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Hi, can someone please direct me in the right direction. Off and on for lke the l month or so I have very bad lower back painwith burning pain going down into my buttocks n down my left leg with numbing and tingling in my leg. For the last two weeks it seems to have gotten a little worse. I tried drinkung nothing but water thinking maybe it was just my kidneys but its not that. The pain gets so bad all I want to is cry. I've tried ice, heating pads rice packd anti inflammitoties anti biotics and nothing seems to help...... someone please help me to understand n tell me what I should when I sit it hurts when I go to stand up it hurts I switch postions it seems like every ten min bend and standing hurts si bad. I work part time as a cashier and stocker I'm just in so much pain


  • Hi Hurtinbad, welcome to Spine-Health!

    Your pain symptoms are classic sciatic nerve compression, like caused by a herniated lumbar disc or perhaps more than one disc pressing on nerves, causing the shooting pain, numbness and tingling. Hopefully, your doctor will send you to a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon, who will send you for a MRI. That will show the offending disc(s) and what to do about it.

    Having said that, it does NOT necessarily mean you would need surgery. Sometimes these things can calm down without any surgical intervention. And as I said earlier in this post--I'm no doctor. I'm just another spine patient.

    I'm hoping you can find a good resolution to this! :-)

  • Hi Hurtin, I'm so sorry your going through this. I think Charlie gave you some good advice. Please keep us updated and welcome to the Forum.
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    I agree with Charlie, it does indeed sound like a classic sciatica problem. Sometimes it does resolve on it's own, after some rest and taking it a bit easy. If not , your doctor may send you for a consult with a board certified ortho or neuro spine surgeon for a consult. As he said, it doesn't necessarily mean surgery, but they may be able to direct you to more therapies that might help the pain resolve.
    Good luck to you,
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