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    Back pain issues!
    rookie48 posted:
    I'm a 47 year old male. I'm a maintenance technician and have been a laborer all my life. I do a lot of physical work and some lifting.

    I also remove snow for a large complex and with last years snow amounts (I'm in Michigan) I did a lot of shoveling. It was bad!

    About 2 months ago I woke to an aching lower back. Not only did I have an aching and tight back, but I had some tightness in the right buttock. It was like someone had literally kicked me in the but.

    I went to my internal medicine doctor and she prescribed me 600mg ibuprofen and some muscle relaxers and a prescription for physical therapy.

    The pt has helped, the lower back doesn't ache as bad, but the tightness in the buttock comes and goes.

    My Internal Medicine doctor referred me to a Spine doctor. He ordered an mri. When he got the results of the mri he said I said some degeneration, arthritis, and a mild disc bulge in L5.

    I get some sharp stabbing pains in the right inner thigh and a tightness in the right buttock which sometimes makes driving for long periods or sitting uncomfortable.

    Is the above signs of sciatica? My pains don't shoot down to my foot or on the outside of my leg and I don't have ANY numbness whatsoever.

    The spine surgeon just told me to carry on, and watch what I lift. He said this may be an on and off issue for me. Will this mild disc bulge ever heal? Will this lower back pain get better in time?
    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group-

    it's really hard to say whether this will get better or worse - you do have degenerative disc disease and this does not go away - disc bulges normally do not either -

    it does sound as though you do have some sciatic nerve issues going on -

    what I would do is get another opinion - see either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist - it's best to get a couple of opinions just to make sure what your options are -

    hope this helps - take care - Joy
    Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
    Your pain may be from bulging OR degeneration of the disc. Bulges dont"heal", they are also part of normal aging. Your symptoms may go away....they may get worse. Continue with your exercises. If things get worse, see your doctor. Ask about an epidural injection. Surgery is always a last resort and only if yoy are really disabled by the pain. Good luck.

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