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4 Herniated Discs+stenosis and cyst....HELP!!

Joshua5476JJoshua5476 Posts: 5
edited 11/03/2015 - 5:45 PM in Lower Back Pain
So I recently found out through my chiropractor's reference to have an MRI that I have four herniated discs starting at L2 through L5 with stenosis through out the area and a small cyst on the lower vertebra and loss of lumbar lardosis (Natural curvature of the spine) causing severe pain through out my lower back as well as loss of feeling in my lower right leg and right arm ( if not completely numb feels like my leg/arm is either in Ice or on fire) and have had no luck so far with pain relief from either the PT they have been sending me to or the medications they have put me on. Any advice or suggestions on how to proceed with getting this fixed would be great, I am 32 and the father of four and the main income earner in our household and have been out of work for over a month barely being able to walk much less anything else and the bills are starting to pile up and my wife does not have much experience in the working sector as she has been a stay at home mom( Hardest job ever) for the past nine years. Thanks in advance!!!

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Are you seeing a pain management specialist?
    My primary doctor tried working with my pain about two years before referring me to pain management.

    That was best thing for me!
    PM doctor did different testing and treatments for my pain relief.
    Sue
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • This has been going on for about two years and i have been referred to PM starting today for a consultation to see if I can start with injections in my lower back but I am nervous as I've heard a lot of people have had adverse reactions to them including increased pain which if it gets any worse not sure if I can handle it. Any advice??
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  • So i have been scheduled for the epidural injection for the pain this coming Wednesday and i also wanted to put down exactly what the MRI said to see if anyone may be able to translate it for me and give me any advice to keep the pain under control. Thanks!!

    L4-5 : Anterior Disc herniation with moderate canal stenosis with recess narrowing and foraminal narrowing identified.

    L5-S1: Disc bulge with annular tear with broad based disc herniation without canal stenosis with mild foraminal narrowing identified

    L3-4: Disc Bulge with annular tear and disc herniation with moderate to severe canal stenosis,recess narrowing and without foraminal narrowing.

    L2-3: Disc Bulge with central disc herniation with mild stenosis identified.

    There is a tarlov cyst adjacent to the S2 Nerve root.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    No one on forum is medically qualified...and it is against forum rules for members to " translate" testing results..or to even comment on them.

    Re your injections, I've had several epidurals. Some successful and some not.
    When doctor does injection, using fluoscooy so as not to go in blind, he is also able to see that area of spine.
    That information is often useful to doctor, also.

    I have never had worsening of my condition from the epidurals.
    When used treating leg pain, very effective.
    When used for my thoracic area, pressure and nausea during procedure, but that soon relieved.
    But epidurals for thoracic causing pain, not effective.

    Everyone is so different.
    If you use search on very right, upper page....and were to type in epidural injections, you may be led to articles and or videos that are very informative.

    I'm partial to the videos! Very clear information on procedure!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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  • Thanks for the information and hopefully the shots will help out, I can not wait until my appointment to get this done and hopefully get some relief. Did you have experience with it helping any numbness you had? I have numbness in my right leg and sometimes in the l err ft but mainly in the right . Thanks for the input!!
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  • nicole1973nnicole1973 Posts: 1
    edited 11/12/2015 - 7:44 PM
    I have 3 herniated disc in my lumber and 2 in my neck with other stuff wrong just got diagnosis with fibromiloga. .I am in so much pain I don't know what to do..

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I've, past four months or so, had new symptom of numbness of lower back and buttocks area.
    Also, but this not new...pain right and left calf area, toes hyper extending and crossing cramping,
    (truly unbelievable to see the toes cross in such a fashion. I can't even make them cross that way using my hands to duplicate position..weird!)
    and pain around ankle areas.

    I had recent epidural, last week for left leg. Numbness on left buttocks area and painful left leg lessened so much!
    What relief!

    Next week I will have epidural for right side!
    Looking forward to full numbness go away. :). That is one crazy, annoying feeling!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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  • Savage said:
    I've, past four months or so, had new symptom of numbness of lower back and buttocks area.
    Also, but this not new...pain right and left calf area, toes hyper extending and crossing cramping,
    (truly unbelievable to see the toes cross in such a fashion. I can't even make them cross that way using my hands to duplicate position..weird!)
    and pain around ankle areas.

    I had recent epidural, last week for left leg. Numbness on left buttocks area and painful left leg lessened so much!
    What relief!

    Next week I will have epidural for right side!
    Looking forward to full numbness go away. :). That is one crazy, annoying feeling!
    So I had my epidural last week and as I was having radiating pain in both legs the decided to change the procedure and do the injection
    In my tailbone area to cover both nerves to help stop the pain, unfortunately I have had no relief what so ever and now hurt worse than ever before.
    Now I'm having radiating pain the stems from my lower back into the middle of my hips and it throbs non-stop. I can hardly move or get out of bed. I have contacted my doctor and have not heard anything back and can not wait to get some relief, I'm scheduled for PT next week but f this doesn't get better I will have to cancel until I find some relief. Has anyone had similar experiences?? Any advice or help would be GREAT!!! I have watched multiple videos online where people have had issues from these injections in which makes me even more nervous. Thanks!!
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