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Old 11-18-2003, 07:47 AM   #1
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Question Question about lower back pain

About four weeks ago my lower back started hurting very badly. After a week the pain started radiating into my left hip and upper thigh. I began to experience numbness in my thigh and upper back. I went to my doctor and after checking my reflexes and a urine test, he said I must have some inflammation going on which is compressing nerves. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxer.

It has been five weeks now that I have been in pain. I have been taking the meds he prescribed, which are doing nothing. My pain is worsening and is now in my lower back, my hip and travels all the down to my ankle. I did not have an injury that would have caused this, and I have been taking it easy. Should I request x-rays or any other types of diagnostic tests? It seems to me if it is just inflammation, I would be feeling better instead of worse by now.

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Old 11-18-2003, 03:38 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=AngelGlow]About four weeks ago my lower back started hurting very badly. After a week the pain started radiating into my left hip and upper thigh. I began to experience numbness in my thigh and upper back. I went to my doctor and after checking my reflexes and a urine test, he said I must have some inflammation going on which is compressing nerves. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxer.

It has been five weeks now that I have been in pain. I have been taking the meds he prescribed, which are doing nothing. My pain is worsening and is now in my lower back, my hip and travels all the down to my ankle. I did not have an injury that would have caused this, and I have been taking it easy. Should I request x-rays or any other types of diagnostic tests? It seems to me if it is just inflammation, I would be feeling better instead of worse by now.

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AngelGlow,
I know EXACTLY how you feel because I have the same symptoms,except mine has been for 6 months. i have been thru every test imaginable, and no on ewill give me a definate answer. I say if you can, insist that you at least hava a lumbar spine x ray, to start. I have been the one suggesting what I have done, and am VERY involved in my treatment. I think it is silly for him to perscribe medicine when he doesnt have any clue of what it is.
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May 2003- lower back started hurting, no accident or injury.
June -2003 HAd X ray of Lumbar Spine, normal
July 2003-MRI, Mild disc bulge at L4-5, Facet Hypertrpophy, But they tell me it is normal
September 2003- Exploratory Surgery to check for Endometriosis, which can cause lower back pain. They fouunf mild endo on both ovaries and on the Uterosacral Ligaments. They removed and did a Uterosacral Nerve Ablation.
September 2003- Pain still there and having fasciculations in Left leg along with weakness. Went to Nuero, had an EMG, again Normal.
October 2003- Went to Pain Management Dr., wants to do Facet Block Injection and Epidural Steroid Injection Oct 16.

 
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Old 11-19-2003, 07:39 AM   #3
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Thanks so much for the replies. I feel more confident about discussing further diagnosis from my doctor. You guys are terrific!

Thanks again!

 
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