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L3-L5 Back pain... Please Help!!!!!!!

brittwestbbrittwest Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Lower Back Pain
About a year ago, I fell down a flight of stairs at work and permanently damaged L3-L5. The Doctor’s diagnosed me with L3 disc herniation, L4 disc bulge and L5 degeneration. My symptoms include; lower back pain and pressure (feels like a have a bubble in my back), I cannot bend over without feeling extreme pain and pressure, I have radiating pain down my right leg that especially “stabs” into the side of my right thigh, and both of my legs go numb all the time but more frequently my right leg. I have had the following treatments; Nerve Medication, Anti-Inflammatory Medication, Physical Therapy, H-wave home unit, Steroid Epidural Injections, and most recently Radiofrequency Nerve Cauterization. Through all of these treatments, I have received NO help and my doctors RN has told me that there is no other treatment options. I am 22yrs old and a mother of a 2yr old boy, I have been an avid athlete and runner my whole life and now it has come to the point where I can’t even pick up my son. Please give your treatment advice!!!!!!


  • I am so sorry you are having such a difficult time. It sounds like you have been open to so many different options.

    Have you gotten more than one opinion?

    Do you have a fellowship trained ortho surgeon or neurology surgeon? Is it your pain management doc who has been doing the injections and RFTC?

    There is an anwer out there! Just don't give up!!

    Hopefully others will have more suggestions!
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. Be sure to check out all the articles on this site that pertain to your situation. You've also found a great place in the forums for support and help, as much as we can not being doctors.

    I understand your pain. I've had both cervical and lumbar issues and I know how frustrating and painful it is.

    I would suggest finding a fellowship-trained spine specialst, either neuro or ortho, but a surgeon that only works on spines. I say surgeon, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll need surgery. They can asses your situation and because they specialize in spine issues, I think they're the best place to start to find treatment for your problems.

    I can't tell you how many young people have problems with doctors wanting to deal with their spine issues - they say "You're too young" far too many times. But I believe there's a spine specialist/surgeon out there that will be fair to you and work harder to get to the root of the problem.

    I'm assuming you've had an MRI from what you say about your diagnosis, so I'd suggest taking those films and report to the new spine doc you find. Sometimes it takes a lot of opinions and searching to find the right doctor, but it's worth it once you find the one that is willing to help you.

    Unfortunately, there's nobody here that can diagnose or suggest what treatment you should try next, but like I said, it's possible to find a doctor out there that can do that for you. Keep looking and don't give up.

    Good luck and please keep us posted. Feel free to PM me if you need anything.

  • You have definately tried a lot of different treatments. Like others have said the answer may be out there you just have to turn over a lot of stones. I would consider getting another opinion they may think of something else. Is surgery not an option or is he/she avoiding it? I am not saying surgery is the way to go but I am wondering with a disc herniation why that hasn't been brought up. Also have you looked into Spinal Cord Stimulators? I have lumbar disc issues and am currently in the process to have my trial implant. I am definatley not a doctor this is just my opinion and food for thought.
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