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Lower back or hip pain that generates to the thigh area

For about two years now I began having pain in my hip area, and around the end of my spine.  It is not a sharp pain, rather dull and strange.  There are time when it feels as if my spine is separating at the hips if I stand too long. This pain also generates to the pelvic area.  Making a bowel movement is sometime a chore, because the pain is there.  Walking accessively brings on the pain in the hips and thighs.  Xrays have revealed inflamation (inflammation) in the lower spine area, which my doctor diagnosed as arthritis.  I have been put on anti inflamatory pain medication, This is a chronic conditions that never goes away.  I have notice that this discomfort lessens around the time for my period.  I will be 49 years old this year, and I am wondering does hormones have anything to do with this condition.  Please help.
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Dear Ms. St. Ange:

I think I would see a neurologist.  X-rays are fairly good at looking at gross boney abnormalities but the use of neuroimaging of MRI will give a much better evaluation of your spine.  There maybe other problems with your lower spine occurring and your physician will need to know this so he/she can give you better care.  Yes, hormones can effect your spine.  Osteophoresis will make your spine weaker and more prone to fracture and/or degenertion.  You will need to talk to your physician to see if hormone replacement is correct for you when the time arises.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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I too have been aflicted with a similar syndrome since early July.Onset was rapid (2 days)and and coincided with a bout of "flu"-like symptoms. Total incapacity ensued within a week. Having had L4
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I too have been aflicted with a similar syndrome since early July.Onset was rapid (2 days)and and coincided with a bout of "flu"-like symptoms. Total incapacity ensued within a week. Having had L4
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I too have been aflicted with a similar syndrome since early July.Onset was rapid (2 days)and and coincided with a bout of "flu"-like symptoms. Total incapacity ensued within a week. Having had L4
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Thanks for your comments.

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Hi,

I would like to ask you a question, and I feel kind of bad asking it as some people seem a lot worse off than me.  My doctor was looking for reasons on why I had numbness in my right lower leg/feet, which spread to left lower leg/feet, now in hands, muscle cramps mainly in lower legs/feet, numbness in central buttocks radiating to outer left buttocks and some area in the frontal left thigh, some weakness as slow muscle action in urinary output. Complete loss of lower reflexes. Occasional genital/anal parasthesia. I am in my middle 30's/female. The neuro radiologist called me about my mri as they changed it from a pelvic mri and there was some confusion with what my doctor wanted, and I didnt know.  He told me that I had DDD, and that it was not bad enough to cause the numbness.  I had a case of sciatica years ago with my right leg, but at this point, I do not have pain radiating down any leg, and have occasional low back aches.  Here is my mri, and I would like any additional input that you may have to offer.
There is a mild diffuse disc bulge at T12-L1 which is apparent within to the right of the midline than to the left.  This does not appear to exert significant mass effect on the thecal sac or nerve roots.  The L1-2 level is unremarkable.  There is minimal diffuse L2-3 disc bulge without focal herniation or significant spinal stenosis.  There is bilateral facet joint DJD without neural foramen or lateral recess stenosis.  There is a minimal L3-4 disc bulge without focal herniation or significant stenosis.  Again there is bilateral facet joint DJD.  There is no evidence that this is associated with significat neural foramen or lateral recess stenosis.  At L4-5 there is a diffuse disc bulge which in conjunction with bilateral facet joint hypertrophy is associated with mild spinal stenosis.  There is also stenosis of the lateral recesses on both sides at this level.  At L5-S1 there is diffuse disc bulges accompanied by marginal osteophytes and there is also bilateral facet joint DJD.  There is no evidence of significant spinal stenosis at this level but there appears to be left sided lateral recess stenosis with possible compression of the left S1 root.  Images obtained through the sacrum demonstrate no lesions along the course of the iliolumbar trunks or involving the sacral plexus on either side.

