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Help Please!!! Lower Back Pain and Pain in Pelvis

Hi Im new here and any insight would be most helpful. I have had lower back pain and have had MRI suggesting mild dsc bulge to L-2-L-3-L4, mild central stenosis. Degenerative changes are present and there is a mild asymetric weight-bearing and foraminal narrowing.Along with my back pain, I have pelvic pain and hip and leg discomfort. I was told by specialist that he did not think my pelvic pain was coming from my back. I have been to Gyne,Urologist and have had CAT scans done and nothing is going on that would cause pain in pelvic area. My question is has anyone experienced any pain in pelvic area? The pain is almost constant and only eases enough to let me fumction when I take 4-5 ibuprofin or at least 800 mg. The back pain and pelvic pain occur simultaneously so I don't see how it could be 2 different things.I have not been back to specialist since MRI, I have an appointment on Tuesday.


  • kathyykkathyy Posts: 580
    edited 07/22/2012 - 11:58 AM
    I do have pelvic pain. My doc didn't think that was unusual. At first I too went through all the usual uti tests and all are always negative. But when I just had my spinal cord stimulator test, the pelvic pain, the hip pain, the back pain, the leg and foot pain all were so much better! My doc refers to it as pain in the "saddle area." Google "Pudendal Nerve Pain. "

    That being said, I am not a medical specialist and I am only speaking from my pain experience following "failed" lower back surgery. Pain in "that area" can have a number of causes. Be sure and continue to consult with the appropriate docs. Good luck!
  • Peter BPPeter B Posts: 511
    edited 07/22/2012 - 6:13 PM
    Lower back pain and pelvic pain, leg discomfort etc.
    I'd be having a close look at the SI joints. These are well known to be trouble centres and cause the pains you describe.
    Easily identified by a chiropractor or physio. They just look at the joints in your lower back area as you raise each leg in turn.
    Did the CAT scan reviewer look at the SI joints?
    The joints may be loose or too tight.
    Google 'pelvic pain SI joint' and you will find a wealth of information.
    I have very frequent instances of this, and pain occurs in hips, lower back and SI joints, sometimes separately, other times together.
    Makes sleeping very difficult.
    My SI joints tend to lock-up, and only my chiro can loosen them.
  • Thank you so much for the info, this does make sense in that when I first started with the pain the chiro worked wonders and I was pain free for about 2 months.
  • Oh thank goodness, I thought I was going crazy, the ortho specialist is suggesting PT or Injections. I can not do PT as I am extremely busy in my job. Have you ever had injections for this?
  • cpro7000ccpro7000 Posts: 4
    edited 07/25/2012 - 7:36 AM
    Has anyone out there received injections for pain?
  • cpro7000 said:
    Has anyone out there received injections for pain?
    I had 9 courses of injections for my neck, some years ago.
    They helped, but less each time. Had lots of needles on each occasion, too.
    The problem was that the injections are a short term cover up, and don't fix the problem.
    They may help to identify the problem area, so that is a plus.
    My best relief time was 6-8 weeks. Sometimes though there was very little.
    I found out later on that my pain was not from the joints primarily, as thought, but from tight muscles putting strain on the neck. Treating the muscles stopped the headaches.
  • I have cramping pain in my pelvic area along with my burning low back pain. I had a partial hysterectomy in 2010. I kept my ovaries. One of the reasons I moved forward with the surgery was because there was a chance it would help my back pain. I had 4 large fibroids in my uterus. I often wonder if I have scar tissue or something that is causing the nerves in my pelvic area to hurt but it's hard to say if it is related to my back pain as I have both at the same time all of the time. I see a chiro and he did tell me I might have some impingement of the pudendal nerve but nothing he has done so far has relieved it. I am now curious if what is going on is SI joint since i have pain in pelvic area, front of hips, that wraps around my lower back and back of hips and down both buttocks. Thank God I do not have leg pain though. It stops at the bottom of my buttocks.

    Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
    SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
    Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
    Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.
  • You are not crazy. My diagnosis and symptoms memic yours.
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