Re: anyone know
If you have pain in the areas you mentioned, I can safely assume you had the procedure done in your lumbar?
In my 5 year "epic" related to my riding accident, I've noticed there's this assumption that all of your pain is from 1 source (disc, whatever) and the other locations of your pain are radiating from than 1 source. Problem is, there could be multiple sources. In my situation, I had 3: torn disc, SI joint pain, and sciatica.
The most difficult one to ID the hows or whys is my SI joint. Disc is self-explanatory, and sciatica from my piriformis (under the glutes, so may be a possible source of you pain). It took 4 years and a successful IDET before the SI was id'd as separate and not radiation from the disc tear.
My SI seems to be concentrated (just right at the source). But, I did also have some problems with my backside - I could run my finger vertically on the outside, and feel the tingling on the other side (next to my back). Still don't know what the cause was, but upping my Neurontin seems to have almost, if not completely, eliminated that problem.
My sciatica affects my backside as well, the back of my thigh, and sometimes down to the top of my foot to my middle toe. That aches when I sit, stand, lie down, walk...did I leave anything out?!?!?!?!? haha! I use stretches designed for the piriformis, the "tennis ball" technique, and massage therapy to make it through the workday.
I wish I had an answer for you, but all I can say is to keep plugging away and don't give up or take no for an answer. Exhaust ALL diagnoses to know what you really have.
Keep us posted on your progress...good luck. We're here for you! Paige
Sciatica, L3-4 Tear, Spinal Stenosis, DDD L3-S1
Fusion (BMP) L4-5 '11
Anterior Fusion (BMP) L3-S1 '13
Last edited by Rampage; 03-11-2005 at 05:31 PM.