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Back Problems board

Hi Nina, I'm sorry you're having this pain and I know it is not fun. I cant diagnose you, but it sure sounds nerve related, maybe sciatica. Sciatic nerve pain happens when you have something in your spine compressing on the nerve. It could be a herniated disc, bony overgrowth, cyst, etc. There are different things that can cause nerve compression. However, the only way to find out is to see a doctor, preferrably a spine specialist..and to have an MRI done. X-rays wont' be able to show all the soft tissue.

Again, you are someone in Canada who is saying it takes too long to be seen, which is a shame to me. I've seen this from other posters in other countries as well. This is what I worry about IF the US ever takes over our health care. I do think we all deserve access to our healthcare, but dont think it should be run by our government for this very reason. Sometimes it takes too long to get an appointment anyway but it would never take as long as you say here. I've had to wait 2 months sometimes, but when I am in agony, ive went elsewhere, where I didnt have to wait. Thankfully I have that choice. And sometimes once iv'e seen, say like my surgeon, he got me set up for imaging within a few days. I even got an MRI approved thru insurance within 2 hours one time! I guess once the doc saw & examined me, he knew I was in serious pain.

For the time being, you might try some anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen or Aleve. But you really should see a doctor about it.