverse.com that explains what this specialist is and does: http://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/what-physiatrist

Keep doing your research. Here are links to good websites that have information about spinal problems and solutions:

WebMD Back Pain Health Center: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/default.htm

SpineUniverse: http://www.spineuniverse.com

Spine-Health: http://www.spine-health.com

Keep moving as much as possible. Keep a positive attitude.

Please keep us updated and let us know how you are doing. Come any time to ask questions or just to vent.

I pray you can find answers and relief soon.
Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

Blessings,

-Dave


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