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Intense lower back pain - help please!

I am 25, healthy, i take no pills except for anti-depressants.
I experience intense lower back pain for about a year and a half, I went today to the doctor and he basicly told me he gave up and has no idea what could be the cause, I hope you might.

The pain in the lower back only appears after I walk for abit, most of the time it is just in one of the legs. I can only sleep on the side, both my legs feel very weak
The EMG test did not detect a problem, the orthopedist refuses a CT scan, he says there is no reason for it.

I would really really appreciate help.



  • 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
  • Hi Gil, I have always been healthy and very active. I have suffered lower back pain for about 5 years following a work injury though, the pain fluctuated and I was able to manage it with anti-inflammatories and over the counter pain meds when needed. My pain was only in the lower back but at one time I developed "foot drop". I couldn't move my left foot and could only lift my left leg about 30cm off the ground. I had no back or leg pain associated with this issue. It took about 8 weeks to come good. From time to time I would have a lower back flare up which would put me out of action for a week or two. About 2 and a half years ago, I suffered a major injury flare up which only got worse. I had x-rays and CT's which showed a bit of damage at the L5-S1 disk and L4-L5. I finally asked for an MRI which showed a herniated disk at L5-S1. If I were you, I would get rid of the orthopedist and see a neurosurgeon. I don''t know anyone who has had any luck with ortho's. They just don't understand the spine like neuro's. Demand an MRI. I had a micro-discectomy which was successful but later developed severe nerve scar on the L5-S1 nerve root which gave me incredible pain. I was on massive doses of pain medication and was unable to function. 3 weeks ago I had an Electronic Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant and have cut my medication by 3/4 and I'm walking 4km's every morning and a shorter walk in the arvo. I think you really need to see a neurosurgeon and demand an MRI. I hope this helps.
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