Sorry this has been so long, thank you for any input you may have to offer.
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Debbie,
Like yourseif I now have pain in my left hip and thigh very similar to what you discribe. Do to a fall I had in aug. of 98. I had back surgery in dec. (laminectomy/discectomy L2/L4) to releave presure on a nerve. My doctor has suggested a spinal cord stimulator implant to block the pain signals. In my case it's nerve damage in my back we think. I'm going to have a trial test at the end of sep. to see if the SCS work's for me. Here is there web site www.medtronic.com  Good Luck!
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Dear Teri:

Sorry about the paraesthesias that your experiencing.  It is so difficult to answer your questions.  We have seen patients with problems in paraesthesias with MRI that sound like what your describing and also people who have MRIs but with no symptoms.  Sometimes there does not seem to be a rational explaination.  The facet joint hypertrophy is alittle worrisome.  The sensory neuron ganglion sits there and if there are changes going on then this might be the problem.  Talk to your neurologist and also to a rehab person.  Through PT, medications you might be able to work through your problems and get rid of these sensory changes.  But, I need to tell you that without doing a neurological exam and seeing the films, I am not absolutely positive about the etiology.  But it does seem that the facet is the problem.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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Thanks for the comment.

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I have been haveing lower Back pain for that past 2 1/2 year, going to DR., specialist, neorsugeons,chiropractor,etc. you name it, I have had every test done. All they come up with is artheritis.My back pain has worsen going down to my thigh and legs. I can't sit long or stand long with out my back feeling like it is going to crack. I hear poping my arm achs and I get very bad head achs. I can't even carry my grandbaby I am 46 yrs. old and I don't know what else to do. I have taken evety inflamatory drug you can think of,cortisone shots,and therapy. These thing only help me to rest well at night. Can someone please lead me to the right direction.They have never checked me for any thing like, MS or other disease. I would appreciate any feed back. Thanks,
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Thank you for your response.  I do not know if the neurologist knows the etiology either.  I spoke with him yesterday afternoon and he as the neuro-radiologist said this shouldnt be causing the numbness.  I dont know if you need to have pain with this for it to associate with the numbness for this joint thing to be considered the actual etiology.  I am at a loss.   I have heard of neurography being done at some places.  Does that type of imaging show just the images of damaged nerves cause by injury or compression?  Will it show injury of a nerve if it is of a disease component as ms or some other demeyelating disease?  My neuro thinks I have a demeyelating process, but my mri's are all clear of that stuff.  I do not know how neurologists can handle such a job.  So many factors to deal with on so many disorders.  I must commend you, it is a very hard field to be in.

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Dear Bertha:

Sorry about your problems.  It may be that you have changes associated with arthritis as your doctors have told you.  I would assume that you saw a good neurologist and MS was ruled out.  You symptoms do not have the flavor of episodic waxing and waning that MS has.  Maybe a second opinion might be valuable.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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Dear Terri:

No you do not need to feel pain for facet joint hypertrophy to cause numbness.  The only nerves that exit the neural foramen are the ventral column sensory nerves.  Best of luck finding a cause to your problem.  Sorry we couldn't be more helpful.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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My 48 year old husband just had an MRI that revealed a herniated disk (L4/L5) and narrowing of the spine (whatever that may be) His symptoms were severe deep pain in the left thigh.  Until he gets to a specialist can you comment on what or what not he should be doing?  He has been on Vicodin for 4 days which helps dull the pain but is able to do little outside of sitting back in a recliner.  Our waterbed, I am sure, will be the first thing to go.  What about a slant board with the feet up and head down?  Would this create more problems?
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Dear Margene:

As you know we are not suppose to answer questions from the comment section.  So, please don't tell anyone.  Actually, there is nothing you really can't do for your husband.  His pain is dictating what physical things he can do.  At first, pain meds and decrease in activity will help.  Then once the pain becomes tolerable then vigorous rehab.  He needs to do things to take stress off his back, ie. loose weight if overweight, become more active with not stressing his back, proper sleeping position (not head down), proper lifting technique etc.  Once you see your physician he/she will outline a plan.  

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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i have also had severe pain in the tailbone area also lower back.  i get pins and needles going down my left leg .i had an emg which showed nerve damage. i start a series of 3 steriod epidurals in a week . i will let you know if there is any relief.
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thanks for the comments.

