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the skin on my left shin and knee are numb!

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  • Posted By: komara
  • January 6, 2008
  • 08:17 PM

I went to a yoga/pilates class this morning and sometime during the session I noticed that my left calf felt numb. I thought it "fell asleep" when it was in a raised leg pose. But it hasn't gone away. The class finished at 10 and it's now 3:00 and I still feel numb. The weird thing is that there is no pain, i can use my leg fine and I only notice it's numb when i touch them. It's as if the skin is shot up with novacaine. The muscles feel fine.

I've gone for a walk and that hasn't helped, I've massaged it and that hasn't helped.

Any suggestions?

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  • I am having the exact same thing and it started last night after I had a Pilates class in the morning. I know we had worked hard that morning, especially with the circle between the ankles. Thanks for your posting, it makes me feel better. How long did it last?
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  • And the bad news is..... I have had this exact problem for 2 1/2 years. MRI shows a bit of nerve compression in my back, but very minimal. I tried acupuncture, theraputic chiropractic, stretching, walking..... all to no avail. The onset happened directly after I had been twisting my body around to try to get some insulation installed in a very tight spot. When it first started I had very little strength in my leg and my hip couldn't stay in one position for more tan about 5 minutes before it got very painful. I'm 59 years old. My leg is still totally numb in my shin of my left leg from the knee down to my ankle (ankle is also numb). It is as if someone shot novocaine into my leg. The strength is mostly back, but after 2 1/2 years this is very disconcerting, although I can run a couple of miles just fine. Also, lately I've been feeling a bit of periodic throbbing in the leg if I sit for too long. Weird situation with no seeming cure.
    Craig K
    • December 11, 2013
    • 06:18 AM
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  • I also went to a mat Pilates class yesterday for the first time in a long time and noticed the numbness on the skin of my shins a few hours later. This morning the numbness was still there and it has continued throughout the day. I am a body roller (Yamuna), so i have tried rolling on my back up the spine and into the gluteals to try to release any nerves that might have been pinched, but nothing has worked.
    i have no pain, no soreness from working out. I'm 61 years old. solutions? ideas?
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  • I realize you posted this forever ago but I have the exact same issue. Did you ever figure it out??
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 18, 2014
    • 03:58 AM
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  • I'm very relieved to read these personal descriptions and couldn't have described mine better without this. I began working and needed a comfortable Sneaker. I found the ones for me with outstanding comfort and flexibility, however I noticed that the top of my left foot would become numb even without pulling laces to taught. Now my shin, and calf have been noticeably numb (shaving feels strange)only on my left leg! I'm now sitting with my feet directly under my chair as suggested and I do feel feeling again!!!! Thank you for all of your stories.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 22, 2015
    • 03:36 PM
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  • I have had numbness also on my left shin between my knee and ankle, a couple months after I began a daily mile walk and working out at the gym 4-5 days a week. It seems all of us have exercise of some sort that brought this on. I realized it was numb while shaving my legs. Have had this for 4-5 months and nothing has changed. I will try sitting with my feet under my chair, and see my GP to possibly see a neurologist. Has anyone found anything else that could be causing this?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 2, 2016
    • 01:13 AM
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  • Me too. Same issue after a workout. Noticed it while shaving my legs. I hope you're all still alive lol
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 19, 2016
    • 10:23 AM
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  • Best wishes to all of you who experience this malady of apparently "unknown" diagnosis.
    I too have recently acquired this condition, since two days ago now. My skin feels mildly numb on the shins of both legs from the knee joint down to the ankle and on to the top of my feet. The sensation is ever so slightly stronger in my right leg.
    I'm a 55 yr old male.
    The physical activity which apparently triggered the numbness was my participation in a drum circle jamb, out doors, on Kailua Beach. I was playing the Djembe pretty hard, and doing a bit of dancing about (definitely a good cardio workout). I've been active in the drum circle weekly now for nearly a year. The numbness became apparent after I returned home and settled into a chair, crossing my legs.
    Has anyone received an accurate diagnosis? Has anyone benefited from any specific remedy or therapy? Thank you- Rick
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