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a littel over three months ago i woke up and my left leg and foot were numb i have seen a doc and he said nothing i went to th er about a week later and they refered me to a bone and joint spec. they found nothing and i still constitly hurt i have taken loratabs, morphin, norco, percosits and nothing seems to touch the pain i have had two epideril steroid shots the first was perfect it lasted for two dayts then was gone the second went horrible i had it done at noon and at six pm i was in tears in the er and could barley move. all i am trying to do is find out what is wrong with my back and get back to my life i have been off work for three months cause of this problem and am getting realy upset cause noone can tell me what is wrong. thanks for reading an dhopefully someone can give me the right answer
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replied January 14th, 2009
Extremely eHealthy
You say you have seen a bone and joint specialist.

Was this a spine surgeon.

Where your ESI done using floroscopy and where they done by a pain management doctor?

Have you had an MRI done?

It sounds like you are having nerve compression in your spine, possibly in the lumbar area.

It's difficult to give you some suggestions on what to do without the answers to the above questions.

I will try to suggest some things to you if you can answer the questions for me.

Fran
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replied January 14th, 2009
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no dies were used in any of my mris or xrays and yes it is a spine spec i am seeing thank you for replying to my problem
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replied January 14th, 2009
Extremely eHealthy
floroscopy is not a dye. It is a special type of x-ray machine that is used to guide the doctor that is doing the ESI so that he is able to see that he is putting the needles and the steroid injection into the correct place.

Since you are seeing a spine specialist and he/she can not determine what is going on, I would suggest that you seek out another spine specialist, either an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spines only or a neurosurgeon that specializes in spines only for other opinions.

Unfortunately, many of us with spine problems have had to seek out many, many opinions before finding a spine specialist that can properly diagnose what is wrong with our spines.

Good luck

fran
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replied January 15th, 2009
littleonefb wrote:
floroscopy is not a dye. It is a special type of x-ray machine that is used to guide the doctor that is doing the ESI so that he is able to see that he is putting the needles and the steroid injection into the correct place.

Since you are seeing a spine specialist and he/she can not determine what is going on, I would suggest that you seek out another spine specialist, either an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spines only or a neurosurgeon that specializes in spines only for other opinions.

Unfortunately, many of us with spine problems have had to seek out many, many opinions before finding a spine specialist that can properly diagnose what is wrong with our spines.

Good luck

Really? Many, many???? Oh no, I could be in this pain forever. Its already been 15 years, I cant take another day.

fran
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replied January 15th, 2009
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thank you and yes the surgon did use one of those machines and after i told him my buttox hurt and he shot me the second time he was litterly stabbing my spine and i was really scared but thank u all for all the input and i am going to seek out another doc and take ur advise
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replied September 14th, 2009
Possible solution: More than one thing going on.
Like me.. you may have more than one thing going on. I've suffered pain for almost five years and nothing ever showed up on MRI's, CAT's or Ultrasounds. Just a little arthritis and bursitis showed up, and a slightly bulging disk the docs say should not be causing as much pain as I was in. Then in a routine visit with my GI who also happens to be a surgeon..I told him about the hip and back pain, with using two fingers pressing down on the spots that hurt the worse he found small fatty tumors. These tumors will not show up on any test because they are formed from the fatty tissue in your body. They burrow themselves down in your muscles and it's quite painful. I had 14 removed all together from the small of my back to my hips (in the pelvis area). Though I still suffer from the back and hip pain (arthritis) I learned these small grape size tumors were increasing the pain 300%. Recently I've been taking 50mg of Indomethacin (anti-inflamatory) three times a day and 300mg of Gabapentin three times a day and after 5 years of CONSTANT pain all my pain has subsided. Hope this helps you.
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replied October 26th, 2009
I have had back pain (and chest pain) since 2007 when, of all things, I stepped off a kerb that I misjudged the height of. Since then I have been through all sorts of tests (x-ray, ECG, stress ECG, LFTs, Ultrasounds, Gastroscopy, Manometry and, finally, an MRI - the result of which was that a nerve trapped between T4 and T5 verterbrae of my spine was causing the chest pain and nothing much can be done about it as it's too dangerous.

That left the back pain - which is in my lower left back only, and is worse when I move while lying down, or when I'm getting into the car seat. Also my left hip often seems to grind (and I have clicks and pops) when I walk.

I also have two obvious lumps, like described above, in my left back, one near one of my ribs and one closer to my waist - and I always thought these were causing pain.

I visited my GP today (I'm in the UK) after opting out of the medical system for a while due to getting a bit down about it all, and I told her about these lumps and she prodded and poked. She didn't seem overly concerned about them to be honest, which I was disappointed by.

For the hip grinding she says she will refer me to an Orthopaedic Surgeon. However, ideally I want these fatty lumps gone too - it can't be coincidence that they're in the same place as the pain.
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replied May 8th, 2012
Lower back pain
I woke up one morning having these same symptoms. I tried to walk but every time I took a step I could feel a grinding that shot a sharp pain down my right leg and all the way to my pubic bone. My doctor took X rays of me standing then one of me leaning back as far as I could go while standing then one of me bending forward as well. The found out that I have a degenerative lower vertebrae problem. When I bend one vertebra folds over the lower vertebra. Its not supposed to do that... So I am now in PT and trying to strengthen my lower back muscles so that they can better support my spine.
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