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Leg pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,899
Hi
I am a 40 year old woman.I got a leg pain.The result of MRI is:"Mild scoliosis is seen and lumbar spine is straightened.Disc bulging with left paracentral protrusion is seen in L5/S1.There is a posterior extradural impression in left side of T10/11.
T12/L1:Normal
L1/2:Normal
L2/3:Normal
L3/4:Normal
L4/5:Normal
Bone and marrow:Normal
Perivertebral soft tissue:Normal"

What can I do for relief?
Thank you
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Comments

  • Welcome to spine-health,have you had any pain meds?
  • I take Lyrica for leg pain Karami and I've had 2 injections from the pain management Dr. that really helped my leg pain. Are you taking any other meds for pain. Take care and see you around. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hi
    Thank you so much for your answer.I have had meds.
    NAPROXEN 250 mg {TABLET}
    BACLOFEN 10 mg
    METHYLPREDNISOLONE ACETATE 1mLi Inj.
    GLUCOSAMINE SULFATE 500mg
  • Karami:
    You condition is almost as common as dirt, and a lot more unpleasant.

    I suggest you get yourself evaluated by an interventional pain specialist and see what he recommends. If he recommends epidural steroid injections, take them, or at least one.

    I am a retired pain specialist and have a lot of experience dealing with situations like yours.

    Who knows where this will end up, but don't rush to surgery. Sometimes it works wonderfully, and sometimes patients end up worse.

    Live well!

    Ken
  • Hi
    I was on bed rest for 2 months.Now the pain in my leg has become less and my toes are not numb.my doctor told me that I must return to my normal life and leave the bed rest.He said "you must exercise" but I don't know what kind of exercise are proper for sciatica ? could everyone help me ?

    Thank you
    Karami
  • I've had leg pain since 2003 - started with numbness in lower left leg, and over next few years developed into constant numbness both legs from knees down, pain in anterior thighs, both sides, and random severe nerve pains in both legs. I had spine surgery last spring - told by 2 neurosurgeons this would help - and now have worse pain than ever plus new 24/7 low back pain.

    So - don't rush to surgery!
    Ken Noel : question - prior to surgery I was getting ESI's L4/L5 every 3 or 4 months and they gave me WONDERFUL relief for several months each time. But since I developed osteoporosis in the same area, was concerned the ESI's were contributing to them. Have you had any experience seeing that? I'd love to go back to ESI's - I'm 59, mom alive at 99 so I may be looking at 40 years of them!!
    Thanks all! Rosa
  • I have horrible right leg pain and do not know what to do anymore. I have had steroid/epidural shots and now I am doing spinal desompression but it is not really working. What is ESI? Sorry for my ignorance. I would like to get some relief. Thanks and I hope you feel better
  • You need to see a physical therapist. They will show you which exercise to do. I am doing aqua therapy, it's just so much less pressure , it's too painful out of the water. Plus my PT uses heat, electrical stimulation and massage. They tried cold therapy but I don't like that. It's time consuming but you do need to move again to incourage blood flow, that will help speed up your recovery some. Good luck.
  • Epidural Steriod Injection - they always gave me tremendous relief. I often felt worse during the week just after the ESI but then, in week 2 would start to feel better and then felt great for about 6 - 8 weeks, but by 3rd month start to feel pains again - then another ESI.... on and on. My big question is: can I do this forever - like for another 40 years! I'm 59 but mom, still alive, is 98 and what if I live that long too!


  • I am curious if you had problems other than the sciatic pain when you had bed rest for two months? What kind of doctor told you to stay in bed? I am just curious as current thinking is that gentle movement is better for recovery than bed rest.

    Regarding exercise, do whatever you can. Walking in a pool is great, if you have access to one. Gentle walking on a flat surface, talking small steps is recommended, too. If you can't go to a physical therapist for specific exercises, there are some excellent books available that would show you the correct way to gently stretch your muscles.

    As you are able, it is important to strengthen the muscles of the back and the core. Some simple yoga poses are good for back pain. (Others are not, so you would need some help with this suggestion!)

    Frankly, all the exercises I was given never helped my sciatic pain. I did get stronger but the pain remained the same. It just depends what the cause is of your sciatic pain. The important thing is that you try to keep up your strength and keep your muscles strong as best you can.
  • You might want to look at the the forum for PAIN and REHAB. If you can't find something on sciatic, you could start one.

    One suggestion I have for you is a stretch that you should try to do several times a day. All you have to do is lie there, so you can do it while talking on the phone or watching TV.

    Find a chair that is a comfortable height for you. Lie on the floor with your body facing the chair. Rest your lower legs on the seat of the chair. From your hips to your head, you will be flat on the floor (no pillow). Keep your arms by your sides, flat on the floor. If this is comfortable, try the more difficult position: lie on the floor with your buttocks close to the wall. Put your legs straight up on the wall so you are lying in the shape of the letter L.

    This exercise relaxes the lower back muscles, the muscles of the buttocks, and unloads the discs, reducing compression in the spine and the piriformis muscles.

    I hope you will find one of these positions comfortable. Just try to relax as you do it -- breathe deeply and let your mind go. I hope it provides a little relief!!
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