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    Mysterious lower back pain
    writer123 posted:
    For the past two weeks, I have 24 hours pain across my entire lower back. I did not fall down, exercise to extreme or crash into anything. The pain came on sudden. Since 2011 I had sciatica on my left side. This has been managed successfully with PT. This pain is not sciatica, believe me I know the difference. The pain goes to a 1 or 2 when I walk- move around. However, when I sneeze, get up, bend down there is this numbness pain. Can anyone advice me on how to deal with this pain? Could it be a cause of something else going on?
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi WRITER123 - welcome to the support group -

    first - try and remember if you hurt your back when you were younger/little kid even. Sometimes we may injure our backs and not feel it til we are older -

    second - sciatic nerve issues may have started in your back and you may not have been aware of it. Sometimes a bulging disc will press on a nerve root causing the sciatic to act up.

    what you need to do is see either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - they can order tests to be done (MRI, CT Scan X-rays etc) that will help them in their examination. they can let you know what the diagnosis is and what treatment options are. they will never suggest surgery until all treatment options are been done and not worked. You must be sure they are spine specialist as they are the only ones that can read film reports accurately.

    hope this helps - keep us posted~~
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    JLWicky responded:
    I agree with bj1208. You should definitely go see someone who specializes in the spine. An MRI, at this point, is your answer to determine if you have a bulging/herniated disc that is pressing on a nerve. I, too, had sciatic pain that just seemed to change and worsen with no injury/accident and I tried to "soldier through it" for months. Turned out it was a lower lumbar disc herniation that was pinching my sciatic nerve in the spinal canal. Tell the doctor anything you've done previously (sports, heavy lifting) that could cause degeneration in this disc. Good luck, and report back to let us know how you're feeling!
    bj1208 replied to majas's response:
    MAJAS - the site you reference contains certain elements that are not approved by WEBMD as per the guidelines when you set up your account.

    This is being marked as SPAM as you are discussing and referring certain doctors which is not allowed.
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    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~

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