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Severe back pain radiating to leg. No relief on using heating pad, back brace. Cure?

Having lower back pain since January that also shoots down lower left leg. Feel like I have tried everything from OTC meds, creams, back brace, back stretches, heating pat, etc. I'm very frustrated and it is affecting my job. All I can focus on while working is the pain. I recently visited a doctor. I received two shots, and a prescription for inflamation. I need help to be pain free at least while working and lifting.
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
The symptoms that you are having are likely to be due to a nerve root compression at lower back. You need to get an MRI scan of the area done and consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The following measures will help with the pain
• Lie on a hard bed.
• Anti -inflammatory drugs like Tablet Motrin 1 tablet as and when required ( do not repeat a dose before 6 hours) with food will help relieve the pain.
• Avoid forward bending.
• Correct your posture while sitting
• Avoid prolonged sitting
• Avoid strenuous activity & lifting heavy weights.
• Apply diclofenac gel on the affected area. Warm compresses will also help.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Praveen Tayal's  Response
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The pain that is radiating to your leg is likely to be due to a disc prolapse causing a nerve root compression. A MRI scan of the spine is recommended to find out the position and extent of lesion. Till then start taking methylcobalamin supplements.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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