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Q: What does it mean when you have severe pain in your left knee and goes down to your foot and becomes numb?

What does it mean when you have severe pain in your left knee and goes down to your foot and becomes numb?

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12/ 8/10 10:41pm

Numbness usually means that a nerve is unhappy. Which nerve and where might be a good question for a neurologist who can examine the limb and associated nerves.

 

If the leg/knee is very swollen and the distal limb is going numb, that can represent a limb threatening emergency. Immediate attention may be required because the swelling can literally be cutting off the blood/nerve supply to the rest of the limb, a condition called compartment syndrome.

 

Seeing a doctor sooner rather than later might be the best course of action at this point.

 

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

 

 

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By Gina&Ryan, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 12/03/10