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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has had these symptoms and found out what it was or have gone through this before?

I'm currently having radiating pain from my lower back into my hips. Off and on throughout the day. (about a 6 on a scale 1-10) Hurts pretty bad to bend over to pick up things off the floor, to do dishes laundry etc. Right leg numb/tingling spots off and on throughout the day. when i sneeze, sciatic pain on right side of butt, only for a few seconds.

Quick history: Feb.09- L5-S1 laminectomy for herniation. March 09- redo same surgery for re-herniation.

Yesterday saw Spine Dr. He did another MRI and compared to my other MRI's. His answer was it could be any of these things and to do core strengthening exercises and just wait it out. He mentioned if i do surgery again, it would be a fusion.

He saw fragments in my disk floating around, he also sees the disk is narrowing, or the space is smaller than my other MRI.

Anyone have this raditating pain into their hips? That hasn't happened to me before and I wonder if it's due to my spine not having that support, or the disk narrowing.



  • Hi
    I've have this pain also. I have not talked to my neuro surgeon about it though. I would think it's from the disc herniation. I would maybe get a second opinion.
  • This is a very common symptom of referred pain from a spinal nerve. There is a direct correlation from the location of the pain to a specific nerve...in this case in all probability, it is coming from the S1 nerve root. If you look on a dermatome chart you can follow the route of the S1 nerve in MOST people. (Of course, all our bodies are a little different, but this holds true for most people.) Read here for the definition of dermatome: http://www.spine-health.com/glossary/d/dermatome

    The nerve root may be aggravated from a herniated disk or from swelling or a chemical irritation that can result from a herniated disk, facet joint, etc. There are a number of things that can irritate the nerve...but with your history, more than likely it is coming from the same L5-S1 segment.

    The S1 nerve exits the central spinal canal and bundles up with several other lumbar nerve roots to form the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches at the end of your back and then runs across the buttocks under the piriformis muscle and down the back of each leg. Some people end up with numb feet, or pain running anywhere from the toes to the lower back. Sometimes it feels like water dripping down the leg, or an electrical feeling, burning, etc.

    This is commonly referred to as "sciatica" and you can read about it here: http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica

    I think what your doctor was talking about was that the disk is pressing into the central canal and as a result, the canal appears more narrow. This can also cause nerve irritation and/or compression. Any of those floating disk pieces can also be causing the irritation.

    Perhaps you should consult with another spinal specialist if you have lost faith in your current surgeon. You might want to do that anyone before agreeing to fusion, as it is a BIG surgery and once done, there is no place to go from there.

    Good luck. Hope your pain eases up soon.

    xx Gwennie
  • Klynn,I had discectomy on June 1 st,no more pain in legs but i have the same pain in back,down through hips and in groin,some good days,some bad. LAst 2 days couldn't even get out on bed with the pain.Cannot sit or stand long,and walking any distance is out of the question,i go back for 1st post-op checkup on Jult 17th so ifi find out anything interesting,i'll let u know.
  • Thank you for all the replies, I appreciate it. I will go look at your links you posted Gwennie, thanks so much!
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