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Ruptured Disc Info

J.J.GreyJJ.J.Grey Posts: 2,961
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Lower Back Pain
Has anyone ever had a ruptured disc that the pain down the leg did not go all the way to foot? I had a radical MicroD in Dec 07 and about 2 months later I just knew that I had ruptured another disc. These horrible bouts of pain (worse than my daily pain) come about 1 x month and run from mid back to hip, down leg and stops at knee. My doc keeps saying that if it was a disc the pain would not stop at the knee. He says that I am just going to have periods of time that my back "goes out" on me. Whaen this happens, I am bed ridden and can barely move for 1 -2 weeks. He said that he would do MRI if I wanted him to but since he does not think it is a disc I hate to spend the $ on it. If anybody has any insight at all I would greatly appreciate it.


  • I meant to say that it starts at mid lower back, not mid back.
  • been checked for spondylolithsis (sp)? My disc were not ruptured/extruded but I had a lot of instability that caused numbness/tingling etc at various points along both my legs-thighs-knees-feet etc.

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  • usually nerve root irritation passes the knee, both in pain and corresponding neurological deficiencies (numbness, motor weakness...) - neurological problems past the knee is one of the defining factors in matching clinical signs/ symptoms to mri findings in disc prolapse causing mechanical compression of a nerve root.

    in the case of shooting pain that only reaches the knee, more common differentials include facet irritation, discogenic pain, muscle strain/sprain or SI joint irritation (although this is usually describes as lateral thigh to knee).

    to be honest, your docs advice follows that described in the literature
  • I do have alot of faith in my doc but it is so darn painful and debilitating. most of my problems are in my facet joints though. It is not really shooting pain, it is constant pain that makes me seize up and not able to straighten my back or leg along with weakness in the leg. Thanks so much for responding.
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