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Back pain with numbness in the hands and legs sometimes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here my back hurst on my right side all the time i sometimes have numbness in my hands also in my butt. and my right leg. it also hurts. to bend sit. any kind of movement like that. what can it be.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   i am dr. xxxxx here
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender ?
User :   hello i have very bad back pain. lower part it never ends. i also started having numbness in my hands and in my leg. i also sometimes have headaches when i bend over but the pain in my back never stops what can it be my age is 53 and iam female
Doctor :   since how long you have been having these symptoms ?
Doctor :   do you have any other medical condition ?
User :   i hurt my back in 2009 and the pain has gotten worse also the numbness and never ending pain about a ccouple of months ago
Doctor :   are you taking any medications ?
Doctor :   what all tests have you undergone ?
User :   i take tylonal but does not help anymore
User :   no test at all
Doctor :   well from the symptoms you have told me. it looks like you are having a nerve compression
Doctor :   you do need a x ray done
User :   ok what does that mean.
Doctor :   how is your health ?
Doctor :   are you in good shape ?
User :   i like to think so.
User :   i work but i stand all day and it hurst to bend any move ment
Doctor :   a nerve compression means that s nerve in your back is getting compressed between your vertebrae causing numbness and a shooting pain like you have told me , there are reasons for it most common being a previous injury or a pathological fracture
Doctor :   when you bend the vertebrae come closer and can cause entrapment of nerve
Doctor :   in order you diagnose the right condition , an XAY and a MRI are done
Doctor :   and based on the findings you will be treated
User :   so i need to get x rays i wonder would i need to be put in the hosptial if that is the problem
Doctor :   no usually just a course of physical therapy works wonder
Doctor :   but yes an X RAY is must to determine the cause
Doctor :   and the extent
User :   ok
Doctor :   the sooner a back problem is addressed the better are the results
User :   i will be looking into this today i can not stand this pain anylonger thanks
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   good bye
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