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excrutiating pai from nerve squashed lower back

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celebgran Tue 03-Jan-17 11:34:18

anyone on here had anything similar, I have been out of action since last October, desperately seeking diagnosis,for pain which started in left groin,then radiated to lower back and now moves from there to legs, to right groin.

I am unable to walk or stand for long. Finally I got an mri scan before xmas which showed problem with lower back right side nerves. I am seeing spinal consultant next Monday and quite scared.

Also seeing gynaecologist tomorrow as gp wants to rule out any passible ovaries problem,.

Charleygirl Tue 03-Jan-17 12:14:53

If the MRI scan showed that the sciatic nerve has been involved, maybe a spinal decompression will help you. It will be interesting to hear what the orthopaedic consultant has to say. At least you appear to have an early appointment. Do not agree to surgery if offered without a lot of consideration because occasionally one is made worse.

Very difficult if gynae problems are also playing a part.

franjess2000 Tue 03-Jan-17 12:19:09

Ask your GP to refer you to the chronic pain team so they can support you too

shysal Tue 03-Jan-17 12:19:13

How awful for you celebgran! Once you have the full diagnosis hopefully you can start on some relevant physio or treatment. At least then you will know exactly what you are dealing with, much less scary than the not knowing. I shall be thinking of you tomorrow and Monday, let us know how it goes. flowers

tanith Tue 03-Jan-17 12:22:54

Does sound like your sciatic nerve could be involved, I had a successful surgery to relieve a compressed sciatic nerve 15yrs ago but also had a failing right hip which has since been replaced. Careful consideration as Charleygirl says before any surgery. I'm sorry you are in so much pain. Have you been referred for any physio? It might help you.

Antonia Tue 03-Jan-17 12:29:42

I am sorry you are having this trouble, and from last October is awful! I have suffered from sciatica so know how painful that can be. I am sorry I don't have any constructive advice, other than to see your GP about pain relief, but sending hugs and hope you get sorted out

Luckygirl Tue 03-Jan-17 12:38:15

Oh celeb you poor thing - nerve pain is total misery. It does sound as though all the right things are being done to try and get a resolution to this. I hope that you have some proper painkillers in the meantime. I do hope this gets srted soon. flowers

annodomini Tue 03-Jan-17 13:20:03

I got great relief from Bowen therapy. One day I was walking with great pain, bent double over a walking stick, after I had seen my therapist, who did something called the 'piriformis procedure', I was upright again and walking normally with little or no pain. I see her occasionally for a 'top-up'- she worked wonders. It doesn't suit everyone but I thought it was worth trying - and it was.

celebgran Tue 03-Jan-17 13:51:29

Thanks Ladies what lovely supportive bunch you are,
I have just increased the pregabalim w sp ? It. Makes. E feel woozy i am also on morphine and 60mg codeine,

My gp thinks they will trymscsn guided steroid jab we shall see.

Will report back, dont think is gynaecology related as blood test for ovaries was clear but as mother died of ovarian cancer best et checked,

Thanks again will report back.

TriciaF Tue 03-Jan-17 14:09:29

Another possibility - arthritic hip joint? Ask for an Xray.
I had groin pain, followed by back pain etc. Dr. said at once I might need a hip replacement, which I did.

celebgran Tue 03-Jan-17 19:14:54

Thanks Tricia I had hip X-ray but theynarenfine👍😀one clear other one mild osteo which we all have,

Glad it worked for you,

Daddima Tue 03-Jan-17 19:26:04

Sciatic pain can be eased by lying on your side in foetal position with a cushion between your knees.

tiggypiro Tue 03-Jan-17 19:41:18

I wish it had been that easy for me Daddima but glad if it worked for you.

celebgran Tue 03-Jan-17 20:37:37

It does help also heatpads I find very soothing on back and groin.
Wheatbags gt online downside they whiff a bit after lavender wears off

Deedaa Tue 03-Jan-17 21:23:21

If there is any spinal damage do ask them to consider testing for multiple myeloma. It often first appears in the back and it's best to rule it out straight away.

grannypiper Tue 03-Jan-17 21:54:11

celebgran i have similar problems, i find a adhesive cold patch works now and then, not much more will help,

goldengirl Tue 03-Jan-17 21:54:38

I had excruciating back pain last summer - my back kept going into spasm. Urgent Care said to take 2 paracetamol. The GP was puzzled and I had a CT scan to rule out ovarian cancer. I booked an appointment with an injuries specialist at my Pilates studio and it turned out I've got one leg 3cm shorter than the other! Since then I've seen an orthotist, do special exercises at Pilates and swim. It will take about a year for my spine to adjust and I have monthly sessions to loosen the tight muscles. It never occurred to me that I had a short leg so it was worth having my body looked at as a whole and not just the bit that was hurting.

Anya Tue 03-Jan-17 22:59:34

My poor Sister in Law has excruciating back pain for nearly 6 months in 2015 and it took forever to get something done about it. Her GP kept giving her various pain killlers but they gradually affected her stomach.

Eventually she was referred to a consultant and had some kind of operation to ease the pressure on her sciatic nerve. She was also told to lose weight, which she did, and it was suggested goldengirl that she take up Pilates, as you mentioned.

Anyway the moral if this story is that, with help, the correct treatment and a follow up back-care régime things can get better. She's been pain-free now for over 12 months.

celebgran Tue 03-Jan-17 23:46:48

Thanks Anya that's so wonderful to hear some positive feedback

suzied Wed 04-Jan-17 02:39:47

I suffer from a dodgy lower back, which can seize up if I have been gardening for a long time, or just sitting awkwardly. It is horribly painful and the pain radiates around the whole abdomen. I have managed to cope with it by visiting an osteopath when it flares up who can immediately identify which bit of the spine has less mobility, manipulating that area, and using acupuncture. I find the heat pads useful, ibuprofen gel, and Pilates. I also have one of those springy back cushions for my work chair and a good mattress. I had a bit of a flare up recently but it is got much better after 2 weeks doing the above. I hope your operation, if you have it, is successful, celebgran as back pain is awful.

goldengirl Wed 04-Jan-17 12:04:29

I never realised how nerves linked up until I had back pain. The pain just takes over. Good luck with the op celebgran if you go for it.

LadyGracie Wed 04-Jan-17 16:03:36

I suffered with sciatica for many years and had to finally succumb to surgery 11 years ago for decompression, I had relief for a short period, then had injections and physio then finally had another operation 12 months after the first op, I woke up in such pain, I was told it was probably bruising and muscle spasm, it never really passed, I saw the surgeon 4 months after 2nd op and had 3rd op 2 weeks later, where they fitted titanium 'scaffolding' to my lower back. I would still recommend surgery, I've been completely pain free since my last op, it was an horrific 16 months but I've got my life back and can walk for miles.

celebgran Thu 05-Jan-17 14:45:00

Sound wonderful in end ladygracie

I do hope won't. need an op we will have to see

Was it your discs out place?

Charleygirl Thu 05-Jan-17 15:01:13

LadyGracie it sounds as though you had a spinal fusion. Not every spinal operation works and it is very difficult to treat somebody who has lower back pain without pain radiating down one or both legs.

TriciaF Fri 06-Jan-17 11:20:40

I've just remembered, 3 years ago husband had a terrible pain down one leg, Xrays showed he had squashed spinal nerves. Turned out to be pressure on the crural nerve, never heard of it, it's right behind the sciatic nerve.
He had a cortisone injection which helped - he's had it twice. It's usually better in the summer when he's more active.

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