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Have back pain, herniated discs, degeneration, progressive spondylitis. Done MRI, EKG. Suggestion?

I have problems with my back at L3, L4, L5 herniated disks, degeration and stenois. I have had a MRI for cervical , lumbar , and brain. Which show no signs of any problems. I have been having pain in both my legs radiating from the hips to below the knee and hitting at both calves with twitching in my legs. At night I m not able to sleep on either side because of the pain in my hips and legs. I ve tried pillows between my legs. I cannot lay on my back because of the pain in my back. I wake up finding myself sleeping on my stomach which I know is not a good position to sleep in. I have had a EKG but do not know the results from that. MRI shows c5-6 mod. servre progressive spondylosis , mild canal stenois C5-6, narrowing at C6-7. Mild righ & left C6 foramen stenosis . Disc buldge at C4-5 and narrowing. L3,4 & 5 buckling of ligamentum flavum.
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM,

The vertebrae referred to as 'C' vertebrae are the cervical vertebrae are present in the neck region.
The vertebrae referred to as 'L' are those present in the lumbar region.
The nerves emanating from the lumbar region supply the lower limb.
Disc also called inter vertebral discs are the cartilagenous discs present in between two adjacent vertebrae. They are responsible for friction less motion between vertebrae.
These discs may undergo degenerative changes and bulge from their normal position.
This bulging may impinge upon the nerves and thus cause pain in the region supplied by these nerves.
So, the pain in the hips and hips is due to this problem.

This condition may be treated conservatively by rest alone.
If not controlled by rest, surgical intervention may be resorted to.

MRI is showing certain changes at the level of cervical vertebrae. Spondylosis is caused by fusion of adjacent vertebrae which again is degenerative condition.

You need to visit an orthopedician to manage this condition.

Thanks and take care.
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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