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Unidentified Left Leg / Hip / Lower Back Pain

VGates81VVGates81 Posts: 1
I am a pretty healthy 34 year old woman who is having trouble with my left leg, sometimes the hip and lower back as well. For a little background on my daily routine I have a desk job but I try to get up as frequently as possible all day long. I have 3 kids and I am married so I stay fairly active although I am not athletic by any means.

For about a year especially I have had off and on again trouble with my left leg going from symptoms of heavy and numb feeling though I could always feel my toes etc, to sciatica like pain down the backs of my legs that sometimes wakes me at night to tingling of what I assume are nerves across the top of my thigh to inner thigh pain, sometimes a pain behind my knee, occasional tingling down to my foot, and with this is also an off and on numbness in my hip and lower back pain. The lower back pain is more of an ache than a pain.

Stretching seems to help somewhat, I try to go for walks frequently but it only helps for a bit then it comes back. I was treated for sciatica by not all my symptoms are sciatica like. I went to physical therapy and they checked along my spine and lower back but other than some soreness but could not reproduce anything specific. I have been tested for diabetes and it was negative, I take vitamin B and D supplements and started a multivitamin recently.

It's really frustrating because some days I feel OK and other days it hurts quite a bit and freaks me out a bit which does not help. I dont know if its my chair or sitting or what it is but I wish I had a clue for fixing this weirdness with my leg and hip and lower back. Any thoughts on what these symptoms could be? I feel like my family doctor is probably tired of hearing about this same issue from me all the time.

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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  • For me it's from my stenosis and herniated disks. It has been going on for 3 years straight for me. I take gabapentin and it has been working up until the last few months.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    My primary doctor tried to work with my pain about two years and then referred me to pain management doctor.
    That best thing for me!

    He did different kinds of testing and treatments to help me stay out of ER with the terrible pain.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • I been frustrated with sciatica for the past 15 years on and off; this past 3 months it's been excruciating and debilitating. I'm a 35 year old and never thought I had to use a walker at such a young age. It's so unbearable to stand walk sit, even lay for long periods. I find myself in a daze and cant really concentrate on anything. My doctors done an MRI and it showed spinal stenosis, having problems with my L4/L5; been on several different powerful medication...didn't work!. I Had the epidural spinal steroid 3 times this year and didn't work. Nights and mornings I dread waking up because I know it's excruciating to try to stand up. I'm Always late for work because of this; can't even walk to my car without falling over. When I do reach my car it's unbearable and I have to make several different stops to stretch my legs. I'm now scheduled for lower lumbar surgery. At this point surgey can't come fast enough for me.
    Latasha thomas
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 11/13/2015 - 11:18 PM
    Welcome to Spine-Health
    Please click on link for helpful information!
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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