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Lower back pain

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  • Posted By: ElusiveKismet
  • March 25, 2008
  • 08:49 PM

I have been dealing with lumago ever since I had my son three years ago. At first it just started off as the "weak" spot where I had my epidural, but now it has progressed to weakness and trembling in the legs.

I had my son in 2005 and then I fell down the stairs (13 stairs total) in 2006. Recently, I have become so frustrated and tired of being pain that I decided to find a doctor to work with me on my pain.

Needless to say I fired one doctor already and now working with another doctor and an othropedic doctor.

I have had the following tests: xray, ct and mri without contrast on spine.

All tests present normal

Symptoms include: numbness, weakness and slight burning sensation in the legs -- I live on the third floor in my apartment complex and my legs shake as I walk down and up the stairs making this a very complex task (not to mention scary).

The pain in my lower back feels like its at the base, it feels as though there is a grinding and then radiating pain. Sometimes it gets really bad and I can't sit or lie down. It feels like a pinching at times with a shooting pain. Pain medicines only dull my senses, not particulary the pain. It's just a constant. I imagine when I work more or lift my son it causes inflammation around "whatever" it is and makes it worse -- I have no clue.

I have read some of the post and trust me when I say I feel your "pain". It just feels like I can't find someone who takes this pain seriously. I have had a doctor tell me it was a "TIRED" back and another one say (even after reviewing an xray) to say it was kidney stone only to have a CT and then say I didn't. It's just stressful.

So, now we'll see how it goes!! Look forward to to hearing from y'all.

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  • May be Adhesive Arachnoiditis from epidural or fall down stairs. Look up COFWA site & read symptoms & causes. Many people have had a very difficult time getting a diagnosis due to Drs not knowing either that it exists or not reading MRI correctly & knowing what to look for. Many times they have misdiagnosed as MS or fibromyalgia, etc. Usually the diagnosis is given per MRI with contrast so it may or may not show on yours. The COFWA site has some of the best info as well as articles written by Drs(one of which has "AA" herself). Good luck.
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  • I have been dealing with lumago ever since I had my son three years ago. At first it just started off as the "weak" spot where I had my epidural, but now it has progressed to weakness and trembling in the legs. I had my son in 2005 and then I fell down the stairs (13 stairs total) in 2006. Recently, I have become so frustrated and tired of being pain that I decided to find a doctor to work with me on my pain. Needless to say I fired one doctor already and now working with another doctor and an othropedic doctor. I have had the following tests: xray, ct and mri without contrast on spine. All tests present normal Symptoms include: numbness, weakness and slight burning sensation in the legs -- I live on the third floor in my apartment complex and my legs shake as I walk down and up the stairs making this a very complex task (not to mention scary). The pain in my lower back feels like its at the base, it feels as though there is a grinding and then radiating pain. Sometimes it gets really bad and I can't sit or lie down. It feels like a pinching at times with a shooting pain. Pain medicines only dull my senses, not particulary the pain. It's just a constant. I imagine when I work more or lift my son it causes inflammation around "whatever" it is and makes it worse -- I have no clue. I have read some of the post and trust me when I say I feel your "pain". It just feels like I can't find someone who takes this pain seriously. I have had a doctor tell me it was a "TIRED" back and another one say (even after reviewing an xray) to say it was kidney stone only to have a CT and then say I didn't. It's just stressful. So, now we'll see how it goes!! Look forward to to hearing from y'all. Please, please try acupuncture- it works! Visit www.acufinder.com for info on this form of medicine and to find a qualified practitioner near you. I have treated at least a hundred patients with low back pain...they usually come to see me as a "last resort" ( tried everything and finally decide to try acupuncture!). I can estimate 75-80% of my patients report lasting relief. Please consider this!Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi I don't know much about back pain so this is just a guess. But maybe it could be a pinched nerve at the base of your spine. This would account for the pain in your back and the problems in your legs - kind of like sciatica. I know that if you damage the tail bone at the bottom of your back that5 is incredibly painful. I don't know if there is a back pain group on the internet you could ask for advice?
    ruth40 55 Replies Flag this Response
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