When I went to see the pain management specialist yesterday, he pressed his hands on my lower spine and it hurt like heck!! I think it is normal to be quite sore, especially if I am still healing from 2 surgeries in a yr and a 1/2. He said, it can't be disc related, but muscle related. He said discs do not hurt when you press on it?
Well.. good question! I am of the opinion that PM docs aren't necessarily the "authority" to spines. They are great at trouble shooting, but I have to disagree that by pressing on your disc area that it wouldn't cause you pain.
I can tell you with my torn disc that I had, when put under any pressure (ie - pressing or otherwise) it hurt. Now maybe the disc itself wasn't hurting, but what was being done to the disc (pressure), certainly caused pain. I hope that makes sense.
Also, my new PM doc says I am healed from my surgery. I disagree. Yes, my fusion may be healed, but I continue to feel better and am able to do more and more and my pain level continues to improve and I'm 15+ months post surgery now. So I think their answers are sometimes more clinical and not necessarily a true full scope answer.
My two cents worth. All the best to you.
"believe in the beauty of your dreams"- E. Roosevelt
L5/S1 bulging @ 18, now 46; still there (but no pain)
Fusion at L4/L5 Apr -2006
Solidly Fused Nov-2006
A Success, but still improving!
I agree with Tammy , PM doctor's are not spine specialist , let it up to your specialist to answer your question's.
If you took your finger and pushed just on the left side of my lower spine it feel's like a knife going in . I have ask my surgeon about this and never get a straight answer . I don't know why it hurt's but before my implant he told me I had other issue's going on below my fusion plus I have a bulge above it. He was going to go in and get a better look at it and fix the problem but in the final week's of my implant he changed his mind and said he was just going to do the implant. I ask him what about my lower back pain and he said in time it may go away. This confuses me ! I don't want another surgery 3 was enough , but if there is a way for me to have less pain because of a problem I would do it in a heart beat. It's been 2 years since my revision
(replace everything ) and 1 year since my scar tissue removal and I still have lower back pain. It's a never ending problem that I am very sick of. Ontop of back pain this horrible feet pain that isn't going away. Now the doc's don't want to continue my pain med's because I got the spinalcord implant that isn't helping my ankle feet and toe's.
I have a ruptured disc in L5/S1 and I definately have sensitivity in my lower back to surface preasure. Certain thick belts and heavy pants aggravate the area just by applying additional preasure. I thought it was strange as well but as everyone on here knows those nerves around the disc cause odd sensations in many parts of the body.
I get pain on the sides of my vertebrae all the way up & down my spine. It's not right on the bump (the bumps you see when you bend), but to the right & left of the bump of each vertebrae. Most of the time many of them are just achy, sometimes it very painful. I know I have lumbar spondylosis and lumbar facet joint arthritis (which are the joints to the sides of the vertebrae), so I probably have the same thing in my thoracic and cervical spine. They don't all necessarily hurt every day...except like yesterday when we had severe storms & cooler weather coming in, boy could I feel that everywhere. Sooooo stiff and achy. Sometimes it's just in one or 2 spots, could be in my lumbar one day , then thoracic the next, and another day in my cervical spine. So for myself, I am told these particular pains are due to all the arthritis. And it does feel similar to arthritis pains & stiffness I get in other joints of my body.
So something like this is just another possibility....