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Oct 01, 2015 6:15 PM

Last year about this time I gone to doctor thinking I had a problem with my knee. Had pain in knee going up to hip and down to the foot (left side). Told me it was my back. So had did physical therapy cause insurance won't pay for MRI without doing this first. After physical therapy I felt good for about an month. Then started having problems again. Had MRI. Found out I had herniated disc and narrowing of the spine (forget what's it called). Anyways I got referred to a neurologist. Neurologist says that it's not bad enough to cause my leg pain or sciatica. Did an emg, came OK there. Then pushed me off to pain management. Which I go to next week. My question is. Are we managing my pain put what's causing it? How do we fix something when we don't know? Am I missing something?

Oct 01, 2015 7:18 PM

Sounds like I wrote this as far as symptoms. Have you considered a second opinion on neurologist. Sounds to me like it is from herniated disc which is what your Dr thought. Maybe you can go back to reg Dr and tell him neurologist said wasn't causing pain and he look for something else. Good luck

Oct 01, 2015 7:46 PM

I agree. Please see about getting a second opinion with this. It honestly sounds like the herniated disc is causing the issue. Neurologist or neurosurgeon if possible.

Oct 01, 2015 10:25 PM

Confusedandlost, many neurologists today do not want to do surgery unless there's a risk of the patient being paralyzed. Even Ortho docs aren't helping. I think that's why so many pain clinics have popped up everywhere. They manage pain without being able to fix the root cause of the pain. Go for a second and third opinion if necessary. You know your body better than anyone else. (((Hugs))) and a prayer. 🙏🌼

Oct 02, 2015 12:28 AM

I too have a herniated disc at my L5-S1 and the best news I've heard is from a good, orthopedic surgeon. If conservative treatment fails, there ARE surgical options! Microdiscectomy for example. However, each year brings more research, more knowledge. Physical therapy helps me too and I'm really bad with keeping up with moving and exercise. So I'm trying my best to do the conservative treatment to the best of my abilities b4 trying a surgical route. Unfortunately there isn't much else help....yet. But research a good surgeon for advice and hope. Be careful with pain management. After rounds of that, I found I'd rather stay off pain pills and do what I can to manage my pain with ice, heat, bio freeze and capsaicin cream. I'm 39 years old with degenerative disc disease and another herniated disc at my C6. Good luck to you!

Oct 02, 2015 3:19 PM

Confused I hope you got a physical copy of your mri report. Look for cysts in it. They are aways ignored and if they are on the nerves they can make u want to cut your leg off.

Oct 02, 2015 4:29 PM

In 2004I was diagnosed with a Syrinx after 3 mri's starting at my LS ALL THE way up to my CS I found out it started at C7 and stopped at LS 12. I saw a wonderful Dr that told me I needed to have surgery immediately on CS 5,6,and7. They removed the vertabrae and replaced them with vertibrae from the bone bank. It was amazing there was a 20% change in my pain level. All this time I thought it was caused from the herniated disk,but it wasn't completely all there. You just never know.

Oct 02, 2015 5:01 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions. I am taking a bit from each of you to try or follow.

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