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tingling in outer shins & feet

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  • Posted By: eloise491
  • September 23, 2009
  • 00:50 PM

Am a slim 70 year old with OA. For months have been bothered by tingling/numbness in outside of both shins, going down into tops & bottoms of feet. No pain. It's worst when I get up from sitting. I do have discomfort in lower back & SI joints if I flex backward even a tiny bit.
The orthopod said it was compression of the nerves going thru the SI joints & that it was triggered by some P/T I was doing & would wear off after awhile of not bending backward. But it doesn't seem to be wearing off at all. Anyone find any relief from these symptoms, short of meds which I prefer not to take?

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  • Am a slim 70 year old with OA. For months have been bothered by tingling/numbness in outside of both shins, going down into tops & bottoms of feet. No pain. It's worst when I get up from sitting. I do have discomfort in lower back & SI joints if I flex backward even a tiny bit.The orthopod said it was compression of the nerves going thru the SI joints & that it was triggered by some P/T I was doing & would wear off after awhile of not bending backward. But it doesn't seem to be wearing off at all. Anyone find any relief from these symptoms, short of meds which I prefer not to take?Hi Eloise491,Certainly sounds like nerve compression, however appropriate treatment (including appropriate exercises) depends on the source of the nerve compression. It may be worth while seeing a physiotherapist or getting a second opinion if you are not improving.If the source of the nerve compression is a lumbar disc bulge - these usually require you to bend backwards in order to push the disc bulge back into position so that the disc bulge is no longer pushing on the nerve (this is usually done gently under guidance from the treating physiotherapist and not into pain). If however, the symptoms are arising from spinal canal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal and spaces for the nerves to travel). Treatment is usually the opposite, with patients improving with bending forward activities.Hope that helps and good luck,PhysioAdvisor
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