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Intense low back pain. Cant sit, stand straight & walk, pain & numbness on feet. Slip disc?

Hello earlier today I had sudden intense pain across my lower back, it was that bad i fell to my knees, since then i can not sit up straight, or walk properly (im using crutchs) Iwhen trying to walk i cant stand straight the pain in my lower back is too bad, Ive been experiencing pins and needles in my feet and numbness with the odd pins and needles in the centre of my lower back, what could this be? is it a slipped disc? should I go to A&E~?
Asked On : Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
These symptoms are part of lumbar disc degeneration with PIVD where the nerves get compressed by the protruded disc..
There are several treatment modalities with medicines, physiotherapy and with injections in the back called epidural injections and root/facet blocks.
If you dont get better with these treatment ,another option is surgery, by which the nerves are decompressed by removing the protruded disc (discectomy), which would significantly improve your symptoms
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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