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Saturday, September 06, 2008 Valerie, Community Member, asks


I have had back pain associated with sciatica on and off for the past 10 years and recently I have been experiencing numbness in the little toe- the pain is sometimes in my lower back- usually if I have slept on my left side I experience pain in the entire leg and sometimes in the buttocks- what can I do to relieve the pain?

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9/ 6/08 10:18pm

Nerve pain (Sciatica) associated with numbness in the toes is usually caused by disc herniation or stenosis of the lumbar spine. Surgery is the most definitive method to decompress the nerve, but not absolutely necessary unless the nerve symptoms are progressing. I would recommend a nerve test (electrodiagnositc study) to get more information about the health of the nerve.


In the mean time, you can start with your mattress if the problems are worse when you are sleeping. Women especially have to support the curves of the body: waist, hips, knees. The best way to support your curves and maintain alignment of the spine is with memory foam. Just a little extra support can help you avoid surgery.


Dr. Christina Lasich, MD



Johnny, Community Member
2/18/10 12:46pm

I have lower back pain related to a herniated disc at the L5-S1 and a buldging disc at the L4-L5. I have had sciatic pain for the last two months now where it began in my buttock and has progressed down to my foot. I am mainly concerned about the terrible pain in my lower back after sleeping or lying on the bed for a short period of time, may be 20 mins or so. After getting up from mainly my stomach and or back, the pain litteraly locks my back up to the point it's hard for me to walk or even. I would have to sit on the edge of my bed until the pain releaves enough for me to walk. After about 10 minuets or so, I'm fine and able to walk around just not lift anything really heavy. Please explain

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By Valerie, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/04/10, First Published: 09/06/08