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Old 09-15-2018, 08:24 AM   #1
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Doctor is scaring me please help

I hurt myself at work. Continued working for a week thinking the pain in my legs was muscular till I couldnít walk. Shooting pains in both legs were like nothing else. Again and even today I would never have thought I had done this type of damage.
Currently on lyrica. And the pain in legs is only here and there...constant muscle spasms and my pelvis feels really full and heavy. Doctor wants me to see nurosurgeon.
Just wanted to know if anyone understands this properly and will I need surgery.......transitional lumbosacral junction, with lumbarisation of s1 and rudimentary disc at s1/s2.
Central and left paracentral disc bulge at l5/s1 contacts and possibly compresses the left s1 nerve root within the lateral recess.
There is also likely compression of the right extra formaminal s1 nerve root as it passes between the vertebral body and transitional right. Transverse process of s1. Thanks!!!google hasnít given me anything at all!!! Just that they will try meds... do they take you off the meds in three months and see if the pains there? I donít want to be on meds for the rest of my life!

 
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:28 AM   #2
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Re: Doctor is scaring me please help

Dear Amy,

Did you actually injure your back? I mean besides pinched nerves was anything broken?

For pinched nerves, first before surgery, I always would first get an adjustment from a chiropractor (check Yelp to find a local good one with high positive opinion from the public), then also would get a massage after that. Also look up leg stretches that you can do on your own, The internet has lots of resources regarding releasing pinched nerves.

Also hon, take a bath in very warm water with 2 cups of Epsom salts dissolved in the water. Stay in until the water is no longer warm enough.
Many times this will relieve the cramping and pain. I also take Aleve, morning and night 12 hours apart as needed.

I have serious leg and back pain from the results of damage from a serious accident years ago. It comes and goes, but nothing is actually broken, so I know the pain is from tightened muscles that pinch my nerves. I manage my pain very well with the actions I mentioned to you.

If no self help makes ANY difference you can always go the surgical route. But you cannot undo any result from surgery.
Let me know what you choose to do and the result.

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Old 09-15-2018, 07:21 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=YaYagirl;5488565]Dear Amy,

Did you actually injure your back? I mean besides pinched nerves was anything broken?

For pinched nerves, first before surgery, I always would first get an adjustment from a chiropractor (check Yelp to find a local good one with high positive opinion from the public), then also would get a massage after that. Also look up leg stretches that you can do on your own, The internet has lots of resources regarding releasing pinched nerves.

Also hon, take a bath in very warm water with 2 cups of Epsom salts dissolved in the water. Stay in until the water is no longer warm enough.
Many times this will relieve the cramping and pain. I also take Aleve, morning and night 12 hours apart as needed.

I have serious leg and back pain from the results of damage from a serious accident years ago. It comes and goes, but nothing is actually broken, so I know the pain is from tightened muscles that pinch my nerves. I manage my pain very well with the actions I mentioned to you.

If no self help makes ANY difference you can always go the surgical route. But you cannot undo any result from surgery.
Let me know what you choose to do and the result.

Love,[/QUOTE]

Yes. No breaks tho. I do the bath and salts and have kept to exercises I have been given. I have Hurt my back, so from what my doctor has said. My vetrbae is sitting on one nerve and the herniated disk on the other. Iím currently taking lyrica (nerve blocker) thatís helping. With the leg pain but now itís localized the back pain. My doc wants me to see a Nuro surgeon. With conservative treatment tho. Does that mean in three months they will take me off the lyrica? And see if I donít have the pain?I donít want to be on this drug permanently. Or is conservative treatment classed as working because the drug is? And Iíll have to stay on it forever?
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:09 PM   #4
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Re: Doctor is scaring me please help

Dear Amy,

Good for you to do what you can! Hon, you need to make a consultation appointment ask the professionals to explain what their owrds mena. I would just be guessing.

Let me know when you make an appt and get the answers that you needed. Then we cna discuss the subject with some understanding.
Does that make sense?
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:52 PM   #5
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Re: Doctor is scaring me please help

Dear Amy,

Good for you to do what you can!
Hon, you need to make a consultation appointment ask those professionals to explain what their words mean. I would just be guessing.

Let me know when you make an appt and get the answers that you needed. Then we can discuss the subject with some understanding.
Does that make sense?
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:06 AM   #6
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Yeah I understand whatís happened. Pretty much my left and right s1 nerve is compressed by the protrusion with a tear and my vertibae...my question ultimately is...will I be one nerve blockers for the rest of my life Because they are helping now. Or will they take me off the nerve blockers and if I still have pain will they do surgery

 
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Old 09-16-2018, 01:54 PM   #7
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Welcome to the board. I would suggest you make an appointment with a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis and plan for treatment. This could be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Just be sure the practice is limited to issues of the neck and back.

