To: All Back Pain sufferers and MDs
I originally had a lamenectomy at the age of 19...now I'm 40yrs old... I started getting major spinal inflammation at the age of 33 and basically would be on bed rest for a month or so and then would be fine. The pain would generally be on my left side, never had numbness, some tingling and pins and needless that's about it. As of mid January! Not sure what happened, but not I have major pain on my right side, I can't lay flat on my back, was sleeping on a recliner. I have pan shooting down my right leg to my calf and some tingling down to,my foot, if I sit for,too,long and then get up. I am on steroids and my recent MRI indicates I have a fragment and not sure where that came from. I was referred to a neurosurgeon for advice, he recommends epidural and if that doesn't work, then came and see him. He sounds like an intelligent and MD and not too eager to cut me up. I do respect that in him. I am just asking if anyone else has had similar scenarios or anything remotely close amen. What steps have they taken. Also the main question would be how in the God's name is the epidural going to help the fragment...logically this doesn't sit with me. Any words of wisdom would be helpful.
Hi. I'm sorry to hear you're having such pain in your leg. I've been dealing with horrible sciatic pain for the past 5 months and can relate. Mine isn't due to a fragment though.
I would ask the surgeon whether the fragment will eventually dry up or be reabsorbed. If that's the case, I would imagine the epidural would be directed to where the fragment is, hopefully resulting in some relief. I'm sure whoever does the injection would be able to tell you if it could help. I was cautioned against injections by my doctors because it could potentially worsen my situation.
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