How To Treat Numbness In My Toe From Sciatica

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Asked by Valerie

How To Treat Numbness In My Toe From Sciatica

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?

Answer

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

Answered by Christina Lasich, MD