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An_250740 posted:
I have went to the doctor several times over the last year for severe back o ain. First it was apparently an issue with my sciatic nerve, that should go away soon. Well today I went back to the doctor because my pain has not went away, according to this new doctor it was never my sciatic nerve, its inflamation in my si joint. (The one that connects your spine to your pelvis). Neither of these doctors have done xrays or mris. And now im suposed to get shots in my back wednesday. Im pretty sure its a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis. These doctors only feel around on my back a little and get a diagnosis? My symptoms are: severe pain, throbbing, the pain does not get better with heat or ice, it is my lower spine, it radiates to my left leg and pelvis, it causes my leg to go numb and is much weaker now (I constantly fall from it giving out). And this all started from a small motorcycle accident. Please any advice or help!!
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bj1208 responded:
HI and welcome to the support group -

first - postpone the shots -

second - you need to see the right kind of doc - either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. They are the only ones that can read film reports (MRI/CT Scans etc) and can properly diagnose spine issues. Once they have diagnosed you they will let you know what the treatment options are. If shots are needed then ask to be referred to a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management Specialist.

http://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/what-physiatrist

they go deeper into pain management based on client needs.

I hope this helps - please let us know what you find out.
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