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leg parathesia and lower back pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 11, 2007
  • 09:10 PM

I had a back injury last year,MRI showed a few minor herniations,one resulting in mild compression of the thecal sac,some posterior displacement of the L3 nerve root and multilevel degenerative spondylosis.Both herniations are to the right and ever since the injury all my pain was on the left side.Ever since returning to work I felt some weakness in my left leg and would occasionally have painful episodes lasting from a day to a few weeks at a time.This June the pain started up again and stayed along with some parathesia in my left leg.I saw a nero surgeon and had a emg done with normal results. I'm taking pain meds along with lyrica 150 mg. twice a day for about two months.If I didn't take the lyrica for a day my leg would drive me crazy ,lately it seems that I need lyrica three times a day or my leg will start up again.The nero said she can't see anything major wrong and my Dr. says the same thing due to my herniations being on the right side and all my symptoms being on the left they seem baffled.I also asked to see a orthopedic doc but keep getting told I don't need one. Other than the MRI and EMG test they've done little else.I also had my first cortisone shot a week ago that hasn't done anything for me yet.Between the thigh parsthesia and the constant aching in my buttock ,thigh and lower back I'm going nuts.Any suggestions?

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  • Can you tell us about any other symptoms...even if they look unrelated: dreams, thirst, constipation, dry skin, obesity, colds, anything?What kind of foods do you crave?Fruity.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 09:17 PM
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  • My symptoms are weird feelings in my upper left thigh which at times becomes really bad to where I wish it could be cut off.I have a constant ache in my upper thigh (front only),buttock and lower back.Occasionally I'll wake up because of the pain.The leg problems seemed to start after my injury ,which at that time I just felt some weakness in my thigh this was in Oct. 06'.The parathesias gradually started and didn't really bother me until this June ,it has since seemed to worsen and now I seem to walk with a limp.The only other problems are that if I touch the bone in my buttock it really hurts and there are also a few tender spots on my lower back as well.I can tell you that I usually have a good threshold for pain but this I can't take.If I don't take the pain meds or lyrica I can't function at all.Without them I can't move or concentrate as the constant ache and thigh problems get the better of me.I don't have any other symptoms other than what I've described.I'm not a hypochondriac ,I hate going to Dr's,I've never had any med. problems in my thirty- nine years .
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 10:07 PM
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  • My symptoms are weird feelings in my upper left thigh which at times becomes really bad to where I wish it could be cut off.I have a constant ache in my upper thigh (front only),buttock and lower back.Occasionally I'll wake up because of the pain.The leg problems seemed to start after my injury ,which at that time I just felt some weakness in my thigh this was in Oct. 06'.The parathesias gradually started and didn't really bother me until this June ,it has since seemed to worsen and now I seem to walk with a limp.The only other problems are that if I touch the bone in my buttock it really hurts and there are also a few tender spots on my lower back as well.I can tell you that I usually have a good threshold for pain but this I can't take.If I don't take the pain meds or lyrica I can't function at all.Without them I can't move or concentrate as the constant ache and thigh problems get the better of me.I don't have any other symptoms other than what I've described.I'm not a hypochondriac ,I hate going to Dr's,I've never had any med. problems in my thirty- nine years .Hypochondria is always out of the question for me.I was just wondering about the unrelated symptoms because back injuries seem to 'distract' the body from keeping infections at bay. Also, digestive irregularities would indicate to what extent inflammation is occurring. One thing is sure- that pain is trying to tell you something.I was wondering if would try Traditional Oriental Medicine- maybe another approach will help you find out what is really happening. There is also Chiropractic...and those guys have a whole different understanding of the back- they an manipulate it and put everything back in place.Best,Keep us posted, please.Fruity.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 10:31 PM
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  • Thank You,that's certainly something I haven't considered but it'll definately worth trying if all else fails.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 00:02 AM
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  • Thank You,that's certainly something I haven't considered but it'll definately worth trying if all else fails.You are welcome!There are several alternative doctors around this message board- fyi. You can try alternative care while on medication or while visiting your regular doctor...it does not conflict.There are books on Pain treatment and even clinics that specialize on pain treatment and resolution- not just pain management.I think Dr. Devi Nambudripad has a book on pain. You may want to search on Amazon or Google books.There are also natural pain killers, which are basically food nutrients...stick around... :)Fruity.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 00:12 AM
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