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    Sciatica/female issues...relation?
    stephanieis posted:
    Hello everyone; my name is Stephanie, I'm 31 and I'm new to the community I just wanted to post something that has been bothering me for some time.

    I've had sciatic problems for years; it started when I was about 19. I remember bending over to pull the covers up on my bed and all of a sudden pain shot down my back. It was like somebody flicked a switch! Ever since then I've had sciatic problems on and off. It's always been on my right side, although occasionally I will have lower back pain.

    Usually, a trip or two to the chiropractor would fix it and the pain/issues would subside over the course of a few days/weeks. However, about 2-3 months ago, I started having persistent sciatic pain. My chiropractor visits didn't help, neither did a medical massage. A few weeks into having this I woke up in the middle of the night in the worst pain I've ever felt. I went to the ER and got my first dose of morphine (fun stuff lol) and was put on Prednisone and Naproxen for a week. The pain has slowly subsided but is still there.

    When I was younger, the pain would just happen sporadically but the older I get, the more it's happening around my periods. I've always been irregular as far as my periods go...when I started having this pain months ago I didn't have my period...2 days after coming home from the ER I got it. The severity of the pain is starting to coincide with the starting of my periods. Not all the time but it's happening more and more.

    What's unusual this time around is now I'm getting numbness down my leg. Not completely numb but it's number.

    So far I got an x-ray that showed nothing. I got an internal/external ultrasound that showed a small cyst - nothing else - on my right ovary but they weren't concerned about it at all. I got an EMG in which I tested positive for Radiculopathy. Last week I got an MRI; I have a doctor's appointment on Monday in which I will find out the results of the MRI.

    Again, the pain on my right side is still there; better but still there. However, yesterday and today I've had terrible lower back pain. I don't know if there's any co-relation with what I've had going on....or if I just slept weird...but now this pain is driving me nuts.

    I guess the reason why I'm posting this is to get opinions; has anybody (female) had the same symptoms? If so, what were your results? Any ideas on what this could be? Having to wait until Monday is gonna drive me nuts. Any opinions would be helpful.
    davedsel responded:
    Hello and welcome.

    I am not female, but have these symptoms as well. So far you have taken all the right steps toward getting a diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Since we are not doctors and are not allowed to diagnose in any WebMD community, you will have to wait until Monday for the results of the MRI.

    Are you seeing a spine specialist such as a spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal neurosurgeon? These are the best doctors to see in these cases. You primary doctor may be wonderful but you need the specialist for a full resolution.

    Please update us after you doctor explains your MRI results to you. I pray you can get answers and relief soon.
    Click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.


    trs1960 responded:
    I don't know if I dare say this, but I've noticed when my has her period I have a tremendous pain in my ass!

    ...sorry, I gad to say it.

    On a serious note; body changes and such as increased inflammation could make underlying spine/nerve issues flare up.

    As always, I agree with Dave and you need to keep looking for the underlying issues. I've read that it's not uncommon for people to think there pain was caused by a specific issue such as lifting something or? In reality it's more like you describe. It starts as something minor, but if not corrected it lays in wait until it finally is upset by time and abuse.

    Best of luck to you,

    bj1208 responded:
    Hi and welcome to the support group -

    As Dave and Tim have said even though your primary may be a good doctor they are not trained to read MRI films t hat relate to the spine - only a spine specialist (Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist) are trained. Most primary doc's will read the written report from the Radiologist which may not be 100% accurate.

    I would suggest that once you see a spine specialist and there can be nothing found on the films that you see an OBGYN Specialist and take all medical records to him/her.

    When I was in my early 30's I started having what I thought were back pains in my lower back. I went thru one spine specialist to another and went from one treatment to another. They didn't know what was wrong but were treating me anyway.

    One day at work I doubled over in pain and called my primary - got right in - he tried to do a pelvic to see what was going on - well needles to say I broke the stirrup and he decided to send me to see an OBGYN Specialist - I got right in and was told to take the doctor's walkway (under highway to other building!) and to hit all water fountains etc as I was having an ultrasound done.

    It turned out I had ovarian cysts (each one was double size of grapefruits) and my uterus was 4 times it should be. I was scheduled for laproscopy and it turned out I had Endometrosis so bad but he laser it as much as he could and drained t he cysts. He said my case was so bad he was surprised I had 2 children and said my problems probably started when I first started my cycle. he gave me time to think about it and put me on a birth control to help. I lasted one year to the day of the laproscopy and had a complete hysterectomy. I know it sounds funny/bad but he asked if they could have my "stuff" so they could put it in display for the doctors to study. I told him sure -

    So it's food for thought - I know my story sounds horrible but it actually turned out for the better. Once I had the hysterectomy my low back pains went away.

    Please keep us posted what you find out~~
    ~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    trs1960 replied to bj1208's response:
    Wow Joy, that sounds terrible!

    stephanieis replied to bj1208's response:
    Thank you all very much for your replies. I think I more or less wanted to share my story and see if anybody else is going through similar issues with sciatica/ related issues. It makes me feel better to know I'm not alone. I'm so sick of having this pain; it's so annoying!

    I'm nervous about tomorrow but I'm sure all will go well. It'll be nice to get some more answers to this.

    Joy your story is a heck of a one! But it's good that everything turned out for the better for you.
    stephanieis replied to stephanieis's response:
    So it actually turns out I have a herniated disk. I'm really happy that's it's nothing more serious and I'm glad I have an answer.

    My doctor is referring me to a specialist/ surgeon. He didn't really say it straight out but surgery might be the road I'll be headed toward. I'll have to talk to the surgeon to get some more info on everything.
    davedsel replied to gue5t's response:
    This post fro que5t is actually a hidden ad. I have reported this post as it violates the rules in all WebMD communities.
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    davedsel replied to stephanieis's response:
    I'm glad you are getting some answers. Just be sure to proceed with great caution and get opinions from at least one other spine surgeon before making a decision.

    Please keep us updated.
    Click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.


    stephanieis replied to davedsel's response:
    I went to visit with the neurosurgeon today; after looking at my MRI results with him (so weird!) he explained my options. Most of which I already knew.

    I have a bulging disk between L4 & L5...which is where I think most people I've talked to had it. It's "moderate", as in not small but not big. This is (obviously) causing my leg pain and numbness.

    I could start out with shots/injections and physical therapy...or I could decide to go right for surgery. His basic point was that physical therapy and shots may help but doesn't solve anything in the long run and I would eventually have to get surgery anyways.

    This is gonna take me a few days to decide. I want to get another opinion but I'm not sure where to start...!

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