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Low Back & Leg Pain

poolladyppoollady Posts: 154
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Lower Back Pain
:T :/ I just wanted to say that I appreciate having a group of people that understand what back pain is all about and are willing to share information & ideas with others.
My problem is Spondy L5/S1, DDD & herniated disc L5/S1, L4/L5. I had a ESI on Nov 19th that worked for about a month, it seems to have worn off :''( . I am scheduled for another on Jan. 14th. I wanted advise how to get through this until the next ESI and also if anyone has had success with another ESI if the first one only lasted a month. I am currently taking 5/325mg Oxycodone one to two tabs every 4-6 hours as needed. I don't take it until I cannot cope with the pain anymore and rarely take more than one at a time. I am fortunate that I have a fairly high pain tolerance. My ortho spine specialist wants to try any and all options before surgery and I do too. I have tried Chiro and PT. I am 41 yrs old and he says I am too young for surgery if we can find something to take away my pain.
Thanks in advance for your input. I hope everyone has good days throughtout the holidays and into 2009. :H
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  • I started taking Lyrica at the same time I had my ESI (L5-S1), my nerve pain & sciatica are all but gone. Not sure how much the ESI worked as it's been several months since I had it done and the nerve pain hasn't returned. (I think it's more the Lyrica.)
    Jay
  • Putting on a heating pad helps with the leg and backpain for me. I also take Lyrica and Amytriptyline for the nerve pain in leg. Sometimes I put ice on the back too. A nice warm bath is also soothing for the back and leg. Hope you're feeling better. 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
  • I have heard other people say that they have had great success with ESI's. And that if you have relief from one, that the next one may give you more relief, or it might last longer. Then there are some people for whom subsequent ESI's didn't last as long.

    For me, I've never had more than a week's relief from an ESI.

    I would say that if you had a month of pain relief from the last one, that there is a good chance that the next one will work even better. It is always worth a shot.

    Good luck, and I hope it works for you.
  • My first time here, already feels like a family. In the last 4 weeks I've been having excruciating pain in my left lower back and in the left front/side thigh. The thigh is also completely numb to touch, but also extremely sensitive, I know it may not make sense...not easy to describe, I cannot have any minimal pressure on it, even putting my pants on causes pain and burning in the skin. I feel like having a knife stabbing all the way from the lower back to the knee, but not below the knee. Numbness, burning, needles, stabbing pain. I am taking oxicodone 5mg about 4-6 times in 24 hrs. Often wake up at night from the pain and need to take the med to go back to sleep. I had previous problems with disc bulges and spinal stenosis at L4/L5 with symptoms in the right thigh and leg down to the foot. That was a year ago. This time the problem is on the left side, the MRI report talks about a new disc protrusion and inflammation at L2 on the left. However the neurosurgeon says he does not see that, so in his view according to the MRI there is no reason for my pain,on the other hand my symptoms are in line with an L2 problem. I think that he does not believe me, but eventually said to try an ESI.I am scheduled for that Dec 31st. I don't know how I will get to that day without going crazy, I am exhausted from the pain, can't take it much longer. I know my case is nothing compared to what I read on this forum.

    I would like to hear if someone has similar symptoms and what treatment was effective. Thank you so much. Wish you all happy holidays and less pain in 2009! :-)
  • My first time here, already feels like a family. In the last 4 weeks I've been having excruciating pain in my left lower back and in the left front/side thigh. The thigh is also completely numb to touch, but also extremely sensitive, I know it may not make sense...not easy to describe, I cannot have any minimal pressure on it, even putting my pants on causes pain and burning in the skin. I feel like having a knife stabbing all the way from the lower back to the knee, but not below the knee. Numbness, burning, needles, stabbing pain. I am taking oxicodone 5mg about 4-6 times in 24 hrs. Often wake up at night from the pain and need to take the med to go back to sleep. I had previous problems with disc bulges and spinal stenosis at L4/L5 with symptoms in the right thigh and leg down to the foot. That was a year ago. This time the problem is on the left side, the MRI report talks about a new disc protrusion and inflammation at L2 on the left. However the neurosurgeon says he does not see that, so in his view according to the MRI there is no reason for my pain,on the other hand my symptoms are in line with an L2 problem. I think that he does not believe me, but eventually said to try an ESI.I am scheduled for that Dec 31st. I don't know how I will get to that day without going crazy, I am exhausted from the pain, can't take it much longer. I know my case is nothing compared to what I read on this forum.

    I would like to hear if someone has similar symptoms and what treatment was effective. Thank you so much. Wish you all happy holidays and less pain in 2009! :-)
  • Hi, I'm sorry for your pain. I understand how difficult it is sometimes to descibe the exact pain and the exact location but you have described very well. I hope that Dec 31st gets here fast for you. Hopefully with the holidays it will go fast and your ESI will help. You might want to post your message as a post too, you may get more of a chance for others to send messages with ideas to help you along. Take care!!!
  • Are you on something for nerve pain? I take lyrica and amitriptyline. I had 3 ESIs and they've helped the leg pain alot. I also use the heating pad for leg pain. I hope you get some relief of pain soon. Take care. 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
  • I fell dwn the stairs when I was 16 and messed up my back about a month later it went out had no clue what was going on it hurt so bad it continued off and on. when I was about 19 my back went out again but this time it was different I started feeling pain run down my legs it was even worse. seen the back specialist he told me to put it off as long as I could that I was too young etc went on any never rlly had any proublems with it for about 2 years a couple of times itd feel like it was starting to go out then when I was 20 almost 21 it went out agian this time the pain was worse then ever running dwn my right leg I had to wait to see the doctor because my healtt insurance had run out I developed Foot Drop caused by nerve damage when I seen the doctor he explaing what it was its basically you cant move ur foot up like its paralized n numb u cant feel ur foot or the side of ur leg makes you not even want to walk it so hard to walk and you trip he set up surgery and I when he got in 2 disc had cut into my back and I was leaking spinal fluid he done 5 levels on my back he told me that the foot drop should get better but he cant Guarantee it will within 9 months I will get proubly all Im going to get back but it takes nerves up too 2 years to heal well I am 21 and I would advise anyone who is told they will need surgery just to get it over with it will most likey come to it eventually the surgery is painful but compared to all the pain I had b4 It was nothing. you might be lucky and not end up in a wheel chair or with permenent nerve damage I wish someone had told me this could of happened I wish everyone the best of luck
  • Yes, you should post your question as a new thread in the lower back pain forum - it says "Post a New Thread" at the bottom left of the list of threads.

    But, I will just say that the pain you describe, going from your lower back into the front of your thigh and only to the knee, describes my pain exactly. And from what I understand, that is indicative of L4/L5, though I am not a doctor.

    I hope that the ESI helps you.
  • You should also post your story as a new thread in the lower back pain forum (or in the Introduce Yourself forum)- it says "Post a New Thread" at the bottom left of the list of threads.
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