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Low back pain, difficulty bending. MRI shows bulging disc. Leg numbness. Help

Hello , I need help in deciding what type doctor to see. I have very bad low back pain , i have not been able to work for 6 months. My general practitioner says I should be fine to work. I cannot bend over without sometimes pain that will make me freeze. I cannot sleep more than 3 or 4 hours, I cannot sit very long , walking at a slow pace i can do. Standing still would not be good either. My mri looks to me like 5 vertibrae out of alignment with a bulging disc . My left leg has been numb for a year. Sometimes my right leg gets numb also, thats the reason I quit working since i am always on a ladder. I am seeing now a Physical Medicine Doctor, he is scheduling steroid shots in both hips. Please Help
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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hello
welcome to HCM,
as per the details u have been submitted, it seems that u are having chronic LBA with disc protrusion or herniation leading to compression of your nerve roots..i.e called RADICULOPATHY ..thats why you are experiencing numness and burning pain into your leg..
so before going to steriod shots from a physical medicine specialist i advise you to a ORTHOPEDICIAN/SPINAL SURGEON and get done the following tests
1. STRAIGHT LEG RAISING TESTS AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION , IT WILL BE DONE BY A ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR
2. GET DONE MRI OF YOUR LS-SPINE
AFTER AN MRI OF LS -SPINE YOU WILL BE TREATED ACCORDINGLY..
90% OF DISC PROBLEMS CAN BE CURED BY GIVING REST TO LS SPINE BY LS SPINE BELT AND PHYSIOTHERAPY.........

HOPE THIS WILL HELP U A LOT, IF U NEED ANY FURTHER INFO...GET BACK TO ME...
Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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