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Lower back pain radiating down the leg

Scottb908SScottb908 Posts: 1
Good evening/Morning whatever you read this :)

I wanted to get other peoples though on my situation.
I currently live in the north east, and for those that live in the area know all to well we had a pretty rough winter with snowfall and ice. This winter while shoveling there was a few times that I felt some mild to mid level pain in my back. I kind of wrote it off to that I was just sore from using muscles that I don't normally use.

Fast forward to 2 month ago, I woke up one morning and went to step out of bed. I almost dropped to the floor in pain from my lower back radiating across my groin and down front of my leg. My knee cap felt like someone was trying to pull if off with a pry bar. I am not one that usually goes to the Dr for things but I was in so much pain I left work to see him. At that time he tested the mobility of my leg while laying on the table. He diagnosed me with Sciatica and gave me a high dose of Ibuprofen for the inflammation and pain. After about 2 weeks the pain went away.

Fast forward again to 3 weeks ago. I was on a business trip and flew from CT to California with a layover. Basically I was sitting for over 8 hours. Once we landed, I reached up for my laptop bag and felt a pop in the back. As that happened severe pain in my lower back and it traveling down my leg again. This time it was 100x worse then the first sciatica attack I had. It was so bad that I walked to gates down before I couldn't go any further. It completely knocked the wind out of me, I was sweating, couldn't catch my breath. A gate attendant called for the first responders to come and check me out. After sitting for about an hour the pain let up enough that I was able to limp to get my rental car. I stopped by the office and I couldn't walk more then 10 steps without needing to sit down from the pain. i decided that I was going to go back to the hotel room to take Ibuprofen and heating packs to see if the pain would let up. By 3 am the pain was so intense I called the front desk and asked that Paramedics get called to take me to the Er. The ER doc basically just tried to drug me up with pregnason and pain pill. None of that was taking the edge off it. They eventually had to give me pain meds via IV just to get me some relief. For the next week I unfortunately missed the job I was sent to do, and could only lay in bed. After a weeks time, it was time of fly back to CT. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it. At this point the pain had let up slightly so I was able to sit. I traveled with a colleague of mine who was able to help with the bags, and used the wheelchair for transport. While sitting in the terminal, I had another instance of a pop in the back, and then all the pain came rushing back in. I was back in square one. I pretty much self medicated with the hydrocodone that the ER prescribed for me just so that I could make it back home. I have now been home for 2 weeks and the pain is just starting to let up slightly, but still very much present. I went to my primary care dr who ordered an MRI. I just had that done yesterday so still waiting for the results. My concern is I am still having the popping in the back and when it does I can feel the pain right on the edge of coming back. I have still good motion on my leg when laying down, but standing for any length of time is painful. I am concerned with why my back is popping, and also why when it does i get the unbearable pain. My Dr is an internal med dr from it seams he is going to be reading the MRI himself. Is this common or should I be seeing a back specialist? This is a workman comp as well so that has slowed things down a bit. My gf thinks i should be going to a chiropractor, my I am hesitant to because I'm afraid it will do more damage. Has anyone else had a similar experience and any thought of what might be going on?

Sorry for the long wind post.


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