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Pamsco49PPamsco49 Posts: 2
edited 10/09/2013 - 9:26 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have read many posts and am happy I joined. The stories I have read have made me feel like I am not the only one.

I am 39yr old female, 5'4, 143lbs. I am a military spouse and my husband is gone most of the time. I am responsible for getting things done....his chores and mine. I have always considered myself a strong person and admit I push my body further than I should. My first symptom started about 13 yrs ago. I noticed something in my lower left side of tailbone. I didn't think much of it as I didn't feel discomfort. I just knew I felt something. As years went on I felt like it would "lock" for lack of a better term. Once I shifted position it would feel fine. In 2009 I went to an ortho who did an X-ray and he said it looked fine. At that point I also noticed when I was driving my left leg would start to ache and hurt. We moved to Texas in Aug 2011 and my world has been very different. I have severe pain in central lower back more toward the left side. Getting out of bed and sleeping are almost non existent. I have actually urinated because I can't move fast enough to get to the restroom. I am so ashamed. I noticed my left heel would fall asleep as well. I still thought maybe it's the new bed, maybe I am pushing to hard....well I finally realized that the amount of pain was not normal and went to see my doctor in Apr 2012. I didn't know what to do. He ordered and X-ray and sent me to physical therapy. The X-ray showed nothing (again) and I continued physical therapy that wasn't helping. I broke down and asked for Motrin 800. I was nervous when the therapist wanted to do injections because he thought it was a muscle pushing on my nerve. I wanted to "see" if that was what the problem was. I didn't understand how we put the puzzle together with out all the pieces. I went back to my doc in June and asked for an MRI. Yay...I went and the results confuse me. The doc said my disc is protruding at l5-S1. That was it. He then referred me to a Neurologist. The pain at this point is unbearable. I saw him a month ago and he did ask many questions but didn't have the MRI image to look at. I explained the lower central pain, and my left leg has shooting pains in buttocks and leg. The MRI was conflicting as it states no obvious nerve compression. He knew there was more to it. I have an appt sept 4 and will bring my MRI disk in with me. He will do an emg test. I feel more than 1thing is going on and it scares me as to the damage. I am going to post the result and know you can't give me medical advice, but thought maybe you would see if more than one thing is going on.

L3-l4 mild predominantly foraminal disk bulging

L4-l5 mild posterior disk bulge resulting in minimal efface meant of the ventral sac

L5-s1 broad based posterior disk protrusion up to 3.3mm ap Severe facet arthrosis, moderate left and trace right facet joint effusions, mild bilateral foraminal stenosis, no obvious nerve compression

Again, I understand you can't give me medical advice. I I just need to see if I'm crazy....are these connected?

This has been a long time coming and I'm at the point I just want to scream. It is my fault for waiting? I'm just not sure what to expect and thought I would share my story. Thanks for listening.

Many thanks


  • Welcome to the forum. If you are in pain then ask for some pain medicine. If what you are on doesn't cut it, it may be time to change to something else while the Dr.'s do their search thing. Maybe go to your GP Dr. and ask for some pain medicine there if you can get in there before the neuro doc. I will suggest that you start taking all your reports and films to each/any Dr. appointment as it may very well help.

    Before I would let anybody do injections on me I would want to rule out that there isn't something mechanically wrong. If a MRI didn't show anything of big importance then there are other tests that can be done. etc: CT scan EMG's and so on. You need to get with a Dr. you feel comfortable with and trust and then it will be easier to understand and get done what needs to be done.

    Good luck and lets us know how you make out.
  • ben_indianabben_indiana Posts: 288
    edited 08/28/2012 - 7:36 AM
    You have come to the right forum.

    Mt first thought is that the xrays you had cannot paint a big picture of whats going on. Its a shame that you had to ask for an MRI.

    Now I also have a herniated disc at L5S1, and I have severe pain just under my tailbone and shooting, burning pain down the left leg, and numbness in the foot. Sound familiar? My mri showed 2 compressed nerves in that area along with severe stenosis.

    BUT just because the nerve isnt "obviously" compressed does not mean there is not inflammation & agitation of the nerve.

    Im not sure what athrosis is, but whenever the first word is "severe" thats where I would start my research. Hopefully the neuro doctor can explain alot more. While you should not be looking for " medical advise" per se here on this forum, you can find similar situations that could help you understand whats goin on.

    If you doctor does not give you the answers or treatment plans to suit your needs, get a 2nd opinion. Many people on this forum have seen neuros, orthos, pain mngmt docs, chiros, phys therapists and more. They will all have their own opinions on how to help you. You have to be your own advocate!

    When you ask if they are connected, I am not sure if you mean are the injuries connected to eachother, or if you mean are the injuries connected to the pain. If its the latter, yes, I would think that the damage at L5S1 COULD be contributing to your pain.

    And yes, you have every right to ask for meds to control your pain.

    Good Luck to you & keep posting!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • Pamsco49PPamsco49 Posts: 2
    edited 08/28/2012 - 8:04 AM
    I can't tell you how much I appreciate the feedback. I did put a call into my GP and am waiting to get a call back. I am just so anxious to get solid answers from the Neurologist and feel like Tuesday will never come :) thanks for making me feel welcome!
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    I'm sure that waiting until Tuesday is tough but it will be here before you know it and will have some answers and ideas about what treatment options you might be given then. Hang in there, and hopefully, things will improve for you soon
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