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Old 11-29-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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Lower left back and leg pain...please comment!

Hi there, haven't posted in sometime but have been going back to the pain clinic to see what I can do about this back pain and nerve pain that runs down into my toes, especially after walking and bending ect. Anyhow a little recap history. I have had injections, different meds, emgs. mri's. MRI have show some things. Just yesterday the pain dr. tried something new, he gace me like a cortizone injection into the bursa in my upper outter leg because I have contact pain, now this like irritated the whole upper leg like the sciatic nerve ect. and I can barely walk since. Any suggestions? I kinda think this is a good thing because maybe this is kinda the culprit I dont know in a sense maybe in the right direction , I mean why would it do this?
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:01 AM   #2
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Re: Lower left back and leg pain...please comment!

Since my pain started in the hip/glute area, an initial guess was bursitis and the doc tried cortisone injections. I'd had some in my foot before....injections in the foot HURT but I was fine after. So I totally panicked when I had horrific (9 on the 1-10 scale) pain the night after the injection. I reached out for advice and found out it is a fairly common response. It took about 48h but it did ease. So consider it a normal response to the injection....still worth telling the doc's team just to keep them informed but don't let it panic you and know it should pass (obv, call again if it doesn't!)

 
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Re: Lower left back and leg pain...please comment!

If you are uncomfortable, use ice 15-20 minutes/hour, round the clock if need be (being careful to protect the skin from being damaged). Rest and stay off the leg for a day or two. There should be less pain with less blood pumping through the leg....

I never had this particular injection but I recall others having the same problem with it as you are having. It should pass in a couple days...so try to hang in there.

 
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Thank you for your replies it did pass. Although I did not get the outcome we were hoping for

 
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Re: Lower left back and leg pain...please comment!

One thing I am wondering can pproblems in the upper back effect the lower back or make things worse as I have had problems in the upper back as well and wondering if this has made it worse? Also how many disc protrusions do you have to have before they think it's serious to do anything about it???
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In my experience, any injury/issue can lead easily to others....some may have a deeper connection but it can also just be from unconscious compensation. Pre-back issues I was a gym rat and a sore shin on one side might be followed by a sore hip on the other b/c I walked/ran differently to avoid the hurt.

Someone else might have insight into the specific connection you have. I think bulges etc really are about how they impact you than just about numbers....some people have backs that are pain-free but look troubled in films while others have one thing that looks minor but interferes with life. IMO, if it interferes with your life then it is serious, regardless of the number of discs involved

 
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Cheryl, thanks for your reply, I am going to the Dr. this week so will know more what they have to say and where thier going to go next. I am really going to push for a Neurosurgeon, I feel this has gone on seven years long enough! Not that I want surgery but someone with more experience and qualification on what to do, especially since I found out that I have a tear in a disc in my upper back and that could be the cause of headaches and migraines I get frequently and numbness and tingling in my hands and can't move in the mornings due to severe back pain ect. and the list goes on! Again thank you and if you can think of anything else please let me know!
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Snugbug I can't help you but I wish you luck and hope you find the answers to your problems. I know what it's like to have leg and back problems. My right quadricep is so weak and throbs with pain daily. But, I've had 6 back surgeries.

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:11 AM   #9
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Kieth, thanks so much for your reply, I go see the pain specialist today, it was actually for next week or so but I pushed it up some because I was going to start physically therapy on my own rewuest because I wanted to see, just see if if there was any possiblity if I could get anywhere, I am only forty years old and I feel useless as a mother, a wife and everything Yes I struggle with depression, have before this began but beside the point it makes it worse and frusturating! Anyhow back to the therapy I was afraid to start because since a few years back I started having headaches that would turn into full blown Migraines and I am kinda hesitant on the pt because I have through an mri found tha I have a tear in my upper back as well more disc protrusions ect and I am kinda wanting to get an opionion of a Neurosurgeon before I go further seeing as I have had months of pt on my back over the years with no good outcome!!! I have been in a car accident where I was T-bone aound 2001 and gave me like a real bad whiplash effect as a well as a worse fall on the ice in 2006 which left me falling backwards and I couldnt even move my left arm, thats when the Migraines started the worse and back back was the worst,now I can barely get out of bed in the mornings but once I get walking it's better but I walk with a limp. I have seen a foot surgeon that has stated I will never get better until my back is fixed. The last cook of a Neuro I saw said well everyone has disc protrustion and herniation, okay well, so that means it's nothing? I just live with it!? The pain clinic Dr. is really good though, he is will to do a Discography to do further testing!!! Thanks, if anyone can give me more input or you or any advice as to what they think it would be greatly appreciated!

 
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