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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
Hello all, I am new to the site. I fell about 3 months ago and was having some pretty bad back pain. My doctor sent me to physical therapy where they told me my SI joint was uneven on my right side. So they popped it. After that I have been have severe lower back/butt/hip pain that radiates down my leg with numbness, burning, and tingling.I have had injections in my back and hip with no effect. So, my doc ordered a MRI. I was shocked to find out that it didn't show anything. But I remembered that they propped my legs up on like foam and I asked the doc if that could've affected the results. He looked shocked and told me that when my legs were propped up it allieviated the compression on the nerve therefore it didn't show up on MRI. So rather than doing another MRI he has ordered a Nerve Conduction Study. He performed all the physical tests for the L5/S1 joint/sciatica? and all were positive for sciatica.I just feel so mad that I have had to jump through hoops and keep getting let down.How accurate is the NCS. If it is sciatica from the L5/S1 will it show definitely?


  • I understanding how frustrating it is to try to grasp everything that is going when you first suffer a back injury. When I have my MRI's done, I can barely stand laying on top of that hard table and I NEED that foam thing. I always feel worse after finishing with that, and my lower back and legs hurt like crazy.

    I have chronic back pain and nerve pain in both legs stemming from L4-5 and L5-S1. I've been through 2 surgeries but I ended up with permanent nerve damage in one leg and post op scar tissue on the S1 nerve root. My hope is that I will have surgery to implant a morphine pump to improve my quality of life, because my normal day is laying in bed with an ice pack and I don't go out much anymore.

    Anyway, sometimes an MRI can be inconclusive and that's why your doctor decided to order a nerve conduction study to see if the L5-S1 disc is compressing your sciatic nerve.

    They can also do a discogram, which is like a pain provocation test where they try to find the pain generating disc. This can find tears in the outer layers of the disc (annulus). You can search discogram on SH for more info.

    The NCV can spot sciatica easily and the doctor can tell right after the procedure. There are different conditions that can cause nerve pain like disc herniation, stenosis, a disc bulge pressing on the nerve, degenerative disc disease, and spondylisthesis (slippage).

    I hope they figure out what's going on and provide the necessary treatment for you. Take care
  • Thanks for your reply. I really appreciate the info. I can't imagine being in your shoes. I hope you can find some relief soon. and I hope I do too. When you first experienced the pain, did you almost feel like it could be psychosomatic? I've waited a long time trying to figure out whats wrong and sometimes I think "am I just imagining or somehow making myself feel like this?" Although I know the pain is real, sometimes all your able to do is think when your stuck on your back..lol
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