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Jul 26, 2015 5:21 PM

I have apparently a bulge disc in L4/5 and recently my t spine has been hurting along with lower back. Three times in the past week I literally woke up screaming and grabbing my shin area right below my knees. The pain was so intense I wouldn't be able to move or even cry for help. The episodes would last about 15 mins or so and gradually dimish after that.

Was wondering anyone had such issues and wondering what may be the cause of it.

Jul 26, 2015 5:32 PM

You have nerves roots in your spine so when it hit it feels like lighting struck your whole body

Jul 26, 2015 5:35 PM

Well my whole body was ok, just the spots below the knees...i can't really describe the pain, much too intense and maybe 5x worse than having a flare.

Jul 26, 2015 8:48 PM

Octobot, Is it shooting pain or is it just in one place? I don't have bulging discs but I do have mild/ moderate ddd of the facet joints at L5-S1.

Jul 27, 2015 5:03 PM

Very sharp shooting pain...can't replicate it at all nor do I want to..really new to me. First time in 4 years since I had lower back pain. Really weird for me.

Jul 27, 2015 6:51 PM

Honestly it sounds like sciatica to me. Try icing your lower back. Sometimes that will cut down on the inflammation.

Jul 27, 2015 9:17 PM

I agree with Amanda on the sciatica. I use ice and voltaren gel, but you could use other ointments. 🙏🌼

Jul 30, 2015 6:39 PM

I have all of my T spine fused, so for me I hang like a bat. This seems to stretch out my spine allowing everything to get spaced properly again. Stretching makes everything better for me. As far as the shooting pain, when your spinal cord is compressed from a disc out of proper alignment the nerves all get angry and start randomly firing. Depending on what nerve branch is next to the inflammed area is where it will hurt. All of your nerves use the spinal colum as their highway to communicate with your brain. Look up exercises for siatica and that should help you. Keeping your core muscles strong will greatly help you too.

Jul 30, 2015 7:45 PM

Sharp stabby pain just under you knee and immediate shin area?
So much so it makes you cry out?

I get that too and have issues with L4/5.
I believe it's something to do with nerve pain. Have you tried a nerve blocker if it's a long term thing or I stick an ice pack on it if it's a 5 min job.

Jul 30, 2015 8:16 PM

Octo, sometimes I find as well if my piriformis muscle gets too tight or inflammed, there goes the sciatica. That muscle is the one that is directly or almost directly over the sciatic nerve. I find that putting the affected leg bent on top of the other knee and pressing down on the affected leg helps a great deal. Yes, it will hurt but for me the relief is worth it.

Jul 31, 2015 5:37 PM

Amanda the pain was too sudden to do anything, it happened when I was sleeping and slowly subsided 15 mins later....just puzzled about why and how it happened....hmmm..when it happens again I'll try your method if I'm not crying in agony lol. Thanks for the tip nonetheless.

Popp... I wasn't on any nerve blocker before and it didn't happened then. After taking weeks of a nerve blocker, amitripline, it happened then. I'm not sure it has anything to do with the mess im taking though.

So far since a week and a half ago, hasn't happened. I've been flaring a couple of weeks now. Just so weird. Could be siactic as some of you had suggested. Will do more research On that.

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