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Low back pain, foot drop, normal Mri, xray shows degeneration.

cperkinswvccperkinswv Posts: 4
edited 09/09/2015 - 12:49 PM in Lower Back Pain
I'm 32 years old, mostly healthy. About 6 weeks ago, my son tackle hugged me from behind. He's 4 but pretty strong. I was on a slope, and have diastasis recti, so I was knocked off balance hard and fast. In my attempt not to fall on top of him I twisted my torso hard and fast, and managed to somehow kick myself in my own right calf.

I saw an Ortho Dr that day. Said just a massive hematoma. I couldn't feel my right foot (that's the side that I kicked and injured). He gave me crutches and said to take aspirin for the pain. Told me not to wrap it or use ice, due to risk of a blood clot. Said I probably just pulled a muscle in my back. Sent me on my way. They did do make xray to confirm that no bones in my lower leg were broken, none were.

After a week, with no positive change, I was miserable and iced my calf. Instant relief of the calf pain and decrease in swelling. However, my back pain had gotten worse, my whole right leg hurt, I couldn't move my foot still and it was ice cold. My neighbor is a nurse and said I should go to the er, something didn't sound right or good.

At the Er, they did a doppler, no blood clot, thankfully. But that's all they did. Said continue original dr's instructions. If it didn't get better, to come back or follow up with my primary.

Another week goes by. The pain is way worse, up into my back, my calf is still bruised and new bruises continually show up on that leg. Above, below, wherever, in reference to the original injury. My calf still hurts a bit, but nothing compared to my lower back, right side, SI joint area and around. I call my primary Dr, he says go to another ortho Dr asap for a second opinion.

Off I go. They tell me to wrap my calf and ice it, gave me steroids and pain meds. Said I should have been doing that all along, and while they understood original dr's concern for a blood clot, given my age and health, plus young kids so not like I could lay around, risk of clot was pretty low. Took xrays of my spine that showed some degeneration in my lumbar region. They scheduled me to see one of their sports injury specialists in 2 weeks, but said if it got worse before that, to come back. He gave me an rx for 20 Norco 5-325, an anti nausea meds and steroids. The one you take 6 pills the first day, then taper day one pill the next day, then the next.

Well it did get worse, so I went back. Saw a different Dr at the same location. The pain is constant and unbearable, plus is has spread. I have two young kids and my husband works out of town. My leg and foot no longer hurt, they're just numb. My back pain is what's agonizing. I have a significant decrease in muscle and nerve reaction on that leg. I mention I'm peeing tiny bits constantly and no longer feel the urge to have a bm. Dr says, you have an appointment with sports injury specialist in a week, he'll fix you up. He gave me a non steroidal anti-inflammatory to take at least until I saw the sports injury specialist. I wasn't looking for pain pills. I am, and told him, I still had well over half of the bottle from a week and a half ago.

Finally this past Friday (accident happened early July), I met with the specialist. The notes he had from other dr's said nothing about my back, just my calf. Soon as he saw my attempting to walk, he wasn't concerned about my calf, but my back. He literally said he wasn't at all concerned about my calf, we'd deal with that after my back was taken care of. Got me in for a Stat Mri that day. He checked and definite decrease in strength and reflexes in my right leg, plus foot drop. Which all the other dr's said I didn't have. Fits me for a brace to keep my foot up. He put me on another round of steroids, gabapentin, and norco that make me nauseated unless I take anti nausea meds with them. That was this past Friday. He was angry that the place that referred me to him had made me wait so long to see a specialist, said I should have been seen a long time ago.

I take so few pain pills, cause I am paranoid about addiction/dependence, and I don't like the way they make me feel. I'm just now down to half a bottle of the original 20 from a month ago. I save them for when it's unbearable and I know I won't need to drive my kids anywhere.

Sports injury Dr Called me today, said radiologist said lumbar Mri was normal, but he was going to call them and ask about one disc cause it looked off to him. He scheduled me for an emg next week. I forgot to mention to him about my constant need to urinate and lacking the sensation that I need to have a bm. Or that my muscles are cramping. I have a follow up with him on Friday, so I guess he will go over all of this in more detail and I can tell him this stuff then?

