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2 years sciatica, MRI T11-T12 1 cm extrusion, L5-S1 extrusion displaces S1 nerve root

MommymicMMommymic Posts: 22
edited 04/05/2013 - 3:12 PM in New Member Introductions
I am new here. Im a 42 yr old female mom of 4 kids. I'm overweight by 40- 50 lbs about.. I am divorced as my ex was abusive. Just over 2 year ago he kicked me in my back 4-5 times. I have had 2 yrs of bad left leg pain at night and lower back pain during the day and my arms fall asleep at night and I have werid abominal pain that goes along with lower back pain. My drs said leg pain was muscle and to stretch. After 7 mths of Chiro treatment she sent me for MRI. My results where prominent 1 cm disk extrusion at t11-t12 and extrusion at L5-S1 that contacts and displaces S1 nerve bundle on right side. I am going for emg soon and going to pt. I now take Vicodin at night for leg pain. My question is if right S1 bundle is displaced why is my left leg so much in pain at night? Also is surgery a option or last worst case option only? Any advice? Thanks! Michelle


  • If you google dermatomes you will see the S1 nerve runs down the leg into the outside of the foot. If you have alot of pain at night in other words you are not moving around like you are during the day there is likely stenosis present. If you look it up you will see the difference between stenosis and other spinal issues or see if you can relate to stenosis after reading about it.

    The surgery question is complicated I'm sure you have talked to your doc, the question is have you tried PT, other means of treatment like epidural steroids? Most docs will be conservative at first unless there is blatant nerve symptoms like unable to move something, severe weaknesses or bladder/bowel problems to name a few.
    Maybe if you don't have a neurosurgeon already it may be a good idea to take the films for his eyes to determine the severity.
    take care hope this helps a bit
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