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Having extreme pain in back, numbness in legs. Not cured by ibuprofen and steroid pack. What to do?

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I have been in extreme pain in my back for three weeks. Pain shooting down my butt to my legs and now I have numbness in my legs. I have taken 600mg ibuprohen 3 times a day and a oral steroid pack and nothing is working.
Posted Thu, 1 Nov 2012 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary 38 minutes later
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You seem to be having some neurological problem as a cause for your symptoms unless proven otherwise.
The backache radiating to buttocks and legs along with the numbness indicates a serious local cause affecting the spine.
It can be a sciatica or disc prolapse related issue.
You should get a thorough physical and neurological examination by a neurologist and get investigated to point out the exact diagnosis.
You would need CT/MRI spine as suggested after the examination and follow the advise accordingly.
meanwhile you should avoid awkward postures, should use a hard bed for lying down, use local pain killer spray like one containing diclofenac gel.
If you have any further query please let me know I would try to answer it for you.
Wish you a great health!
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