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Leg Ache for 2 Years..Can i still be cured ?

ArrowAArrow Posts: 3
Hello I'm new to the forums ,

I'm 34 Years old and struggling with Left leg Achiness in the back of my knee cap to my foot . This has been going on ever since 2013. I had a car accident back in 2007. But i have been fine with no symptoms of pain for 7 years. During this time i was doing Computer work at a desk for stressful jobs.

My MRI in 2013 shows :

Mild retrolisthesis of L5 on S1 with minimal multilevel degenerative change including disc bulging facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. Facet hypertrophy and ligamentum flavum thickening is seen at the L4-5 level with associated disc bulging resulting in encroachment on the L5 nerve roots left greater than right within the ventral lateral canal. Additionally osteophyte formation is seen on the left L5-S1 facet joint which abuts the posterior aspect of the left S1 nerve root with mild left neuroforaminal narrowing.

I have gone for Physical Therapy, Pain management, doing exercises at home. Nothing has worked. The only thing that takes the pain away temporarily is Excedrin aspirins. I'm also on Lyrica prescribed by my rheumatologist and that does nothing. Im also seeing a chiropractor now to see what he can do and in the process of finding a new pain management doctor. I have been told to get epidural injections. but i am wary of doing that. im scared of getting worse.

What can i do from here and if my nerve is compressed for 2 years. can i still be cured ?


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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 10/31/2015 - 10:02 AM
    I'm curious.....why are you seeking a new pain management doctor?
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  • ArrowAArrow Posts: 3
    edited 11/01/2015 - 5:04 AM
    The one i was going to was not helping me with my pain and the office was a joke.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    The search on this site, icon very right on top of page, may be useful to you.

    You may want to have more information re, for example, the epidural injections.
    You may be led to current or past posts, articles and or videos. I especially find the videos most interesting!
    And video library is huge!

    Learning and seeing more about your concerns may help you with a list of questions for doctor that he could then better explain as applied to your specific situation.

    I have had about 12 during my life with chronic pain. For me, injections for thoracic area were not helpful.
    But the injections for my painful leg and foot, they were successful and I'm glad I tried them.

    When doctor does injection, it's with the fluoroscope...and it allows him to see that area of spine more clearly.
    My doctor said he regretted the thoracic injections were ineffective, but he was glad to be able to have the visual.

    Curious as to who told you to get epidural injections? ...Doctor? ...Which Doctor?....Friends?
    You said your rheumatologist put you on lyrica and that's not effective.
    I find pain management to be trial and try again. It may take time for effective treatment.

    My pain management doctor prescribes all my meds in relation to pain control.
    And is the one who orders and then reads, whatever tests he wants done.

    Besides other testing, I had an EMG that was most revealing to doctor re my spinal issues.

    You had MRI. Have you had other testing?
    Personally, I would not work with chiropractor at this time until I had more information of at least ruling out harmful situations....such as you said, if your nerve is compressed.

    It sounds good you are in process of finding pain management Doctor.
    For me, that is very important relationship in my life! I see him monthly and he keeps me out of the ER. :)
    And there needs to be level of trust going both ways.

    Hope you find PM sooner rather than later! Please keep us posted!

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  • I was told by different doctors that an option for me is epidural injections. The chiropractor knows my situation and is trying to take the pressure off the L5 nerve with manipulation. He was telling me the other day to give him 2 weeks for this.

    So if i had this for 2 years can injections or surgery still work ?
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