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Old 07-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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Can I have pinched nerves in L3,L4,L5 without back pain?

Hi all -

Hope you can help me. 39 year old female.

Background: numbness, tingling, crawling, extreme pain, in left thigh. Numbness on right big toe and second toe, nerve pain only when touched.

Chiro said pinched nerves; slight curve on L3,4,5. However, I have no back pain.

Do you always, or most always, have back pain with that sort of thing.

Thanks so much!

 
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Re: Can I have pinched nerves in L3,L4,L5 without back pain?

Hi,

Yes, you certainly can have pinched nerves without any actual pain in your back. Many times people get spasms in their back around the spine level where the nerve compression is...but not everyone does. I have gotten pinched nerves many times now; sometimes I also had severe spasms and pain in my pack along with the nerve pain; other times I've had just the nerve pain and other nerve symptoms, but no back pain at all. There are even some people who might show severe compression in there spine with herniations, etc...but feel no pain whatsoever. From the symptoms you described, it sure sounds like nerve compression.

 
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Re: Can I have pinched nerves in L3,L4,L5 without back pain?

Yes, often people think they are having leg or hip problems and later find out, via thinks like MRI imaging, that they have disc problems which are leading to the symptoms they are experiencing.

I had "hip" pain that turned out to be a back condition that resulted in a fusion in '93. A few years ago I had arm pain , but no neck pain, and it turned out to be a significant two level disc herniation in the neck.
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Re: Can I have pinched nerves in L3,L4,L5 without back pain?

My pain started across the front of my big toe! It is what sent me to the regular doctor. She checked my foot-the only thing bothering me, rolled me to my side and pushed in by where the sciatic nerve comes around the hip to down the front of the leg. Pain exploded in my head! She sent me straight to a Spine Specialist who tried conservative therapy(anti-inflammatories and physical therapy) for 5-6 months-including the MRI. When none worked we did the discogram and scheduled surgery within a few weeks after. I still thought taking care of my 12-16 year old kids so they would have a good summer was more important than my surgery. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
If you need it-get it! My kids may have given up part of a summer, but they would have had me back full time much faster if I hadn't have put it off.
Surgery was 3 years ago (can you believe how time flies, Emily??)
My life is about 85% of what it was pre0surgery. I take meds for pain on a pretty regular basis because of scar tissue-but NOTHING like before.
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Re: Can I have pinched nerves in L3,L4,L5 without back pain?

Hi,

Yes indeed you can. I'll go one further. I had Prodisc ADR surgery at L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, in 2004. At the time of surgery I never had back pain but I was bone on bone at those levels. Fortunately my leg, and buttock pain was resolved completely after ADR surgery.

There are so many nerves coming out of the base of your spine the signals can be different for each person.

I wish all of you comfort.

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Re: Can I have pinched nerves in L3,L4,L5 without back pain?

Thanks for the comments. I'm still waiting on my MRI results. I guess it could take a couple of weeks to get those back.

 
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Re: Can I have pinched nerves in L3,L4,L5 without back pain?

In my experience, it's only taken up to a couple of days to get my results back. One MRI place I went to had my results right away, though they wouldn't give me the report right there. They gave me a disk, but my surgeon didn't want my films on disk, he wanted them on film, so they told me to wait a while, which I did, then brought me out the films. That was the quickest I ever got any films back, though.

 
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