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About a year ago I fell from a rock about 15 feet and landed on my butt. Went to my doctor and he said I fractured my tail bone. A year later I have lower back pain above my hip, pain that shoots down my legs and a butt that goes numb. I had x-rays done and an mri of my lower lumbar and the doc says everything looks fine. He told me it must be the way I bend over but I have done it for years and its just now starting to affect my back. He told me I couldn't bend over to pick up my sons toys could you imagine what my house would look like :wink:. He even put me in a back brace which made it worse and im only 25 but a diabetic. Pain is mostly on left side.

Anyone else had this or any suggestions?
Could it be my kidneys?
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replied March 22nd, 2006
You need another opinion. I have had back pain, leg pain and numbness. I is a herniated disk that I have. You need to find a doctor that deals with the spine and not a primary care physician.
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replied March 28th, 2006
Coccyx Injury
I have treated many of these. Sounds like a coccyx misalignment issue. To treat this, you work on the muscles surrounding the coccyx and then try to move it into a more appropriate position. Its not as bad as it sounds but if this is the problem, you can get very fast relief. In my experience, coccyx issues will cause alot of back pain and malfunction

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replied March 28th, 2006
Experienced User
You definitely need a second opinion. Did you get a copy of the radiologist report for the mri? If not get it and read it yourself, they are not as hard to digest as most people assume. Good luck. Btw beware of get fixed fast routines.
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replied March 28th, 2006
Extremely eHealthy
I have what they call sciatica---which is a shooting pain down one leg--down the sciatic nerve. They have never to this day ever found out what caused it or a medical reason for it. Mine also started after a fall. I get a sharp burning pain all the way down to my foot on my left side. In the past it has been so bad that I would have to stand on one foot. I hope you do find some relief for your pain, and / or a .Dr to help you. Good luck
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replied August 1st, 2008
lower left back pain
Cool i also have a back problem. im in the army and i decided to be hooah and try out for the special forces. well, carrying an extremely heavy rucksack a long distance in rough terrain wasn't exactly me i guess. i finished it but then started getting pain slowly after. my pain is in the lower left of my back and i get a burning blood rush kind of feeling that goes all the way to my foot. but it also depends on what position im in. i find myself standing on one foot all the time to help relieve the pain. but consisitantly changing postions. mris and xrays showed herniations and annualar tear and buldges. another army doc also says that my lower left muscle isnt working. its having spasms. ive had 3 steriod injections and the 1st 2 had no response. the 3rd one they injected more towards my hip and that seems to be helping a lil bit. ive been dealing with this pain for over a year now. what are my chances of recovering? anyone? ideas?
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replied September 29th, 2008
another update for my back
ok guys, heres the latest that ive heard. they tell me that my sacroiliac joint is messed up and they also say that my lower back has severe arthritis in it. they put 4 needles in each vertabrae in my lower back and injected me with a temporary numbing medicine to see if it helped. it did but it slowly wore off through out the day. so now they are talking about burning the nerves in my lower back. should i ? people say yes and others say dont do it. then i also talked to a doctor from georgia and he said that he could put a screw in through my hip and pull my SI joint. the army docs tell me ill be living with this pain for the rest of my life. they got me on so much medications right now. a few of them im guessing are causing me to have memory loss. i cant remember anything. it sucks. i dont think that i have gotten the radiology report. next time im there ill ask them for it. i also remember the physical therapist was checking my hip alignment and said my left hip was lower than the right one. surprisingly, my lower back started hurting worse but the schiatic nerve that goes down my leg pretty much stopped. however it returned about a week later. so whats next? lol.
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replied October 1st, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
Michael7105,

Forget about the doctor that will but a screw through your hip into the Sl joint and get another opinion from a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spines before you consider RFA, radio frequency nerve ablation.

If you have disc herniations, annular tear and bulges, you need treatment for that, not nerves burned, which is usually done for arthritis pain in the facets, but can help with disc pain that continues.

What you have not been getting is the proper treatment for the disc problems you have.

Your hip may be out of align because of the way you are walking do to the pain and if the discs are treated properly and you get the proper treatment you need for your spine, the hip will align with physical therapy.

Here's a link on e-health to nerve burning and a post that I made with detalied information on it.

http://ehealthforum.com/health/radiofreque ncy-ablation-procedure-t152466.html

Please get another opinion from a spine surgeon.

Fran
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replied October 9th, 2008
arthritis
alright guys and gals, heres the latest thing the doctor told me. when they were doing one of the injections, on the x-ray, he showed me the that my discs or vertabraes, w/e you want to call them, were almost black. he told me that it was bad arthritis. now, on the other hand, yes in the morning im real stiff and it takes me a few minutes to actually stand up, but im starting to get pain down both my legs, its like you can just tell that its in the bone. but if i lean to the left side (orginially my bad side), its like the pain (in the lower back) goes away. doc says it arthritis, but is it really? i just know ive been in more pain since the pyhsical therapist re-aligned my hip and since the other doc injected meds in my vertabraes and hit something in the lower part where it seems like it hurts. now some one else thats a medic told me that it could possibly be both of sacroiliac joints and to get a bone scan. any ideas? thanks ladies and gents
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replied October 10th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
You need to see a new spine surgeon for a second opinion as to what is going on. The more you see the doctors you are seeing know, the more something else seems to go wrong.

It sounds like they really don't know what they are doing or talking about and are just throwing out various diagnosis at you.

A fresh pair of eyes on your MRIs, x-rays etc. and an exam from a new spine surgeon is highly suggested at this time.

You are continuing to suffer in pain, the present doctors and physical therapist are not helping you.
time to move on for another opinion.

Fran
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replied May 26th, 2010
I fractured my tailbone in 2003, and was given a donut to sit on for 6 months, pt for 6 months (where the taught me how to put my tailbone back in place when it comes out of alignment). They told me that this would re-occur all my life. Now, however, I am experiencing lower back pain, the inability to sleep through the night, sharp pains in both my hips, and down my right leg. I have seen several doctors about this condition and was told by all of them that this is a condition that I would have to learn to live with. So I had, for the last 4 years. After that injury I started losing my balance and fell down the stairs, also in 2003. They operated on my knee and removed my cartledge and some damage muscle. I am still losing my balance and finally got feed up with my PCP's diagnosis. I sort of referred my self to an orthopedic daughter, one that had operated on my daughter so she was able to walk. That doctor referred me to a spine doctor that same day after examining me for less than 30 minutes. I won't be sure until I get my MRI this week, but I have some serious damage going on from my examines. I have lost feeling in my right leg, not completely but enough and the doctor is stating that the MRI will show how much nerve damage I have sustained by my fall and the years of going untreated. I love hiking, climbing, and most outdoor sports and having been able to do much of any of them. I'm hoping that after this and the treatment I can get back on the horse, sort to speak, and live again. I am trying to stay positive but its kind of hard when doctors have been telling me that I had to suck up the pain and just deal with it where actually doing more harm than good.
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replied May 28th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
just goes to show how important it is to get a referral to a specialist for pain and numbness that goes on so long. also shows how little gp's know about spine....good luck.....pete
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