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Yeah, I've got to agree with the other poster, it sounds like a nerve is impinged. Lots of things can cause that. A disk could herniate out onto a nerve or a weak overworked muscle could be spasming and hitting the nerve or it could be piriformis related.

I just checked out from the library some books on sciatica, which is what you have all the classic symptoms of. Try: the Sciatica Relief handbook, Relieving Sciatica, and Numb Toes and Aching Soles.

they will at least educate you.

That thing with your toe going numb is not good and sign of a pinched nerve. If you get weakness in your leg or cannot lift your toes, it is an emergency. Same if you lose bladder or bowel control. But your doctor should have told you this already.

You shouldn't be left high and dry with nothing to do, nowhere to go for relief. And it CAN get worse. You need to know what to do so you do the right things and it doesn't get worst. Plus, as you know, it can get terribly painful.

Have you tried to go to a physical therapist that specializes in backs because they know a lot about this, but pick a good one. And the thing with backs is if it hurts, STOP. This back thing, especially if a nerve is involved, works different from other injuries where you work out regardless of pain. With a back, the rule no pain no gain does NOT apply.

So if you do get into PT, and you do a move that hurts, stop, or back off on it til it doesn't hurt. Same goes for you at home or at work. If it hurts, stop doing whatever you are doing. If it hurts when you stretch a certain way, quit, or back off on the stretch to where it does not hurt. If sitting hurts, stand up! Keeping on sitting really makes it worse and as you know, flares it up so it hurts for days.

Hope that helps. Not being a doctor, I cannot tell you what to do or diagnose you, but I can tell you what I have experienced.

You have all the same symptoms I have and I had a herniated disc at L4/L5 that compressed a nerve. some of these can heal on their own and some don't and require surgery. I lost use of my foot and had surgery to walk again. But my nerve was pinched so bad I have a 3 year recovery or longer. Nerves, once injured, can take years to heal. You are right to look for help and research this. Those books are a start. And I agree with the other poster that ice and pool therapy, just pool walking, help best.

if you get up to a level 9 or 10 pain, tell the doctor, and they'll give you something like neurontin for the nerve pain, but I don't think they've diagnosed you yet on what is causing this, and they need to so you do not get worse.

Something has aggravated a nerve. What and why are what you have to figure out. And how bad. It could be you sit too much, or lift in your job, and have to quit doing that. The nerve could be bruised, pinched a little or pinched a lot.

Also, do a search on this site under sciatic or sciatica and you'll learn a lot.

I can tell you too that bending, lifting, twisting are things you ought to avoid right now as they will really get that nerve going. My doctor said walking was good if you could do it.

What does your doctor say to do? What is his diagnosis?

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