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My new Problem...

araineaaraine Posts: 151
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain and thoracic pain becoming more noticeable once again. Starts off as achy, then will eventually start throbbing, shooting, and have sharp pains when moving a certain way. The pain likes to ball up into my pelvic area at the lower back, and shoot down the back/side of my leg nearly to my ankle, sometimes stopping at the knee. Causes very painful and uncomfortable moments.

Missed nearly a week of work in August due to this lower back pain and leg shooting, actually considered going to ER, because I could barely walk from the pain, and I could not sit, stand, lay down, or anything. I would just lay and cry in pain and then it just went away over night one night. No medications were able to be taken for the pain because Neurosurgeon took me off of them. I have been without pain meds for nearly 6-8 months. It has been difficult.

Current Medications:: Lexipro and Xanax for General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks.

September 2009: MRI of lumbar with new Orthopedic Surgeon.

Awaiting Result of MRI October 14th, 2009.

Does this sound familiar?


  • Araine, your pain sounds like mine. My lower back pain that radiates into the hips and rearend, and down to my knees is from facet problems. Before I had an ESI, I also had very sharp pains shooting all the way down to my feet - it was sciatic pain from a disc bulge.

    That's not to say that your problems are the same as mine, but the symptoms sound the same.

    I'm anxious to see what your MRI results are.

  • i was just checking some of your previous posts where you describe your car accident and insurance problems. for a while you were doing better but now you are in pain. the thoracic is a difficult part of the spine to fix. be sure to see a specialist who handles thoracic surgery. keep us posted and i hope all is well for your upcoming marriage this december....pete
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    Sorry to hear you are not doing that great right now.
    I know your special day is coming up soon (December is just around the corner) and I know you want to be the best you can be.
    I know you have been off the pain medications for a while, but when we suffer from spinal problems at times, that is what we need to get us by.
    Take care of yourself
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Wow. I don't have any advice for you, but I am sorry to hear about your back pain. I can't wait to see what the results are. Good luck!
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hi Amber

    I am so sorry to hear you are suffering so badly again. I can imagine the pain as most of what you describe is the pain I experienced during the flare-up I had early this year, the severe pain settled down pretty much after a while. I am glad to hear you have had the MRI so it won't be long to wait for you to know what is happening with your spine.

    I really hope your back pain improves so you can enjoy a painfree wedding day, Good Luck.
    Don't forget keep in touch, hope to chat soon



    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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