... Also, keep in mind that the spinal cord and the brain form the nerve center that controls the body. Specific spinal nerves branch off the spinal cord and cauda equina and go out to innervate a particular area of the body.
These "pathways" are called dermatomes. You can find a dermatome map online to see exactly what areas are covered by L4-5 and also, by L3-4. When one... (13 replies)
... I am not saying there is nothing wrong with the hip. You very well may have some arthritis and due to the spine issues, your gait has probably been affected, which is causing strain on the hip joints. ... (13 replies)
... Interesting comments. My first right side MRI included a back study. There they found "L4-L5 disc desiccation with mild interspace narrowing, posterior disk bulge and posterior disk margin anular tear. Borderline slight posterior L3-L4 disk bulge." Also "Early L4-L5 intervertabral oesteochrondrois..." Initially I guess these were dismissed as not being significant... (13 replies)
... He told me he's tested patients for arthritis twice and it came back negative, and they continued to complain of pain, and the third time he tested, it came back positive. I don't know if I believe that. ... (3 replies)
... Have you considered the possibility of a bulging lower lumbar disc or similar issue in the lower lumbar area?
The hip/groin pain are quite typical of a L4-5 nerve irritation or compression.
It could also be an issue with the sacroiliac joint or joints. (13 replies)
... just dx with severe arthritis L4 & L5. I have had back and hip pain for several
years but a couple of weeks ago the pain became unbearable. Unable to do
daily routine walking is extreme pain. The first two weeks was right hip and
back pain. Took aleive,heat pads etc. Went to dr got xrays, percocet for pain. Radiologist suggested MRI had that. Same Severe L4-L5 not... (1 replies)
... full and productive life if you attend to it now. My arthritis started in my teens but doctors were not equipped back then ,but you got a lot of things available to you now. ... (10 replies)
... und here and a build up of fluid sometimes around my knees and ankles after walking for any length of time. My lower back aches from nerve root compression from arthritis of my facet joints and I get numbness and weakness down my legs and front of thighs with parasthesia and stabbing dull aching pains. ... (2 replies)
... Hello, I also have been recently diagnosed with stenosis, or narrowing of L4/L5 and my left hip area aches. I got my first epidural last week, they give a total of three, one month apart and the goal, according to the doctor, is 50% pain relief in 6 months time.
I also started physical therapy and I'm going to try everything possible before I have surgery, just want it as the... (11 replies)
... Pain management is what they do most with low back pain. they use drugs, shots, physical therapy...all sorts of stuff to help you manage the pain.
Believe it or not, spine surgeons don't operate for pain. They only operate when you are at risk of having a nerve die or damage to the spinal cord. You know that when you start to have numbness or pins and needles, muscles not... (1 replies)
... I have OA all over..(spine, hips, knees, feet, hands etc,, ) Hace L4, l5,moderate herniation.. I take narcotics,,allday long and muscle relaxers..I can not aspirin..I have had this since my early 30's..Hugs, Cindy (13 replies)
... progressing with OA since I was 36, and have it all over too. What really messes me up on top of this is fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. It makes the arthritis hurt so much more when they flare together! I too have stenosis, nerve impingement, and degenerative disc disease with bulging discs. ... (18 replies)
... I am beginning to think yes based on the stress from the surgery, albeit I am not a physician. I had a decompression and L4-5 fusion 9 weeks ago and was doing pretty well until last week - I developed servere pain in my neck, legs and arms. back and chest, X-rays, EKG, bloodwork, urinalysis, MRI's of the neck and brain last night in the ER showed no abnormalities or... (2 replies)
... Hi Bethybug, I am 52 yrs.old. I have DDD, scolosis, arthritis of the spine. ... (7 replies)
... Yes, I have taken the Omega 3, and I still do. I have Osteoarthrosis and Fibromyalgia. At one time my sed rate was a 57 and I had so much pain from the inflammation. I had tried both Bextra & Celebrex and neither of them would bring down my inflammation. I then started on the Omega 3, and within 2 months my sed rate was back to normal. My Rheumatologist was a bit amazed when I... (2 replies)
... urts to. i'm a 32 year old male. what other symptoms are common with rheumatoid arthritis. what should i do. does anyone have any advice. anyone have severe arthritis in there back. it's ruining my life and my marriage. i can't believe the pain associated with this. i hope someone can help. thanks, jason. ... (1 replies)
... Hello Sandra :wave:
Both of my sister's were diagnosed with, "Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis." This means that their RF Factor was negative. With some patients with RA their factor is not always positive. A Rheumatologist will base a diagnosis on symptoms, lab work results, x-ray's, and also family history. My mother has tested a positive RA Factor. I also believe... (5 replies)
... Do you have any discs issues along with this? Did they give you the name or diagnosis LUMBAR SPONDYLOSIS or anything? I have that and Cervical Spondylosis and I am 27. I had one disc that was degenerating when I was 24, and had my first back surgery then too, to remove a bulge on a disc. This year, I had neck pain and my back pain returned: I had Cervical Spondylosis... (10 replies)
... Are those all part of arthritis or are they several different things? ... (21 replies)
... Help! Does anyone have info. on lumbar arthritis? I have it in the L4-5 and L5-S1 areas. I will be seeing the ortho. next week, but I'd like to be as educated as possible before I go. Also, any info regarding what is in store for the long term. I am in so much pain right now--will streching excersises help or hurt? Also, is it hereditary or could it have been caused by... (4 replies)