- CjdegoodParticipantMay 18, 2020 at 2:41 pmPost count: 7
I thought it best to continue to use my original thread for this concern. I have still been dealing with this intense low back pain. Due to this i cannot put complete weight on my left side. The pain does keep me from doing certain activities and my regular work (I have desk position as a mortgage originator) My meetings with clients can sometimes be 2 hours or longer. So i feel odd standing up while they are sitting in front of me. I know the MD worked as i had a little while of no pain and feeling quite normal through the holidays. To keep it short here is the timeline and where i am now.
Jan 2020-Dr.appt.- explained low back pain and shifting feeling/ was given steroid shot in the office.
Feb 2020- contacted dr.to see if chiropractor could help me with the low back pain. No was the answer and PT was ordered as well as oral steroids. (aquatic PT)
Feb 2020- Dr. appt. went over the extreme low back pain again… received oral steroid pack and 800mg Ibuprofen.
March 2020- Dr. Appt. Still suffering with this low back pain and feeling of movement. Received 2 steroid shots (one on each side) He said it sounded like Facet joint inflammation. I felt fantastic for the rest of that day! but pain was back the next afternoon. (still doing PT)
May 2020- Dr. Appt- i am fed up with this pain.. so they took Xrays in the office. He said i have options..1 being a fusion as there is movement, something about no cushion?? or continue to treat with steroids ( I hate the oral pills!!) New MRI has been ordered and waiting for appt. I do not have any significant leg pain.. my left is still weaker and there is a pulling feeling down the inside of it, but it is secondary to this low back ache. I cannot do much of anything and i want it gone. Could a fusion resolve this pain? Its another surgery i really do not want but willing to if it will take care of it for good. Now what I am scared to mention is something new and i have not even told my husband in case it is just my nerves (anxious nerves, not literal ) For the past 4 to 5 weeks my left arm has been aching extremely bad. i have never felt this pain before, i can take the 800mg ibuprofen and the Robaxin( I take the Robaxin 750mg at night) and it will let up.but.. what scared me is earlier today the ache was accompanied with the loss of the use of my arm (lifting it) and my index finger and thumb were numb. I got the feeling back, arm is still weak?? Can what i am experiencing in my low back have an affect on my arm on the same side? I have no idea what that could be? I hate to call with another ailment! or if it could just be the stress and lack of rest i am getting with my back. I am tired! Time is just flying by, although at least i am not missing out on too much right now with the virus.. otherwise i would be missing bowling, ziplining.. all of the things me and my family love to do during the summer months! one being in your area (rafting Royal Gorge) which is a blast!! Not sure if i can ever do those things again the way i feel now. I hope all is well for you and thank you for your time that you give each one that writes to you.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMay 19, 2020 at 6:52 amPost count: 7481
Your back pain is not atypical for the aftermath of a large herniation in the lumbar spine. About 10% of individuals with a disc herniation will develop chronic lower back pain. You might be a candidate for a fusion but you need a workup to determine the pain generator. This includes standing X-rays, an MRI and a diagnostic block to help indicate what is painful. Treatment could be a simple as physical therapy, chiropractic care or injections. Depending upon the source of pain, radio frequency ablations, or even fusion surgery can be quite helpful.
Your new complaint; “For the past 4 to 5 weeks my left arm has been aching extremely bad. i have never felt this pain before…but what scared me is earlier today the ache was accompanied with the loss of the use of my arm (lifting it) and my index finger and thumb were numb. I got the feeling back, arm is still weak”.
This sounds like either a radiculopathy or Parsonage Turner syndrome. Both of these would not be related to your lower back but commonly, the genetics of this disorder in your lower back are similar to the genetics of your neck. See: https://www.neckandback.com/conditions/radiculopathy-pinched-nerve-in-neck/, https://www.neckandback.com/conditions/parsonage-turner-syndrome-neck/ and https://www.neckandback.com/conditions/symptoms-of-cervical-nerve-injuries/ (the C6 nerve).
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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