good evening, this is my first post and am quit confused about a possible unknown issue. I have have had lower back pain for over 2 years, most of it I would ignore and go about my business. About a year ago it became much worse, chopping wood put me out of commission for a few days so I went to my PCP, she prescribed 5 ml hydrocodone, naproxen and flexoril. This seemed to work until the next week when my husband and I moved some furniture and again was down. This time my PCP sent me to a back specialist in my HMO who tried trigger point injections which did not work. She sent me to a pain specialist who tried steroid injections for a herniated disc L5S1 which did nothing. By this time we switched insurance so I started over. My PCP sent me to a pain specialist who immediately sent me for an X-Ray and MRI, diagnosis is degenerate disc disease, I just turned 50. He did 3 rounds do steroid injections none worked which we discussed, side effect blood sugar sky rocketed I have been Type 1 for over 40 years. Next he tried Radio Frequency Ablation on both sides which did not work although the 20ml of Oxcontin, 7.5 hydrocodone helped on top on Flexoril and Zipsor for muscle spasms. Next up was the discogram which showed the L5S1 had no fluid so he recommended a neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon and I decided on disc replacement going in through the abdominal wall 5 weeks ago.
All went well no problems, I started PT at week 4. However Friday I began having extreme sharp pain in my lower back that radiate down my legs taking me to the ground, my legs would go numb and I could not walk the pain would last about an hour. By Saturday night it was getting worse and more often so my husband took me to ER where the did an X-Ray and MRI with and without contrast. the ER doctor told me I have fluid on my spine. Monday I contacted both the surgoeon and PM Drs. My PM Dr stated bleeding on my spine and my surgeon appt is tomorrow. What I am trying to find out is has anyone else suffered from this the pain is like a muscle spasm on steroids that lasts an hour, the MRi report states appears to have a thick wall with suggestion of hemosiderin within the wall, may be a sermo however cannot rule out infection, appears fairly homogenous. Potentially this may be a sermon or chronic hematoma. I cannot find anything on google even close. Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
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, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
. Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
. Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s 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.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 09/01/15 22:37 est