Back pain and sciatica

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Potsie
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   Posted 5/19/2011 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! I have some questions about back pain. I had an MRI done on my lower back recently. It showed that I have 1 bugling disc. The test showed that my sciatic nerve isn't being pinched. Yet, I have the very symptoms in my leg. What else could it be? Is there anything else that would make my leg feel that pain?

Alcie
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   Posted 5/19/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
MRIs are not infallible, but the nerve could be being pinched elsewhere too. If the nerve runs through the piriformis muscle it can get pinched.

Look up piriformis syndrome and exercises and you will find pictures and even videos of how to do piriformis stretches. Basically you sit in a chair with ankle crossing opposite knee, then pull the knee on the first leg up and toward opposite shoulder. If it works, relieves the symptoms, then that's the cause.

There are other causes: muscle ischemia, poor posture, and more if you do searches.

You can ask for a nerve conduction study to double check the negative MRI.
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 5/19/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Potsie,

Years ago, when I first started with my back pain, before my hemilaminectory, I had cat scans, mri's and myelograms. None of these tests showed what was really wrong with my back. It wasn't until the surgeon opened me up and found all the problems.

To begin with, it was explained to me by the surgeon, that if a disc starts to dissolve, it can cause a chemical reaction to the sciatic nerve which can cause pain as well. Additionally, my surgery showed scar tissue that had strangulated the sciatic nerve causing it to be tethered and inflamed. (This was the result of a chymopapain injection, six months prior). This was not shown on any of the mri's or other tests I went through.  Also, the foramen had to be widened as it was also causing the nerve problems by being too narrow to pass.

These are just a few things that happened to me that were the cause of my particular pain.

I wish you much luck.

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Potsie
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   Posted 5/20/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your comments!!

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   Posted 5/20/2011 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Potsie I wanted to pop and also say that many, many times the MRI's do not pick up a pinched nerve. This is not uncommon at all. Some people have even had EMG studies done to check for a pinched nerve and the test come back normal when they did in fact have a pinched nerve. The EMG studies are about 75% accurate and drs are not ordering them as much as they did in the 80's & early 90's. The dr would find the pinched nerve when doing surgery.

So, do not dismiss the possibility of a pinched nerve.
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Potsie
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   Posted 5/20/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Straydog. That's good to know. I thought I was going crazy for awhile there.
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