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bilateral sciatica, plus a bit about my history...

gabriel777gabriel777 Posts: 31
Well it's now confirmed, my L4 nerve root is being compressed by a foraminal broad-based disc protrusion also minimally narrowing the spinal canal, with moderate disc space narrowing.
My L5 nerve root is also being squeezed by an end plate osteophyte encroaching in the left foramen, plus the disc collapse and slipping.
This all started with a 1993 back injury that led me to surgery in 1995 for a central and left sided L5-S1 disc herniation pinching the left L5 nerve root and also messing with my spinal canal. Since that surgery I was told I would need a fusion in 10 years. Well it's been 17 so far and the one reason I have been able to endure the slow progression is I never stopped moving. I work in the energy industry and walk or run on average 10 to 20 kms a day. Not to mention staying as fit as possible. That does not mean it has been an easy 17 years, not even close. I have had my moments of total leg paralysis, debilitating pain. Numbness, tingling, fluttering muscles, hot cold and wet sensations, gut wrenching stabs...make you vomit kind of pain (which is what I'm enduring now). It has been part of the reason my marriage failed many years ago. I used to be a meat cutter until that injury. Static standing was the worse for me and still is.
Now it's off for an MRI and an appointment with a surgeon.. Hopefully soon I am worried about permanent nerve damage.
Well that's a bit about myself.
On a happier note and of greater importance is the fact that we spineys have such a great resource and support network, right here at spine-health. You all rock.


  • Hi gabriel777,

    I am also experiencing bilateral sciatica caused by pinched nerves- though I am not sure if this is a nerve root in my lumbar spine or the sciatic nerve in the hamstring. It is difficult, eh? I am not sure what is causing the nerve compression but I am waiting on an MRI, like you, to help confirm my diagnosis. I hope that the MRI gave you some helpful information! I agree. These forums are definitely making life so much better. Best of luck!
  • Yeah my MRI pretty much says what the CT Scan says, nerves are irritated and displaced. The R L4 is displaced by disc herniation which can get better on it's on I am sure. But the L L5 irritation is caused by bone growth and moderate to severe L5-S1disc space loss, Add some instability which I am pretty sure I have and my legs can barely take my weight. I also have severe back pain..Just waiting on a referral to WCB to see an Ortho spine specialist....I can't wait.
    Have you had your MRI yet biobabe? I agree these forums help a lot, we realize that we are not alone so much in our conditions.
  • Sorry to hear you are in so much pain, but I am happy things are moving along for you. Good luck with your referral to see the specialist!

    I have my MRI this week actually. In the meantime, I've found a form of therapy that seems to be helping with the pain (Active Release Therapy or ART). I've been able to walk for the first time in months, though I am not really sure what the ART is helping with! Perhaps, scar tissue was trapping my nerves. I'm not sure, but I am happy I've found something that can help.

  • Glad you are getting relief eh! How i miss walking. Thats what I love about my job I walk 5 to 20 or more km a day. Now I cant walk 50 metres! I am really glad you found relief! Take care! And let me know how your MRI turns out ok!
  • Awww. I totally know that feeling. I hadn't been able to do much for months and even years before hand. I just hope what I have lasts for me. Hang in there! Your time of relief will come, I'm sure! Let me know how you're doing as well.

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