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Have you see a spine specialist? If not, please make an appointment. This would be, and in your case I would recommend, a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon, or if you can't find one, a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the neck and back.

I can't say what is causing your pain...but I see something that I believe will cause issues in the future if it is not already causing problems.

Take a long at a "normal" x-ray or MRI and notice in particular the transition from the lumbar area to the sacral area. In most people, it is a small curve. Do you see that yours almost goes off at a right angle?

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What happens is that when you sit down (and sitting puts 30% more stress on the discs) that angle where L5 meets S1 becomes even a sharper angle and it is more likely to end up with a spinal nerve getting irritated. When you are lying down, you don't have gravity pushing down, making this angle more extreme...so that is probably why it is the only position where you don't have pain.

The fact that the sacrum is tipped more than usual in and of itself isn't a big deal and can be corrected, But this angle is something to be aware of and keep an eye on....

Did you get a copy of the radiology report from the MRI? It is always a good idea to get copies of both the disc and the MRI report to keep in your own file. If you don't have it, I suggest you call the facility where MRI was done and request it. Then you could copy it here -- I'd be really curious to see what it says!!





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