I Have A Herniated Disc And Now My Toes Are Becoming Numb. Will My Toes Progressively Get Number

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Asked by Louise

I Have A Herniated Disc And Now My Toes Are Becoming Numb. Will My Toes Progressively Get Number

I have serveral disc buldges and one herniation and sciatica. My toes have progressive become numb, with pain in my nail bed. I am reluctant to have back surgery, but I don't want to end up with numb feet and still be in pain. Should I consider surgery?

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Hi Louise,

Many experts on the HealthCentral site suggest caution when considering back surgery as a first option. Have you spoken to your doctor about the problem? I'm sure you're aware that numbness is usually a sign of a nerve problem, and that's most likely caused by your disc herniation. Surgery is unlikely to be the only solution, though obviously you should listen to your doctor. Sometimes chiropractic care, gentle yoga, or other forms of therapy are helpful in easing numbness caused by back problems. Good luck!