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Old 12-15-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Does your back problem affect your ability to walk?

I've been in PT for three months now. I'm waiting for approval to get a MRI on my lower back. The doc said I didn't need one because PT was helping my back pain, but then he got me to walk and changed his mind. If I bend over or reach forward I get a sharp twinge in my lower back, but I don't have much back pain aside from that unless you press on my spine or make me lie on something hard, or I have to stand for more than about 10 minutes without something to lean on. When I sit I get a dull ache in my left hip radiating around the front to my groin.

What concerns me is that my walking seems to be getting much worse, even though the pain is improving. I'm supposed to walk regularly for the exercise for my fibromyalgia (if you can call hobbling along at 2 miles an hour 'exercise'.) I can walk a mile with a cane, but only a block or so without it. I wanted to see how far I could go today so I carried the cane instead of using it. I walked two blocks without it, then a block with it, and so on, for a mile and a half (which turned out to be almost half a mile too far for me!) By the end of my walk, I looked like I was drunk. My feet wouldn't go in a straight line, my legs didn't want to lift, my legs were wobbling as I walked, etc. I get the same wobbly-legged effect after I've been doing some of my exercises at PT, but this was far worse. Is this something normal for a back injury? My left foot drags quite a lot, and it seems to be getting worse again too. I was on prednisone for two weeks for asthma and it entirely eradicated the walking problems. Boy that was wonderful though - the second week I walked two MILES straight without a whisper of pain. My legs thought I'd died and gone to hell for the next few days after that of course, but that's entirely normal - they'd forgotten how to work that hard! Alas it was only a temporary benefit...
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #2
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Re: Does your back problem affect your ability to walk?

I know exactly what you mean,and have had difficulty walking for the last 3 months. Push for the MRI. It turned out that I have nerve compression at L5-S1, , and it correlates with my symptoms. It's a long road doing conservative therapies, but it doesn't work well for everyone. My GP ultimately referred me to a spine specialist.

Hang in there, and I hope you get relief soon.

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Re: Does your back problem affect your ability to walk?

I'm not looking forward to having to lie through the MRI. I had my knee done a few weeks ago and that was okay, but I didn't have to go all the way into the tube... but I really want to know what's going on in my back, and just how concerned I need to be. There's no point being (largely) pain-free if I'm confined to the house and spending half the day lying flat on my back. Some days I can sit at my computer as long as I want, others I can't manage 30 minutes. It's horribly frustrating. I was pushing for the MRI because I wanted to know exactly what was wrong with me, but now my walking is deteriorating by the week, I really hope the approval comes through soon! I'm seeing my doc on Tuesday to find out how my knee is, and I'll be telling him about my walking while I'm there.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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Dear kaji, I had a 3 level anterior posterior L2-3-4 L4-5 about 4 yrs ago and when I got done I went to pt. and pain management and all the test after my surgery all the meds and I live in such pain it is at times pure hell for me. Well I have a very hard time walking too I get wobbely and then out of no where my legs honest to god feel like they are going to shatter, and I mean blow up into a million pieces,. I have gone thru test for blood flow seems my primary doc. is real concerned but the specialist see's no problem. So I will be going to a neurosurgeon soo I hope to get nerve testing. Right now I I just need to know what all is going on with me. When you get your test done will you please post it so I can see what they find out about you, and I really hope you can get an answer and for sure get the help you need. I will say a prayer for you and Stay safe. Georgie782. Oh and when I sit for a few minutes my legs get real hot and just flat out ache. I could go on and on but I goota get up. Take care.

 
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[QUOTE=georgie782;5104728]Dear kaji, I had a 3 level anterior posterior L2-3-4 L4-5 about 4 yrs ago and when I got done I went to pt. and pain management and all the test after my surgery all the meds and I live in such pain it is at times pure hell for me. Well I have a very hard time walking too I get wobbely and then out of no where my legs honest to god feel like they are going to shatter, and I mean blow up into a million pieces,. I have gone thru test for blood flow seems my primary doc. is real concerned but the specialist see's no problem. So I will be going to a neurosurgeon soo I hope to get nerve testing. Right now I I just need to know what all is going on with me. When you get your test done will you please post it so I can see what they find out about you, and I really hope you can get an answer and for sure get the help you need. I will say a prayer for you and Stay safe. Georgie782. Oh and when I sit for a few minutes my legs get real hot and just flat out ache. I could go on and on but I goota get up. Take care.[/QUOTE]

I've had the same problems. It was so bad for 3 months, even when lying down. I had stenosis, arthritis, and sciatica. Was crying in pain. After an MRI, I received a steroid shot between L2-3. The next day it was so much better. However, sfter 2 weeks tightness came back in the upper buttocks. However, I can walk now. I'm going to a follow up appointment today to see what can be done about this.

 
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Well I sure am happy to read your post saying you feel better now. Some of us just dont get relief from shots and i am one of them. I had 28 trigger shots a discogram 2 epidurals facet injestions tes unit and nothing helped. I sure am happy for you, gotta run, georgie783

 
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