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Severe leg pain and legs give out

AmberjmccartneyAAmberjmccartney Posts: 1
edited 07/08/2015 - 1:42 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello I recently have been having severe pain shooting down both legs. I tried to get out of bed and I couldn't feel my legs and fell to the floor. Then they started feeling numb but still very painful. I went to the ER where they did both x-rays and an MRI which came back normal. This morning I tried getting up while in the bathroom and couldn't feel my legs once again hitting my face on the corner of the counter. The Dr's are treating me like I'm just wanting pain meds but I'm REALLY scared and concerned. I'm 40 and not had any back problems however I did have a neck and shoulder strain at work. Any advice is welcomed I'm lost and scared.
Amber J. McCartney


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 07/08/2015 - 6:26 AM
    Besides the ER doctor who you mentioned, what other doctors have you seen?
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  • Hi. I'm so sorry. When this chronic pain thing really started for me I tripped over a toy while carrying my first baby. It wasn't anything big. When I tried to stand my legs were completely dead as you describe. It's so incredibly frightening isn't it?!? The numbness came & went. The sciatica was excruciating! I was 'Lucky' (horrible word choice!) my first X-ray showed so much damage. The MRI clearly showed the L5-S1 herniation that was crushing my S1 nerve root.
    Has anyone other than the ER examined your MRI images? Being 40 it's unlikely that your MRI shows nothing. They have made a judgement call that nothing shows tht can explain your symptoms. Do you have a copy of the disc with the images on? I'd get a referral to a spine specialist, preferably a board certified spine surgeon (Neuro). They can look at your images again & order more tests to pinpoint where the nerves are being disrupted.
    Your symptoms are very scary & dangerous. I don't think a GP is capable of diagnosing this. I'd get to a specialist as soon as possible. Does your leg pain feel like sciatica? If you type in the box at the top of the screen you can research things like that.

    Welcome to the site. Please let us know how things are. I've found that chatting here to others in a similar boat can be really helpful. Even if I'm just venting! I know how frightening it is. I'm so sorry that you don't have answers yet. That will change ;-)

    There's a lot of talk here about "The Blend", the different things we can do to manage pain. Ice/heat, hot Epsom salt baths, aromatherapy massage oils, OTC creams & meds etc can really help. Please don't push too hard until you know what you're dealing with. Just stick to the little things. Please DON'T allow a chiropractor to do adjustments until you have a diagnosis. That can be disasterous!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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