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Lower Back Pain Causes Spasms in Legs and Feet While Sitting

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
Over the last 3 years I have been to many doctors and still do not have a diagnosis for my back problems. When I sit for more than a few minutes, I get a lot of pain in my lower back and buttocks, it goes down my legs and into my feet with severe pain and spasms. I must stand. I often have to jump from foot to foot for quite a while because the pain is so intense. Of late when I stand, it feels like the bones in my feet and ankles are broken and it is hard to get my legs going. I have had 2 MRI's over the last 2 years and neither one shows anything wrong. I have been on Oxycodone but often times it doesn't even touch the pain. I take Requip at night which knocks me out to sleep but then it is hard to wake up. No one seems to be able to find the root of the problem. I am desperate! Can anyone offer any suggestions. Please !
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  • Welcome to Spine Health. What type of specialists have you seen? How long ago was your last MRI. MRI is only one of so many diagnostic tests that is available to doctors for tracking down problems. CT scans, myleograms, discograms, EMG's, diagnostic nerve blocks and more.

    The key is not to give up and be your own advocate. With so many patients, doctors can get "distracted" to where you are not the number one patient that you may need to be. Please don't quit asking for help from your doc.

    "C"
  • Thank you for your encouragement. My last MRI was 2 weeks ago. I do have an appointment with the neurologist this week. I have seen orthopedic, neurologist, podiastrist, internal medicine, pain management. I will look up these additional test and see if the neurologist will run any of them. I was also going to ask for a referral to the Southwestern Medical School.
    haglandc said:
    Welcome to Spine Health. What type of specialists have you seen? How long ago was your last MRI. MRI is only one of so many diagnostic tests that is available to doctors for tracking down problems. CT scans, myleograms, discograms, EMG's, diagnostic nerve blocks and more.

    The key is not to give up and be your own advocate. With so many patients, doctors can get "distracted" to where you are not the number one patient that you may need to be. Please don't quit asking for help from your doc.

    "C"
  • Jamie, My boyfriend experiences the same thing. He is to the point of not knowing what to do.

    He can not sleep and he says he wants to go into running fits. I can tell he is in severe pain, but he can not get any relief.

    Have you learned anything from the doctors? Have you gotten any relief?
  • Jamie, sorry you are having so much pain. I have had back problems for years and associated leg pain developed as well about 5 years ago. I just had spinal fusion surgery, a TLIF at L4-L5-S1, which I hope will solve the problem long term or at least prevent it from getting worse but I was able to manage the pain for years with a daily med - Lodine that the neurosurgeon prescribled. I later had a spinal epidural. It looks like you must live in or close to the DFW area. I lived there too.

    If at all possible if you don't get satifaction, ask for a referral from the neurologist you are going to for a spine specialist neurosurgeon. I am sure there must be good spine clinics close to you in the DFW area that do nothing else. I found a good one in Omaha where I moved from DFW in '98 and this clinic says only about 25% of patients end up eventually having surgery so they don't push it if it is not necessary. It sounds like you may have been seeing some generalists...
    In fact, I went to three different ones ( neurosurgeons ), and among those received varying degrees of feedback...the generalist neurosurgeon said my back didnt look too bad when he read my MRI (sure didn't feel that way!). In fact, the most conclusive tools that were used to diagnose my back were simple old fashioned x-rays but taken with me in bending and sitting positions which disclosed the nerve crimping quite clearly. Of course it was also clear in the MRI that I had a terribly degenerated disc at L5 and spondylolisthesis. But keep looking for a specialist is my advice and I also agree with the post on being your own advocate. Sorry for such a long post and good luck to you.
  • Sorry, no idea what to suggest at all, but I will echo that it's very important to keep going and keep trying to find out what's going on. It took me a very long time to get some real answers and make the decision to have surgery. My neurologist didn't even recommend surgery because he thought my case didn't warrant it, but he sent me anyway because he didn't know what else to do to help the pain other than keep giving me higher doses of medications (which weren't helping!). The orthopedic surgeon, after hearing my history and looking at my x-rays and MRI, told me that my options now are surgery or medication. He explained both and even sent me to a class his nurse does on spinal fusion, which was really helpful.

    Had I not kept being a squeaky wheel with my nero, I would have never made the decision to have surgery (upcoming) and would still just be existing with the pain. I say existing because it sure doesn't feel much like LIVING some days!

    Best of luck finding some answers.
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