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Lower Lumbar shift

Looking for advice. First my back shifts over the side. When it does its very painful and cant walk. I have L4/L5 ruptured disc and C4/C5 in the neck area too. Only way I can get better to lay flat on floor or hard mattress. Usually take 4-5 days before I can half way function. My regular doctor does not know what to think about it and usually gives me a local steroid shot and toradol. By the time I can get in to see Pain Management Dr or the Neosurgeon, I am better and back is straight. They both tell me its just muscle spasms is the cause. I am trying to get insurance to preapprove disectomy on the L4-5 (sorry for spelling, im in pain). 

My pain meds. are percaset 5/325 and baclofen. Today Im shifted over and the meds. are doing nothing for the extreme pain. Ive been in ER before while I was shifted over they dont do anything and treat me like Im after drugs. RRRRRR. 

This all started about 10 yrs. ago. But in the last yr. it happens about every 8 weeks. 

What causes the lumbar shift? Is there a name for it? Would a back brace help in keeping it from happening? Will the back surgery help? Any advice will be appreciated. 



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,621

    Hello 73blucomet

    Welcome to Spine-Health 

    Members will not be able to give you medical advice as there are no professionals on the patients forum.



    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I would ask your doctor to put an order in your records that when you go to the ER with the "lumber shift problem"; they are to do an X-ray and a ct scan to try and see the problem.

    My doctor has done this for a problem I sometimes have.

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  • Thank you. Sorry for my question. I guess what I was hoping is someone with similar problems would give me some advice. I am doing a little better today but still painful to move or walk. Thinking about trying chiropractor out. 

  • Don't be sorry for the question.  You can ask any question here.  Forum members cannot advice you, but mention their experience.  I saw a doctor for my issues and had testing done.  Any answers I give you are experience based.  I am not a medical professional.

    But has your doctor done X-ray, ct, or MRI?  Why do you need a discectomy?  If the doctors said it is your muscles who wants to do the discectomy?  Who ordered it?  Totally confused.  

    I have had surgery twice on L4/L5.  I have an annular tear there now.  My lastest MRI showed nerve compression and L5 has fallen on S1.  I know about pain in the lumber region.  I never heard of "lumber shift" but there is a lot I've never heard of, lol.

    As for the problems in my C spine, too numerous to name them all or remember them all, lol.  But I have severe stenosis on the right due to narrowing, all the discs have ruptured, and I have lost height in my neck.  I also have problems in my T spine,

    My opinion, see a doctor, get approiate testing, and go from there.

  • Hi all,

    I suffered severe pain in my lower back down my right side of leg and in my foot. I had a mri scan which showed i had 2 slipped discs, in lower back and upper back.  I have been put on 3 lots of strong pain killers but i am still struggling with pain in my back and in my foot.  I went to see a specialist which is going to send me to physiotherapy now to see if they can strengthen my back.  I used a walking stick to help me walk and take preassure of my back, and i brought a support belt to hold me up which was helping but my specialist took a look at my scan said its not to bad and told me dont use walking stick dont use your support belt so i havent but im in a lot of pain.  I cant sit for long and the pain in my foot is agony i really dont know what to do for the best. 1 is telling me 1 thing the other is telling me another, and it also pulls on my neck.  Is anyone having the same problem and could  give me some advise how they get on day to day.  I cant do what i use to do that much house work, driving, i want to go back to work but its a sit down job its a easy job but my painkillers make me drowsy and i cant take them if i have to work but my specialist said i should go back to work. Im just confused cause its ok the specialist saying all these things but he aint helping my pain hope someone can help me who is going through 

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  • Pain killers don't help nerve pain, at least that is what I read on the forum repeatedly.  

    I use a walker.  Early on a doctor told me using a cane is bad because it tends to throw you to one side and can actually make things worst. Besides a walker has a seat and when I am tired I can sit down.  Otherwise, it carries my purse which I am not supposed to carry.  But this is me, you will have to check with your doctor.

    I just asked my pain specialist about my foot pain today.  He said if it is the top of the foot, it's a foot problem. If it's the bottom of the foot it could be your back or a foot problem.  Lol.  I will have to see a foot doctor.  It's both and my ankle.

    I don't take pain meds, I get shots.  Shots for the compressed nerve in my back, shots in my hip, shots in my knees.  I also use pain cream, a gel, and a patch.  I don't know what's best for you, kitty.  I am retired and old.  But keep us posted on how you are. 

  • Hello, I'm new here today.

    I'm sorry about your pains. I know its frustrating and depressing with the docs & meds for pains. 

    Where do you get pains ?  (leg, groin, back, one side only etc ?)

    I get a shifting feeling in low back too both sides but one side at a time. Not sure  what that means yet.

    For years I have had off & on low back ache and a stuck feeling with pelvic, groin, glutei, & leg pains & occasional sudden painful spasms. And neurological symptoms from low back to feet. Usually one sided per time. Lately right leg pain has been excruciating & torture.

    PC provider ordered ex-rays. I have not found anything significant or tangible in  yet ( ex-rays standing flexed and laying down positions) Only lumber mild degeneration and crooked curved tailbone . But just had a specific lumber spine MRI ordered on a first 10 minute visit to spine doc ever. Not much discussed. He suspects disk bulge. Not sure if I believe that being the origin of my problems. 

    I cannot afford any more tests . Already in debt from this and other medical situations. If I get an MRI I need it to be thorough in the whole area.  Never had MRI before. Will they miss something ?

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