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Hello I am from the UK

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi there My name is John And I have just reached the ripe old age of 65. I have had a back problem on and off since my early twenties and although I am not able to walk when it clicks as I refer to it ,the severe pain only usually lasts three or four days although it would be sore for a few weeks at least I could walk.

For the last two years however I have been suffering with pains in my left buttock, left groin, left hip and a numbness down the front of both legs. I have had xrays and nothing shows up. I am not in severe pain most of the time and at least I can get about. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has suffered similar problems and if they could throw a light on what to do. Thankyou and hello to everyone


  • Hi Johnboy, and welcome to the site! You'll find lots of people here who understand and are going through similar. Several different things could be contributing to what you are going through. I recommend posting more in the applicable section for your condition. Perhaps low back pain. Or another area. Members there can give you all kinds of helpful suggestions on how they deal with their particular pains. They'll probably also recommend MRI, CT Scan, spine specialists, etc.

    Good to have you here!

  • and I would also ask doc about MRI. An x-ray won't show a compressed nerve as it doesn't pick-up soft tissue. I'm surprised the doc didn't order one for you. At any rate, hope you get to feeling better soon and again, Welcome to SH.

    Goodnight Johnboy
  • to SH. There are so many issues that could be causing your pain. Don't forget to check out the conditions tab at the top of this page for lots of info. I hope that you find relief soon.
  • hi johnboy,
    welcome to spine health - its a great site to be at - and there is such a lot of information here.
    the people are also great.
    if i were you i would demand an MRI scan. i know in the UK there seems to be a big problem in the prompt treatment of back pain and it is also the greatest mismanaged problem.
    sounds like you have some nerve compression somewhere and that could be the reason for your symptoms, your pains sound so familiar, as that was how mone started after 7 years of chronic back pain.
    like the others have said - an x ray is pretty pointless as it dosent show soft tissue and nerves.
    you must have an mri scan.
    hope this helps
    let us know how you get on.
    take care,
    AJ x
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