Symptoms: Pressure and nerve pinch feeling/stabbing pain in the lower back, now estimated (by me) to be the L3-L4 area. Pain/numbness/burning radiates into my butt, and both of my whole feet. Several mris do not show much, some disk bulging and minor herniations at L4-l5 and l5-S1. Sometimes my pain flares up and the nerve pain type electrical zapping makes moving around hard and hurts so bad.
So Ive had discetomies in the l4-l5, and the L5-S1 areas with 0 improvement. I was told pain travels up and down the spine and thats why I let them perform surgery even though I felt the pain was coming from higher up.
I had an epidural injection at the L3-L4 and my pain went away for a single day, then had a huge increase in pain afterwards (probably from walking and standing normally for a day). Problem is, there is nothing that the doctors are concerned about at the L3-L4 level (or anywhere else) regarding the MRI. I looked at the MRI (and got a dicom viewer) and its look like the stabbing feeling matches up with the spinous process jutting out opposite of the L3 vertebrae. I have a naturally small spinal canal, probably makes me more prone.
I have some pictures I could upload If someone could tell me how.
Anyway, anyone got any ideas on what I should push for next?
Several doctors mentioned getting a new mri (Ive had 3 over the last 6 years) and Im completely certain nothing new will show up but hoping the docs will change their minds after this new epidural injection.
One doc is trying to call it all discogenic pain and send me back to pain management. And one doctor says maybe, just maybe, there is something very mild at the L3-L4 spinous process but he's really not wanting to do anything right now.
My pain regularly becomes unbearable and antiinflammatories actually make my pain much much worse.