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Hello back friends,

As some of you may know, I had an EMG done on the 9th. I recieved the official report today and talked to the PA at the physiatrist office. The conclusions of the report are as follows:

1) Results are consisten with an acute right S1 radiculopathy.
2) There is evidence for denervation in a single LLE muscle (gastroc), which is of unclear clinical significane. It may represent partial left L5/S1 radiculopathy but is not diagnositic.

From what he told me is that it shows pinching of the nerve at S1 on the right. And the results from 2) are inconclusive and there seems to be pinching of the nerve there too.

So, I said that this doesn't seem to make any sense to me since my MRI from Sept. '06 said that I have disc material abutting the left L4/L5 nerve root. He said that either L4/L5 could be worse or the lower parts are irritating the nerves. He also said that it could be a central problem or an acute new problem that has appeared in the lower parts. So, he is going to schedule another MRI w/wo contrast and I should probably consult an neurosurgeon.
I am really scared now. I never had any problem with S1. I really didn't want to have to have surgery again. I had a microdisectomy on L4/L5 2 years ago. I am now off of the noritryptiline and he put my on Lyrica. I have taken it for a few days now and it is not doing anything for me. He told me to finish the 7 day trial and if it works to call for more, if not to stop it all together. I am just very frustrated and sad about this whole thing. I should be glad that I got some answers. But, I can't help to feel worry and sadness at the same time. I just started a new tutoring job and I don't want to have to back out. I dunno what to do. I am sorry for such a long post, but I know that you guys can give me some words of wisdom. I hope everyone is feeling good today. Thank you again.
Angie :wave:
Hey Dave,

I am on pain meds. I am currently taking percocet..about 6 a day and I just recently started Lyrica. The lyrica helps me sleep which is good but hasn't done anything yet for the pain. I have been on it now for a few days and since I told him today that it makes me too tired in the morning that I should take both 75 mg doses at night. If it doesn't help by the end of this week, we will not continue with it. I really hope I don't have to have a fusion, it really scares me. I know that a lot of people on here have had it. I just hope that there is another way. I guess I will just have to wait and see. Thanks again for your help. Take it easy.
Angie :wave: