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L4 hemangioma

tracey606ttracey606 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in New Member Introductions

I'm new to this board..looking for some information about my condition. I was lifting heavy furniture (not new for me) and developed severe back pain radiating down both legs. xray was negative of spine. Continued to c/o same symptoms and had an mri of lower spine which revealed..
There is a small area of increased intensity withing the L4 vertebral body on T1 and T2 image, consistent with a small hemangioma or lipoma. Bone marrow signal is otherwise normal.
At T11-T12:small central disk protrusion with slight impression on the thecal sac. no spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis.
At T12-L1:normal
At L1-L2: slight disk bulge. no spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis
At L2-L3:there is a slight disk bulge. no stenosis
At L4-L5:this a slight disk bulge, more prominent laterally to the left extending into the left neural foramen and causes moderate narrowing. the right neural foramen is patent.
at L5-S1 normal
and minimal degenerative disk changes.
I'm a 36 y/o female. have asthma. This back pain started in beginning of august after lifting heavy furniture.
I am waiting to see a psyiatrist and neurosurg..takes a while to get an appt. I am wondering since i injured the area @L4 where the ?hemangioma is, do I have to worry about a longer recovery and could the hemangioma be causing me problems as well..I'm also concerned since I need to be able to heavy lift at my job and don't want to re-injure myself..I still get pain in lower back and sciatica type pains down buttocks/legs..kind of alternating. only taking 1 vicodin for pain maybe once every 2 days..I don't like pain medicine and have good pain threshold. The severe pain has eased up and i took motrin for 3 weeks 800mg three times a day..which i'm not taking anymore. Would like to know what type of interventions to expect for my back to get back to normal in a case similar to mine.
The only other thing..which i have no firm diagnosis is that i've been having fevers a few times a week to daily at times over the past year..nite sweats/chills..have had pna in past, but not recently..just strange..temp 98-101.6 overall..just don't get it..lyme titer neg. Can a hemangioma cause fevers?..i would expect though to be quite ill with an infection in my spinal area though, for which i just feel tired/lack of energy.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You have quite a combination of things happening there.
    Sorry I am not familiar with the hemangioma.. and have no idea why the temp. ?infection of some kind?

    But I wanted to welcome you and so many great ppl here with so much experience..someone may share your situation.

    You said you have a job with heavy lifting.
    Good to ask your doc when you're ready to go back to full work activities. That lifting is a painful kick in the butt.

    Best of luck with all your doctor appts.
    Pls keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.
    Take care!

    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you dropped in! please have a good look around and make yourself at home here!! i have no experience with your problems but did want to say hello!! i am sure someone will drop by to share with you!! good luck in the future as you search for pain relief! drop by anytime!! there is always a spiney around!! Jenny :)
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