Sciatica with no insurance. Help!
March 19, 2009 1:04 PM Subscribe
I have numbness in my leg but no longer have the means to get it monitored. Is there any risk of long-term damage or atrophy if it goes on too long?
posted by JamesWilson123 to health & fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
About ten months ago I experienced intense pain in one leg, followed by numbness in the front of my calf. (I've always had back problems, and I was in grad school and spent a lot of time sitting.) There was recently a question about this from someone with the same problem who hadn't yet seen a doctor. I did, and they gave me steroids and said go to physical therapy and strengthen my core and back. I had X-Rays and everything. But my insurance expired, and with it went physical therapy and any way to have it monitored. I think the numbness might be receding, but it's really hard to tell, and the leg is definitely still numb. I exercise regularly and have all but solved my back problems. My question: If my leg is still numb, can there be long-term damage or atrophy after a while? And does anybody have any experience with treatments that have solved the problem? One guy wanted to give me a cortisone shot back when it first happened. Many thanks!