I don't understand why I have all the symptoms, but my Mri is totally normal. Not even a mention of the degeneration that they saw on the xrays. I'm glad there isn't a hernia or anything, but that doesn't tell me what is going on.

Sitting for more than a few minutes is excruciating. My sit bones just can't take it. Sleeping isn't happening, well it wasn't until I was put on gabapentin. No way to get comfortable. Now at least I can sleep. But I wake so stiff. I hear pops in my back and hip areas.

After a week, with no positive change, I was miserable and iced my calf. Instant relief and decrease in swelling. However, my back pain had gotten worse, my whole right leg hurt, I couldn't move my foot still and it was ice cold. My neighbor is a nurse and said I should go to the er, something didn't sound right or good.

Another week goes by. The pain is way worse, up into my back, my calf is still bruised and new bruises continually show up on that leg. Above, below, wherever, in reference to the original injury. I call my primary Dr, he says go to another ortho asap for a second opinion.

Ortho specialist Called me today, said radiologist said Mri was normal, but he was going to call them and ask about one disc cause it looked off to him. He scheduled me for an emg next week. I forgot to mention to him about my constant need to urinate and lacking the sensation that I need to have a bm. Or that my muscles are cramping. I have a follow up with him on Friday, so I guess he will go over all of this in more detail and I can tell him this stuff then?

I don't understand why I have all the symptoms, but my Mri is totally normal. I'm glad it is, but that doesn't tell me what is going on. Sitting for more than a few minutes is excruciating. My sit bones just can't take it. I'm icing 20 min every 2 hours, least I try but I have young kids. I'm in misery and so confused. My pain pills are Norco 5-375 and even taking two of those at once does that touch my evening pain. The only semi comfy position is flat on my back on something soft, with my knees bent. Even during the Mri my legs, mostly my right, kept involuntarily twitching due to the pain and pressure on my lower back. I constantly get these odd almost electrical twitches in my leg. I've been working on foot mobility for a month, with little to no improvement. Honestly I think it's just gotten worse. I can't lay on my side for hip pain, plus my calf can't be on my other calf, but has finally gotten to the point I can put a pillow on it and the pressure not be painful. Driving even 10 minutes is a literal and figurative pain in the butt. So I can stand, but eventually my calf hurts, plus my back doesn't like standing or bending. There's really no comfortable position for me, awake or asleep.

Sorry so long, I'm just so confused and miserable. I've never had a back issue and don't know anyone personally who has gone through anything anywhere near similar.

Thank you to anyone who read all of this, lol, and also thank you to anyone who can help! I really appreciate it!

I'm icing 20 min every 2 hours, least I try but I have young kids. I'm in misery and so confused. My pain pills are Norco 5-325 and even taking two of those at once does that touch my evening pain. The only semi comfy position is flat on my back on something soft, with my knees bent. Even during the Mri my legs, mostly my right, kept involuntarily twitching due to the pain and pressure on my lower back. I constantly get these odd almost electrical twitches in my leg. I've been working on foot mobility for a month, with little to no improvement.

Sorry so long, I'm just so confused and miserable. I've never had a back issue and don't know anyone personally who had gone through anything anywhere near similar.

Thank you to anyone who read all of this, lol, and also thank you to anyone who can help! I really appreciate it!

I'm also on gabapentin, 150mg for the 1st week (almost up) then 300 for the next. Prednisone, 10mg twice a day, for 10 days and I'm on day 5. Plus Norco 5-325, which I rarely take, so I know they aren't affecting my bowels. I'm taking a vitamin b complex that was recommended, started that this past Friday.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,435
    when diagnostic tests come back negative. But then the doctors use their clinical diagnostic skills to try to isolate the problem.

    The Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is the most mis understood of spinal alignments. It is essentially the aging of our spines. Almost every individual will show some signs by the time they reach 30. Most cases are managed through approved exercise programs and OTC NSAIDS.
    Only the more severe cases may require surgery.

    At this point, I think the urination situation is a bigger problem. That I would want to have addressed
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  • I'll contact them about that.

    I also noticed the leg muscles on my right side are atrophying, despite no change in activity level. They are smaller than they were, noticeably smaller than my left leg.
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