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[QUOTE=jchernyb]Yes, I do. My is touching nerveroot at L2-L3 to the left and it is pain all the way down my legs. I cannot stand for a long period of time. I was suppose to have an operation on Dec 13th but kind of chickened out. I didnt want to go thru the discogram that I have to have before the operation. But now I am sorry that I did not do it as it is really bad pain. good luck.[/QUOTE]

Yours goes down BOTH legs?

Mine is only in the left leg, worse with standing and of course with walking. I too am reluctant to have surgery.
[QUOTE=Badlands]Yours goes down BOTH legs?

Mine is only in the left leg, worse with standing and of course with walking. I too am reluctant to have surgery.[/QUOTE]
Yes, unfortunately, mine goes down both legs, however, the right leg seems to be worse and give me more pain than the left at the present. Boy, if I could bottle up my good days and keep it and then when I have bad days, let some out of the bottle, that would be great! Ice packs on my back have helped tremendously. Good luck!
I have had pain below the knees before, however, the majority of my pain is coming from the right groin area and right hip area, down to my knees. Now, MRI shows L2-L3 herniation with nerveroot hitting at L3 to the left, slight herniation at L3-L4 and L5-S1 had decompression. I still have full confidence in my doctor standingman and I still do plan on having the operation----I am just so scared of the discogram!!! I guess I must not be hurting enough yet!!! Joke joke!! I had about 1 month when I was pain free from Thanksgiving to Christmas---now tell me, why is that? Now it is slowly creeping back again. But, if my right hip did not give me such pain when I tried to get out of a chair, it could be tolerable. Also, when I walk any distance, I can feel both of my legs getting weaker and weaker. Thanks for all the advise.
[QUOTE=jchernyb]I have had pain below the knees before, however, the majority of my pain is coming from the right groin area and right hip area, down to my knees. Now, MRI shows L2-L3 herniation with nerveroot hitting at L3 to the left, slight herniation at L3-L4 and L5-S1 had decompression. I still have full confidence in my doctor standingman and I still do plan on having the operation----I am just so scared of the discogram!!! I guess I must not be hurting enough yet!!! Joke joke!! I had about 1 month when I was pain free from Thanksgiving to Christmas---now tell me, why is that? Now it is slowly creeping back again. But, if my right hip did not give me such pain when I tried to get out of a chair, it could be tolerable. Also, when I walk any distance, I can feel both of my legs getting weaker and weaker. Thanks for all the advise.[/QUOTE]


Hi again, jchernyb-Well, you're right--lots to puzzle about from what you describe. Your hip/groin pain _sounds like_ L3, but you say the impingement is to the left, not the right which is where you experience your pain. So there's one mystery to be solved.

Being pain free for a month may be another. Were you _totally_ without symptoms during that time. Meaning, no weakness in walking, no pain, absolutely back to baseline? I've also had surprising interludes of improvement, but rarely longer than a day or so, and never _entirely_ back to what was normal.

Personally, the weakness with walking would be more of concern to me than pain per se, but that's partly because that's more how my own problem shows itself (although not with walking) and also because weakness, with or without pain, is more suggestive of potential nerve damage. Have you had an emg? Are your reflexes equally responsive on both sides?

I've also avoided the disco, mostly because I haven't wanted to "upset the applecart" as long as things were improving and surgery was still "iffy." However, if I was sure to "pretty sure" I'd be having surgery, I would do the disco too. Whatever discomfort of the test would certainly be better than the possibility of having surgery but "fixing" the wrong thing! That would be a quintuple whammy relative to the discogram.

Hope that's of some use. As for so many of us, these can be very tough decisions. As I've said on another thread, I sometimes envy my friend who had a recent laminectomy/diskectomy. He absolutely couldn't get off the floor with pain/weakness. Unless he wanted to live on the floor, it wasn't a tough call what to do.

Standingman





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