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Suffer from lower back pain radiating to leg. Numbness and pressure in the buttocks and thigh. Any help?

I have been suffering with lower back pain for 3 years after doing some DIY. 5 months ago this developed into severe sciatica - with pain running down the back of my left leg from my bum to my ankle. I have had around 8 Physio appointments which has caused the pain to regress up my leg. About 2 months ago i was left with pain in my left bum cheek and numbness from my left bum cheek to midway down my thigh. A friend recommended trying a chiropractor so 2 weeks ago I went for an assessment and had 1 treatment. The day after treatment I started to have numbness right across across my bum (on both sides) and in my groin area which when standing /walking turns into a severe feeling of pressure right across this area. Due to the increased numbness and added feeling of pressure and also a strange feeling when I crouch down that the bone in both butt cheeks is going to pop through the skin! The chiropractor refused to do a second treatment and instead has written a letter I need to collect tomorrow which he says I need to take to my GP which is requesting I am referred for an MRI. I am worried about my symptoms and since it is painful to stand and walk it is having a dramatic affect on my life. Please can you tell me what you think might be wrong with me and if there is anything I can do to help relieve the symptoms as I am sick with worry and don't hold out much hope with my GP referring me as for the last 3 years I've been asking for this and been refused - they have only prescribed painkillers.
Asked On : Wed, 1 May 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
hallo dear friend
i hv studied your case
there might be lumbar disc prolapse leading to radicular pain
you need some neurotropics like pregabalin
and calcium suppliment with vit D

take rest , take some analgesic , hot or cold fomentation
avoid lifting weights
sit with taking support to your back
continue spine extension exersizes
physiotherapy - SWD ,IFT WILL HELP
you need MRI SPINE
Answered: Wed, 1 May 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The description is typical of root pain - irritation of nerve root, at the level of the spine.
It is a mechanical problem - generally needs mechanical solution for relief...
All other forms of management can only give symptomatic / temporary relief...
You must see an Orthopaedician / MRI is a must.
Neurological assessment is also necessary - nerve conduction studies and Electromyography are generally done to assess the extent of involvement / surgery, may be necessary and if so, should be done before permanent nerve damage occurs...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Thu, 2 May 2013
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