For the past month - month 1/2, I was having a hard time putting on my shoes or socks. Certain movements would trigger a sharp pain in my upper thigh, lower back, buttocks area. It was limited to that area.
I decided to go to the hospital and get a CT scan a few days ago. I believed all along that it was a herniated disc that was bothering me (caused by lifting or snow shoveling). Well, the results of the CT scan showed that I did not have anything abnormal going on with my back aside 2 bulging discs.
Well, the following day I started getting a *slight* tingling feeling in my foot. It didn't feel numb. As we speak, I have a weird feeling behind my knee.
I am convinced it is a pinched nerve but I don't know where it is coming from. My injury is feeling pretty good now because of the methylprednisolone I just started taking it today but I just don't know what to do .
I'm an active 24 year old and I love playing basketball. I've been absolutely depressed about this since it has happened. I can't see a doctor until at least Monday or Tuesday. Are any of my symptoms reason to worry and try and get there sooner or should I be OK until then? I'm not looking for a permanent injury here. I've duked it out this long but I'd be crushed if I wouldn't be able to do things I know *I* can do.
From the symptoms you describe, I think waiting until next week should not be a problem. However with that said, I would definitely follow up on your symptoms with a spinal surgeon or neurologist so that you can properly be diagnosed. You are having what sounds to be sciatia pain.
Hello and welcome to the boards, sorry you had to end up here, but it is a great place with wonderful people and we all help each other out in some kind a way. Your case sounds similar to mine. I have 2 buldging disk also with alot of neuro symptoms. The doctors said the mri does not show it pinching the nerve, but now they agree that it is somehow affecting my nerve. I have severe nerve pain in my left leg starting at the buttock all the way down the ankle and numbness of the heal and toes. I have done everything just about conservatively, I am getting a 2nd injection on the 27th and my doctor put a rush on a visit for me to see another spine surgeon. I am very young also and believe me i know how bad this can affect your life. Like the other post mentioned see if you can get a emg, mine was neg. and keep letting your doc know how you feel. I wish you the best and I pray that you do not have to suffer with this long. Feel free to ask me any questions
Anyhow, I don't have any pain in my foot or leg yet *crosses fingers*. It's merely a slight tingling in my foot and a slight feeling behind my knee that wasn't there until AFTER I was at the hospital. I haven't experienced any numbness yet. The pain in general has subsided (probably because of the methylprednisolone). but the slight tingling remains. I'm wondering if I will ever be the same person I was. Is there any cure for this if it is sciatica?
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Back problems run the gamut from isolated incidents to chronic and debilitating injuries, so really, no one can say if you will be "cured" of this soon.
The tingling does sound like nerve involvement somewhere. I have it down my right leg, sometimes painful, but most of the time not so painful. I also have "foot drop" which means my foot won't flex up. They can't find where the disc herniations at L4-L5 or L5-S1 are compressing the nerve enough for this. I had another "sitting MRI" to take the pictures when I'm in the position that causes me the most problems, but no results of that yet.
Sometimes, its "just" sciatica and physical therapy can help. For me, traction helps, hanging upside down helps, and the set of stretches and exercises designed to stretch my piriformis muscle and hamstrings helps. But my neurologist and doctor recommended the physical therapist, and I got the stretches and exercises after an evaluation by the PT. Some exercises I was doing on the advice of friends was actually not helping, and may have contributed to my problems. So you want to be careful about what you do on the advice of folks who aren't doctors.
The other option is a sports medicine doctor, a physiartist, I think they are called. Your insurance may cover one, and they focus on the same things a PT does (and usually work with a PT in the same office).
Just throwin it out there for ya...get a really good Orthopeadic doctor right away. Don't even bother foolin around with your primary, or some foot doctor that is playing back doctor. If I may...reccommend going into Philly or NYC for a specialist. Dr, Alexander Vaccaro, or Dr.Alberts at The Rothman Institute in Philly. In NYC, Dr. Andrew Casden. If you want to see someone in good ol' NJ....Mercer Bucks Orthopeadics are good.
Hopefully they can get down to the correct diagnosis, and treatment for you, and with patience, and some hard work on your part, I bet you'll be just fine. You are pretty young to have an injury (I was only freshly 27 when I got injured). I farted around with some Medical Doc's who knew almost NOTHING about my case, and suffered for an additional 5 years without help. I felt like my injury was never fully diagnosed or treated....then b/c my back became weaker and weaker, and my pain was undertreated, I ended up injuring almost 3/4 of my other discs in my back and being very sensitive to pain. I have 11 more herniated since my original 3 Lumbar that were bulging when I 1st got injured.
So, get cracking on finding the help you need right away. Good job finding this site...everyone on here is extermely helpful, and feel free to be honest here. That's how we role on the Healthboards. LOL.
Sorry to hear that you are in pain. I had some of the same problems as you. I had a hard time with socks and shoes..took me forever to put them on. Anyways, like what the others said, seeing the doc early next week shouldn't be a problem. I would suggest not see a chiropractor for your issue. I would either see an orthopediac, a neuro, or a spine specialist. I do hope you get your issue resolved soon. Don't loose hope...think positive..there are things out there to help you. Keep us posted.
sounds as though you have all had some experience with back issues.
I am just coming up on a year since my first accident, (march, 25 2006).
I was rear ended at a complete stop on the thruway. six weeks later i was rear ended again at a stop sign. I was beginning to think maybe i'm invisible.
Well since all this i have been to my primary, chiro, spine specialist, and finally pain mangement. I not sure where i'll be next. Still developing new symptoms. Started out with neck pain, low back pain, and pain down left leg, and right arm. now twitching in arms and legs. Found out i have discs bulging in c5-c6, c6-c7, L4-L5, L5-S1. Already had two epidurals, not much help if any at all.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks for listening.
I'm on day 3 of my methylprednisolone pack. The stinging pain in my hip is basically gone. I am feeling a heck of a lot better but I still sporatically get that slight tingling in my left foot, a slight tensions feeling behind my left knee and now a very very slight tingling in my left hand, ie. I'm still not feeling like myself, yet. Is there any possible way that my inflammation will not come back following the completion of this medicine? I have this bad feeling that as soon as I finish I'll be back to square 1 with the pain and all. I'm still planning on going to the doctor early this week.
tspope99!!! The hope is once the pack is completed your pain will be calmed down and you can begin to walk and strengthen your core muscles. Unfortunately, whenever I had them my pain relief was none or very short lived. This does not mean that yours will be too. Each case is different.
I will be lifting you up in prayer and praying that your pain will settle down. It sounds like you are having alot of problems with your nerve.
[QUOTE=123dietdrpepper;2866281] tspope99!!! The hope is once the pack is completed your pain will be calmed down and you can begin to walk and strengthen your core muscles. Unfortunately, whenever I had them my pain relief was none or very short lived. This does not mean that yours will be too. Each case is different.
I will be lifting you up in prayer and praying that your pain will settle down. It sounds like you are having alot of problems with your nerve.[/QUOTE]
I am thankful for people like yourself. Finding this forum has been a blessing.