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Toe and knee numb after giving birth, leg feels bruised. Could I have trapped a nerve during labour?

Since the birth of my son on Jan 2nd I ve had a numb big toe , right on the very tip. I also had a numb spot on my right knee , on the outer lower side. The knee seems better now but has been replaced by my outerthigh feeling bruised all the time (there are no marks and I haven t hit it) Could I have trapped a nerve during labour? I had a drug-free water birth. Many thanks.
Asked On : Thu, 28 Jun 2012
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Thanks for writing in.
I believe there has been some trauma that you sustained during labour due to which a nerve probably got compressed. The treatment now for the burning sensation is only a drug like carbamazepine or gabapentin or lamotrigine as in a very small percentage of cases, is the nerve actually trapped by something and can be released surgically.
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Answered: Thu, 28 Jun 2012
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