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I had sciatica now its effecting my mobility

Do you think I have some form of sclerosis or its my spine Hello, I have had sciatica for 6yrs ongoing and its now effecting my mobility and its painful to walk and bend.I also have groin pain with this and foot pain which goes into spasm and my legs collapse sometimes.I also have the same thing going on in my neck but i get pain in armpit and shoulder too. I am always hot could it be something else rather than my back I am on high dose of Dihydrocodeine 240mg twice daily thank you
Asked On : Tue, 18 Jan 2011
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Symptoms are suggestive of nerve compression in the cervical (neck) region and lumbar (low back) region, which are causing the pain in the neck/arms and groin/back/legs respectively. MRI scan of the spine would confirm what we are suspecting. You may get back with the reports of MRI.
Answered: Tue, 18 Jan 2011
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Dear Dr Kumar,
Thank you for such a quick reply. I did write to you with the e/mail address that you gave me, but the letter came back to me. Could you please check and re submit your e/mail address to me thank you
Answered: Wed, 19 Jan 2011
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Dear Dr Kumar,
Thank you so much for answering my question so quickly and putting my mind at ease.
I thought that you might be interested to know that I was originally diagnosed with right sided Sciatica and then had MRI scan in 2005 which showed that I had L5/S1 disc bulging and had discectomy in 2008 which helped for about 3-5 months then more pain again.
I was then advised to have epidural injection which might help take down inflammation. I have had two epidural s and then it was advised that I have nerve root injection which I had in 2009. These treatments have not been lasting any effect on my pain and it keeps recurring to chronic.

I started to have pain in my shoulder in 2004 which was calcification and had decompression on my shoulder.
This pain has started up again in the last couple of years, but after having another MRI scan I was told that this was in fact coming from my neck as you had already guessed problems radiates down left shoulder and in forearm and into hand in the C6 and C7 pins and needles and numbness. I have Hoffmanns sign bilaterally which makes more sense to you than me.
I am awaiting injection into my neck another nerve root. But have been told that I do not need another operation on my back.
I have been told that my pain has to be managed with painkillers and referred back to pain clinic.
I am frustrated that no more can be done for me I am in chronic pain most of the time and do not sleep.
Is this possible for me to have this go on for so long without getting better? I am unable to work as it effects my mobility so much.
Can the discs not be fused together? I just get a blank look from my G.P when I ask him this, I feel that they have given up on me.
Thank you again for your help and you must be a very good Neurologist to have picked all this up without seeing me thank you.
If you have any other advice that you could give me which might help I would be eternally grateful.
Many thanks again Jackie
Answered: Wed, 19 Jan 2011
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