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Has anyone experienced leg numbness after their hysterectomy? This seems to come and go, the dr tells me it's simply " exhaustion", but i'm worried there may be something else going on. To describe what happens, I will be walking around and all of a sudden, my leg goes numb to the point I cant feel anything and I fall. Any replies & suggestions are welcome
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replied June 11th, 2005
Yes I Had That
I had numness in both legs I worried so I went to have a ultrasound after the first month or so I got worried they say it was the blood flow returning to my legs and because I layed around for too long after my surgery, I was worried about clots but your legs have to get the blood flow again walking was the best thing,
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replied May 6th, 2009
leg pain
I had a vaginal hysterectomy about 4 weeks ago and ever since I have had sharp pain in one leg with numbness and tingling in that foot at night. I walk often each and every day and sometimes the pain hits me unexpectedly while walking and my leg feels like it wants to give way - is this normal.
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replied November 9th, 2012
I have the same problem
I had laproscopic ovarian removal on Sept 18. It is now Nov 9 and I am still experiencing the numbness and tingling. I feel like I am walking on gravel on the tips of my toes. I have injured my ankle twice because the numbness would hit and I would twist my ankle. My doctor is puzzled, and his nurse told me to go to a Chiropractor. From what I am feeling from my hip-down, I feel that it's a nerve problem. I did not have the problem until I woke up from surgery.

I hope we both get well quick before we get injured badly.
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replied May 6th, 2009
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Even after all these years I am still having this problem in my left leg...Possibly it will go away, but for me it paid a toll...The worse tingling is in the left upper leg as it still is pretty numb...Sometimes I wonder if it is because of the way I was grabbed when they took me off the operating table, but I don't know....Either way it is just part of life...

Good luck,
Caroline
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replied May 6th, 2009
leg pain after a hysterectomy
I had a full abdominal hysterectomy 6 months ago after the surgery my upper right leg was numb the doc said it was because of the surgery and it should go away in about 6 months well it;s 6 months later my leg is still numb and now it hurts i cant cross my right leg over my left leg, now i;m on this medication that i hate i;m so tired all the time,i'm scheduled for a ct scan i'm told to see if everything is healing properly,just have to wait and see.I;m glad i;m not alone on this the only good thing about the surgery is no more periods. Best Wishes to all,Angelique
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replied May 6th, 2009
Community Volunteer
You just may have to get used to the upper right leg being numb...Mine is the upper left leg...Believe me, Angelique, you are not alone...

Good luck,
Caroline
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replied June 3rd, 2009
I had my hyserectomy in December 2006. There were a number of complications, including loss of blood that required two units of blood and a cut ureter, which required a second surgery 6 days later. Immediately upon awaking from the hysterectomy, I felt a stinging pain by my left knee. Shortly thereafter, numbness, tingling and hypersensitivity set in. I had an EMG to rule out a certain type of nerve damage. I also tried Lidocaine patches and a number of medications, which did not improved the problem. Lyrica helped the sharp shooting pains, but caused severe weight gain and an overall cognitive fog. Another option I have tried is sympathetic nerve blocks. I am currently undergoing an electrotherapy and am looking at acupuncture and additional epidural injections to relieve me of my pain, which has evolved into what is called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. A neurologist might be able to help and physical therapy is highly recommended by the specialist I have seen. I hope you are able to find some relief.
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replied June 13th, 2009
I have been using the electrotherapy program daily for about 2 weeks. One woman I read about in the literature didn't see any relief until 3 weeks, so I will continue. I haven't noticed any relief yet, but I plan to continue trying for at least a month. It is an unusual sensation and somewhat soothing for the duration.

The machine is preprogrammed and is designed to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. The designers had people with sympathetic nerve pain in mind. I place electrodes on very specific locations on both legs (below the knee). I'm glad I don't have to put the electrodes on the upper portion of my leg, which would be terribly painful. The first part lasts for 40 minutes. Then I place the electrodes on my hands and arms and continue for another 20 minutes.

My physical therapist was able to get the machine on loan from a vendor of his. After two days of training, he allowed me to take it home, which is a much appreciated gesture (copays every day for a month? no thanks). The vendor is allowing him to borrow the machine. If it does work, he will have a sale.

