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Jan MartinJJan Martin Posts: 164
Hi All,
I am a 50 year old female. I had my first pain episode 5 years ago down my left leg. MRI at the time showed slight herniation at L4-L5. PT aggravated the pain. The pain subsided after a few months with only an occaional bout of low back pain. I woke up one morning this January with excrutiating pain shooting down my right leg. Needless to say it scared me. I went to PCP and was given Todardol which resulted in acute stomach pain and no relief. MRI shows large protrusion at L4-L5, moderate protrusion at L5-S1, and lower lumbar facet joint arthopathy. One cortisone injection worked great for about 3 weeks, second one did nothing. I cannot stand for more than 5 minutes, can't walk for more than a couple hundred feet. I can't lie down, sleep is next to impossible: either side or back is unbearable. Sitting in my recliner is really the only way I get any relief. The stabbing pain is in my rear end and front right ankle, aching pain in my right calf and behind my knee, and tingling (more like loud buzzing) feeling has moved from my toes now up into my calf. I limp and have begun to feel like my right foot is dragging. Some days the pain shoots down my leg when I am driving and I have been concerned about safety. Bending over at the waist doesn't bother me either, just standing, walking, and lying down. Is it unusual that I get relief when I sit?


  • I had problems laying down and walking also until the 2nd pain Management Dr. did some facet joint injections and more epidurals and have had relief now and also had a change in meds decreasing the lyrica which maade me moan-weird stuff. Now I'm trying cymbalta which seems to be helping the leg and foot pain and tingling. I feel less pain while sitting also with my infrared heat pad on my back. I hope you find another PM Dr that helps you with some nerve pain meds. 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
  • Welcome to Spine Health. What kind of suggestions have your docs made? Do they wish you to continue conservative measures or have you even had the chance to consult with a surgeon? I'm not saying rush to surgery, just wondering if you have been evaluated by one as to the condition of your spine and possibility of permanent nerve damage.

    I found that when my lower back was flared up, the most comfortable position for me was face down on the floor with ice on my back. Depending on the problem you have, it will dictate what positions are or are not comfortable for you. Sometimes it is pretty crazy hearing some of the positions people need to use.

  • Your pain history sounds similar to mine. My sciatica started on my left side. Later, the bulging disc moved over to the right side.

    When I sat down, my pain was worse. Perhaps due the locations of the bulging disc (L 5 S1). The best relief from my pain was lying on my back.

    My father-in-law also has a bulging disc at L4 L5 and sitting does not bother him. Like you, he gets relief from sitting, but my surgeon and physical therapist both said sitting is really bad for discs.

    Consult your doctors about what you can and cannot to do until you heal. Try to avoid bending over too.
  • Thanks for your replies. I saw a neurosurgeon yesterday. The news is not encouraging. He is concerned about possible further damage as I have lost a lot of strength in both legs . I can honestly say I was surprised at the lack of response from my body when he was doing the eval. One option is a discectomy. I am going to get another opinion. I know that I can't continue to teach with this pain. I've got to get some sleep!!!!!!!!!!!
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