Hi Kristy: like you, I have been getting the epidural shot, one so far. I too have ridiculopathy, pain and tingling/numbness that goes down my left leg and into my left foot. I am so sorry to hear yours do not seem to be helping. I think mine are. They don't get all the pain but alot of it. I agree with Joy here and would recommend you speak to your surgeon. Lay it all out on the line I guess you could say. Does he recommend the surgery then or something else? Make the best choice you can with the info you receive. There is alot of material about back surgery and back pain and alot of other resources on webmd. Good luck and keep us posted! TomView Thread
Thanks Joy. I checked that article out. I was familiar with that info through webmd beforehand, but its good to know anyway. Going to continue to take everything easy and see how things go. Going to continue to hang in there, hope you are too. TomView Thread
I am trying to figure out, why over the past 3 days, I am seeing an increase in my breakthrough nerve pain, which with the ridiculopathy which is manifesting itself in my left foot. I have been rather cautious with my approach to well, everything. Haven't overdone it with exercise, haven't overdone it with anything that I can recall. The pain is now a bit more worse sitting as opposed to standing, which is a bit like it was in the beginning. I can walk ok for a short while, and swimming seems ok for the most part. Still doing my back exercises daily too.
I am still waiting to hear back from the Dr. who gave me the epidural, and who received my pain diary. I know how busy they are up there, so I will just have to wait a bit longer I guess.View Thread
welcome, you have come to the right place for pain. We all speak the same language here. We understand pain very well. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep repeating that, that and take it a day at a time!View Thread
Hello Mommyacorn. Your tingling sensation along with numbness in your right foot, sounds alot like my situation. I have a protruding disc in my back L-5 which is causing ridiculopathy and have alot of nerve pain only down my left side leg and into my foot. There I get numbness and tingling as you said. I agree with Dave, and it sounds like an mri is in order. That will tell you exactly what is going on with your back situation. Keep us posted and good luck. Take care, TomView Thread
Hello Suebill74 and welcome. I agree with what Dave and Joy have said. Take it easy and ask your Doc. about any exercise. I know what being impatient is like too as I used to be quite active before my L-5 protruding disc surfaced. Now I am very cautious about exercise, but am back doing it. Slow steps. Good luck. TomView Thread