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Persistant chronic lower back pain

Over 4 months ago I thought I had a pinched nerve in my lower back having spasms in my left leg, with intense pain. The dr said give it two weeks it should go.i gave it 3 weeks and still no improvement. He sent me for a CT scan which showed I have a moderate Retrolisthesis and 2 mild buldging disks, and developping arthritis at s1 from the pressure from the disc and vertebrae.
Im on strong medication daily, and the pain is CONSTANT never leaves.
I am now getting "pins and needles" in different places eg. above site, bum cheek, on site, down legs.
dr said no nerves had been affectted but im begining to think things may be getting worse.

I see specialist In april (soonest I could get in)
dr has offered cortisone injections, has anyone had any luck with them? or anything bad hhappen?

Any information would be great.

Im 20yo and just had 2 babys close together and I work fulltime.

Thankyou :)


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I'm glad you have a doc that's going to work on trying to help your problems. Getting worse nerve pain is definitely a sign of something. I did have good relief with cortisone injections for a bulging disc, but not for "slippage" (retrolesthesis). When you have spondy (that's retrolesthesis, spondylosis, spondylosisthesis, etc.), the spine moves and can move onto some nerves. My latest problems (just had third surgery Dec. 18) were spondylolisthesis at L3/4 and some stenosis there and the levels above and below that were causing nerve pain in my rear, hips, thighs and eventually down the back of both legs.

    I'm hoping the specialist that you're seeing is fellowship-trained and only works on spines so you get the best information regarding your condition. They really know what can affect what and can hopefully come up with a good plan for you.

    Keep us posted on how it goes and ask any questions you have. We're here for you. Just know that these are our experiences only and not medical advice Only your doc can give you definitive infomation.

    Take care,
  • thanks for your reply cathie.
    Im sorry to hear about your back problems, I hope they improve for you!
    I just picked up my 20month old son and my back popped, not cracked but popped. and now I have mild pain, god I hope its not another herniated disc! haha

    I will be going back to see my gpand request a MRI scan so make sure theres no further damage to nerves. im getting sick of this pins and needles in my back.

    thanksagain. I will keep you posted.
  • I hear ya about the disc, when you have problems you notice every crack, pop, and sensation.

    I'm anxious to hear what your specialist says about your MRI.
  • At times I've had pain going to my knees and sometimes to my feet. When I get injections both left and right at l4/l5 and l5/s1 i can get up to 6 months relief where my lower back feels almost normal.
    It is definately worth a try.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • kaleighkkaleigh Posts: 2
    edited 12/27/2012 - 3:02 PM
    I'm a freshman in high school and have had lower back pain for about 2 years. I was a gymnast for 9 nine years, and just recently quit because of the pain. I have stress fractures in both SI joints and a herniated disk. Will this ever go away? Even after quitting gymnastics, I'm still hurting. Because I ignored the pain for so many months, it is definitely worse than it would have been if I had gone to the doctor right away. Will this lead to arthritis when I get older? I am currently in marching band, but even that can be painful.
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