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I am a 56 yr old female that just had a abdomen MRI due to numerous episodes of extremely painful chest pain that moves to my back. Not heart related. Thought I had an ulcer. MRI results show a "focal fatty deposition or hemangioma noted at the ventral superior aspect of the L5 vertebral body. This may be nothing but after doing a search it seems to explain all of my symptoms which are leg weakness(especially left leg), dragging of my leg even though physically fit, pain in lower back when laying on stomach, pain at lower back at end of day, weakness with right arm but not often, bladder problems that have lasted for years. Lately have had loss of bladder control in a couple of instances. I also was diagnosed with mild neuropathy of my left feet although not a diabetic. I love my gastroenterologist but not sure she knows about these kind of problems. Need to know if I need to go to another doctor or just being paranoid.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/26/2014 - 7:17 PM
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  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 01/26/2014 - 8:13 PM
    I'm answering you as no-one else has responded. Normally loss of bladder control is counted as very serious if linked with your spine. You really should be referred to a spine specialist - either a neurosurgeon or orthopeadic surgeon - your GP should know which one to refer you too. My GP lets me choose my own specialists now and I use the MD rating site on the web. You can look up what other patients say about specialists in your area. Spine is complex so most surgeons have their own web sites as well so you can see what they specialise in.

    One aspect in your favour is that lumbar spine conditions are fairly common so you should be able to find a good specialist who has had a lot of diagnostic and surgical experience with lumbar spine.

    Research yourself as well, there are heaps of people here with lumbar problems so when the US wakes up you should be able to get an answer by someone more experienced in lumbar conditions.
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