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Have back pain, hip, leg numbness, drop foot. Did CT scan, unable MRI due to pacemaker. Treatment?

I am 40 years old and have had back pain on and off for several years. The last 6 months I have had intermittent numbness and tingling in my right hip/leg. 2 days ago I developed a drop foot on my right leg. CT scan says L-5-S1 small diffuse posterior disc bulge without disc herniation, L4-L5 minor diffuse posterior disc bulge without disc herniation. I am unable to have an MRI due to my pacemaker. What course of treatment or studies would you recommend? Thanks so much for your help! Kris
Asked On : Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Just a bulge without herniation is not much. You really dont need to worry about going for an MRI. You can consult a good physiotherapist for proper exercises to strengthen your back muscles and proper posture while seating. Low backache is a common problem and nothing very drastic is required. You may take local painkiller sprays like volini spray is the pain is very severe

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Dr. Om Lakhani.
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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