Three years ago I had L4/L5 and L5/S1 fusion with artificial discs. I have been going to my pain doc for 2 years. We have always focused on my neck because the pain was so much worse in my neck than my back and leg until about 3 months ago. I told my pain doc I would not discuss my back until the pain got so bad it hurt worse than my neck. Well that day is here
About 3 months ago, I started having pain in my left hip that went around to the front of my thigh ending at my knee. It came and went. Each time it hurt, I said well its a nerve flare up, well its the weather, well I did to much today etc. For a month now, the pain hasn't stopped. I can't even walk to my mail box and back without it just THROBBING and burning.
I am scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday. I haven't had one on my back in 2 years. My pain doc who is also an anesthesiologist specializing in the spine said it could be a couple things. I may have a herniated disc at the L2/L3 level or the L3/L4 level. OR The artificial discs could have slipped infringing nerves.
I tried to look up lumbar dermatomes to see which nerves those discs affected but they aren't consistent. Depending on which website you find, it either shows this pain to be the L4/L5 which have been fused with the artificial disc or it could be the discs he mentioned. He stated that I do have spondylosis (SP?) in my cervical and lumbar spine but that was a new one to me. My neurologist never mentioned this. If I understood his pronunciation correctly, this is just arthritis right? How would arthritis cause nerve pain?
Has anyone else had pain in their hip and front thigh like this? If so, which discs were the culprit?
Thanks for any input. I am just trying to figure out what is going on with my back now *sigh*