My butt hurts!

My butt hurts!

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turbo313
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My butt hurts!

Ok..so funny way of getting your attention I know Smile

But seriously, it does. My left lower back down into my butt....good lord it hurts. It hurts to stand, sit, move, you name it. Went to the ER a while back because I could not walk...diagnosed with sciatica. Went to my NS as well and he said torn disk at L5/S1 just from the x-ray. He put me a round of steroids and vicodin. That helped for a little while.

Now onto the current status: it still hurts. I did PT for a couple of weeks and didn't really notice any big change. Still on vicodin for the pain and Advil for the inflammation. I am using a cold pack as often as I can which helps to a point.

Friday I am going in for another MRI to see what if anything is going on. I just want the ice pick to be removed from my back so it will stop hurting!

I know my NS mentioned having injections done to help alleviate the pain some, so we will see what he says after the MRI.

I just want to be normal again....is that even possible!

connie

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OMG, I have the same exact

OMG, I have the same exact problem. I have pain in my butt, it feels like I am getting shocked when I walk. I went to my NS and I too have a torn disc, L5-S1. I had a discetomoy 2 years ago for a large herniated disc. The surgery was sucessful but now I am in pain once again. This time it is different, just butt and back pain, not leg pain. My new MRI shows the torn disc but no re-herniation. I have read that it can take up to 18 months to heal a torn disc.... yikes, I can't be in this much pain for that long!

You need to have an MRI which will confirm the torn disc. When you bend, does it make the butt pain worse? Everytime I bend forward it will trigger my butt to have this shocking pain. I also did pt for 6 weeks and 1 week ago I got my first epidutal steroid injection. It seemed to work for the first 5 days, on day 6 and 7 the same butt pain returned. Have you tried ESI yet? My NS says my pain is due to inflamation....I am so fustrated... Glad I am not alone...

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OMG, I have the same exact

OMG, I have the same exact problem. I have pain in my butt, it feels like I am getting shocked when I walk. I went to my NS and I too have a torn disc, L5-S1. I had a discetomoy 2 years ago for a large herniated disc. The surgery was sucessful but now I am in pain once again. This time it is different, just butt and back pain, not leg pain. My new MRI shows the torn disc but no re-herniation. I have read that it can take up to 18 months to heal a torn disc.... yikes, I can't be in this much pain for that long!

You need to have an MRI which will confirm the torn disc. When you bend, does it make the butt pain worse? Everytime I bend forward it will trigger my butt to have this shocking pain. I also did pt for 6 weeks and 1 week ago I got my first epidutal steroid injection. It seemed to work for the first 5 days, on day 6 and 7 the same butt pain returned. Have you tried ESI yet? My NS says my pain is due to inflamation....I am so fustrated... Glad I am not alone...

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MRI on friday

and yes my butt hurts when i bend, sit, stand, you name it. The pain is sharp and just does not stop.

My NS refilled my Norco's (thank goodness)cuz I am out and Advil just isn't cutting it.

I am pretty sure my injury arose at the gym..lifted a barbell over my head. I have a trainer and we pushed it a bit too far that day. I have paid for it dearly. I have been taking it easy since then and not over doing it.

I am anxious to have the MRI done to see what is really going on in there. If it is torn, then at least we can deal with it and my doc won't think I am just trying to get pain meds.

Here is to both of us getting some relief..and soon!

connie

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MRI Results

L4/L5: broad-based posterior disc bulge extends 3mm posteriorly to mildly narrow the anterior thecal sac. Mild impingement upon the right exiting nerve root. Mild facet joint disease.

L5/S1: broad-based posterior disc bulge extends 2mm posteriorly to mildly narrow the anterior thecal sac. Mild impingement upon both S1 nerve roots. No impingement upon the exiting L5 nerve roots. Mild facet joint disease.

So, getting another steroid pack, pain meds and waiting to see if the inflammation goes down. I am not wanting surgery at all and if this doesn't fix itself, that looks like my only option.

So..besides stretching, swimming, and taking it easy...does anyone have any other holistic recommendations that might help? Deep tissue massage? Accupuncture? Yoga?

connie

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Nothing magical....some ideas you can discuss with your doctor

If I could go back and do it all over again. (You know the old, If I knew then what I know now) I would be wanting to avoid surgery at all cost.

From your results it looks like you have a few disc that are at risk. I also believe you mentioned something about being in a gym and being a trainer... Maybe you and your peers are qualified. Great! But I would be begging my doctor for a qualified Physical Therapist to train me how to strengthen my BACK and CORE muscles and then I would be doing those exercises DAILY-religiously. I would lay off the weights for a while and work on strengthening through exercise.

I would be walking daily.

Yes, rest is important now while your back is flared up but too much is not good for it.

Walking in the water is great. Swimming twist your spine. Until you are sure you have strength in those core muscles and back muscles I would question that.

I would be working on a ice/heat therapy program to reduce inflammation therefore giving those nerves a break and help you get off the drugs sooner. (Alieve helps with inflammation too. Again, check with your doctor.)

