Hello, my husband had spinal fusion surgery 3 months ago. Besides all of the constant pain he is still in, today I noticed blood dripping out of his back where his incision was. Very strange. Anyone else have this happen? Thanks, KippiView Thread
Just wanted to hear some personal accounts of people successfully curing low back pain. I'm in good shape (21 yr old male w/ normal bmi) and have been stretching hamstrings/quads/glutes/hip flexors for the past few months but only see temporary gains. Back specialist says its generalized musculoskeletal pain (what most people have). Discouraged because every website says something different and it seems to be getting worse. Anyone care to share their success stories and/or weigh in on the importance of flexibility?View Thread
I am new to posting, I have read a lot but I am hoping someone might help me out. I am looking for some suggestions to go to the Dr. with. My history is I am a 32 year old female who was a firefighter when I injured my lower back. I had tears in L4/L5 and L5/S1. It took a long time to find that, many test and my Dr telling me to just be more active. Finally they did a discogram and his response was "oh." I was then told my career was over if I didn't have surgery and likely over if I did. At my age I did not want to settle with pain management for the rest of my life so I opted for the multi level lamanectomy and fusion.
Prior to surgery I had a lot of leg pain but I did not have numbness. I woke up from surgery with no leg pain but I had a numb spot about the size of a dollar bill on the outside of my left leg. Again it did not hurt it was just numb. My Dr. said oh its probably just an aggravated nerve that got moved around in surgery. He said give it a couple months, 6 at the most. Long story short surgery was 7/18/2014, the numbness has spread to the tip of all my toes and across the of my foot. I have a couple different EMG's along the way, the first came back normal, them next definitely L-5 chronic radiculopathy. I now have pain in my right and leg leg. Majority being in my left leg. My feet are almost always on fire and I get stabbing pain. Night seems to be the worse. Once I lay down at night I pray I do not have to get back up because I loose all strength in my back and going down my legs for a period of time. Eventually through the night it gets better. My Neurosurgeon cannot find anything structural that is causing, they have tried steriod packs, Nuerotin, Lyrica and none of those seem to do anything. My Neurosurgeon has done a complete back workup again, MRI, CT myelgram, EMG, etc. I see a pain management Dr who prescribes pain meds and muscle relaxers. She wants to do a spinal cord stimulator (workers comp wont pay for it), but says thats all she knows (or all she can) do. What else can I try?
I should say two weeks after surgery on my way to my appointment I was rear-ended as we were getting off the interstate. He did x-rays and says nothing was knocked loose then, but thats when the leg pain started again.View Thread
I'm 33, a former athlete, and have carried my fair share of heavy bags through 100's of airports.
Ironically, both my mom AND my dad had "their back go out" around this age for the first time. My mom used to run 4 days a week, and my dad was turning into kind of a power lifter sort....again right around age 32/33, so i'm definitely worried and in tune with this pain.
Last night I did TRX / body weight movements and even could do some exercises that resemble pull ups and/or rows with little to no pain while doing the exercise.
Its the little movements, like sneezing, deep breaths, etc that causing a fairly sharp, pointed pain almost direclty on top of my shoulder blade on the left side. It does not feel spine related or disc related, but more muscle related.
Any thoughts on how to test the severity of this (without making it worse?). Sound like an experience anyone else out there has had?
Hello everyone! I'm new to this site. I've been having back pain on and off for years, many times severe and radiating to my buttocks and down the back of my leg, sometimes numbness in my toes, and sometimes feeling like the skin on my left side of my abdomen is burning (like sunburn). Depending on the severity and whatever I did (or lifted) to cause another episode, sometimes I can't even stand up straight and have to hold onto things when I walk or I will get a sharp, stabbing electrical shock in my lower back. Once the pain subsides (within 7 to 14 days) I still feel the "pinching" feeling in my back (left side of the spine) for another week or two. After that, as long as I'm careful not to lift anything heavy or move the wrong way, I can live pain free for months at a time. However, I LIVE TO WORK OUT and these "episodes" in my back have been happening more frequently this past year. Most of the time, I'm not exactly sure what particular exercise or "move" I did to cause it. I recently acquired health insurance and my doctor thinks the problem is a herniated/bulging disk. He's sending me to an Orthopedic to get an MRI. My question is: I can't get an appointment until several weeks from now. By then, the pain (and apparent swelling) will likely have subsided. Will the problem still show up on the MRI? I'm afraid the doctor won't be able to see the source of the problem. I don't want to look like a complainer or a drug-seeker. Yes, I need the pain medicine, but what I really want is to see a physical therapist who can show me how to exercise without aggravating the disk. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you!View Thread
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