Today is supose to be my last day of pt for the pinched nerve in my lower back. L4,L5 and S1. I can't really tell if has done a lot of good or not. I have learned how to tighten and use my stomach muscles and do pelvic tilts. I still hurt, not so much my lower back but the left side of my buttox and down my leg wrapping around to my groin area. The groin area is not a constant pain but the butt is. This is not a constant pain, but when it hurts it really hurts. This is my main complaint however my lower back still does hurt. My physical therapist last week asked how I was doing. It was a bad day. I said other that the bones feeling like they were grinding together and my butt hurting I was just fine. I don't think she caught my sick sense of humor. All she said was I would continue having these pains for about six weeks. I know most of y'all are in way more pain than I am sorry to complain so much. I just want to make sure I get better and not worse. I feel so helpless. I am afraid to lift anything with any kind of weight in fear of hurting myself worse. I can feel a knot to the left of my spine and if my husband rubs it I hurt. Any ideas.
HI, dont know how long you have been like this and what led you to this point. But you sound like you have sciatica.. which is often a pinched nerve (nerve compression) either stenosis or you have a bulging disc somewhere in your lower lumbar.. at L5/S1 or L4/L5 usually.
Many people have back pain and discomfort and PT, rest, meds, often subsides the pain and surgery is not needed. Bout of sciatica that is constant for more than 6 weeks needs more attention to determine the reasons for the constant pain. Bulging discs can heal themselves over time, some do and some do not. Many have bulging discs that cause no pain.. and again some are unlucky and it is a painful disaster.
If you do not improve as your therapists states, you need to seek further treatment from a reputable spine surgeon to determine what else could be going on and other forms of treatment to attempt to easing your pain.
You do need to be careful about bending, twisting and lifting right now. You want your back to continue to heal if possible so you can go about your normal lifestyle. Give you back the time it needs, it's worth it.
Hope you continue to improve and dont need further treatment. Take care. Tammy
I was just curious, what test did you have so far? CT, MRI, xrays? You don't mention how they came to the conclusion thats what is wrong.
I have to agree with Tammy, lots of times people respond very well to PT, but you need to let your body heal itself. Even a bulging disc can heal itself if given enough time. Good Luck, please keep us posted.
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When I first hurt my back I went to see my chiropractor, he did xrays and said it was a pinched nerve and I would need to be seen a couple times a week for a while. I went 3 times and then it was the weekend. When I woke up on Monday I was hurting and my husband asked me to see the regular dr. I picked up my xrays from my chiropractor the two are about a block apart. My dr tested my reflexes, sensativity and what not. He didn't look at the xrays until he was done with his exam. I had less feeling on my top left foot by my big toe than my right. He agreed with the chiropractor, however he gave me an anti-inflamatory and something for muscle spasms. He also referred me to the physical therapist and recommended when I completed that I might consider meeting with a personal trainer to strengthen my stomach muscles and lower back. Hoping to prevent further injury. Yesterday I was suppose to get cut loose from PT however she asked that I continue for atleast 6 more visits. I am okay with that anything to help me. This is the worst it has ever been. I hate feeling this way.
Croppingmom, what did you mean when you said your husband took you to a "regular doctor"? Did you see a general doctor or was this a orthopaedic doctor,etc?
The fact you are still in pain and it isn't much better, you really need to be seeing a spine doctor to find out what exactly is going on in there. If you aren't any better after the next 6 sessions, I would seriously consider seeing a spine specialist.
Let us know how you are doing. I hope you feel better. Take care. Tammy