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Pain in lower back, right cheek and back of leg into foot.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
Hi all, I was wondering if I could get some feedback from you. I was crushed at work by a fork-lift back in November of 2008. I fractured my pelvic in 2 spots. I was in the hospital for a week and have been home off work since. To make a ling storage short I have been through the system. I had an emg, ct scan, and recently an mri. Since this is a workers comp case, I worry that the doctors are trying to help the insurance company out, more than they are wanting to help me. I went to an orthopedic surgeon, then a neurogist, and then back to an orthopedic, and through the whole process I have been seeing my own physician on my own dime. All the workers comp doctors say that I am fine and no worries. I went today to my own physician with the results from the mri, that the other doctors already made their judgement on. My doctor says that I have a protruding disc that is pinching my nerve and he understands why I'm in so much pain. The results from the mri say that I have a "Broad-based right asymmetric L-5-S-1 disc protrusion, with evidence of annular fissuring. No significant canal or foraminal narrowing.
2. Incompletely evaluated 1.2 cm right renal lesion. Recommend ultrasound if clinically indicated.

There is a small, 4 mm oval enhancing focus identified on the postcontrast images. This is best seen on image 11 of 18 of sagittal postcontrasted series, posterior to the T-11 vertebral body to the right of midline. While this could represent volume averaging through a dorsal root ganglia, a small nerve sheath tumor cannot definitely ruled out. If it is felt to be clinically indicated, the patient can be brought back for thinner dedicaed sections through this region for further evaluation.

Sorry for all the mumbo jumbo. I just don't get how I can be in so much pain still and all these so-called specialist say I don't have any problem, just need some PT cause I haven't used these muscles, and then on the other hand my physician, who has no one interest but mine say I am injured. Doesn't make any sense to me.


  • Hey Wes,

    I feel your pain literally...I also fractured my pelvis in two spots in 2002 (on my own time). In September of 07 though I was rearended when working. I also have a workers comp case and it sucks!!!!

    My MRI shows a broad based central disc protusion at L5-S1 touching the S1 Nerve root. I've done p/t, cortizone injections, epidural injections, pain meds, nerve pain meds, all to no avail

    My pain starts in my lower back, travels through my rt butt and down my thigh. It is occasionally in my calf and rarely in my foot.

    My worker comp doctor wants to do a microdiscectomy, but of course the insurance is denying it. I am about to just do it on my own insurance.

    I am looking into another opinion using my personal health inurance to see if I can get a truly INDEPENDENT opinion.

    Good luck
  • You can have a disc fissure without it causing too much pain, but you may need to have a discogram and CT to see where the pain is actually coming from. I'd definitely get the kidney tumor checked out. That is simply nothing to be fooled around with. As they say, it might be shading from the back root nerves, it might indeed be a tumor and you want to rule that our immediately.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • pain started out in my buttock and radiated down my leg. Back pain was much later, so I was shocked when I found out I had blown my L5-S1 disc. One thing I do want you to know - the farther down your leg the pain goes, the worse it is getting.

    For instance, if you can lay low, take it easy, do NOT Bend, Lift or Twist and the pain stays more in the buttock, that is excellent. See if you can adjust your activity so the pain doesn't radiate.

    Until you can get the care you need, be sure to not bend, lift or twist while you try to recover. This is difficult, but necessary. For one, if you continue to BLT, you can further herniate or even "blow" the disc. But some believe that if you take it easy, pull up a chair to brush your teeth, etc., you are giving that disc a chance to heal.

    You might start keeping a pain diary/journal of each day. What time it is, what you are doing, what you would rate your pain level at on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst pain ever in your life. You can take this to your docs to show how your daily life is impacted. It can also help you figure out what you should do and not do to help ease the pain.

    Take care,

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