I am 6 months post partum via c section. I am having severe back pain leg pain since delivery especially in calf ankles and toes (big toe and surrounding downward area). I could feel numbness for few minutes when I sit for a while and also I could not able to stand for a long time.
Your symptoms indicate pain due to nerve compression (Sciatica). Most likely cause being disc bulge or prolapse. You should get MRI scan of Lumbo sacral spine and get evaluated by a Pain specialist in your city. Most cases respond to medications and exercises. Sciatica is the term used to describe compression of Sciatic nerve (major nerve supplying most muscles of leg) due to some pathology in spine commonly disc prolapse (slip disc).
Sciatica may be just associated with pain but in severe cases nerve compression can lead to paralysis of legs.
In severe cases of Sciatica patients can benefit from procedure called epidural steroid injections. The drug is injected in epidural space (surrounding the spinal cord) which decreases the inflammation and pain of disc pressing on nerve. The procedure is done in operation theatre by interventional pain specialist using X Ray machine. It relieves pain of Sciatica and patient can easily start physiotherapy after this. Sciatica associated with leg weakness, loss of control over urine and stools requires urgent decompression surgery.
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1. Lie on your back. ...
2. Cross your left leg over your right so that your left ankle rests on your right knee.
3. Use your hands to grab hold of your left knee and pull it gently toward the opposite shoulder. ...
4. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
5. Relax, and then repeat with the other leg.
6. Repeat this cycle 2 to 4 times.
Standing calf stretch
Stand away from a wall and.put your fight foot behind you and be sure your toes are facing forward. Lean forward at the ankle while bending the right knee and keeping your heel on the ground. Hold this for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat 10 times a twice a day.
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