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    Old 09-13-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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    I have had back pain/leg pain for 3months now. I have all the symptoms of sciatica but all my x rays and mri's have been normal. My right leg is so weak if I sit for more than 5 minutes I can hardly walk until I have stood for a good 3 minutes or so. First thing in the morning is so hard for me. Walking down the stairs I have to take one step at a time and it takes me a good 2 minutes to walk down 13 steps. I am going crazy not knowing what it is that is wrong with me and not being able to work. Some days I am just fine others I can barley move. Anyone have any clue what it could be?

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    Re: back pain going nuts!!

    I am assuming the lumbar MRI you had was without contrast. MRIs without contrast are very sensitive to things like disk herniations and arthritic changes that can impinge on the nerves but don't generally show the surrounding structures as well. It is possible that you have mild pathology that would show as "normal" along with inflammation of the nerves that could be causing impingement. AT your age, I would think that any disk pathology would be abnormal if any is listed on the MRI. There are various other tests that could possibly shed light on what's going on such as EMG (could detect radiculopathy or neuropathy), myelogram (looks for inflammation in spinal cord and nerves) and MRI with contrast. It's also possible that the problem is from something other than the nerves such as muscle trauma. Have you had any injury to your lower back?

    You must have a treating physician who ordered the MRI and other tests. What do they think is causing the problem? Have they recommended any treatment such as physical therapy or pain medication? If that person is not a spine specialist, by that I mean a neuro or orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in treating conditions of the spine, then perhaps you should find one. They are uniquely trained to ferret out issues like this and to couple diagnostic tests and your clinical symptoms to arrive at a treatment plan. I have personally found that ortho spine specialists are less focused on surgery but that may not be generally true.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on...

    Old 09-15-2014, 07:57 PM   #3
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    I feel for you. I have your symptoms and more. Has you Dr. looked into lumbar stenosis and/or arthritic spurs that can pinch those nerves going into legs, etc? Maybe a 2nd opinion is in order. Good luck and let us know.

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