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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have been having back pain for over a year now, my back gets very tight with pressure and has a dull aching pain in my lower back. I can't stand, sit, walk or bend for long periods. In the night i get this weird feeling in both my legs like slight tingling that will only stop once i start moving my legs. And about two months ago three fingers in my right hand have gone numb. During in epidural the anesthegiologist asked me if i had scoliosis because my spine looked kinda of off and when he gave me the epidural it only numbed one side of my lower half and not both? Is there something wrong with my back?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   Ok
User :   what do you think?
Doctor :   Is the pain in the lower back?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is it central or sideways?
User :   across my lower back
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Do you have numbness usually when you get pain?
User :   recently in the night when i lay down to sleep i gett this weird tingling in my back
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   May I know your age, gender, height, weight and occupation?
Doctor :   to make the assessment better, I need those details
User :   i'm female age 27, 5'2" i was a cna for 4 years i weigh 124lbs
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   The symptoms you are describing does suggest to be of a nervous origin
Doctor :   meaning the strain on the nerve
User :   ok
Doctor :   so, for this you shall need to get an evaluation of the spine

User :   do you think my right hand with my three fingers being numb are related
Doctor :   That can be a spinal problem as a whole

Doctor :   mainly the cervical spine
Doctor :   the lower back favors lumbar spine issue
Doctor :   Are you getting it?

User :   oh ok
Doctor :   So I suggest you to consult an orthopedic surgeon

User :   sometimes i feel pressure in my lower back too
Doctor :   and get it evaluated
User :   ok
User :   its relieved when i lay in a fetal position
Doctor :   and also you shall need certain imaging procedures like MRI to be done
User :   ok
Doctor :   Yes in the fetal position

Doctor :   it is under relaxed conditions
Doctor :   so you shall be relieved in that posture
User :   yea but
User :   i have to sleep like that otherwise i really can't sleep, it feels like it takes pressure off when i do that
Doctor :   Yes I understand

Doctor :   as the muscles go into spasm otherwise
User :   would a herniated disc look like scoliosis if you were just looking at a back
Doctor :   Herniated disc can cause such symptoms

Doctor :   but you mention about numbness in the right hand fingers as well
User :   my lower back is slightly uneven
User :   yes
Doctor :   and even scoliosis can produce such symptoms
Doctor :   if it was only lower back, then it would have favored
User :   really
Doctor :   herniated disc more
Doctor :   and also you have been suspected of scoliosis by the previous doctor as well
User :   its really only the lower back, i don't know why my fingers are numb, and the doctor did ask me if i had scoliosis
Doctor :   Yes, it can be better commented

Doctor :   after a physical examination
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