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minimal disc narrowing @L5/S1

mrsmexiciommrsmexicio Posts: 1
i woke up in so much pain this morning so i went to the er they done xrays on my back and said i had minimal disc narrowing @L5/S1 . im not really sure i understand what this means and what to due for it besides take meds. the dr also said something about sciatica which i dont know what it is . i hurt so bad even after taking meds. i dont know what else to do

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    You said you went to the ER.

    Do you have your own primary care doctor?
    You may need your regular doctor to follow up with you and your pain. Doctor may want to find what is the source or cause of your pain.

    My primary ( general) doctor sent me to a specialist for my spinal issues and the chronic pain I had and have.
    The specialist helped me immensely!
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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