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Could I have Sciatica or a Lumbar disc problem?

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 289
My neurologist hasn't really given me an answer to my left leg pain that I have off and on badly or every once in awhile. At one time he said it was from my neck problems (Which are all worse mostly on the left side).

Now I did have a simple X-ray down on my Lumbar and it came back with a little arthritis on L3. And my lower Thorasic had a small bit of scolosis to the right. However nothing like my neck stuff , so I'm not sure if that amount would be the cause. Perhaps there is more that an X-ray didn't pick up?

Anyhow my pain is basically my lower back in the spine area and then to the right or left of the spine. If I twist my hips to the left I usually get some sort of sharp or pain in that area. Any flexing backwards of the pelvis hurts the area as well. Then when it gets really bad I'll have a dull ache like pain through my left hip, buttock, then to the back or front of my left thigh. Then I have left knee and ankle joint pain, along with left foot pain, especially in the ball of the foot area.

I also can get a falling asleep feeling on the bottom of my foot while holding it still or laying down.. Sometimes some pin and needles action. Oh and some twitching in the left buttock lol.

I sometimes think I get the joint and foot pain because when I stand I naturally shift my weight to my left leg, which is a tad short than my right. However not sure.

Does this sound like Sciatica or a lumbar disc problem? What can I do about it non medically to help ease it? And the medications I am on now for my neck problems, probably would be the same used for my leg?

Sometimes I wonder why my left side is the most affected.

Thanks!
ButterflyPain
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  • I would suggest getting an opinion with and OS spine specialist or NS, they will probably want and MRI or CT scan which the films would be helpful to have for the appointment.

    I had a tremendous amount of leg weakness, numbness and colapsing out from under me before my 1st surgery. This was caused by a cynovial cyst that grew into the spine and was pushing on a nerve, It can happend as a secondary issue when dealing with factet degeneration. Good luck gaining more info so you can make a strong decision.

    Kathy
  • Based upon your picture you look quite young and when I read all your history it seems to be focusing on the Thorasic. I have a mild herniation in my T1-T2. Usually as in my case you will get pain while twisting or some other sudden movement in your back or rib cage. The nerves go around to the front of your ribs at times I thought I was having a heart attack.

    Your issues as far as hip/buttocks are lumbar and need to get an MRI asap. It may be that cause of the Thorasic issue your body is overcompensating but you need the MRI done now. X-rays do not cut it and the fact that they could even find anything on the X-ray is amazing. Most Xrays do not reveal much in this area.

    -js
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  • jsirabella said:
    Based upon your picture you look quite young and when I read all your history it seems to be focusing on the Thorasic. I have a mild herniation in my T1-T2. Usually as in my case you will get pain while twisting or some other sudden movement in your back or rib cage. The nerves go around to the front of your ribs at times I thought I was having a heart attack.

    Your issues as far as hip/buttocks are lumbar and need to get an MRI asap. It may be that cause of the Thorasic issue your body is overcompensating but you need the MRI done now. X-rays do not cut it and the fact that they could even find anything on the X-ray is amazing. Most Xrays do not reveal much in this area.

    -js
    Thanks! I agree , I'm surprised an x-ray picked up anything. I will try to get an MRI when I have the money.

    Yeah, I am young for this (27...Was 25 when it started), but it is what it is.
  • Hi,I don't know what to tell you without all the test
    in. All I know is I have pain also...sciatica and
    lumbar.I also have numbness down my legs and my feet hurt at times. I have been using a product that has really helped me. There are no drugs or chemicals. It has no side effects, nothing enters the body. It has been used by a lot of people who have also had great results. I would like to talk to you more about your pain to see if there is any way this may be an option you would benefit from. It has been the answer to my pain.

    Donna

  • donnaminter said:
    Hi,I don't know what to tell you without all the test
    in. All I know is I have pain also...sciatica and
    lumbar.I also have numbness down my legs and my feet hurt at times. I have been using a product that has really helped me. There are no drugs or chemicals. It has no side effects, nothing enters the body. It has been used by a lot of people who have also had great results. I would like to talk to you more about your pain to see if there is any way this may be an option you would benefit from. It has been the answer to my pain.

    Donna

    That sounds interesting, more info would be ok.
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  • Whenever I hear about someone having lower back pain, hip pain and shooting pain down the back of the legs to the knee, I think of facet problems and stenosis issues. That's because I have that kind of pain also and it's not my disc, even though I have a bulging disc. Another symptom that it could be facet and not disc related is that bending backwards is more painful than bending forwards.

    For some reason my surgeon saw it on my MRI, but it's possible that it shows up more easily on other tests.

    You have a history of stenosis and lumbar disc disease, so you might want to have this checked out.

    Cath
  • Cath111 said:
    Whenever I hear about someone having lower back pain, hip pain and shooting pain down the back of the legs to the knee, I think of facet problems and stenosis issues. That's because I have that kind of pain also and it's not my disc, even though I have a bulging disc. Another symptom that it could be facet and not disc related is that bending backwards is more painful than bending forwards.

    For some reason my surgeon saw it on my MRI, but it's possible that it shows up more easily on other tests.

    You have a history of stenosis and lumbar disc disease, so you might want to have this checked out.

    Cath
    Facet ...Hmm never thought of that. I'll definitely bring that up to my neuro next month. Any of those is possible considering my neck problems . Such a bummer though.
  • I also agree with Cath that it sounds like it may be your facet joints, but it's really hard to tell because so many things can be going on and that is why an MRI is so important. An x-ray shows fractures, DDD, instability, arthritis..that's all I know.

    I also had pain when I had to bend backwards during an exam and it shot down my leg. My MRI's and ct/myelograms didn't show all the facet arthritis I had when I was having my fusion done. It was a bit of a surprise to my surgeon and he had to clean out a lot of debris. It comes to show that things can sometimes be missed, even with tests and imaging.

    I have so much going on that it's hard to tell sometimes what's causing which pain. If it's not this, then it's that or it's everything all at once.
  • Hello,
    Without categorical medical assessment I would not jump to any conclusions, even those with a diagnosis are only at identifying what the problem is stage and many here with that information continue to have problems finding a favourable remedy. We all understand that urgency of finding what is wrong and the perception of what it might be, far simpler than the reality of facts.

    I waited on a list for 18 months for my surgery and am always saddened when I hear of others having to wait for what is now addressed with more haste of diagnosis.

    Take care and good luck.

    John.
  • I experience sciatica because I had a bulging lumbar disc that was pressing on the sciatic nerve. Basically, I had a combo problem. I no longer have the bulging disc, but I still experience a milder level of sciatic pain that can be controlled by ibuprofens.
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