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i had L2-L5 laminectomy on 9/9/99.  after my discharge from hospital and heaing of incision i acquired a swelling of fluid of the lower back.  have been to my neurosurgeon two times and he says it will be absorbed.  appears to be increasing in size.
causing much discomfort.  can this be cerebro-spinal fluid?
physician wants a wait and see, says it will go away.
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i had L2-L5 laminectomy on 9/9/99.  after my discharge from hospital and heaing of incision i acquired a swelling of fluid of the lower back.  have been to my neurosurgeon two times and he says it will be absorbed.  appears to be increasing in size.
causing much discomfort.  can this be cerebro-spinal fluid?
physician wants a wait and see, says it will go away.
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i had L2-L5 laminectomy on 9/9/99.  after my discharge from hospital and heaing of incision i acquired a swelling of fluid of the lower back.  have been to my neurosurgeon two times and he says it will be absorbed.  appears to be increasing in size.
causing much discomfort.  can this be cerebro-spinal fluid?
physician wants a wait and see, says it will go away.
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i had L2-L5 laminectomy on 9/9/99.  after my discharge from hospital and heaing of incision i acquired a swelling of fluid of the lower back.  have been to my neurosurgeon two times and he says it will be absorbed.  appears to be increasing in size.
causing much discomfort.  can this be cerebro-spinal fluid?
physician wants a wait and see, says it will go away.
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Dear Ms. Weatherbee:

I don't think that your fluid-filled area is CSF.  If it were, you would have headaches that would be progressive as you went from lying down to sitting up to standing up.  I would follow what your neurosurgeon is telling you.  Without seeing the area I can't really comment about it getting better or worse.  If you are really worried, see another neurosurgeon for a second opinion.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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I HAVE HAD 2 LAMENECOMIES.  LAST WITH HORIZONTAL SPINAL FUSION AT 4 &5 WHERE THEY FOUND LOTS OF NERVE DAMAGE AND ARTHRITIS.   1ST OPERATION WAS NOT DONE PROPERLY.I CONTINUE TO HAVE SEVERE PAIN BUT NOT NEARLY TO THE DEGREE I HAD WHERE I WAS TOTALLY BED-RIDDEN. CRUSHED DISCS & INSTABILITY.  WHAT BOTHERS ME MOST NOW IS THE NUMBNESS THAT OCCURS SOMETIMES AT BUTTOCKS OR SOMETIMES EVEN VAGINAL. I MANY TIMES HAVE NO CONTROL OVER BOWEL MOVEMENTS. IT IS LIKE THAT AREA BECOMES NUMB ALSO. I AM CONSTANTLY WORRIED ABOUT IT AND I AM CONSTANTLY HAVING TO CHANGE UNDERCLOTHING. NO DOCTORS HAVE HAD A CLUE AS TO WHY..OR WHAT I CAN DO.  THIS IS AFFECTING MY LIFE CONSIDERABLY. PLEASE ADVISE ME AS TO WHAT COULD BE OCCURING. WHEN I SIT FOR LONG PERIODS THAT IS WHEN BUTTOCKS/VAGINA BECOME NUMB. HOWEVER...ALTHOUGH  BOWEL PROBLEMS HAPPEN AT ANYTIME, I NOTICE THEY ARE MORE LIKELY AFTER STANDING/WALKING ANY LENGTH OF TIME AND AFTER LIFTING GROCERIES ETC. THANKS
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Dear Patti Huffman:

It is so difficult for us to diagnosis problems without the benefit of seeing the MRI films and doing the physical exam.  I think what you need is to sit down with your neurologist and go over these questions with him/her.  Although it does seem that there is a nerve problem, without knowing the spinal level, cervical, thoracic, or lumbar it is difficult to tell you if the area where you had your surgery is the culprit.  I would have a talk with your neurologist and see what he/she has to say.

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CCF Neuro MD
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My sister for the last 3 weeks has sever lower back pain that
goes down into her hip and leg to her knee.  She had xrays and
a MRI but they show nothing.  Her pain is so great that she has
been able to sit, walk or sleep.  They did a block to no avail.
She describes the pain as if something is ripping away.
Where does she go from here.  Her blood pressure is way up because of the pain.  Pain killers and inflamation (inflammation) drugs don't
help.  The doctor says they can tell there is inflamation (inflammation) but
don't know what is causing it.
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Dear Debbie:

I am sorry about your sister, however, with a normal MRI it is difficult to give any advice.  I would think that the best thing to do is get a second opinion from a very good neurologist.  The physical exam might help localize the area of pain generation.  The fact that a spinal block didn't help, together with the MRI suggests that the pain is not coming from the spinal column.  It may be more outside the spinal cord, in the perpherial nerve.

