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Not sure what this is, but reading some info makes me think it is my Sciatic nerve. I will be fine for a few days and than it starts, here is what i have.

First my foot starts to tingle around my heel and the arch, and sometimes my big toe & toes, sometimes i feel it on the outside of my calf. This will happen for maybe a day then the pain starts. I can feel it in the middle of my butt cheeks and sometimes on both sides. The past two days I have pain running down the backs of both my legs,calfs, in my hip and my ankles. If almost feels like a pulled muscle. I also have lower back pain to which I have had for years.

Thats about it :). Does anyone know where to go get this checked, my doctor, a chiropractor??? Not sure where to go from here.
Thanks for you help
Hello :wave: Ianban,

You should start with your primary doctor. Some primary's will ordering testing themselves but most give you a referral to a specialist. Then the ortho or neuro will order a MRI or Cat Scan if he thinks their may be a problem. I went to a neuro surgeon for my back and neck pain. And if you are not sure what is wrong I would not go to a chiro as sometimes they can do more harm then good.

If you have had back pain for many years I would definitely suggest going to your doctor. Prolonged back problems do cause sciatica. One of the most common causes of sciatica is a herniated disc. Sciatica is damage to this nerve leading to pain radiating down the back of the thigh, the lateral aspect of the leg and into the foot and may affect the ankle's jerk reflex and person's ability to bend the knee.
Some people experience tingling, numbness, or weakness in one leg or in the foot, lower leg, or both legs. Tingling may begin in the buttock and extend to the ankle or foot. The pain can become quiet severe, as it did for me.

I really hope that you go to your doctor and find the cause of your pain.

Good Luck to You.


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Lumbar MRI 10/02
Lumbar Lordosis
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
[b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
Cervical MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03
Hello :wave: Ianban,

You should start with your primary doctor. Some primary's will ordering testing themselves but most give you a referral to a specialist. Then the ortho or neuro will order a MRI or Cat Scan if he thinks their may be a problem. I went to a neuro surgeon for my back and neck pain. And if you are not sure what is wrong I would not go to a chiro as sometimes they can do more harm then good.

If you have had back pain for many years I would definitely suggest going to your doctor. Prolonged back problems do cause sciatica. One of the most common causes of sciatica is a herniated disc. Sciatica is damage to this nerve leading to pain radiating down the back of the thigh, the lateral aspect of the leg and into the foot and may affect the ankle jerk reflex and person's ability to bend the knee.
Some people experience tingling, numbness, or weakness in one leg or in the foot, lower leg, or both legs. Tingling may begin in the buttock and extend to the ankle or foot. The pain can get very severe as I also suffered.

I really hope that you go to your doctor and find the cause of your pain.

Good Luck to You.


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Lumbar MRI 10/02
Lumbar Lordosis
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
[b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
Cervical MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03





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