markmikMemberOctober 1, 2011 at 10:44 amPost count: 2
40 yr old male. right-sided low back pain for 15 yrs. always a 2-3 on pain scale. 100% exercised induced-goes to 4-5. frustrated being overwgt, but exercise brings to uncomfortable pain. drive 1-3 hrs per day. Right testicle becomes uncomfortable with the increase in exercise and low back pain. Related? Been to chiropracter, pain mgmt, phys medicine, PT with McK. MRI said deg disk disease, annular tear, small disc protrusion. Is there a nerve causing low back pain and the testicular pain? Hesitant of invasive therapy b/c can still function well. Thanks!Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorOctober 1, 2011 at 11:45 pmPost count: 8379
Axial lower back pain for 15 years, visual analog scale pain of 2 increasing to 5 with exercise is annoying and problematic but not disabling. It appears you have tried many treatments without success. The key to managing lower back pain is core strength and ergonomics (how to move, lift etc..) Core strength will stabilize the back to allow lumbar motion with less stress on the discs. Pilates treatment through a skilled physical therapist would be the next step.
You can try epidural injections as these can be effective for a period of time. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can also be effective. Testicular pain can occasionally originate by referral pain from the discs of L4-5 and L5-S1.
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.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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