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    Old 04-10-2001, 11:31 AM   #16
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    Re: Bilateral Leg Pain & Numbness

    Hi NIX: I, too, have problems with L4-5, S1-2. I have already had a decompression lumbar laminectomy in March 1993 on L4-5. The disk originally had bulged, but it wasn't bulged during surgery so the neuro surgeon left it alone. However, now I have pain and numbness in left leg and right foot from shin down. I am sorry you are so very young. There is one thing you mentioned that sort of put up a "red flag" to me. It is switching sides; that sounds like a disk. You see, when you sit, you put extreme pressure on the lumbar spine and L4-5 seems to be the most problematic. During your tests, you are most likely lying down, so (as seen in my surgery) you may be having a disk that is bulging only when you are in certain body positions. Because you are only 17, your disks are soft and pliable; as you age, the disks get flatter and stiffer (compare a wet sponge to a dry sponge). If it was a bone thing, I doubt it would be switching sides, bone stays in one place. However, soft tissue, like a disk would tend to shift, as you shift body positions. Try your best NOT to sit up. As I can't stay here long, due to same problem with sitting, although I do have a special computer chair that puts my spine in better alignment, I am having the numbness. Try presenting these thoughts to your doctor. By the way, I had a myleogram and I had no problem; just make sure you do NOT lie down afterwards, as you can get one heck of a headache. Also, neurontin, 300 mg, is great for the burning pain; ask your doctor about it to take along with your pain meds. Take care, PatG

     
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    Old 04-10-2001, 10:13 PM   #17
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    The neuro is more or less done with me. He says CT MRI and EMG are normal so there are no problems he can help, he referred me back to my family doc who is in turn going to send me to either a urologist or a pain clinic or something. My luck he'll toss me back in PT and I'll have to be carted out again. Just as a reminder, I have numbness on my right side leg, and pain and numbness in left. When I sit, which is only at the computer, my right low back gets a really strong ache and more or less locks up, when I stand up it's like I can't get all the way erect, for a lack of better terminology. I have been VERY unable to sit up since this whole thing started, I learned that one quick. Have you been on neurontin? I heard it was great for the pain, what are the side effects? My parents are strongly against steroid injections, my mom believes the ones she recieved during her pregnancies are the cause of her back pain, and of course they've read the horror stories about accidental spinal taps and all that. Guide me oh wise ones, tell me what I should do next.

     
    Old 04-23-2001, 03:49 PM   #18
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    Re: Bilateral Leg Pain & Numbness

    I have a magnet kit in my closet I got for christmas..I might give it a shot, can't hurt anything.

     
    Old 04-27-2001, 03:30 PM   #19
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    This is a reply to NIX70ch. It doesn't sound as if you have any injury in the lumbar region to your back. If this is correct I wouldn't be surprised if you have piriformis syndrome which can cause sciatica and the pains you describe. It doesn't show up on an MRI or usual test so it is often misdiagnosed. It is an inflamation of the piriformis muscle which runs diagonally over the sciatic nerve underneath the gluts. It is actually becoming quite a common problem and does not require surgery to remedy. If you think this fits I can point you at some information sites or you can search on your own. There is quite a lot of information on the web on it if you know what you are looking for.

    coeste - cheers

     
    Old 04-28-2001, 07:20 PM   #20
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    I was thinking Piriformis. But, I met with a chiropractor yesterday, and he claims he sees something 3 radiologists, a neuro, an ortho, and my GP doesn't. He says he see a bulges at both L3-L4, and L4-L5. He did a physical exam, and before I could stop him he did a drop on me and "got the disc to suck back in" at L3-4. That was the most horrible thing I think I ever have had to do. He used 2 fingers of pressure and I had to scream at him to stop touching me. He added that along with the bulges I've got the facet's all irritated, and the muscles are becoming weaker and weaker from the problems. After he adjusted it, he put me in a kind of standing traction, sorta like a halo for you cervies, but down low. I'm not sure what to think now. I have an appointment Monday with another ortho back specialist, and I'm going to ask his opinion. I have another appointment with this chiro Monday morning, but I think I may cancel it. On the car ride home, My other foot and ankle went numb and the feeling has not yet returned. I'm not sure if he's made things worse or found the problem, but I know for sure that hurt a whole lot, and if it is a disc problem, Chiropractic is not the way to fix it, right? He did mention involvement of the Cauda Eqiuna nerve, and I started freaking. I haven't had any incontinence problems, but now I'm a little scared.

     
    Old 05-01-2001, 03:01 PM   #21
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    This reply is to Nix70chs:

    Dear Nix,
    Hi, hope your day has been a pianless one!
    I am a newbie to this site as of April 30, 2001.
    Your story hit home with me, I have been experimenting your same exact symptoms with a little more added to it.
    As for now I have a few questions for you okay?
    When lying down, cross your affected leg over your straight leg. Does it hurt in this position?
    Now can you spread your legs apart with out any pain in your groin area?
    At anytime walking of other wise do you feel any grinding or gnawing ache of your joints in the lower bottom between your legs, like maybe where your legs join together?
    This is important to know if you have any of these sensations?
    We might be able to help one another, please that me know.
    Thanks I now know I'm not alone and it's not in my head as some may think!!!!!

    Hopeless2 in Arizona!!!!!!!

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    Old 05-01-2001, 04:22 PM   #22
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    Re: Bilateral Leg Pain & Numbness

    I actually seem to have found the solution to my problem. I went to a great great ortho back speciliast and he found the problem right away, something 5 doctors have been unable to do. I have 2 stress fractures in my L-3 vertebrae. Answers to your questions: No, crossing does not hurt, actually it seems to feel good. Yes I can painlessly spread my legs apart, Theres no real bad hip pain. All my muscles below my stomach are, however extremely tight. They don't stretch out well at all. I'd have to say sitting down, bending, twisting, lifting, all the basics make me scream in pain.

     
    Old 05-01-2001, 07:17 PM   #23
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    Dear Nix,
    WOW that's greattttttt that you now have your answers to your pain...
    I wish you all the luck to a new recovery pain free! Bye the way, is it possible that you can give me a insight on how he found the solution when the other doc's could not?
    With all the testing and x-rays how did they miss it? Would be very interesting to know
    and maybe be helpful..

    Well Ta Ta for now will be looking forward to your next message...
    Bye the way don't start dancing to soon, those lucky girls will just have to wait....
    Hope you laughed at that coment. Bye.


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