kalliMemberAugust 16, 2012 at 12:19 amPost count: 1
Thank you for this site first off.
I’m 26 in good health (12 pounds overweight) but all the stats come back normal range. I got hurt in May by hearing a pop in my left side adn then I started shuffling immediately after. I then couldn’t lift anything of substantial weight. I went to my chiropractor who did some manipulation but it didn’t help. He suggested MRI. I went to my primary to get MRI done. MRI showed 3 bulging discs at the (L 3-4) (L-3-5) and (S-1), Pinched nerve at (3-4), and DDD. I saw the neurosurgeon who said I also had Si Joint Damage. I started having tingling and numbness in my buttock down to my foot on my left side. I was told my back was not bad enough for surgery (which was fine by me). I was put on a pain killer, it didn’t work and started Physical Therapy. Due to having DDD and SI joint problems they gave me two stretches saying that the therapies for each on their own would exacerbate my other condition. I went for 2 months with no relief, during this time I was given an SI joint Injection (helped for 5 days) and then early in July I was given oral steriods no effect) had another MRI after an acute episode of pain which showed the same thing but again was dismissed. The Physical Therapist said I had facet and soft tissue impingement in my low left side, the PT could feel the bundle of muscle by my L3-4.
Appointment last weeK: The D.O of P.T in the same office as neurosurgeon told me that I have full range of motion (which I knew) that that was strange.She didn’t know what as wrong with me and welcomed a second opinion. She suggested I get tested for RA, which I did via blood test @ primary which came back normal.
She wants me to go back to the pain clinic and see a rhematologist (both in their office). I’m tired of being run around with no relief.
I still have shooting pain down my leg, and pain in my hip lying down, sitting. Pain around my tailbone sitting (feels like a hot poker) in my low back I think the sacrum). I can’t stand doing dishes without pain. I’m taking ibuprophen 800 mg which helps with inflammation, but then the tingling down leg starts. I also am having referred pain on my right side (hip and back). Driving is excruciating and riding in a car is painful also after 30 min. I walk that seems to help stretch but after awhile the pain comes back and i start compensating and limping.
Any advice would be helpful, as I am confused and want my life back to where I can work without being a liability (been denied for SSI). I have no limitations, which is good but they want to know what makes it hurt/triggers. I don’t know it just HURTS period.
Thank you for your time & consideration
Kalli- MissouriDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorAugust 17, 2012 at 7:05 pmPost count: 8652
The diagnosis of SI joint disorder is probably wrong. Almost all SI joint pain originates from the discs at L4-S1 or nerve compression in the lumbar spine.
You note a “pinched nerve” at L3-4 but do not note what is causing the nerve compression or what side the compression is on.
Most likely, this is a typical case of radiculopathy from a compressed nerve. Your symptoms seem to match this disorder. You need to investigate further with a meticulous spine surgeon and I bet you will find the answer to this pain.
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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