NellParticipantApril 15, 2017 at 6:05 pmPost count: 3
In 1990 I came off a bolting horse and landed spine first at the base of a pine tree, on the tree roots that were proud of ground. I was put back on another horse and brought down 3 miles to farm and told I just needed a hot bath. At the hospital several hours later i was told that I had partially crushed c5\6 and t11\12& L1\2. I was put on bed rest for a week with no other intervention.
Since then I have had bouts of low back pain with periods of numbness to left leg going from back to just past knee, where the knee will not weight bear and collapses. In 1996 I was told that there was nothing to be done as scar tissue was to blame. I can flex forward but stopping and holding creates pain and back locks up. I.e. pushing vacumn hoover creates pain, ironing creates pain.
In January of this year I was making up my bed and leaned forward then stretched and my back popped. Since then I have had constant pain. Was put on tramadol for pain but physio thinks I need nerve pain killer, and she is questioning the possibility of osteoarthritis now being present.
During the period since initial injury to now my weight has not seemed to have played any part in the level of pain but I recently thanks to a dietitian lost 45 pounds, but back pain no better.
I’m a newly turned 50 year old lady who wants to get back active again but back pain stopping me. Have appointment with my general prac doc next week to ask for nerve painkillers, MRI and new x-rays.
Any and all opinions, suggestions for treatment greatly welcome.
NellDr. CorenmanModeratorApril 16, 2017 at 10:47 amPost count: 5713
You had an injury with fractures to multiple levels of your thoracic spine. There are many possible explanations to your pain including fracture kyphosis, stenosis and even a new disc herniation from your latest flair-up.
The most common problem with what you note is fracture kyphosis. If you do not have a brace on after multiple compression fractures of the thoracic spine, the spine will start to “bend” forward and heal in that position. This is painful and takes much more energy just to stand upright.
The small fragments can also protrude into the canal causing narrowing or “stenosis”. This can cause leg pain and weakness.
Your latest pain episode sounds to be possibly from a disc herniation (“I was making up my bed and leaned forward then stretched and my back popped. Since then I have had constant pain”). You don’t note however where your pain is located (back, buttocks or leg).
You need a full spine work-up from a knowledgable spine professional.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!NellParticipantApril 16, 2017 at 2:57 pmPost count: 3
Pain is mostly horizontal with pain down left buttock to mid thigh when I put pressure on left leg going up stairs. Left knee still has weakness and gives when walking.
Thanks for the help. Its much appreciated.
In ScotlandDr. CorenmanModeratorApril 16, 2017 at 7:30 pmPost count: 5713
You have motor weakness and that requires a surgical consult sooner that later. I would go to your local emergency room for a look-see as they should be able to verify your weakness and circumvent the national health care system lethargy that is common. You probably herniated a disc at L3-4 or L4-5 causing nerve root compression. Surgery has the best chance of full recovery of your strength.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!
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