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Old 08-11-2004, 05:48 PM   #1
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Does anyone else have this prob.?

Hi, I am new here and have found alot of useful information. I recently hurt my back and neck when a cabinet fell on me. I am scheduled to have a MRI next week. I was wandering if anybody else experiences leg aches with their back and neck pain. Some days my legs ache so bad I can't sleep or think. Thanks in advance for the replies.

 
Old 08-11-2004, 07:24 PM   #2
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Re: Does anyone else have this prob.?

It is possible to have leg pain with a back injury and isn't at all uncommon. This usually happens when a nerve is "pinched" in some way. Your MRI will probably tell the Dr. if that is happening and why. Good luck and let us know.

BTW, welcome to the forum...there are a lot of really good people here with lots of knowledge to help you through this.

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Old 08-12-2004, 07:44 AM   #3
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Re: Does anyone else have this prob.?

Bulging/herniated discs usually go hand in hand with radiating leg pain!! I have the same symptoms as you, and wish they'd go away 'cause it's there 24/7 and I've lost alot of sleep with it!!
I've been diagnosed with sciatica, but my MRIs all say that "they can't rule out impingement of the nerves", so don't rely too much on the MRI! You'll also probably have to have EMGs done to check those nerves, although that's not completely accurate either LOL! I'm not sure anything other then the discogram is accurate, 'cause I passed all the EMGs too LOL, and was told that unless they check every nerve, it's easy to miss!! I do wish you all the luck in the world though! ((HUGS)) and take care!!
Boy, do I sound like Miss Negative today or what?? Must be having one of those days haha!!

 
Old 08-16-2004, 03:39 PM   #4
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Do Bulging/herniated discs always show up on the MRI? I have one scheduled for the 18th and I am pretty nervous. I also hurt my neck and it seems like everyday it gets worse. I recently started PT. I hate it. Thanks for the information. This is a great forum!

 
Old 08-16-2004, 04:29 PM   #5
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if you have not gone to chiropractor, you might consider it. I have had neck with pinched nerve and was like batman when turning my head. he fixed it.
if you have gone, go get an mri while. Time should heal your wound. It is best at your interest to find out what is your prob soon as posible.

 
Old 08-16-2004, 06:03 PM   #6
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Ask for an EMG right away so that it will ease your mind. You want to get it scheduled right away as it takes awhile to get into see a Neurologist.

 
Old 08-16-2004, 07:20 PM   #7
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I'm sorry, healsmyback, but I have to disagree with your advise to see a chiropractor...not for an undiagnosed neck problem. That's a good way to end up paralyzed.
You need an MRI of the neck as well as of the lumbar area...and I do hope you are under the care of a spine specialist.

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Old 08-16-2004, 08:32 PM   #8
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Hi, I am not under the care of a spine specialist right now. I have to go to military doctor's until they refer me. I have my MRI for the 18th. I keep telling them that my neck is hurt but as of now they will only do the MRI on my lower back. Messed up huh.

 
Old 08-16-2004, 10:41 PM   #9
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You only get one back and neck so even though you are under the care of a military doctor, you need to take matters into your own hands and seek medical attention out side of there. If you wait too long, you could do damage to your nerves. That is the big thing, the nerves. If you wait for referrals or for a military doctor to decide that you need an MRI, you may damage your nerves. See if he will at least order an EMG. Do you have spasms?

Right now you may be sore and the pain may go away but you don't want to wake up one morning, long after your service related insurance is gone and find that the accident caused damage to your neck. I would insist

 
Old 08-16-2004, 11:04 PM   #10
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Hi, I am having my MRI Wednesday. I have spasms at night when I lay down to go to sleep. They are mostly in my arms and legs. I will look into going to an outside specialist. The pain is definately not going away. I had to go to the ER this weekend bc I had what felt like a pinched nerve or something in my butt. It was very painful. Thanks for the reply

 
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