I'm not sure who is currently treating you but when you know there are structural issues with the spine and nerve compression, it is a good idea to know that nothing has been overlooked, and that you have an accurate diagnosis. I wasted a good year following the well meaning advise of my internist...who had overlooked a subtle but extremely important finding on my first lumbar MRI. When dealing with nerve compression, it is important to be properly evaluated because, as a general rule, the longer a nerve is compressed, the greater is the risk of permanent nerve damage.

When the compressed nerve is located in the lower lumbar/sacral area, there is further risk of developing "cauda equina syndrome." This is irreversible nerve damage that can result in issues that cause loss of sexual function, bladder and/bowel incontinence, etc.

In your case, there is a congenital structural issue in addition to whatever injury there is. There is a transitional vertebra which means that the lowest vertebrae of the spine is partially merged with the sacrum. This is not uncommon and often causes no problems or pain...but, it can.

Also when dealing with nerve compression, pain is not the significant issue, even though it is the one grabbing your attention and focus. When a nerve is compressed it cannot function normally. It cannot get adequate nutrition, oxygen, etc. and eventually cells die. If left in this condition for a long time, the nerve itself ceases to function. It cannot regenerate or regrow, so the person is left with permanent damage and loss of function.

It is for these reasons that I suggest you consult with a spine specialist. Pain management will not do anything to help with the health of the nerve that is compressed.

 
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:50 PM   #8
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Thanks so much. My doctor has said to me that she doesnít want anyone to touch me at the moment with the state of my back. So this is why she wants me to see a nuro surgeon because any wrong move and it could do more damage. Iím currently waiting claim to go through. She is more along the lines that I will need surgery. however back surgery does not sound pleasant . I just came on here for support and advise. I will still follow the professionals advise.
The heavy feeling in my pelvis and tightening in my right side is that all because of the nerve?
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:50 AM   #9
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[QUOTE=Amymcg;5488621]Thanks so much. My doctor has said to me that she doesnít want anyone to touch me at the moment with the state of my back. So this is why she wants me to see a nuro surgeon because any wrong move and it could do more damage. Iím currently waiting claim to go through. She is more along the lines that I will need surgery. however back surgery does not sound pleasant . I just came on here for support and advise. I will still follow the professionals advise.
The heavy feeling in my pelvis and tightening in my right side is that all because of the nerve?
Thanks
Amy[/QUOTE]

Sorry I also have a herniated disc with a tear at l1 thatís compressing the other s1 nerve so I have pain left and right down the leg.
Iím booked into see the doctor to get a referral tomorrow...then who knows how long to actually get it hehehe.

 
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:07 PM   #10
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Re: Doctor is scaring me please help

Sometimes people put off seeing a spine surgeon because they assume it means they will end up having back or neck surgery. Surgery will always be considered as a last resort...after conservative treatment modalities have been tried and have failed...(with a few exceptions). Some things that cause nerve compression can resolve on their own without surgical intervention. Sometimes it is a matter of how long can the person wait to see if this will happen...or will the damage to the nerve be too great....There are many things to consider when surgery even becomes a possibility.

I hope you won't have to wait too long to see a spine specialist.

 
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:04 PM   #11
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Thanks me too!!
The physiotherapist I was seeing said the actual bone is sitting on the nerve roots. So itís not looking good well who knows really

 
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:55 PM   #12
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I can only reiterate: don't let your fears run wild! Wait until you get in to see a specialist, and even then, depending on what is diagnosed, you may want to get more than one opinion! I don't know if it is more common with spine issues than other issues, but everyone seems to have an opinion on back and neck problems and is only too eager to share! This is especially true of "friends" and acquaintances. Everyone knows someone who had the "exact same thing" and is only too willing to share how you must proceed!!

 
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:33 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=teteri66;5488697]I can only reiterate: don't let your fears run wild! Wait until you get in to see a specialist, and even then, depending on what is diagnosed, you may want to get more than one opinion! I don't know if it is more common with spine issues than other issues, but everyone seems to have an opinion on back and neck problems and is only too eager to share! This is especially true of "friends" and acquaintances. Everyone knows someone who had the "exact same thing" and is only too willing to share how you must proceed!![/QUOTE]
Ohhh if only that was true ďexact same thingĒ I canít find any information about whatís going on. I like to be informed about all options and opinions. But Iím yet to find anyone or any information on. The 6th vertibae crushing the nerve....I can find heaps of information on the protruding disc. And stretches to do for that. Physiotherapists has said to walk and stay active. As far as stetching and things he advised to not do as it could make the compression of the 6yh vertibae worse.

 
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:01 PM   #14
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Did you get an appointment?

 
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Old 09-21-2018, 05:53 PM   #15
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Yeah I have an appointment for next month I had also beeen put on a cancellation list incase something else comes up...so Iím stuck walking and laying down...Iím only allowed at work for two hours and only able to walk.

 
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