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I had an epidural before a knee operation late last year. Since

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I had an epidural before a knee operation late last year. Since I have been getting tingling / slight numb feeling below my waist is this common. I have a spinal cord stimulator fitted for pain management for nerve end damage could this have an effect?
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Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 2 years ago.
Dr Uzair :

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Dr Uzair :

Which level is the nerve end damage at?

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Customer:

right side just above waist

Dr Uzair :

How long have you been using the spinal cord stimulator for?

Customer:

5 years

Dr Uzair :

Okay, and the tingling and numbness goes down the leg to the foot?

Customer:

no mainly across waist and genital area

Dr Uzair :

Alright. Do you have any other previously diagnosed medical conditions?

Customer:

only had melanoma about 7/8 years ago removed successfully but left me with nerve end damage hence the stimulator

Dr Uzair :

Did you also have a spinal injection with the epidural?

Customer:

yes

Dr Uzair :

Okay, this seems unrelated to the epidural or spinal, they are not known to cause tingling and numbness after a year.

Dr Uzair :

Secondly, for knee operations the spinal/epidurals are given at the L1/L2 spinal level.

Customer:

thankyou I will go back to my local pain clinic

Dr Uzair :

The area of your current paraesthesias is related to T 10 to T 12 spinal level which is above that where the spinal needle was introduced.

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