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27 Year old ewbie Female Seeking Help serious pain

Hi all,
I came across this forum whilst searching my symptoms online and hoped that i can speak with anyone whom has experienced the same pain as i have...Heres hoping & could shine some light on what you think...

It started a couple of weeks ago (the serious pain)
I have experienced lower bad back for some time just on the spot of my lower spine where i had an epi dural during child birth, The pain has never been sever till 2 weeks ago that i called the doctor as my lower left back was in absolute agony , i was prescribed ant inflammatory tablets which did nothing and pain persisted through the week, I went back and was given some (ant depressants, Muscle relaxers) which helped the back but then that dissapeared and spread to just my left bum cheek .
I was advised to stop the anti inflams as they only help back pain, and now the pain has gone from my back & Buttocks and is just in my Thigh & Calf left side still, & the pain is chronic after i have sat down for a while (I work sat down on a chair)
The pain is almost like an intense Cramp and once i have stood up and stretched it for 20 seconds or so the pain dies down, But the pain returns if i bend down or sit on the toilet as such.

I am only 27 i am a mother to a 5 year old and its really getting me down, I have physio booked for 9th April but have cried so much with the pain please help diagnose....


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    when you see the doctor is to have your problem identified. That may not be accomplished from your first clinicial examination. They may suggest some diagnostic tests (MRI, CT/Scan, etc) to isolate your conditoin

    Once this is all diagnosed, then your doctor can be an action plan in place. That could include everything from mild narcotics for the pain, physical therapy, spinal injections, etc. But that is for your doctor to come up with.

    For now, I would take a look at the thread that Liz sent you. We have included major links to key Spiine-Health articles and forum threads. I would start by looking at the main tab called Conditions You should find good information there.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • While no one on this site is qualified to diagnose, I can tell you my personal story that involves similar symptoms. I've had back issues over the years but July of 2013 I started having sciatica symptoms. Pain in my left hip, buttocks, back of my thigh and down into my calf. Mine was very constant and intense. I also had several flare ups of severe back pain ( that was something I've dealt with over the years). I had an MRI showing worsening DDD, Foraminal Stenosis, 3 herniations and Osteoarthritis of my lumbar spine. I tried conservative treatments for 7 months ( rest, 3 injections, physical therapy, meds) yet symptoms persisted/worsened. Had a repeat MRI in December, it was worse showing further nerve impingement. I had surgery on 1/27/14. I can tell you that in many cases sciatic symptoms resolve on their own given time. If it persists, imaging or additional testing may be recommended. Not every case is the same and this was my second back surgery. Hopefully you will have a good plan after your upcoming appointment. If your able to continue normal activities then staying active is good, but It's best to not overdo it in the meantime. I am 29 with 7 year old twins so I feel your pain. Hang in there and I wish you the best!
    Progressive DDD
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • I know what you're going through. Unexplained pain that is not helped by medication is a very scary. I don't know if you're going to your regular doctor or maybe some sort of specialist. If you're not seeing a specialist I recommend to find your local pain clinic and attempt to get an appointment there. I waited too long to do this myself. I don't know if you've had tests done but ask what sort of test could be done to identify this problem. However, I want you to know that even no I underwent lots of tests there is never a cause found for my back pain. I have heard from other members that this is a common occurrence. I am still getting treated for my back pain even without a cause identified.
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
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