Hi Everyone! Happy to see the old members and hello to the new ones. I finally convinced my neurologist to do an mri on my lumbar spine. My last one was done three years ago and i've been having severe leg and hip pain with some numbness in my thighs. There was changes since the last one which i wasn't surprised. I have osteophytes at every level from L3 to S1 and small tears in every disc from L3 to S1. My left leg also twists inward. My neuro sent a report to my doctor saying that he felt that the twisting of my leg could be the cause of the the problems in my low back. Is there nothing that can be done for the tears? I was at my osteopath just before christmas and he ended up having to call an ambulance for me because the pain in my back was so severe. As soon as they got there they started at drip with some morphine. When the doctor at the hospital came in the see me he had my list of medication of which is long but he said why don't they have you on any pain medication for my low back?? he was dicussed with the lack of help that i had prior to being there from my doctors.
My neurologist said that when she examined me there was no neuropathic symptoms but when i was examined in the summer by my physio and family doctor there was. My sister in law is a surgical nurse and said that nurological symptoms can come and go so that shouldn't be the only thing that is looked at and the only reason for sending someone to see a surgeon. Unfortunately in Canada you have to have a neurologist or family doctor refer you to the surgeon.