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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. Gregory Moneta
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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 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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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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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

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


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more