mri 5 weeks ago
L4/L5 broad based posterior disc protrusion contacting transiting nerve roots
L5/S1 disc dehydration mild disc bulge probable annular tear.
Just seen neurosurgeon who says back and leg pain not caused by this where is pain coming from then.
pain burning lower and middle back and buttocks weakness In legs.
Chronic pain on walking,sitting,lying down or twisting please help
Scheduled another mri as soon as possible
so today I saw the consultant, what a let down! The guy went through what happened first, then asked me some questions about the pain etc and got me to walk, tip toes, etc etc. then em said he won't operate. Instead will give me a root nerve injection. I'm totally terrified of needles and the thought of this is driving me mad my my fiancée who was with me didn't like him too much and neither did I. He didn't seem like he was on this planet! he kept asking me questions I couldn't answer. The pain killers mask virtually all my pain. The only pain I get is in my back and if I try to come down a dose, I get horrendous pain in my leg down to my heel and back. His attitude was, you're obviously not in that much pain today so we won't even think about an operation!
He was reading a letter from the pain clinic doctor who said I'm not a suitable candidate for an operation, yet the Orthopedic specialist I saw said I need an operation without a shadow of a doubt!
i have a friend who has had an l5s1 fusion, and he said don't have the nerve root injection. Someone who had one at the same time of him hasn't walked properly ever again.
So if I don't do the nerve root, can I take anti inflammatories instead? He said he wants to do it as a diagnosis.
I am in complete pain ! Am on hydrocodone. Effexor. And morphine but in seeing if natural ways would help trying to keep from surgery any adviceView 6 Replies
I have been experiencing the lower back pain which is local from last 5 years. My MRI reports says that there is a central disc bulge at l5/s1. Where outer annular tear is intact.
I have seen a chiropractor who has recommended spinal disc decompression sessions on Hill DT.
As per the doctor, it will relocate the disc back to its normal position and make the disc healthier as before.
Just would like to know if someone has gone for the similar treatment for the similar problem. If yes kindly share your experience.
I got l5-s1 disc bulge in dec 2011.
I hd been taking homeopathy treatment.
Right side is recovered but left side is not recovered and sciatica pain is not at all reduced.I am 24 yr old girl and very thin because of health issues.My question is can I join Gym to gain my weight? I mean having disc bulge and going for Gym is advisable or no?
I had an accident in work a year ago and have finally been diagnosed with a disc bulge and 3 very stretched ligaments in my ankle but since my last physio I have started to get a pain in my right buttock and gradually it has been getting worse I'm in pain sitting walking standing going the toilet and the pain is that unbearable at times that I can cry. And now 4 days into this pain I have a large lump I can feel under the skin about the size of a 10p its about 3cm from the bum crack and is extremely sore to touch has anyone any idea if this is related to my other problems or something else as I don't know weather to go doctors or wait for my next physio.View 5 Replies
a disc bulge can return to normal shape ? i mean lower back disc.what can i do ?View 1 Replies
Can a nerve root block eliminate musculoskeletal pain?View 1 Replies
I just received the report of the MRI:
"Disc protrusion is seen at L5-S1 disc which on transaxial imaging central right sided displacing the right S1 nerve root causing some canal stenosis and minor content on the thecal sac. Conclusion: Moderately large-central-right sided disc protrusion at L5-S1 disc"
It's since July that I have pain starting from my right leg until my feet where I feel pins and needles.
My question is if somebody had this kind of report and what should I do. My GP told me to go to a specialist but to be honest I don't know how to start.
i been suffering with a severe bad back for nearly seven years, even though the pain brings me to tears sometimes i still work.
i had a mri scan two weeks ago and they said i have a disc bulge in my lower back which is causing all the pain in my legs
i have been prescribed tramadol for the pain and an anti inflammatory but it doesn't even take the edge off the pain.
I have been suffering from neck, shoulder and arm pain for over 3 weeks. My own Dr just gave me pain killers and Diazepam. However nothing helped and sleep was impossible. In desperation I went to a private Dr and had a private MRI scan which confirmed the disc prob. He also gave me stronger pain killers which seem to have an adverse effect on me. Feeling sick and faint. Now he has referred me to a private "skeletal" consultant - my own NHS Dr said I needed a Rheumatologist which of course takes weeks. If anyone else has taken this path I would be most grateful to receive suggestions and, if these things can be cured.View 1 Replies
I have a 'notable' disc bulge at C6 C7, plus a minor bulge above, which is trapping a nerve root and causing impingement on the spinal cord. I have been in extreme pain for over 12 weeks and have been prescribed numerous medications which, apart from OxyContin, have provided little relief. I have had physio but they've said there's nothing more they can do for me. Arm pain is especially bad, pins/needles and thumb & 1st two fingers numb. My urine flow is compromised as it is very slow, esp in the morning / at night. I have now developed 'heavy' legs with pain in the left one (affected side) and occasional bad headaches with visual disturbance. The neck itself has become more painful at late and there is also more noticeable pain in the centre of my back which feels like someone is sticking a knife in. I am generally very tired as the meds affect my sleep - getting no more than 4 hours a night.
Been off work sick for about 8 weeks now but am on an absence monitoring procedure, so if I have any more time off following this long term absence my teaching job is at risk - this is causing much anxiety.
