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pain when sitting

I am new here. I have been trolling around for awhile to see if anyone else had problems similar to mine. So here goes:

18months ago I went to the dr with numbness on the outside of my left thigh and leg, pain in my lower back and difficulty standing, sitting, moving. He said I have DDD, arthritis and scoliosis. After quitting my job as a cleaner and trying to be kinder to my back it had gotten better. About 3 months ago it has flared up. Stabbing pain AS I sit down. Pain so sharp I often cry out as I sit. I have an office job now and I am afraid sitting 8 hrs a day is as bad as the cleaning job.I feel ok in the morning but by the end of the day I am walking stooped over, stiff and in pain. I had no numbness until today. I started going to a chiro thinking that may help. I had my second adjustment yesterday and this morning woke up with the numbness back. He made it worse I am afraid. So no more of that. I don't live near the dr that made the original diagnosis. I guess a trip to a reg md is in order. What tests should I ask for? I have never had an mri, just xrays. Thanks for reading this! I appreciate your opinions!


  • We are not allowed to make medical diagnosis's, but I can tell you you are not alone in your symptoms. I can't sit, stand, or walk for more than about 15 minutes without my back hurting. I suffered tremendously at work, because my job involved all of the above. I couldn't take pain meds at work (and they didn't help much anyway), so by the time I got home, I was in agony. On top of that, when I lay down to help with the back pain, I get really bad leg pain, so I'm ________ no matter what!

    You will likely get a lot of replies to avoid chiropractor's at all costs! If you are at the point where you've joined this forum, chances are going to a chiropractor could do serious harm.

    If your insurance requires a referral to a specialist, than your PCP is the place to start. But if you don't need a referral, than I would go to either an ortho or neuro, because at some point, you will likely end up there anyway. No sense prolonging the diagnosis; the sooner you know what's wrong, the sooner your dr can come up with options to help you.

    Most people end up with an x-ray & an MRI at some point. Some people say you shouldn't ask for certain tests, but let the dr. suggest them. I personally have no problem asking my dr's for specific tests, it's asking for specific pain meds that can really get you in trouble. Your numbness might have your dr ordering an EMG test as well.

    Anyway, you are in the right place for help. A moderator will likely respond very soon with some great links on how to get started on your journey. Because it is a journey. But know we are right here with you the whole way.
    We can't always control the cards we are dealt in life, but we can control how we play the hand
  • Chiropractors usually aren't a good option when you have certain spinal problems. Has the pain been constant for 3 months? What area is numb? MRI's are a common diagnostic tool to diagnose or rule out spinal issues. It gives a more detailed image of soft tissue etc. I think it's wise to visit your Dr and see what is recommended.
    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
  • DO NOT GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR!! I went to one 25 years ago and have suffered ever since. 4 levels now fused/replaced. Now my SI joints are acting up. I see you live in Florida. If you're in or near Melbourne, I have some good doctors.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
  • Hi,
    I'm in my 60s as well. A lot of your symptoms sound similar. Although I tend to get sharp pain as I rise from my sitting position and at other times like turning and walking. I think being on my feet for a long time sets them off. It is quite sharp, Like a lightning bolt, lower back center spine, I have gone down on my knees when it happens. Only one time when the pain hit really bad it hit the spine and shot right down the back of my leg. Scared the heck out of me. Not sure where in FL you are located, I'm So East. Waiting for an appointment with a pain specialist in Fort Lauderdale for a possible epidural & pain plan, write ups on him look good. Hope things improve.
    Take Care.
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 04/11/2014 - 11:25 AM
    Florida Native. How did your doctor reach the diagnosis of "DDD, arthritis and scoliosis."? This has been going on for a very long time without any diagnostic tests! I would never go to a chiropractor for 'adjustments' until I knew exactly what's wrong with me & a spine specialist recommended it. They are not spine experts & can cause serious damage if you have damage to your spine.

    I hope you do find a new doctor & get on a good treatment plan soon. I know it's horrible to suffer in pain. Best of luck! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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