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Does the epidural completely numb you from the waist down? How can you walk?

Does the epidural completely numb you from the waist down? How can you walk?

You don't: There are walking epidurals which use very low doses of local anesthesia and opioids to give pain relief. You will not be nimb, but you will be comfortable. You should never try and walk without help if you have an epidural. If the "walking epidural doesn't help enough, then you may need stronger medicine and in that case you won't. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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I'm 400+ lbs. Why when i try to walk a big distance the lower back area around where my waist is gets so numb i can't feel u if you pinched me there?

I'm 400+ lbs. Why when i try to walk a big distance the lower back area around where my waist is gets so numb i can't feel u if you pinched me there?

Weight Loss : I am happy to hear you are working to change your life and claim better health. But, you very well may need to be supervised during the early weeks of your diet and exercise. Usually in urban centers there will be a medical clinic dedicated to weight loss in these special situations. I would ask your family physician for some help or advise. But, keep moving. I am proud of you. ...Read more

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During the dance I got sick right side of the waist and leg . It hurts to bend back and forth , it does not hurt to walk . Sometimes leg numb?

During the dance I got sick right side of the waist and leg . It hurts to bend back and forth , it does not hurt to walk . Sometimes leg numb?

Sounds like: a back problem! A disc at L4-5 may be pressing on a nerve. Apply Heat to your low back and rest for a day or two!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I got shingles on both sides of my body from the waist down front and back. I am still dealing with numbness, tingling waist down a year later. Help?

I got shingles on both sides of my body from the waist down front and back. I am still dealing with numbness, tingling waist down a year later. Help?

Sorry some meds help: It sounds like you have a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia - the nerves where the shingles hid are still sensitive. It can continue to do so in some people up to 2 years from the incident. There are several meds in the market for it - check with your doc - they are designed to decrease firing of these nerves. They do eventually go back to normal. ...Read more

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Lower back pain for over five years from a car accident and numbness from the waist down, what can I take?

Lower back pain for over five years from a car accident and numbness from the waist down, what can I take?

Prolotherapy: Unstable back as result of ligament injury will cause continued irritation and the pains you have. Prolotherapy will resolve the problem and give relief. Visit www.Getporlo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org to find about this and to find a doctor. ...Read more

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Lower back pain for over five years from a car accident and numbness from the waist down. What can I do to fix this?

Work Up: Hopefully, with these symptoms you have had your back pain and leg symptoms worked up with a MRI at the very least. It is important to have a correct diagnosis. Numbness from the waist down is a very concerning finding. You would probably benefit from a visit to your internist/family physician and perhaps from seeing a neurologist. ...Read more

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I had a discectomy L5s1 now I have mild stenosis and a slite bulge on my L4 I get pain and numbness from the waist down my doc says he doesn't no why?

I had a discectomy L5s1 now I have mild stenosis and a slite bulge on my L4 I get pain and numbness from the waist down my doc says he doesn't no why?

Your ? has the answer: Surgery for the lumbar spine is not considered curative.At best it halts or slow down the progression of degeneration of the spine temporarily. When you stated "now I have mild stenosis and a slite bulge on my L4" this undoubtedly serves as the basis of some of your symptoms.In some patients these changes in the spine are asymptomatic in your case an EMG, thorough eval and imaging are recommended. ...Read more

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Im 5'7 and I weigh 223 lbs.. Last night I did some exercises.. I woke up this morning with my right side waist down completely numb. What is this?

Im 5'7 and I weigh 223 lbs.. Last night I did some exercises.. I woke up this morning with my right side waist down completely numb. What is this?

Stretch/Rest: Most likely you have some version of sciatica. Sciatica is a symptom from a pinched nerve in your back. What nerve is it? No one knows unless imaging is done. This is typically done after conservative care is exhausted. Rest, stretching, learning core strengthening exercises and using nsaids to help are the best ways to help back pain. If it persists see your doctor for other options. ...Read more

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Im loosing weight round my waist and my jeans keep going down when i walk please could you tell me hos do I gain weight round my waist thank you?