Been referred 'urgently' by my doctor to a consultant and am awaiting an appt any time.
Has anyone had similar symptoms and, if so, What treatment is likely to be recommended?
If injection, it worries me that it may not work for long then I'm off work again and will probably lose it. However, surgery carries it's own risks too.
I just can't go on like this. The pain is really affecting my quality of life now.
Sorry for the long post. I'm a newbie and wanted to provide as much background info as possible in the hope that someone else may have had a similar experience. What treatment was offered and how effective was it please?
Hi all, before xmas my back started to get sore but i thought with 2 weeks rest during the holiday it would get better. Day before i was due to go back to work it was really bad. I went to the osteopath and it felt like he had fixed it so i was pleased. Few days after i started to get pains from the top of my buttock all the way down my leg into my foot, I then realized that i had sciatica. The pain is really nasty and i get pins and needles in some of my foot and calf. It has stopped me walking properly and i limp about. Week ago i had an MRI scan and it revealed that one of the discs is trapping the nerve. I have good and bad days but i cant walk properly and pain killers really help. I went back to the doctor today and he thinks from the results of the scan i should arrange to have surgery as it hasn't improved over 8 weeks. I really don't want to go to hospital as it seems extreme and i haven't tried any of the other options.View 1 Replies
I am a 27 year old female who has has back problems since the age of 21 when I got pregnant with my little girl. I have gradually got worse over the past 6 years and am now permanently on crutches to help me walk. I cannot do daily tasks and am in pain 24/7 and have been for some time.
I have asked for 5 years for a MRI on my back as I knew something wasn't right but I have just been told it would be a waste of my time and the medical professionals time.
Anyway after a breakdown at the rheumatologist and my last resort after years of medication, pain management courses, physio and wasted doctors appointments I had to beg for an MRI and he reluctantly agreed.
The MRI has shown a significant bulging disc in my 4th vertebrae which has narrowed my spinal canal and is causing nerve compression leading to problems with loss of feeling in my legs and lady parts as well as pain.
I suppose the biggest question I have is after such a long time before being discovered, what are the chances of my nerves being permanently damaged even if I have the operation to release the bulge?
Is the operation actually going to make a difference?
I've finally joined up to ask for some advice after lurking for the past year (injured my spine weightlifting in February 2013).
I have a prolapsed disc, confirmed by MRI, which is causing constant pain in my entire left leg. I appear to be a lot luckier than many on here, in that I can walk but running is out of the question most days as it sends huge pain down my leg when I 'bounce' while in motion.
My surgeon seems to think surgery isn't a great idea in my case as he's seen many people get worse or show no improvement. Can anyone share their recent experiences with me that might help in me deciding what my next actions are. I've been doing physio and so far it's only served to move the pain into my lower back - however the leg pain remains the same.
It started 9 months ago with a back pain, got diclofenac from doctor, then got sharp pain down left leg, went back and he said just take the diclofenac. It didn't improve so went privately to a physio, he said I was rotating my leg so sent me to a podiatrist and I paid £300 for insoles but they didn't do any good. Went privately to a chiropractor and osteopath -no help. Finally after another 6 weeks I went to NHS physio and he thought it might be a disc, had useless exercises to do while waiting for appointment with consultant then waited for MRI scan then another 2 weeks to see consultant. Diagnosed with 2 large prolapses, one of which is completely squashing sciatic nerve. In a lot of pain and can't get much sleep. Still working as don't want to lie around bored at home all day, luckily it's a part time sitting down job. Consultant says I can have op if I want but I've decided to try pain clinic first as he said it will get better eventually, so will try epidural steroid injection in 2 weeks time. Fingers crossed, existing on co-codamol at moment, others have side effects.View 1 Replies
I have been getting pain for a couple month in my lower back, but it's only been very mild pain. I started getting the pain after very heavy deadlifts at the gym, then the pain has been sporadic for that time.
I went for sprints on Sunday morning and then afterwards my lower back was really in pain. I felt sick and dizzy in the evening for about 2 mins, then it quickly passed. However, since Sunday I have been experiencing mild abdominal pains in the mid abdomen area (near the belly button) and my bowel movement has changed as i haven't been going as regularly the last few days.
I am just curious as I haven't been to the doctors yet. I wanted to go and see the best doctor at my surgery, but unfortunately he isn't available until next tuesday. If it gets worse then I will definitely make an appointment with another doctor, but at the moment it isn't giving me too much problems, just the mild pain is all.
Has anyone experienced this before and could it be a slipped disc that is causing the stomach pain and lack of bowel movement? I had no problems before Sunday when I think I further injured my back.
I have an herniated disc between L4 and L5 .A massive disc fragment broke and moved away and is pressing the dural sac.I have pains only when I walk.I can not stand up more than 10 minutes because of the pain.How dangerous it is and how can I be sure that a surgery will solve my problem?View 1 Replies
Is a small disc protrusion on my MRI report saying I have a small Herniation?? I have small central disc protrusion at c5-6 and a focal central bulge at c6-7. So does protrusion mean herniated? I'm so confused. The back pain management doc said "hmm, its nothing" when I asked. Does anyone know the difference?View 4 Replies