Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
141 Doctors are Online

Had salmonella poisoning. Lower back pain, leg pain, difficulty walking. What action can be taken?

Dec 2012
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2012
Answered : 1694 Questions
Hi there, I've just come out of hospital after 7 days with salmonella poisoning, I'm at home, resting but have been experiencing severe pain in the very lower back, more so 'inside' the back as opposed to where one would normally experience back pain. It limits my ability to walk without limping and after trying to run and push myself thinking it was stiffness from laying down for a week, I experienced shooting pains down my leg, what are your thoughts on this? I'm fearful it could be a type of arthritis, how would I be able to tell and what actions could I take. Thank you
Posted Tue, 9 Apr 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 2 hours later

Thanks for posting on XXXXXXX

I guess after being hospitalized for salmonellosis you spent much time in bed and as a result it is possible that you have developed sciatica or lombosciatalgia or lumbago. Sciatica is a type of nerve pain usually caused by compression/injury (in your case probably due to lying down for too long). Based on your age, arthritis is easily exclude from the picture. Non-septic arthritis is less likely in a young athletic adult male while septic arthritis is rare but there should be a notion of portal of entry of a bacteria infection.

My impression is that you have a sciatic nerve pain and possible causes of your sciatica is slipped disk, piriformis syndrome (a pain disorder involving the narrow muscle in the buttocks) and others are rare (tumors, pelvic injury or fracture)
what you can do now is:

- Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Try ice for the first 48 - 72 hours, then use heat after that.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Reduce your activities for the first couple of days.
- Consult a doctor (possibly an orthopedic surgeon)
- Scan of back (MRI, CT scan or X-ray etc)= these would rule out other possible causes of lower back pain like herniated disc, arthritis, strain, spinal stenosis etc

Hope this helps and let me know if you have other questions.
Dr. Bernard
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
,   ,   ,  
Lab Tests

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor