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I have a sharp achy pain in my lower back which often radiates out to my hips - it almost feels like an outward pressure which can make sitting for long periods unbearable and makes me want to rip my legs off :) I also often have numbness and sharp pain in my perineum and a needle like pain in my testes (left one more often).

I have sharp, burning, needle like pain in both legs. In my right leg it's mainly in the bottom of my calf, front of my shin and top of my foot, right into the top of my big toe and often a warm sensation and in my left leg the pain is more on the left (outside) side of my calf, front right of my shin and more on the top left side of my foot. I often have a icy cold feeling in both feet, almost like being dunked into icy water but without the wet feeling! (If that makes sense)

Hope this makes sense...

I work part time (25 hours a week) and occasionally take an early finish - though its been about 18 months since I've had a sick day - though its been close!

At a recent checkup - I had no reflexes in either my knee or ankle joints on my left side also the specialist noted that I had a lower sensitivity down my left leg.

I used to play a lot of badminton and run occasionally but now have a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I'm also fairly overweight and feel pretty down most of the time.
[B]I have sharp, burning, needle like pain in both legs. In my right leg it's mainly in the bottom of my calf, front of my shin and top of my foot, right into the top of my big toe and often a warm sensation and in my left leg the pain is more on the left (outside) side of my calf, front right of my shin and more on the top left side of my foot. I often have a icy cold feeling in both feet, almost like being dunked into icy water but without the wet feeling! (If that makes sense)[/B]

This sounds like classic L4 symptoms. The fact that the disc protrusion is in the center allows symptoms to appear on left side, right side, changing back and forth....the L4 dermatome runs down to the big toe. The quality of the pain can be just about anything and it can change from one type to another.

You should also ask for a flexion/extension x-ray to check for spondylolisthesis. This is a situation where one vertebra slides over the top of the adjacent one. It can result in instability.





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