Im loosing weight round my waist and my jeans keep going down when i walk please could you tell me hos do I gain weight round my waist thank you?

Weight loss ; jeans: First off is your weight loss intentional? Easiest answer is new jeans or tighter belt. If weight loss is unintentional and your are not sick or with a chronic illness...This is a simple question of what goes in must go out or you get fat. Increase your caloric intake to match your energy expenditures. Use a balanced approach with good quality rather than just increasing calories. ...Read more

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What causes waist downward numbness after a car accident?

What causes waist downward numbness after a car accident?

Herniated disc: Numbness from the waist down is not a good sign if it is truly present. It indicates damage to the nerves that go down the legs. The damage may be mild and transient or more severe. The most common cause would be a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. You should be evaluated by a doctor soon. Not necessarily the emergency room or urgent care but within a week. ...Read more

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Former gymnast, now starting yoga. Numbness/tickle/tingle feeling waist down anytime I do a backbend. Never had this before. Possible pinched nerve?

Former gymnast, now starting yoga.  Numbness/tickle/tingle feeling waist down anytime I do a backbend. Never had this before. Possible pinched nerve?

Possibly: It is possible that you could have nerve compression causing your symptoms that worsens with bending forward. However, there is usually accompanying pain, either in the back or legs or both. Also, in the case of spinal stenosis, nerve compression actually is relieved by bending forward. I would recommend an MRI as well as xrays with you leaning forward and backward. ...Read more

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Can you make a lumbar tear worse by bending down at the waist? I did that and now my back is terrible hurts to walk straight I have to walk bent? Help

Can you make a lumbar tear worse by bending down at the waist? I did that and now my back is terrible hurts to walk straight I have to walk bent? Help

Back pain: Probable discogenic low back pain and iliolumbar ligament sprain with secondary muscle hypertonicity (lumbar strain). Begin antiinflammatory, ice, gentle stretching and neutral spine strengthening. Expect 4-6 weeks for full recovery. If worsening pain or radiation past knee with tingling, numbness, or weakness have evaluated. ...Read more

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I have been having mild tingling and numbness from my waist down. Its not painful nor does it keep me up at night, what is that? Was prescribed hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5 for fluid retention and b/p 136/86 4-16-12 days later no relief

I have been having mild tingling and numbness from my waist down. Its not painful nor does it keep me up at night, what is that? Was prescribed hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5 for fluid retention and b/p 136/86 4-16-12 days later no relief

Most : Most doctors would consider the phrase tingling "from the waist down" to mean tingling that starts from a belt-like line somewhere around the bellybutton and down into both lower limbs, and not affecting the trunk about the line, the face, or the upper limbs. This suggests that something is going on with the spinal cord, such as compression (such as a from a tumor) or inflammation (such as from transverse myelitis), or other problems. These problems are usually, but not always, associated with problems walking, with weakness in the lower limbs, or with problems controlling the bowels or the bladder. Numbness from the waist down requires careful neurological examination, and may require additional testing like mri, lumbar puncture, or electrodiagnostic testing to exclude serious disease. Symptoms that started recently or are getting worse require immediate attention. Symptoms that have been around for weeks or more, and are not getting worse, should be evaluated within a few weeks. High blood pressure and "fluid retention" are unlikely to cause numbness from the waist down, and hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) is unlikely to address the problem. ...Read more

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Think IV had a L5 s1 herniated disk for 2 years I have burning down the front of my legs and numbness from waist down MRI shows no cauda equina ?

Think IV had a L5 s1 herniated disk for 2 years I have burning down the front of my legs and numbness from waist down MRI shows no cauda equina ?

Look high: A disc herniation at l5s1 can't explain your symptoms so logically treating it would not expect to resolve. Continue to look for a problem that explains your symptoms neurologistt are familiar with a broader set of neurological conditions beyond compressive neuropathies i can think of any condition that would be expected to give you the symptoms you have described with a clean MRI good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more