I have had severe lower lumbar pain for 3 years now, I am in the middle of being discharged from the Army, which has been a low blow for me. At first my primary care provider thought I was faking my pain. After, 5 months I received and MRI that showed that I have a spinal cord tumor interdural (inside my spine (dura)) located in the middle of my L2-L3 nerve rootlets! It’s extremely painful, sometimes I have extreme pressure in my hips and my legs feel weak. It’s been 2 years now that I have known about the tumor, it has not grown and is 14mm Cranial/Caudal, 4mm Anterior/Posterior and 4mm Transverse. I have been told it’s not very big so it should not be causing my issues. However, last time I went to the E.R for bladder incontinence and extreme pain the doctor gave me an emergency MRI and said I have clear nerve compression and nerve impingement in my spine due to the tumor. I'm only 28 and this stinks! I am waiting to be discharged from the Army so I can go to  to see a real good surgeon there. My MRI also showed spondylosis and mild bulging discs, however, physical therapy said that shouldn't be causing my issues. I really do believe it’s the tumor, the pain stems from that exact location. Nuerontin/Gabapentin does absolutely nothing for me, just makes me feel like a zombie and muscle relaxers are useless. The only thing that has helped is Percocet and I only use it during the nights when my pain gets real severe where I can’t lay, sit or stand to get any relief I went from being in top tear shape and an Officer in the Army to being broken, I would run 12 miles with my ruck and max out my physical fitness test. Now I can’t do much of anything physical! I see pain management for the first time on 08SEPT15, does anybody have any advice for what I should do and ask for? All advice is greatly appreciated, back pain is the worse, and it makes the smallest tasks seem like mountains.
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Liz -spine-health moderator
Lower lumbar tumor L2-L3 and lumbar spondylosis .