The object is to find out if the bulges can be reduced, pressure taken off the nerves and then a good posture and exercise program in place to keep it that way.

I am not a medical professional and your doctor may say sonething totally different. I remind you this is just my own opinion. I truly hope you can avoid all the drugs and surgery. It just seems once it starts it just never ends.

Keep us posted.

turbo313
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Not a trainer,

but i do have one. That is how this all started!

I have been to PT so I know the stretches I need to do to strengthen my core. Doing them daily is the problem...I just need to set time aside each day to do them.

I have been using ice/heat regularly. I got a Medrol pack yesterday to help with the inflammation. The last one helped for a little bit, but didn't last. I have given up on using weights for a while. I am walking as much as I can ( after about 10 minutes my back hurts really bad.)

I want to avoid surgery as long as I can. Right now the pain killers are saving my butt. I can at least function at work and at home with them. Otherwise, I am just miserable.

I did some research yesterday on stretches for my piriformis muscle which i know is causing me problems as well. I have changed my diet to help shed some much needed weight which is contributing to my pain as well.

It feels like it is all falling apart at once. Just trying to absorb everything and find ways to deal with each problem is a bit overwhelming. Last year I got my cervical problem fixed..now it is my lumbar.

Enough ranting Smile

connie

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Still in pain

and it SUCKS.

Medrol pack helped for a few days, that was it. I am now taking 2 Norco every 4 hours and they numb the pain. I am really trying to put off surgery as long as I possibly can.

Yesterday my back was absolutley killing me..and I didn't do anything to cause it. I am using ice/heat on the area and have been doing stretches and yoga. I just feel like I am fighting an unwinnable battle. I know surgery is in my future, but there has got to be a better option.

What has helped you? I am willing to try just about anything at this point.

Connie

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I have the same problem with

I have the same problem with mine. December 2010 we had an ice storm. I was over at a friends house and upon leaving had to walk down a small set of metal stairs. There was a small amount of ice left on them from the storm. Me feet slipped right out from under me and my spine hit the corners of the steps first. I bounced back up embarrassed but really felt no pain other than some bruising.

Two days later I woke up in more pain than I'd ever felt at that time. I went straight to my GP. He ordered me an MRI that same day and prescribed some anti inflammatory.

The MRI came back showing medium disk bulges in Th4/Th5 and Th5/Th6. Then medium disk herniation in L4/L5 and L5/S1.

Doc called me back in for follow up and gave some narcotic pain killers, muscle relaxers, and orders to take it as easy as possible. He also sent me to a neurologist.

Took to months to see him but my GP is great and made sure I had prescriptions my entire waiting period.

First Neuro appointment went terrible. My doc was not good at speaking English and I was having terrible understanding him. What I got out of it was that he said I needed surgery but would not continue prescribing me anything to help with pain.

I requested a new neuro who turned out be much better. While seeing him I started having terrible sciatica symptoms. My foot would drop, my butt hurt if I stood to long, sat too long, or laid down too long. I had shooting pains down my right leg. Also, every morning when I woke up my right foot would in severe pain. This would last for an hour or two then go away and occasionally come back later in the day.

Neuro ordered another MRI and showed both discs pressing on nerves. And that my Thoracic disk bulges have turned into herniation. Soon after this I lost my insurance and haven't had any since March.

Symptoms have gradually gotten worse and worse and I can't afford anything medical other than my once monthly visits to the GP. He charges me the lowest he can. He's told me I have to go once a month to keep the DEA happy. I'm basically confined to doing a lot of nothing since just about anything upsets my nerves or my spine. I am teaching mostly online classes at a local university and insurance kicks in next week! GP already has an appointment for another MRI that day and an appointment with the neuro directly after.

I hope I'm nearing the end. I'm so tired of pain and depending on medications to get me through the day.

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Lower back pain and buttocks

Diagnosed with degenerative disk disease.Back pain and buttocks pain. Had trouble getting out of bed and standing erect. Just walking and standing caused great pain. Did physical therapy for awhile. That didn't help. Neurosurgeon said he couldn't help with surgery because he didn't see any disk problem. Told me to try the Pain Clinic. Had the epidural shots on both sides. Felt only a couple of days relief. Had a second round done. No relief. Seemed worse. Had the Radio frequency ablation (RFA).Burning of nerve endings. No relief. Worse at times. Made an appointment for a second try at microwaving the nerve endings next month. My doctor gave me Vicodin for pain and recommended Cymbalta. She said many of her patients get relief of lower back pain while taking it. It is advertised as basically an antidepressant. I am not depressed. Waiting for my insurance company to approve it. Meanwhile always looking for a non-drug solution I came across Dr Oz suggesting Zyflamend.A herb used for inflammation. Felt very slight relief. Took it about 3 weeks. Came across another article mentioned Glucosamine Chondroitin for inflammation and pain. We all have heard of that. Mostly for knee pain. Well it has been two days now of huge relief. No lower back pain. still in my buttocks slightly.May be sciatic. May also be only a temporary thing but I will take it for now. I like reading of others and what they are going through. And hopefully happy solutions.