Are you suffering from nerve damage? Anything working for you?
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replied June 25th, 2009
I had a total hysterectomy and a cystocele and pelvic reconstruction 8/21/2008. Ever since than - I have pains in my legs all the time. I never had the pains before the surgery. I went to a vascular Dr. and she sent me to a neurologist for a test I think an EMG? She said I may have some nerve damage and that the nuerologist could get to the bottom of this.I was told that the way they position you on the operating table may have something to do with it. She asked me if my legs were in stirrups (I didn't know). Someone else also told me that sometimes they pin your legs down!! Has anyone ever heard of this? My neurologist appointment is on 7/13/09. Iam 50 but feel 80 help!
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replied July 4th, 2009
I, too, had a total (laproscopic) hysterectomy with cystocele and rectocele repair. I'm 56 and it's 5 days post-op. Before surgery, I had some tingling/numbness (no pain) in my right toes but now I have it in both feet from the ankles down. About 20 months ago I had a total hip replacement without any resulting numbness/tingling except what I already had. Keep us posted with the neurologist's opinion.
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replied July 17th, 2009
Numbness after vaginal surgery
Deg31 and Astog, I had a vaginal hysterectomy with cystocele and rectocele repair. It was a sucess having also spurred recovery from urge incontinence. All is well with a tighter healthier vagina and bladder control. However, the numbness in my left thigh and leg is persistant. It is not so severe as to cause falls or seriously limit activity. Motrin seems to help so there may be inflammation somewhere and swimming provides low stress exercise. Ask Dr about anti inflammatory and swimming. I was told that positioning in a long surgery often causes such symptoms. I hope you improve.
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replied July 29th, 2009
Dead weight during surgery contributes to numbness
DrM, I don't feel that my surgeon is incompetant. i was told first by afriend who was an O.R. nurse that positioning during long surgeries may have these results. When I told my doctor, she said it could be a nerve or positioning during procedure and suggested Motrin, 600mg and exercise before more extensive treatment.Though my discomfort seems minor compared to some on this post, I am not willing to just deal with it.
If you are heavy, loose weight and seek help from PT experts. Don't settle.
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replied November 18th, 2009
I too had numbness after my hesterectomy..I am taking chiropractor treatments and it is helping..he says it will take only 8 to 10 treatments to be gone completely
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replied April 20th, 2010
Feet, numb or Pin and Needles
I have pin and needles in both feet. It started in my legs after surgery, but settled in both feet. It''s very aggravating, all day long, feels like someone sticking me with pins in soles of both feet.
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replied August 3rd, 2013
I had a total abdominal hysterectomy on June 11, 2013 with an epidural. My right leg is itching, tingling and hurting something fierce. My surgeon told me it would get better. Well it has not. But tonight the pain and itching was so severe I just decided to try hemmoroid medicine on it, and to my surprise it gave me glorious relief. I will continue to use this until something else is suggested. Try it, it works!
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replied August 4th, 2013
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Shell - Since you're still fairly early post-op, have you had this leg pain checked to be sure it's not a blood clot?
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replied April 23rd, 2010
Leg numbness after hysterectomy
My hysterectomy was on 10/1/09 and my left thigh area is still numb. Since cancer was found following my hysterectomy, I had a followup laprascopy on 4/5/10 and now my right thigh is numb and very sensitive to touch. Any ideas?
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replied May 3rd, 2010
Legs cramps post hysterectomy?
I had a hysterectomy and both ovaries removed in February 2010. Although all seemed to go well, I am now having a pen''s and needles - almost growing pain - feeling that has lasted for weeks in both calves and some now in my upper thighs too? Do you think this is related to the surgery? Not walking, hot baths, massage, pain patches on the legs, bananas nor even calcium seems to impact it. It''s really uncomfortable and makes it harder to sleep well at night.
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replied July 10th, 2012
Leg pain after lap hysterectomy
I too have that same exact problem. I am 7 days post op laproscopic hysterectomy. I started witht this problem 2 days ago. I called the hospital where i had the hysterectomy and was told to go to the ER, they feared it was a blood clot. The doctor went in and spent almost 2 minutes with me and said, its not a blood clot. You are just having musculoskeletal pain, and discharged me. No test, noting, not eve pain medication. I only have the pain on my left leg from my heel to my mid calf, feels exactly like growing pains. I have a post op appt on 7.17.12, if I still have this pain, I will let my Doctor know and keep u posted.
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replied May 29th, 2010
I had a total abdominal hysterectomy in January 2010. My left thigh is now numb and painful most of the time. Especially at night it is terrible. It feels like it is burning and itchy at the same time. Both knees are also painful when I bend them. I feel old and crippled when I walk, but moving around helps. I am 50 years old and a little over weight. Any ideas what this is all about?
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replied June 9th, 2010
Numbness in upper thighs
I had a radical hysterectomy in Jan. 4 2010. Both of my upper thighs are numb and painful all the time. Especially at night. I am having trouble sleeping. They also feel like they are burning some times. Sharp pains run down my legs some times. I have talked to my surgeon and he sent me to my GP. He has sent me do get some nerve tests done. He believes it is from my surgery. I fell my numbness in my thighs are permenate which I can deal with. It is the pain and not sleeping well at night that is my concern.
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replied June 18th, 2010
Im not a hysterectomy patient but a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing patient, done April 2010. I would really like to see more discussion here about the numbness in legs experienced after surgery. Would like to compare notes on info learned. I am having painful numbness and tingling on the surface of my right thigh and surgery was on left hip. Physical therapist said it has to do with my L3. Clothing and bed linens bother it. Sometimes it's worse than others. Wakes me up at night. Can't stand for anyone to touch me there or dog to jump up to greet me. Never have tried a chiropractor for anything but maybe I will now. I do not want to live with this forever.
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replied July 8th, 2010
I had breast cancer surgery in May 2009, Total Hysterectomy in August 2009 and then a neck fusion in February 2010. It was just a few weeks before my neck surgery that I started having some increased leg pain. After my neck surgery it got really bad. Tingling, sensitive touch and pain in legs. Lots of tingling in my left groin area. Sometimes I get what I call phantom ovary pains. At times I could not even walk and when I did I walked like I was 90. Took 2 months before I could get back to my daily mile to two mile walks, but I still am not back in the gym, but still in Phy Therapy. I had EMG, Nerve Conduction studies, MRI's, CT Scans, Tumor blood marker tests. etc. and all is within normal ranges. Was on gabapentin for a while.. but that stuff is not my thing.. made me feel wierd and gained more weight already upon all the weight I gained since all these surgeries in less than a years time, plus the medication never relieved my leg symptoms. But now that I am off of it I don't sleep at night and I am very tired and fatigued. I don't know what to do now. I am seeing another Nuerologist for a 2nd opinion. After reading all this.. I am convinced it all ties back to the hysterectomy.
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