CCF Neuro MD
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Dear Bertha,

My wife had a serious auto accident about four years ago suffering two shattered discs resulting in leg paralysis and severe foot-drop.  Subsequent surgery was performed and was successful in alleviating the paralysis, however, the pain became even more severe.  Until about three months ago she was loaded with narcotics and analgesics but none worked.  Caring for our son (now five) was nearly impossible.  Then my father-in-law began using a mineral supplement to help his artheritis and got such good results that my wife tried it too.  After just two days the pain was 90% better and is now gone completely.  The supplement is a substance called methylsulphonylmethane which is just biological sulphur.  Its not sulpha or sulphite!  Its the same stuff we get in food but these days we don't get enough of it.  We were so impressed that we became distributors for a company called "All That's Natural".  Because of what it did for our family and friends we have a strong conviction about this product.  Its non-toxic and has no known side-effects. Please, feel free to contact us and we'll get you some information.
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I have had severe lower back pain which seems to go into my right hip and down my leg. It also if I walk the mall my right foot goes completely numb and I must sit down for 30 minutes or so to regain the feeling. I really could usr advise. I have been told that my neck has buldging dics, could this affect my lower body?
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I have had problems with my legs for 2 or 3 years now; numbness and tingling in both legs while sitting or lying down. I have a headache every other day, sometimes 2 or 3 days in a row. My head starts to pound upon standing. I fell down the stairs in April of 2000, I went to the er and found out that I have several different abnormalities of the 5th lumbar disk. The doctor said that he didn't think the fall had caused it but that it had been that way for a long time. They didn't tell me exactly what was wrong but I was wondering if this could be the cause of the problems with my legs? If so what should I do?
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I need help!
I have hip to thigh pain since 12/14/1999.  Initially it hit my lower back pain
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I need help.  I am 43, very active, excellent bp 110/70 heat rate 60.  I've always exercised, bike/aerobic/dancing/ice skating.  I started kickbox aerobic 10/99, mid Nov I hurt my lower back pruning bushes.  The pain subsided to almost nothing.  Then on 12/15 I thought I first had the flue
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I need help.  I am 43, very active, excellent bp 110/70 heat rate 60.  I've always exercised, bike/aerobic/dancing/ice skating.  I started kickbox aerobic 10/99, mid Nov I hurt my lower back pruning bushes.  The pain subsided to almost nothing.  Then on 12/15 I thought I first had the flue
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Hi, I`M HAVING A REALLY BAD LOWER BACK PAIN IT`S BURNING AND I CAN FEEL LUMPS WHERE IT`S BURNING BUT JUST ON THE RIGHT SIDE.I WAS WORKING LAST NIGHT AND IT GOT WORST I HAD A HARD TIME TO WALK BEFORE I LEFT.AND THE PAIN IS STARTING ON MY RIGHT HIP.SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT IT ?thank you for reading my letter.
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Hi, I`M HAVING A REALLY BAD LOWER BACK PAIN IT`S BURNING AND I CAN FEEL LUMPS WHERE IT`S BURNING BUT JUST ON THE RIGHT SIDE.I WAS WORKING LAST NIGHT AND IT GOT WORST I HAD A HARD TIME TO WALK BEFORE I LEFT.AND THE PAIN IS STARTING ON MY RIGHT HIP.SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT IT ?thank you for reading my letter.
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Hi, I`M HAVING A REALLY BAD LOWER BACK PAIN IT`S BURNING AND I CAN FEEL LUMPS WHERE IT`S BURNING BUT JUST ON THE RIGHT SIDE.I WAS WORKING LAST NIGHT AND IT GOT WORST I HAD A HARD TIME TO WALK BEFORE I LEFT.AND THE PAIN IS STARTING ON MY RIGHT HIP.SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT IT ?thank you for reading my letter.
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My mother has had back pain, hip pain, and when she walks she sometimes drags her leg.  She has gone through every test out there and everythings shows up fine.  She is stressing out and need help.  The doctors she has been to say it is artheritis, but this all of a suden happened when she had her last surgery.  What else could this be.  I am her daughter and fell for her and see her in this pain and I can't even take it any longer.  I do not believe it is what the doctors say too.


