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PLEASE someone, anyone, help me with what is wrong with me!

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  • Posted By: anjel75
  • April 2, 2007
  • 06:57 PM

I am looking for some answers myself. This is my story. I am just looking for somebody to tell me what is going on! I go to a spine surgeon now and he is just going to refer me to Pain Management. I think something else could be done. I think that he thinks I don't have a autotomical problem and I think i do! My PT thinks so as well but my doc will not hear anyones opinion due to him being the only one who knows anything. You know the type! Problem= workers comp and cannot change docs. I haven't missed work due to this and I am not asking for disablilty. I just want the problem fixed!
I know you arent a dr. and I will not take what you say like you are. I just want your opinion. I was diagnosed with DDD and Facet Syndrome in June of last year after having my second child. My back was hurting so badly in the last few months, but you know I thought well, everyones back hurts. Don't be a wuss. In August, I fell at work. I do medical records and I was in the rolling charts and had my weight leaned up against one side. My partner, unknowingly, rolled the shelf that I was leaning on. I fell back on my bottom. This made things a lot worse. After an MRI, I was told I had two bulging discs one of which is torn. I think the tear is old. I herniated a disc in 1998 and I think that is what they were seeing because I still have issues with it. The gel-like stuff in the middle will squish out and touch the nerves. When that happens, my back goes into a complete spasm. However, the MRI also revealed that even though they were bulging, they weren't touching a nerve. So, all that being said, I still have tingly, numbing pain that goes down my right leg. What would justify the pain and the numbness and tingling that is so bad I have to take pain meds and Lyrica? The pain subsides when I am walking but comes back with a vengence when I sit down. Thank you very much in advance!

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  • It sounds like something is getting pulled when you sit down. The trouble with an MRI is that it's taken in a flat position, at least in your case. It's possible that one (or both) of the bulging discs are pressing on a nerve when you sit down.Tell your chiropractor that he needs to focus on the SITTING issue, and try and determine what could be causing the problem. A good doctor will know what muscles are involved.
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  • Thank you so much for your reply. I don't have a chiro due to my doc doesn't want me to go to one. Spine Surgeons think they are the most intelligent. I am currently in PT but that ends this week. I am workers comp so I don't really have too much of a choice to do what this doc says. If he says I can't do chiro, I can't do chiro. All treatment is on him. At first when I started PT, they used heat, ultrasound and the TENS unit to help with pain so I could do some exercises. My doc heard about this and hit the roof. He said, they are NOT to use anything on me just make me exercise the whole hour. I don't if he thinks I am lying about the pain ro what but I would have already dropped this WC claim if I weren't in pain. I do not enjoy the things he puts me through. I would be going back to my family doc for traction therapy. I was going to do that before I got hurt to help with the DDD and Facet Syndrome. I am at my wits end because I know I have something going on down there he just doesn't ask me about symptoms and when I try to tell him he just ignores me. I have pain in the lower back. It feels like it is the whole lower part but my husband can put his finger into a part of my spine and mash and the pain goes away. It goes into my buttocks, hips and sometimes both legs but most of the time it goes into the right leg. With the pain comes pins and needles and numbness. Those symptoms are in the front thigh and pain is in the back part. My second, third and fourth toe on that side is numb and way colder than the rest of my body. This has to be a nerve right? It is worse when I sit and calms when walking. When I stoop, pain completely goes away. I can walk up he hill ok but coming back down is what kills me. Stairs are not the same. I can go up or down so it has to be the position of my foot when I walk down. It is toes down first. When I turn my foot to the side to walk, I am ok...
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