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Back Pain and a Bulging Disc

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Hi

I'm in extreme pain and the treatment i'm currently receiving just isn't working, my muscoskeletal doctor tells me it's muscles and tendons as you can't touch my lower back because of tenderness and pain. I'm also having tingling and pain just inisde my rectum which is worse if i do things, i can't sit for more than a couple of minutes due to pain in my bottom and cheeks. i have been diagnosed with a bulging disc in L5/S1 which is slightly pressing on the thecal sac.

The pain is unbelievable and the smallest thing will trigger it off and start the aching swelling and tingling either inside my bottom or across my lower back.

The cortisone injections and accupunture just aren't working and my quality of life is getting worse as even sitting and standing and walking are nearing impossible

Any help or adivce would be greatly appreciated

Many thanks and warm wishes


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replied March 13th, 2008
Back Pain Answer A3791
Lower back pain, especially with a bulging disc present, can be caused by two different conditions. The pain can originate either from the nerves (neuralgia) or from the muscles (myalgia). Based on the symptoms you describe (lower back pain, tenderness to the touch, tingling, difficulty sitting, standing and walking), you may be experiencing both conditions. Cortisone treatments are used to decrease the swelling of the disc and indirectly relieve the pressure put on the nerve structures. You may request an MRI of the lumbar-sacral spine to determine if a spine injury or any degenerative changes have occurred that might be contributing to the nerve pain. If your pain is not being managed through the use of pain medication, physical therapy or acupuncture, you may consider surgical removal of the injured disc.


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