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Lower back and nerve pain - L5-S1 Lumbosacral traverse process

jgoodma3jjgoodma3 Posts: 6
edited 06/28/2015 - 11:16 AM in Lower Back Pain

I'm a 30 yo male and I've been having lower right sided back pain for a year now (around PSIS/sacroiliac joint area), along with right sided nerve pain going down my bum and to my feet, also nerve pain in my perineum and genital area. All these symptoms started happening after I did a day of heavy lifting.
I've had an MRI and CT scan, and the report was that I'm completely normal, except for a L5-S1 lumbosacral traverse process (or bertolotti's syndrome). I have been told that this is not the source of my pain and it is not clinically significant, and have since been discharged from the care of the surgeon I was seeing. It's made me a bit annoyed as my pain a lot of the time is very disabling, and I feel like I have been cast aside and been labelled a "chronic pain" case, and basically been told to live with it.

I actually went to the trouble of 3D modelling my CT scan to give a good picture of what it looks like, as I couldn't really make any sense of the raw images.
here's how it came out: http://i.imgur.com/gaklnQP.png
I used the app Slicer to do this.

Also here's a side view of my MRI, animated through all the layers:

I'd love to hear people's thoughts about whether the bertolotti's syndrome could be what it causing me pain, any personal experiences similar to mine, or even any ideas as to what could be causing my pain!

Many thanks!

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  • Johnwillton7JJohnwillton7 Posts: 1
    edited 08/13/2015 - 8:38 PM
    Hi jgoodma3,

    I read your question and i understand your concern. There are various reasons that are liable for this pain. You need to conscious of the actual symptoms and reasons of the pain to get the right treatment. There are some factors which can cause lower back pain like muscle tightness, sprains and strains. Muscle Strains often occur in the lower back and in the cramp muscle in the back of your thigh. .

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  • Discharging you from his care simply means that he does not see anything that requires surgical intervention. You can consult with another surgeon for a second opinion, follow up with your gp, or consider seeing a physiatrist ,who may make referrals to physical therapy, injections or other treatment recommendations .

  • dpearsoddpearso Posts: 12
    edited 08/13/2015 - 11:07 AM
    this site is hard to navigate ... but see a BS specialist .....
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