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Getting severe pain in half side of body. MRI normal. Looking for cure

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my mom suffers from sever pain in the left side of the body specially after she wakes up in the morning or when she sits for long time , we have tried all the tests including an MRI and everything seems normal
Posted Fri, 15 Feb 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kulbir Singh 5 hours later
Hello XXXXXXX and thanks for writing in
Before I give you a detailed reply I would like to know some of the detail:
1. Does pain occur on whole left side or on left arm or leg?
2. What is the duration of pain?
3. Which part of body, the MRI was done and what was the report?
4. Does pain increases in winter and work?
5. Is there any weakness or numbness on the left side of body?

There are multiple causes for the one sided pain like Lumber spondylosis, Neurological deficit or pain, Muscular atrophy, calcium or minerals deficiency. To get to a diagnosis clinical examination and some investigations are required.

Hope you reply soon so that I can help you further.

Best Wishes
Dr. Kulbir Singh
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Follow-up: Getting severe pain in half side of body. MRI normal. Looking for cure 9 hours later
Sir

1. Does pain occur on whole left side or on left arm or leg?
--- the pain will be present in whole left side

2. What is the duration of pain?
--there will be severe pain in the left leg for about 5 to 10 mins once she wakes up starting from hip to toe however there will be slight pain throught

3. Which part of body, the MRI was done and what was the report?
--- the MRI was done for left side of the body and it reported slight slip disc and she also has spondylitis

4. Does pain increases in winter and work?
--- no it doesn't increase

5. Is there any weakness or numbness on the left side of body?
---yes there would be numbness on the left hand and left foot

Pls let me know if u need any further help
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kulbir Singh 6 hours later
Hello XXXXXXX and again thanks for writing in
It seems that your mother has PIVD (Prolapse Inter-vertebral Disc) at cervical or lumber level or at both the levels. Numbness in hand and foot, Slip disc in MRI report are the symptoms suggestive of the disease.

In my opinion you must consult your spine surgeon with the films of the MRI and check for any nerve compression. The line of treatment for this is medication with proper physiotherapy and exercise, If this therapy fails surgery can be planned.

Follow some life style changes to rid get from the pain:

1. Use hard bed, avoid pillow or use thin pillow.
2. Your sitting posture should be straight.
3. Avoid jerky movements of spine. Avoid riding or sitting on bicycle or motorcycle.
4. You can take anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxants drugs orally or You can apply anti inflammatory and muscle relaxants gel locally.
5. You can wear spine supports like collar or belt if symptoms are worse.
6. Regularly change the posture while working or sitting.
7. Do regular exercise as advised by your physiotherapist.
8. Do hot fermentation of the back.

Hope this will help you. Other reason for the pain on left side can be neurological defect for which nerve study can be done. Feel free to consult your doctor and get to a diagnosis.

Regards
Dr. Kulbir Singh
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