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Is L3 going out?

Hi all,

For those folks who had had their L3-4 go out; are any of these symptoms what you experienced - Weakness in thighs and hips (bilaterally) especially when standing up and taking the first few steps, sciatic type pain at differently spaced times, sharp stabbing pain in the back when rotating at the hip, and I'm sorry about TMI here but retrograde sexual issues?

I'm scheduled for more facet joint injections in a week or so and I hope that helps, but here recently I've been feeling a clicking sensation when bending over (spondy) more frequently than normal and all the symptoms above. I don't necessarily want to jump the gun and ask my PM to order an MRI unless I'm really certain there going to find something. It's been coming up on 8 years since my L4-S1 360 ALIF and I'm getting concerned that L3-4 is starting to go.

Thanks in advance for any comments!
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2


  • I have bulging discs at L2-L5-S1 and a protrusion at L3-L4. The sciatica pain I had was in the center of the thigh radiating down to my ankle and pain in the hip. It also felt like I had a knife stabbing me in the buttocks. The pain was unbearable. It went on for weeks and I cried because the pain was so bad. You can't walk, stand, sit, etc. I had pain meds and used ice until my back was numb.

    Finally, since it didn't resolve on its own, I went to my neuro and got an epidural. It took 48 hours to kick in and now the sciatica pain is 99% gone and I'm just left with a dull ache. Epidurals seem to last longer with me, than nerve blocks.. but they do work and you will find relief. Just remember it takes a bit for the steroids to absorb and kick in.
    2013-4 Level ACDF C4-C7 herniation with severe spinal stenosis at C4-C5. .Bulging disk at L3-L4, and L4-L5. Herniation at L5-S1. As of 8/29/14 Bulging disc at L2-L5-S1 and disc protrusion at L3-L4.
  • I got a steroid shot and ketorolac which has calmed the pain down significantly, but I'm hoping the facet and epidural injections will take care of thinks for the long haul.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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