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What causes severe back pain ?

I am 54 years old female with a history of back pain.microdiscectomy december 2008 L5 area which was a success. in the last 2 weeks have had severe back pain down rhs leg and buttock, unable to stand sit or walk, chiroprctor states its a flare up, I cant afford to be off work as dont get paid or the chiroprctor fees, on full pain relief and cold compresses but no relief-have gp appt on friday for unrelated medical problem should I see gp sooner as have type 2 diabetes and right foot numb?
Mon, 23 Feb 2015
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Severe pain in whole leg with numbness in foot indicates significant disc prolapse either at same level (L5 ) or higher level. So its a serious conditions and you need to consult expert spine surgeon asap. MRI of lumbosacral spine with screening of whole spine is required to ascertain level of disc prolapse and amount of nerve compression. Please do that and visit spine surgeon asap and do not neglect your health.
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What causes severe back pain ?

Dear patient Severe pain in whole leg with numbness in foot indicates significant disc prolapse either at same level (L5 ) or higher level. So its a serious conditions and you need to consult expert spine surgeon asap. MRI of lumbosacral spine with screening of whole spine is required to ascertain level of disc prolapse and amount of nerve compression. Please do that and visit spine surgeon asap and do not neglect your health.