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I have had back pains for 7 years; I had a diskectomy in 2005 on the L5 L4. I had right leg pain prior to surgery, it is still there, getting worse and left leg is going numb half the time now. I have severe sciatica in lower right back into the hip and start about two inches over from the S1 L5, feels like a stick is being jabbed in that spot, pains rediate to the right buttocks, hip and down into the right calf and toes, jumps the thigh at times. This pain has increased since the surgery. The S1 and L5 is lumbarised, can any one look at these mri pics and tell me what could be causing all this. The L5 L4 vertebrae’s are touching in spots. I get different answers from the mri's from doctor to doctor. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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replied July 2nd, 2009
Back Pain Answer A6891
Sorry Mike, the MRI pictures are not showing up on the website. Many back surgery's do not work 100%. This is called "failed back surgery", and can be caused by scar tissue formation in the surgical area, or something else causing the problem.

Positive findings on an MRI are not always symptom causers. Your continued low back pain may be due to: scar tissue formation, vitamin deficiency (specifically vitamin D), Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, inflammation of the nerve, piriformis syndrome, etc.

You may want to consider a consultation with a doctor of Chiropractic. Even though you have had a low back surgery you may still benefit from this type of therapy. Good luck!

Antonio Marotta, D.C.
Clifton Park Chiropractor

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