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Unread 04-29-2008, 12:40 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

I also wanted to mention that the back pain became much more severe this morning. I was going to drive myself to my doctors appointment but I could hardly walk when I first got up. It hurts too much to even take a shower. I hope I can take a shower tomorrow before I go for my MRI. So I called my husband and had him come home and bring me to the doctor which is only a block away so that's good, not sure I could handle a longer car ride. I sure hope it's not herniated. It sure is showing all of the signs that it is though.
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Unread 04-29-2008, 09:33 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Originally Posted by mchell6789
Yeah mine isn't bad enough yet for surgery. When I did have surgery I had severe nerve compression and the herniation was cutting off the signal to my leg and I lost the use of my left calf. I couldn't flex that muscle it was so bad. As soon as I got up the first time after surgery I could use the calf again already. So it's not as extreme as that was but it sure hurts.

Did they ever give you prednisone? The doctor I am going to tomorrow gave me a form of it methylprednisolone which is stronger then prednisone and got rid of severe pain for me within a couple days. It's a 6 day treatment. I'm thinking they won't be able to give it to me this time though because it might interfere with the healing of my hysterectomy. I'm not sure though.

I did do 2 courses of methylprednisolone, generally if you are more than 2 weeks post op you should be ok on steroids..keep your nutrition up and avoid friends with the flu! (they compromise your immune system - I got a wicked bronchitis...fortunately steroids help that too!!) The first round of steroids I did was at exactly 4 weeks and again at 10 weeks...it definitely helped.

Good luck!
Unread 04-30-2008, 01:19 AM
Me too

Hi Hystersisters,
I have had the same pain since my TVH, A & P repair and TVT, on week 8 post op.
The surgeon said it was nothing he did, so can only assume it is due to positioning on the table.
I had a spinal and they were concerned that I had neuro damage but this has been ruled out.
It started in my calf and moved up my leg, and I had tingling numbness type pain in my calf and toes. I could not walk due to the pain for any distance,, now am walking longer but does play up especially the last few days. I have seen a physio who says it is my back and referred pain so he is working on me, however progress is slow.
This has really slowed me down, but that is probably a good thing, however it is getting me down now.
Doing femoral stretches, and it is worse the last couple of days, have tired massage bathes , pain killers etc.
It is nice to know I am not alone, and that this occurs sometimes.
Caly xxx
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Unread 04-30-2008, 04:12 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

I went for my MRI today. I just got a call back from the doctors office about it. She just read the findings to me. It just said there is impingement on the nerve but that it could be from a herniation or scar tissue. I am being referred to my spine surgeon again. He's a really good doctor and they don't just do surgeries he specializes in the spine and he'll know more about what the MRI pictures are showing. My doctors office is going to schedule an appointment for me.
Unread 04-30-2008, 04:22 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Ahhh..it is good to get answers - good luck!! I'm glad you have a good specialist!
Unread 05-01-2008, 02:17 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

I have an appointment for two weeks from today with the spine specialist. I hope I can deal with the pain until then. It's very painful to walk with the pain down my leg and buttocks on that side unless I take 3 ibuprofen and 1 Ultram which is a very strong pain medication for people with moderate to severe pain.

I was having terrible throbbing in my back disc area last night and couldn't sleep or get comfortable. When the doctors office called me about the appointment this morning around 8:30 I asked if there was something they could give me for that pain and she said she'd talk to the doctor and no one has called me back.

I do have 15 percocet from my hysterectomy left and ended up taking one of those last night and it really helped. So if it gets really bad again tonight I'll take one of those again.

How long did the Methylprednisolone take to bring the pain down for you? I'm on my 3rd day. I'm not sure if it's helping I still have to take so many pain pills.
Unread 05-01-2008, 02:23 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

I have to chime in about how great the elliptical machine is for your back and your core. When you really want to work your core, then don't hang on to the hand rails. Just leave your arms relaxed by your sides. It takes some practice to get this right, so take it slow and steady. But you can really tell your core is working, but it takes a while to strengthen it, but it works and it feels realy good.
Unread 05-01-2008, 04:20 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

I have to say I'm not sure the steroids worked for pain right away but it got me to a point where I could start PT...flexeril helped too...I had to restrict it to night because it made me too sleepy at work (I went back to work in the middle of the back issues...ugh!) but taking it at night gave me a more restful sleep and kept the spasms at a minimum.

I agree about the arm-free elliptical - my balance is sooooo bad that I can only do it in 30 sec intervals...it really does challenge your core muscles!!
Unread 05-01-2008, 05:14 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

I had lower back pain and some funny twinges in my leg but didnt think they were related, I actually thought I had an infection but the Dr said that it's not uncommon to get back complaints after surgery as some times we are man handled on the operating table therefore putting your back out or aggrivating old back problems. My back pain subsided by itself but for those of you with old back injuries you should go to your dr
Unread 05-01-2008, 06:02 PM
Low back pain shooting down my left leg

Oh yah, I used to get that pain with periods, then directly after surgery, BIG TIME, It was very alarming, but in my case the pain subsided FINALY after about the 5th week of recovery. For me it was the left leg with pain deep inside the leg, while at the same time I had numbness on quite a large patch of skin on the left leg also. now I still have some numbness but I have not experienced the pain again since then. Oddly enough the lower back and tailbone pain kind of came and went and not necesarily in sync with the leg pain???? I still dont quite understand it, almost like more than one pressure issue was happening at once.

I still get tailbone pain, but I'm thinking that I'm just way out of shape now from the recovery time....

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