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hi everyone

JonnieJJonnie Posts: 1
edited 12/01/2015 - 6:12 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everyone, about 9 months ago I did something to injure my back though I'm not sure what I did exactly as before my injury I exercised everyday quite intensely and hadn't done anything differently.

I had quite intense pain and spasms in my lower back which died down to a degree but settled as a constant dull toothache like pain in the center of my lower back at me belt line, over a few weeks I began to get pain and burning radiating down in to both glutes and they became very tight and would sometimes spasm which felt like knives twisting in my butt cheeks. I also had a burning prickly sensation in the skin over my whole lumbar and upper glute region.

While shopping with my wife I had this really unusual sensation of warmth run down the inside of both of my thighs to my calfs and over the next few days had some changes in sensation in the skin on the inside of both thighs that felt like sunburn and they were sensitive to touch. I also had increased urinary frequency and a feeling of tension in my perineum and anus which terrified me after a Google search resulted in CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME.

I went straight to A&E (emergency room) and was rushed to another hospital for an emergency MRI which was negative and only showed minor disc bulges at L4-L5 and L5-S1 with no compression of the cauda equina or nerve roots. (if that's the case then I have no idea where all of these symptoms have come from)

Since then I've done Alot of stretching and core strengthening, my symptoms have slowly gotten better over the last few months and my pain has reduced to a manageable level, I still have that dull toothache pain in my back and the occasional stab in my glutes but at a much lower pain level and the strange skin sensations have died down for the most part. The thing that bothers me the most is that dull feeling of tension in my butt hole that comes and goes throughout the day, I was wondering if anyone else here has experienced anything like what has happened to me and if there is something the doctors are missing?

Thanks everyone,


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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 12/02/15 01:11 est

L4-L5 and L5-S1 bulging discs.
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