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Old 01-12-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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L4-5 Disc and facet disease

Would Mild Spinal Stenosis cause my lower right leg, above ankle, below calf, right on top of the stretch of achilles, to be painful? It's beginning to sound like achilles tendonitis instead. Doctors guessed it was my bulging disc, which I found is only slight (1mm disc bulge L3-4) and a drying up disc at L4-5. They guessed it was that because I suggested it. So all this time I have been doing all the PT (stretches and what not) to heal sciatica and piriformis muscle. I have pain (significant) when I sit down, after walking up or down stairs. in other words, at rest. I figured it out on Christmas night, I had worn Uggs all day, (no support) and I remember taking my toes on my left foot, and pushing my right heal as to stretch my leg, stretching the achilles, which after a few minutes caused an intense unbearable pain. Almost went to ER. (In area above ankle, below calf). Next day doc said, "I just noticed, your MRI doesn't show significant disease", "not enough to cause the pain your describing"...and said, "Sounds like Achilles Tendonitis"... Now i've been treating for that, seems to be slowly getting better, but SUPER SLOW!! Every stair I take, causes me to get back to square one. Should I still keep my appointment with Spine Specialist? So confused, But I want to get to the bottom of what the real problem is...
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Again, I really don't have back pain, but sometimes the front of my thigh hurts, but other than that, just the back lower right leg....
Thanks in advance for any advice!!!

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: L4-5 Disc and facet disease

It sounds like you're onto something with the Achilles tendonitis, especially since you remember a specific incident that sounds like it could lead to the symptoms you are having.

Do you mean that sitting causes pain or that's when your leg hurts after you've climbed other words the activity of stair climbing is causing the pain in your leg, and you notice it when you sit down right after doing it?

A small disc bulge can cause just depends what is impacted by it...and disc dessication can cause pain, too...but that is usually not so specifically tied to a particular activity.

If you've never seen the spine doc before, maybe you want to keep the appointment just so you have your foot in the door so to speak...if you need a spine doc you will then be able to get in more quickly the next time...but it sounds like treating the achilles may very well resolve your issues.

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