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Hi i'm new here..Searching all over for a group like this. Hopefully someone could help me. A little more than a year ...I was just fine I sneezed and oooooo I just wanted to die. I could barely move and I had all of a sudden so much intense pain in my back.
It has gone on for a long time. The back pain dissapeared. I was fine for months. All of a sudden, for a few months now, I have this terribly excruciating pain in one spot on my buttock and all the way down the leg right to the toes. Even my toes are in pain. The leg pain is every single day. I saw two doctors. One says dont' know the other said pinched nerve scatica the first one that doesnt know what it is but says no not a pinched nerve cause I have reflexes. I am awaiting to see a specialist out of town. The pain is so intense I can't take it anymore. I sit for two seconds omg much pain, go to stand up I scream, any move I make I just wanna die. Have never in my life felt pain like this. Any suggestions? What do you think it sounds like. Pinched nerve? Scatica nerve? Disks something? Oh ya, I did have on back xray done andit showed a touch of arthritis but nothing to talk bout he said.Our doctors in my town come out of the crackerjack boxes. I only know I cannot live like this anymore. The pain is too intense, I am becoming a miserable person, can't do anything at all anymore cause of this pain. Looking back I do remember the doctor i'd say about 6 yrs ago, going for a little bit of a sore back different area though, and the doc said it was almost like I was in a car accident or a strong impact against my back. Nothing I can think of other than in 1982 my ex threw something real hard at my back.

But I can't see it being that after so many years ago.

Is there any relief for this excruciating pain???????? Please tell me there is
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replied July 21st, 2004
I have all your symtoms in the first few days of my slipped disk. You have your first attack one year ago and then a relapsed a few months later. Now, that is bad. Every relapsed makes it worse. You did not take care after the first attack. Doctors dont have the time or equipment to properly diagnose you. You should have been in a hospital.

When I have my problem, I approach like war. I gather whatever weapon that is reasonable and attack the problem from many directions. I dont depend on a single miracle drug.

Besides going to a hospital, the best advise to you is to visit mybacksolution.Com . It is about how this guy solved his very chronic and acute problem without surgery. He did this in a very disciplined, knowledge based, multi approach manner. Very informative.
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replied July 21st, 2004
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Just thought i'd throw in that the pain going down your leg from your butt is probably something pinching your psiatic nerve ( don't know if I spelled that right) . Anyway, i've found yoga good for my back, also taking hot baths (though if it's not a soft-tissue thing I don't know if that's best or cold would be) . Though either way, to keep the inflamation down ice it once a day. Also, i've found celebrix to work fairly well.
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replied July 22nd, 2004
Hi thanks for your replies. Could you tell me if anyone of you also have the symptom of having one foot go ice cold on you. Only the one does this. At times the one hand also but mostly the foot which concerns me.
I went to have a ct scan of the spine today and will get results in 2 to 4 days. Can't wait. Many ppl have these symptoms execpt for the cold foot.
When I lie down, the calf and foot especialy some toes are in terrible pain for a short while. Some ppl have said sounds like scatica but then again sounds like blood clot. I dont think a blood clot would lasts this long without anything more severe happening? Just guessing.
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replied July 22nd, 2004
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lb wrote:
hi thanks for your replies. Could you tell me if anyone of you also have the symptom of having one foot go ice cold on you. Only the one does this. At times the one hand also but mostly the foot which concerns me.

I went to have a ct scan of the spine today and will get results in 2 to 4 days. Can't wait. Many ppl have these symptoms execpt for the cold foot.

When I lie down, the calf and foot especialy some toes are in terrible pain for a short while. Some ppl have said sounds like scatica but then again sounds like blood clot. I dont think a blood clot would lasts this long without anything more severe happening? Just guessing.


definately sounds like poor circulation to that leg, I don't see what else it could be. The best I can recommend is massaging the leg, making sure you sit so it can get blood to it, and tens units (ie Dr.Ho) are supposed to improve circulation but I don't know if it's true or not. Also tai chi is said to improve circulation. Ask your doctor though
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replied October 26th, 2012
I had herniated L4 & L5 disks that pinched my nerve on right side and this caused me constant pain from my lower back to all the way to my right leg toes, before my surgery it had gone so bad that I wasn't able to move my toes anymore and my right leg was constantly ice cold.
I was suffering my back pain on several years and I used to keep a daily log of what caused or helped my pain and how the medications helped or not helped me.
When I saw my doctor I sowed him my long in order to him understand better my situation and together we were able find the cause of my pain.
I hope you feel better soon, don't give up from hope!!!
All the best
Jonna Barnes
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replied July 22nd, 2004
Hi lb,
hope your ct scan was able to answer some questions as to why you are having the pain. I thought you might like for me to share my experience Smile

i am a nurse who sustained an injury (1992) to my back resulting in a herniation at the l3/4 and l5/s1 level -- I was not a surgical candidate until dec. 1999 when some moment caused me to have "unbearable" pain.

Symptoms:
as of jan., 2000 I couldn't walk 2 blocks without having to sit down, even if it was on the sidewalk. I couldn't stand for more than 10 minutes without lying down. I agree with one responder that when the bulge is pinching a nerve, you can feel temporary relief ... 10 minutes or so, by stretching your spinal column, e.G., holding onto the top of a door frame and allowing your body to hang there being pulled by gravity alone for a few seconds. Anyway, after 3 epidurals with no positive relief and as a matter of fact, onsuing leg pain, a mri was ordered --- my s1 nerve was being compressed and so now my only alternative was to undergo a diskectomy. Finally relief -- not just yet.

Present situation:
in april of 2004, I was washing some dishes and noticed some pain so I decided to lay on the floor and do some stretches. Well, what I intended on doing and what I could do were complete opposites. I couldn't lift my rump or legs off the floor, let alone get up. This lead to taking on average 5 tylenols with codeine a week.
On june 18th started a therapy which as of this date, 7/7/04, I have only needed to take 2 pills total. Please feel free to contact me since I do not want to be accused of advertisement. I have lived with pain since 1992 -- if what I am doing can help you, then this is part of my lifework as a clinician. God bless, otilia, rn
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replied July 2nd, 2005
I don't know if you can't have a "pinched nerve" if you have reflexes, but I know for certain that you can have reflexes while you have a damaged nerve.
I have not had a cold foot but I am sitting here right now with pins and needles in my toes and a dull sensation in part of my foot as a result of nerve damage apparently emanating from a compressed and damaged nerve. I bet you would find many back pain sufferers who have had sciatic nerve compression and/or damage who have experienced similar symptoms.
In other words, run from that doc.
Good luck on improving.
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