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Sciatic,lower back and leg pain.

keosakkeosa Posts: 3
I have just had my 3rd Epidural injection. I have had severe
pain in my leg for the past week 24/7. This has been an ongoing problem for almost 2 years. I have always had back
problems but after a bad fall a year ago this past July it
really started to escalate. I initial went for a pelvic and
spine Xray and they saw nothing. Then I went for physical
therapy for a couple of months and it actuall got worse.
I would wake up with pain in my leg so bad I thought it was
going to explode or something. I ended up going to an Orthopedic guy who though it was a hernitated disk. He sent me for an MRI which said I had moderate Spinal Stenosis,bulging disks,scoliois etc. Then he sent me to A spine and
sports doctor I think they call it a Physist for pain managment. She put me on Neurontin which helped for awhile but then stopped helping. Since then
I have been to another type of doctor who specializes Ostophatic medicine focusing on maniputalive medication.
Some Chiropractic work too. He put me on Oral steroids,lyrica,and a couple of other things which either gave me nightmares or didn't work.It was a waste of time. I went back to the Spine and Sports
doctor. She then advised me to have my first Epidural last
October whick worked wonders for a couple of months. I then
had another one in February which didn't seem to work as well
but did help some. After that I went for therapy for a month
or two. THey did the Graston technique and some other therapys but I am done with that because my insurance only
allows so much. So now I went back for 3rd Epidural and am
hoping for some relieve. In the meantime I have problems with my feet (bunion) on one foot and need a joint replacement on the other and have planter facietest.
I have had Cortisone shots in all 3 which have helped some.
Plus I have arthritis in my knee and have had 3 synvisc injections for that. But I feel from what I have read
that my knee and foot problems are probably somewhat realted
to my other problems. I don't know what to do from here.
I have never been to a Neurologist but think maybe that would be my next step.Any suggestions
Thanks for listening.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Hi, and welcome to Spine Health.You have a host of problems. But I think you want to concentrate on the back issues?
    And It may well be time for a second opinion. Either from a Ortho or Neuro spinal surgeon. The "Orthopedic guy" was he a spinal specialist. And it sounds like it might make sense to see one that specializes in lumbar.
    A new MRI might be a good idea if they chose to do one. I would ask for a "Fonar" stand up MRI with dye, and flex and extension. And I say that because a MRI that I had didn't show the disc was that bad, laying down with no pressure on it. And with the stand up, there is natural compression. And it clearly showed the bulging disc, impinging on the nerves.
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
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  • :D
    Welcome to Spine Health. I can't offer much advice as I seem to bounce from doctor to doctor also trying to find the "Magic Man" that can fix my body (LOL!).

    I will tell you that I sympathize with you about the feet issues - I've had an infection at the site of my morton's neuroma surgery for almost a year -- took enough antibiotics to kill an elephant ans it's still there. Also have a bunion on top of my right toe knuckle that seems gigantic to me lately. My sciatica shot down my left leg into my left foot so I was all confused about what was really causing the pain.

    Just wanted to know you've got a lot of company on this site as we're all dealing with sorting out our health issues.

    So have your doctors told you that you're not a candiate for back surgery? Maybe they haven't even mentioned it yet. Sure hope you get a doc that can help you out.

    Take care and welcome once again,

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  • Jim,
    Thanks for the advise. I didn't know that there was
    that type of MRI. I really feel there is something
    there and no one has found it yet. I hope to get into
    see a Neurologist after my insurance change the end
    of May.
  • Judy,
    Thanks for support I appreciate it.
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