Hi laurajane Welcome to the Healing Well Chronic Pain forum, Sorry that you have reasons to come here, but glad that you found us anyway! I think you will find really caring and compassionate support here anyway. People that can, if nothing else, can empathize with you and understand what your going through, and listen to you and give you support!.
I have been having lots of pain in my inner and upper thighs, going from my groin and waist area down to my knees with a majority of my pain being in the upper thighs, with allot of spasms, and more on my right side than my left. I have had an MRI this past January, and just this past Tuesday I have gotten my second of three epidural steroid injections at L-3. I have also seen a neurosurgeon, and I have been told that the thinks I need surgery to open up the foramen at L-3. He told me he would call me after he done a more thorough review of my MRI. Well his nurse just called me the day before yesterday and after his review he now wants to do a Foraminotomy at L-3 and L-4 with a far lateral diskectomy. They scheduled me to see him again the 30th of Mar for him to further explain what he wants to do and why and then I can decide what I want to do. In the mean time I am going to get a second opinion down in Kentucky where my sister lives. As I am thinking if I do need surgery I might have it done down there, where I will not have to go through it alone. Anyway the reason I am telling you this is for me, the surgeon has told me that the pain in my upper thigh is caused by the nerve root at L3 being compressed because of the narrowing of the foramen at L3. But again he also told me my entire lumbar area is a total mess and he was only going to go in and fix the very worst parts.
It does sound to me that you definitely need that MRI, and also remember, just because you have had and MRI once, your body changes all the time and even though it did not show anything significant then does not mean that you do not have something major wrong with you now. I know they told me that the narrowing of the foramen at L-3 has gotten much worse than what it was just a little over a year ago when I had an MRI done of the same area!
I do hope you can find out what is going on, and they can find away to relieve your pain! Good Luck to You!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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