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Does it hurt on your spine

Vikki330VVikki330 Posts: 3
edited 11/14/2012 - 1:30 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
I got an MRI that showed mild L2/3-34 bulging and mild L4/5-L5S1 protrusion with BL central stenosis and foraminal stenosis. I did all the conservative treatment. Saw a surgeon and he told me I have none of the above but a dried out L2 not associated with my symptoms. He diagnosed me with sacroiliac joint dysfunction without doing any of the tests. With this SJD is it supposed to hurt directly on the spine on about 3 levels lumbar in addition to a stiff lower back that radiates around the front of my hips. I also have numbing in my left foot and weakness in that leg with certain positions or if I stand or sit too long. My groin area is constantly cramping and if your a woman you know the cramping im talking of. I can't stand for more then 20 minutes or my back begins to hurt and I find if I "baby" my left leg the feeling in my back is not as intense but still horrible. Somedays I can sleep through the night others I'm tossing and turning all night trying to get comfortable. If I go to the grocery store I need to lean into the cart to make it easier to shop. So much as opening a heavy door is a struggle. I feel it in my back. These symptoms, all with the acception of the numbness and weakness which appeared 3 weeks ago, have been consistent since the injury occurred 4 months ago. I was moving a patient to my stretcher from her hospital bed when I felt something stretch and tear in my lower back. I dont understand how the MRI findings can be different from 1doctor to the next. Any input is appreciated.


  • DaveFusionDDaveFusion Posts: 476
    edited 12/09/2012 - 1:38 PM
    Sounds like you may have more than one set of symptoms at the same time.

    Diagnosis is sometimes complex and more an art than science. Although top spine surgeons can generally get it quickly. I suggest you get more than one opinion particularly when your surgeon didn't do the tests and discounted the MRI results.

    There is quite a bit of SI info here. Your leg weakness is concerning. Did the surgeon order an EMG test? You may wish to read my leg weakness story by clicking on my name. I'm no doctor, but it's not something to take lightly.

    Others here can help with SI related questions. tc

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