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Back feels like it's going to break.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
Hello everyone,

I just joined spine-health after spending a couple of days reading everything I could about the spine. Let me tell you my situation.

About 7 years ago, I started having pain right behind my knee. It felt as if the muscle was being twisted. I endured this pain for 8 months (after several Doctor visits - he kept telling me that it was a muscle and I just had to walk it out - he did an Xray but that didn't show anything). I was still in high school at this time, and one day while bending to reach some textbooks my back locked up. It was the worst pain I had ever experienced. I ended up having emergency surgery on L4 and L5 because they were pinching the cauda equina. The surgery was successful and I had no complications.

Just a month ago my boyfriend and I moved to Tbilisi Georgia to teach here for a couple of years. The country is beautiful, but the health care system is lacking - which makes me very worried. A few days ago I started experiencing some mild pain down my left leg (same leg as before my surgery). Of course this worried me quite a bit but because it was mild, I decided to just ignore it. Every day it kept getting a bit worse - and now I have this still relatively mild (compared to the pain I was in the 8 months prior to the surgery) located at the back of my thigh and buttocks. Mostly in the left side, although I did notice some pain in the right side as well today. I'm also experiencing some mild spasms in my buttocks and legs. Also, my lower back feels weak - when I walk, it feels like it'll fall apart if I don't hold it. It's a very odd feeling - anyone know what I'm talking about? I'm due in for an MRI tomorrow but I can't sleep - all I keep thinking about is the "what if".

I would really appreciate it if you could shed some light on this weak back feeling - I couldn't find anything on the internet about it.



  • sorry problems have resurfaced. what was putting pressure on your spinal nerves before? what kind of surgery did you have...it does sound like more lumbar problems....pete
  • Hi Pete,

    To be honest, I don't really know. I was 16 at the time, and just happy to have had a "very successful" surgery according to my surgeon. All I know is that the surgery was on the L4 and L5, was an emergency due to cauda equina (I had loss of bladder control and extreme weakness in legs) and they apparently cut part of the disks but didn't fully remove it. If I was back in North America I could look at my papers, but I'm no where close.

    Have you experienced weakness in your back before - where you feel like you can't walk without holding your spine together?
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  • hi again.
    when there is pressure on the spinal nerves it can cause weakness in muscles, tingling, feelings of cold or heat, pain and as you discovered excretory problems. sensations vary depending on the location of the pressure...i have weakness and pain and tingling in one leg. the other is strong but very painful. my lower back is weak but in not as much pain as the legs. to me it sounds like more pressure on the lumbar spinal nerves. we will get the answer tomorrow so let us know. i hope it isnt serious like your last one....take care....pete
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