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Severe and sudden lower back pain...what happened?

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Last year I fell down the stairs and hurt my knee more than anything. Other than some swelling nothing really came of it. I was prescribed muscle relaxants and that was it.
Since my last pregnancy 15 years ago, I have had some problems controlling my bladder but it was manageable. Since the accident I have had even more trouble controlling my bladder. If I have to go, I have to really go and there is no stalling. The other day, I spent the day baking and cooking for party. I was on my feet for about 4-5 hours without sitting down. When I finally did sit down, I had incredible pain in my lower back, my right butt and down my right leg. I needed help to grt off the couch and have had this incredible back pain for a couple of days. It is so bad I am using a cane to walk. I take motrin or advil but it does absolutely nothing. The earliest I could get an appointment with a doctor is after Christmas. Any advice on what to do in the meantime or what the heck happend to me?

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replied August 8th, 2007
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Hurting your knee is probably not related with bladder control. Bladder control difficulties are probably connected with the delivery 15 years ago. Your knee will probably heal in time. Sudden pain in the lower back, right butt and right leg is probably due to some spondylotic changes in the lumbar-sacral region of the spine. Spondylotic changes of the vertebral column (osteophytes or discus hernia) can create pressure on the roots of the spinal nerves, especially the sciatic nerve, and can cause severe pain. For now, painkillers are the temporary solution for pain relief but after some diagnostic procedures (an X-ray and MRI of the lumbar region of the spine), some other therapeutic options (physical therapy, surgery) can be considered. You can consult an orthopedist or neurosurgeon about this condition.

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