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I just had a crippling shoot of pain down my left leg and

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I just had a crippling shoot of pain down my left leg and now it is numb
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

you are 18 years go?

are you in school?

what is your height and weight?

what were you doing when this pain happened?

you could have a pinched nerve or pulled muscle in your lower back causing this pain and numbness.

are you able to walk?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
going to start a uni course in September, 5ft 7, 69kg
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I was sat down, I can't walk on that leg
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I had a medial epicondylectomy on 16th May and they didn't give me a nerve block. I woke up and was in agony so was given loads of pain killers. I stayed the night at the hospital as I was far too drowsy and became unresponsive a few times I was given medication but it made me too drowsy and I worried the doctors and nurses a lot . They didn't give me a nerve block and took on a bad side effect.They got 10 drs around me. Every 5 mins my temperature, heart rate and blood pressure changed. The drs became really worried when my pupil reaction was slow. They couldn't wake me up and had to give me a lot of oxygen too, the look on their faces worried me.I then stayed in hospital with iv fluids the week after for 4 days and they thought the tramadol and ibuprofen aggravated my stomach and couldn't eat normally for a couple of months. I have shortness of breath and a heavy chest and pain in stomach and under my ribs. I can't lie on my back or left side as it makes the pain worse. I feel quite sick and nauseous.I had a potential blood clot but a chest ct came back clear. I still have chest pain and upper back pain as well as shortness of breath. What could this be. They said it was potentially a muscular or skeletal pain but I get pain on my left side especially. They suggested pain killers, I'm not convinced it's a muscle strain nor could they tell of an infection. X-ray and ecg are fine, I still think there is something wrong. I am short of breath and my left shoulder feels achey. I have a small cough and cough up a little phlegm if I cough too much
I have symptoms of the following,Lower back pain,
Can't hold urine for as long,
Left leg weakness
Shoots of pain
Pins and needles
Affects left back leg, calf and foot,
Hit lower back when I was younger, years ago,
Pain radiates to the stomach
Strain to move bowel movements some of the time and is painfulTight chest
Pain in both shoulder blades
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

sounds like things got worse after your procedure in May.

sounds like a possible slipped disk in your lower back

you should ask for an MRI scan of your lumbar and sacral spine to look for pinched nerves which can cause pain and numbness going down into your leg

blood clots and DVT deep venous thrombosis clots in the legs would cause pain and swelling usually and would be very rare in your age of 18. but you said they thought you may have had blood clots before. an ultrasound of the leg would check for blood clots.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok, thank you, ***** ***** no swelling in my legs, what do I do if my whole leg goes numb
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

that is good there is no swelling

blood clot is unlikely

try to walk and improve circulation in your leg

you may need a heating pad or ice pack for your lower back

ask your doctor for an MRI scan of your lower back and sacrum to check for pinched nerves.

let me know if you have other questions.
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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** I need to go to the er room?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

do you have a GP doctor?

I would make an appointment to see your GP doctor first.

if your numbness or pain gets unbearable, I would go to the ER or A&E department of your local hospital.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok, thank you, ***** ***** just wondering at what point I would go because of the pain, it's like someone stabs me in the back or leg. I'm currently on holiday at the moment
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

I see

when you get back from holiday, it would be a good idea to see your GP doctor

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok, so no pain caused by this would be too serious?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

if the pain is unbearable, you should see a doctor for evaluation.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok, thank you, ***** ***** want to scream as it gets worse with each shoot of pain or weakness
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Hi, my legs have just gone really weak with shooting pains, I can't walk and they hurt so much and so does my back. I feel sick with the pain and light headed
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

are you back from holiday?

it sounds like you need to see your GP doctor

you could have a herniated disk in your back pushing on nerves causing the pain.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
No I'm not, I can't walk in my legs they are so painful and achy and a little numb, my back is killing me
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

you should take some ibuprofen 400-600mg or naproxen sodium 440mg twice a day with food in your stomach and with plenty of fliuds

and use some ice packs on your back.

when do you head back from holiday?

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
I am on ibuprofen and do use ice packs well. Tuesday
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

you may need to stay off of your feet on holiday for now to rest your back

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Ok, thank you, ***** ***** is so bad I could scream, I feel sick because of the pain and just can't put any pressure on my legs
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

it sounds like a bad herniated disk in your lower back.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
What does that mean?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

a disk between bones in your back has slipped out of position and is pressing on nerves exiting the spinal canal.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Oh that sounds bad? how is it treated?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

with rest, anti-infammatories, physical therapy, steroid injections into the back, weight loss,

and surgery as the last resort.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Surgery?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

surgery is the last resort.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Gosh, what do I do if this pain does not subside soon
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

you have to get back to the UK for treatment.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
I am in the UK
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

then you need to make an appointment with your GP to see him or her

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Not er then, that's good
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

you can see a doctor at the ER or A&E sooner for evaluation.

they could give you some pain medications and some steroids to help decrease swelling in your back.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Would you advise that?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

yes, if the pain is bad, you should go to the A&E

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Ok, thank you, ***** ***** keep me in?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

I'm not sure if they will admit you or not

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
What will be the factor that will keep me in as that's the last thing I want
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

you need to see a doctor and get your back pain evaluated and treated.

you don't need to be worried about hospital admission at this point.

you need to see a doctor.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Ok, thank you, I'm sorry to keep bothering you but the pain is so bad and worried about it. Thank you
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

I know the pain is bad.

you should go to the A&E and see a doctor.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Ok, thank you, ***** ***** appreciate all of your help
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
they won't keep me in?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

most likely they won't keep you in

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Ok, thank you
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

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Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Ok
Expert:  Dr. David replied 28 days ago.

ok