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From a CT Scan shows L5-S1 paracentral disc herniation with narrowing of L neural formina due to boney hypertrophy. My dr. has discussed with specialist I am waiting for info. No one has explained fully what this means. Could you please elaborate for me so I know what everyone is talking about..!
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From a CT Scan shows L5-S1 paracentral disc herniation with narrowing of L neural formina due to boney hypertrophy. My dr. has discussed with specialist I am waiting for info. No one has explained fully what this means. Could you please elaborate for me so I know what everyone is talking about..!
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My daughter (2 yrs. old) was diagnosed with Tenosynovitis.  What causes this....is there anything to be concerned about? The peditrician says it can be due to the ear infection she has which may have traveled to her hip.  Have you ever heard or this?? Any comments would be appreciated.

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I have been having back pain associated with a tightness/pain i my right buttock area.Sometimes the pain runs down my leg. I get
what I called shifted-my right hip sticks out to the right.I have been to DO,Chiropractor,and a Neurosurgeon. I have had
X-rays and a MRI about four years ago which showed nothing but some slight arthritic changes around the L-5 and S-1. the symptoms come and go lasting sometimes a month. I just had another MRI- the technologist said there appeared to be some spurs. I'm waiting for the official interpretation. I sit in a hot spa and ice the area too. Is one better than the other and you have any idea what could be causing my problem.Please HELP!
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Hi...I am only 16 1/2...and I am having some pain in my hips and upper thighs. Especially when I stand for a long time. It is mainly my left leg. I don't know what is wrong. I seem too young to be having anything severely wrong with me. I just don't know what is happehing. Thank you for any help...

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Audree
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I fell at work on some ice and hurt my back almost 3yrs ago. I
I now have bulging dics at c-4,c-5,c-6,c-7,t-6,t-7,L-4,L-5,and
durgintive at L-3. I have been in servire pain everyday since.
I also myo facial. Ive been through every kind of physcial theroy
there is and nerve blocks,at pain mangament. Ive had my left arm
go paralized for a couple of days,then regained use. Ive been
paralized where i couldnt get out of bed then hospitalized for
5 days. I have continues pain in my lower back which also hurts
my tail bone and have continues pain down my left leg. I have
mid-back pain which is not as bad as the bottom because when i
walk its like having your spine in a vise grip which tightens
with each step. I also have neck pain which goes down my left
arm but is not continues all the time. I fell their has to be
something that someone can do for me because all this pain is
so excauting. Then you come into the problems of doctors worrying
about the nartcaotic. Well as you know with myo-facial pain
theirs is only 1% chance of being addicted. they say my back is
so hard from so much musle spams and my muslces dont give. I
just think someone is missing the secert point of making me better because ive been unable to work since this injury.
can someone give me some advice. Oh by the way they said surgy
wasnt an obsion at this time./thank you.
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I fell at work on some ice and hurt my back almost 3yrs ago. I
I now have bulging dics at c-4,c-5,c-6,c-7,t-6,t-7,L-4,L-5,and
durgintive at L-3. I have been in servire pain everyday since.
I also myo facial. Ive been through every kind of physcial theroy
there is and nerve blocks,at pain mangament.
I have continues pain in my lower back which also hurts
my tail bone and have continues pain down my left leg. I have
mid-back pain which is not as bad as the bottom because when i
walk its like having your spine in a vise grip which tightens
with each step. I also have neck pain which goes down my left
arm.at this time surgery is not an option. is there some secert
that can help me Im excausted!

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I fell at work on some ice and hurt my back almost 3yrs ago. I
I now have bulging dics at c-4,c-5,c-6,c-7,t-6,t-7,L-4,L-5,and
durgintive at L-3. I have been in servire pain everyday since.
I also myo facial. Ive been through every kind of physcial theroy
there is and nerve blocks.
at this time surgery is not an option. is there some secert
that can help me Im excausted!

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I fell at work on some ice and hurt my back almost 3yrs ago. I
I now have bulging dics at c-4,c-5,c-6,c-7,t-6,t-7,L-4,L-5,and
durgintive at L-3. I have been in servire pain everyday since.
I also myo facial. Ive been through every kind of physcial theroy
there is and nerve blocks.at this time surgery is not an aption. is there some secert that can help me Im excausted.


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