I am 43 years old and have suffered from calf cramping, sciatica and muscle spasms for about 7 months now. I had a huge neuplasm removed from an ovary in Sept. 07, which was the suspect for this pain. After healing from the surgery the pain continued. I saw an orthopedic surgeon, xrays and physical therapy was done for 12 weeks - no relief. I just had a MRI and it states I only have four non rib bearing lumbar type vertebral segments. There is also a predominatly sacralized vertbral sement that is the fifth segment caudal to the small ribs. Does this mean I am without L5?
Additional information reads "A broad based posterior to left forminal L4-S1 disc protrusion accompanies disc bulge and degenerative change, with relative central canal and left inferior foraminal stenosis". I just received my first epidural yesterday, so I am not sure how helpful it will be. There was no injury involved, just progression of the symptoms becoming worse. If I loose control of my bowels or unrinary tract, I understand that sugery is a medical emergency? Would this, or could this happen even if I am exremely careful of movements and avoid injuries?
Any suggestions and help understanding is much appreciated.
Thank you Dr. Pillay for posting a reply. My pain is on my left side, I have moderate to sometimes very painful muscle spasms in the piformus area down the upper back left thigh - only in the morning. I have a constant cramping in my lower left calf. After the epidural I have not had any muscle spasms, but some sciatica (not severe). My left calf is still in a constant cramping state. It has been one week since the injections. Does the steriod injection actually shrink the disc, or just the tissue surrounding the disc? Also, I have suffered from my left calf cramping since last year August, my concern is how damaging is this to my leg in the long run, I don't seem to have the strength I once did in my leg.
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