For the last couple of weeks I have really suffered with severe lower back pain and aching and numb legs. I have been to my doctors about this but all he has done is give me pain killers. The problem is not going away only getting worse. My legs have now started to give way on me when i'm walking, luckily I have only fell once up to now, but I'm scared at some point I will not be able to move my legs at all. Any help or suggestions would be most appreciated.
dawn...sorry to hear of your current condition. did you have an accident. is this a long ongoing problem that just got worse? does sitting make pain worse.
it sounds like you need a specialist to run tests like an mri. the dr also needs to rule out other diseases that might be causing the pain and numbness. ask your dr for a referral to a neuro or ortho surgeon. they are the experts on the back. you need to move quickly on this as continued severe nerve pressure can cause permanent nerve damage.
if you notice any changes in your urinary or bowel routine tell your dr immediately as those nerves can become perminently damaged from pressure in a short time. that condition is called cauda equina....
surgeon may not recommend surgery first. he might want you to go thru physical therapy and or a steroid shot into the spine... in the mean time no bending, reaching or lifting and dont sit for long periods of time as this will increase spine presure......take care.....pete
If your symptoms are getting more serious, go see a specialist. It needs more than just "try-this-and-that". Consult a doctor now so that you can prevent whatever future disabilities (hopefully none) it may cause you. Lower back pains should be taken seriously because it is connected to a lot of body parts. Get well soon!
If you read DawnNuttella's post, you can see:
"I have been to my doctors about this but all he has done is give me pain killers."
I don't think people need any encouragement to NOT take an active part in their rehab. As it is, the vast majority of people come here to complain and expect someone else to solve their problems for them.
If that is the way to solve bulging discs, herniated discs, stenosis, bone on bone contact, bone spurs, schmorl's nodes, broken hip, bladder dysfunction, and leg numbness/tingling/shooting pains, please tell me how. I have ALL those problems and never found a doc who could fix them for me (or fix them anywhere NEAR what I have done on my own by tapping into the bodies natural healing ability).
Symptoms of progressive weaknes or loss of sensation in the extremities can be associated with nerve damage in the spine. The nerves that supply the lower extremity come out from the low spine. Compression on these nerve from a disc herniation, or narrowing the joint space can cause these symptoms. Specific nerve involvement can be detected by a good physical exam. Loss of function would be an indication for further testing such as an MRI or EMG. You should consider seeing a specialist to get on top of it right away. If there is no surgical emergency and you end up with chronic pain, consider convenient expert treatment with a company.