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Groin pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
Hi, i suffer from nerve pain in the lower back, i am waiting for a fusion, i get very bad pain through the groin area,into my legs is this common ? is there any way to reduce the pain.

The pain in the legs i can sort of put up with, the groin area not so good to cope with.




  • Where will your fusion be? I am guessing that you are having problems at the L5-S1 level, perhaps one level up? The nerve that is being compressed is causing the pain that you are feeling in your groin and running down your leg. If you are curious, search for "dermatome map" and you will see that our bodies are wired in very specific ways. It provides a roadmap to the back specialist...when a patient complains of a pain in a particular area, it gives the surgeon a clue where the problem will likely stem from in the spine.

    Things you can do are attempts to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Avoid whatever it is that makes your pain worse. (For example, I can sit OK, but cannot stand or walk for any length of time at all). Depending on what meds you are already on, you can take an anti-inflammatory or something like aleve or advil. Try icing your lower back. This may help quiet down the nerve so it isn't sending out pain signals to your lower limbs.

    There are medications like Lyrica or gabapentin that are used for nerve pain, but they take a couple weeks to kick in and aren't that effective for some people. Other than that, nerve pain is insidious and difficult to deal with.

    I find that keeping a heating pad on my lower lumbar area helps with my nerve pain. I feel better laying flat on the floor with my knees slightly raised. I feel better when the weather is dry, not drizzly and damp. I can only be on my feet so long before I have to get off them. I even find that some foods make my nerve pain hurt worse.

    While you're waiting for your surgery, keep a journal of your nerve pain. You may find there are some things that have an effect on your pain, too.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I can relate to the groin pain you experience. Back in 2006 as a result from OA and spinal stenosis I had a laminectomy to L4 thru L6. My lower back had
    ached as did my groin. After the surgery I couldn't believe how much better I
    was feeling. One year later I had a major rebuild done to my cervical spine.
    Now for the several past months my lower back and groin pain is back. I'm also having issues with my neck again. X-rays are showing major changes and scoliosis in my lower spine.
    For now I'm going to just tolerate the pain and discomfort until I experience
    any new tingling or numbness then I will probably be looking at more fusion
    Best of luck to you on your upcoming surgery and take care.
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