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Synovial cyst in lumbar facet joints..

May 29, 2015 12:39 AM

Hi, I'm 37 and have severe facet joint arthropathy in L4/L5, L5/S1, disc bulges etc from serious MVA in 2012. Symptoms getting worse of stabbing lower back pain, shooting electric pain down buttocks into back of legs now developing urinary problems. My symptoms mimic pinched nerve but shown to be no evidence of this as yet. Just diagnosed with Synovial cyst which wasn't there in last MRI 12 months ago. Drs saying it's nothing to worry about but my pain is severe and only increasing, taking Endone for constant pain. Just wondering if anyone has been diagnosed with this and what symptoms/treatment you were given as I've been told it's very rare to have it at this age, usually seen in ages 60+. Thanks 😊

May 29, 2015 4:55 AM

JaniceC, Some of your symptoms are like mine. I have issues in the L4-S3 area with sciatic flare ups, and typical tingling &/or stinging shooting into my feet and legs. I've never heard of a synovial cyst so I can't help with that, but I'm sure others have.

I saw my urogynecologist yesterday, because I have PFD with urinary & bowel issues. On an EMG in 2013 it showed issues with the S1 nerve root on the left side. The doc said it's possible it's causing irritation to the S2-4 nerves, which control the bladder and bowels. It's possible the L5-S1 is causing referred issues to your bladder since it's so close to S2-4.

I hope you get some help from others on here. If you aren't comfortable with your doctor, maybe you need a second opinion. I've done that with a lot of doctors, because once you get diagnosed with a chronic back or pain they tend to want to say it's all the same, without ever checking out the new symptoms. Good luck and I'll keep you in my prayers. 🙏🌼

May 29, 2015 9:25 AM

Thanks for your reply FlappysLady81, I'm sorry you're in such bad pain too.. Take care

Jun 21, 2015 2:35 AM

I've just been referred to see a neurologist so hopefully I'll get some answers there :)

Jun 21, 2015 12:02 PM

That's really good JaniceC. Make a list of questions and symptoms to take with you. Also take any xrays or treat results you've already had run. Good luck & best wishes for a positive outcome! 🙏🌼

Jun 21, 2015 6:32 PM

Yes seeing him today so fingers crossed! Thanks.

Jun 22, 2015 6:49 PM

They now tell me I've got Sacrolic joint dysfunction too.. Need an injection in the joint. Not great considering past ones never worked in facet joints and I get a reaction from cortisone. Wish they could just say... This is what's wrong and this is what we'll do to fix it. Never that easy...

Jun 22, 2015 8:53 PM

JaniceC, I have also been treated for facet joint issues in lumbar and sacral area for the last two years with limited success. They just started treating me for SI joint dysfunction with improved results. Sometimes SI joint dysfunction mimics different back disorders especially sciatica. Hopefully they find a good solution for you and you get some relief 😀

Jun 22, 2015 8:54 PM

JaniceC I'm sorry that you are going through all of your pain. I don't know anything about the Synovial cyst. I hope that you can get some answers soon.

Jun 22, 2015 9:00 PM

Janice, My sacroiliac joint, both sides, have given me problems since the 1990's. An orthopedic doctor said the joints move out of place, which is why I have pain and clicking. They also suspected it was the primary cause of my sciatica pain down my legs. About 3-4 years ago a Ortho surgeon said I needed to have them fused so they don't move. I chickened out! After all, God made the joints movable for a reason. As time p passed I've begun to wonder if I should get them fixed. I've had neck surgery with great results, but time and DDD & osteoarthritis changes have messed up the remainder of my neck and all down my spine. I hear about 50/50% of good/bad results from back surgeries. So I'm still leary. I've had ESI's at the L5-S1 joints but not at the SI joints. And I are with you, it's very frustrating having to put patches on the booboo instead of a permanent solution. I wish you the best results with your injx. Let me know how you do. I'll be praying for you. 🙏🌼

Jun 24, 2015 1:10 AM

JaniceC I have what are called tarlov cyst. They are cysts that are on and part of nerve roots. When they become active they can act llike the sciatic nerve. The tailbone feels like sitting on rocks, the legs can have "numbness " and the numbness can turn to pain.most drs consider that they are not problematic, but if you have simply fallen then they can start actingup. If you have a mri and can get a written report take a look . In the U S there are only 2 doctors that seem tocare. Most of the people I know that have them are treated by their doctors as if it is all in their heads.

Jun 25, 2015 8:55 AM

Zetarlov, who are the two US doctors? If like to know just in case I needed them one day. 🙏🌼

Jun 28, 2015 12:24 AM

The one i went to is in dallas, TX Dr Feigenbaum, great personality and does consults thru mail/phone if you email me at gmail same user name i can give you more info and will give u my phone to talk.

Jun 29, 2015 8:31 AM

Thanks but I'm I. Australia. I wish this app allowed for us To see where we are all from..

Jun 29, 2015 8:47 AM

Thank you Zetarlov. I don't see myself going to TX anytime soon. But if I do in the future I'll know who to ask for! 🙏🌼

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