... I was in a car accident this past December. I have been seeing a Chiropractor since. She sent me for EMG and MRI. I am having trouble understanding the medical terminology. Can Someone put this in layman's terms? I apologize for the length of this but I tried to trim it as best I could.
Manual muscle testing revealed gross motor deficits within the upper and... (4 replies)
... Welcome to the board. I am sorry that you were in an accident. If this was an accident involving high impact, you may find that as you age, you will develop arthritis in the spine sooner than you may have otherwise.
What you most need to know about the MRI and EMG results is what the other poster suggested. It is very important that you make an appointment with a spine... (4 replies)
... Hmmm. I'm not sure where to start. Am I correct that this is a workman's comp case and that you would not be able to see another surgeon?
I should preface my comments by reminding you that we are not doctors, but fellow spineys who share information through experience. From your description, I do not like the way your surgeon is responding to your concerns. I have not... (9 replies)
... Welcome to the board.
I think it is highly unlikely that if you only had nerve compression for a period of six weeks that you will have permanent nerve damage. I'm glad you found a doctor who could help you.
Problems in the spine can be difficult to diagnose. What shows up on a MRI as looking like a problem can turn out to not be the nerve generator. This is... (3 replies)
... I don't think many "succeed" without surgery if the problem is something that cannot heal without surgery. My husband ruptured L5-S1 about 20 years ago and was in terrific pain for about six weeks, but it gradually healed without any intervention. Back then, they did not give epidural steroid injections and discectomies were done much less often. He has been fine ever... (1 replies)
... Hi, Nice to see you on the board again, although I am sorry for the reason you are here.
Sometimes a discectomy is just not enough to resolve the issues that are causing your sciatic pain. There may be a bit of instability, in which case, you may need this segment fused. It could also be an issue of a nerve that is damaged and continuing to send off signals that is... (5 replies)
... Hi, All... It's been a while since I've posted. Had first surgery Nov of 2012 (L5/S1 open discectomy--failed). Tried every injection and PT. Re-do surgery in Sep 2013. I realize it's only been 3 months but I am no better at all. In PT I have problems with IT band coming from sciatic nerve, probably. Very painful glutes. Pain still going down left leg (radiculopathy). I... (5 replies)
... Hi all,
I'm a newbie to this board. I've been having low back pain (on and off) since last year, but it hurts a lot (8-10), especially if touched there and any activity that involves lying on my back.
A neurology specialist recommended I have certain nerve tests (after being referred for lesions on brain MRI)...one of them being a Nerve Conduction Study and an EMG... (3 replies)
... I don't even know what radiculopathy means.....that doctor was in Texas, and now I am in La. ... (16 replies)
... I know that chronic radiculopathy is associated with neuropathy that left gone to long can cause paralysis. ... (2 replies)
... and says I definately have bulging disc with s1 radiculopathy and refers me for ESI x3. First one hurt alot and didn't help. 2nd one, 2 weeks later, didn't hurt at all and that was 8 days ago. The dr. ... (4 replies)
... Please correlate for S1 radiculopathy." I imagine this is why you are having the EMG. ... (7 replies)
... Hi mags,
According to the radiologist the disc bulge at L5-S1 in your very low back has an annular tear which can be painful in & of itself but disc material is not pressing on your spinal cord but is on both sides directly touching the S1 nerve root which could be causing nerve root compression or just irritation because it is just touching the nerve & the radiologist... (7 replies)
... S1 just reaching the ventral surface of the thecal sac and touching the traversing S1 nerve roots in the lateral recess. There is a tear in the outer annulus. ... (7 replies)
... I'm so sorry I missed your first post and that no one else responded. I am very sorry you are having all these problems and that you have to wait so long between appointments. Without being able to get a series of comprehensive appointments to rule in or out any of the various forms of arthritises that affect the spine, such as Ankylosing spondylitis, it is hard to know... (7 replies)
... Hi everyone
I am here hopefully to get some guidance from you guys if you don't mind, sorry about War and Peace below.
Firstly, I'm 35 if that helps to clarify anything in my history lol.
In secondary school, roughly age 15, I had a period of upper back pain that I got some physio for. At around the same time as the back pain I started with flares of wrist pain... (7 replies)
... I had a similar problem. No pain post-op for about eight weeks, then the leg pain came back worse than ever. I haven't had much luck controlling it with nerve medication. I had an epidural last week (11 months post-op), which really helped with the leg pain. I was cleared by my surgeon to have the ESI, but he said he didn't see anything to inject. I figure the fusion... (7 replies)
... S1 radiculopathy on the right. ... (2 replies)
... Hey Boopie, nice of you to chime in. So sorry to come upon each other this way. Back pain is a life changer, I know what you're going thru being a fellow spiney.
You know your condition is a classic S1 Radiculopathy (dermatomal map). You came to the right place because there's a lot of people here that have a lot of invaluable information. If you don't mind me asking,... (31 replies)
... l neuropathy was diagnosed, and I realized it was done on the basis of one guy's "diagnosis." Had an EMG and it turned out my problems were stemming from L5 and S1 radiculopathy. ... (1 replies)