Shooting pain from lower back to both legs
The last couple of weeks I have been getting shooting pain from my lower back to both legs when either standing still, like doing the dishes or when taking a walk. I am wondering if this might be sciatica! Anyway, I made an appointment with my Dr., but can't get in until the end of this month. I may have to go to urgent care if it gets much worse before then. Just one more thing on top of all the other medical issues that are ongoing! Sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind. I guess I need to slow down, and try to relax, but it is difficult when you feel like you are drowning in a myriad of to dos.
You may also have a pinched nerve. But you most likely really need to see the doctor.
Hugs and good thoughts,
This to me sounds like some sort of nerve compression taking place in the spine. I don't think I'm allowed to post links, but you can jump on google and search differed pain from the spine (I'd look through images for links) and it should bring up diagrams (that physicians also refer to) that show what levels cause pain in other locations of the body. It could be helpful to help you "chart" where the pain leads to (besides the obvious) and telling this to your doctor can help him make a more accurate diagnosis vs bland symptoms--for instance if it runs down the outer portion of your legs, what part of your feet, any buttocks involvement etc. sometimes it can be a multi level issue. Being able to adequately convey your symptoms helps you and your doctor become a better team & thus provides better treatment for yourself.
I'm not sure where you reside, but I know here in IL our emergency rooms do not preform MRI's (probably because if insurance) they may prescribe prednisone or another steroid that helps with inflammation & pain medication. If you're able to (if you're allowed to take nsaids & the like) it might be beneficial to try OTC anti-inflammatories and icing down your lower back. It might provide moderate temporary relief.
It's funny you mentioned dishes! I've dealt with spine issues for years & now recently my husband-and for some reason the whole slightly leaning over the sink stance aggravates the heck out of your lower back!
Always be sure to lift with bent knees, maybe use a step stool to sit & do dishes and wear flat shoes when walking or going out. It might not seem like it would make much of a difference but shoes are everything when it comes to lower back pain-I have found that the egg-crate flip flops (thong sandals) are great just wearing around the house or putsing around out my yard in.
Best of luck, hope some of that helps! I would encourage you to seek the opinion of your doctor-there are so many things that can be going on within the spine that we are unaware of. If you start experiencing any numbness or tingling in your lower extremities I would seek out prompt medical attention.
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Well I decided to go to the Urgent Care today. The Dr. had X-rays taken of my lower back and said he saw nothing wrong. He thinks I either have a pinched nerve or back spasms. He prescribed Neproxin, an anti-inflammatory. He said to take it for a week or two and see if this condition settles down. In the meantime, he is waiting to see what the radiologist has to say. Well I took the Neproxin and it made me feel loopy. This may have been because of the other prescriptions I take also or maybe it is the Neproxin itself. At this point, I can see I can't drive on it, and I got really sleepy and had no energy. I got home around 2 pm and slept for 4 hours which is unusual for me. I usually don't sleep during the daytime because I just don't feel right when I get up for the rest of the day. Anyway, we will see how it goes. I hope my body gets used to this drug and that I don't continue to get loopy on it.
X-rays are a good start but they also don't show everything (I had several recent spinal X-rays that were "normal" but my ortho sent me for an MRI (and a bonescan), low and behold a herniated disc was closing off my spinal canal to the extent I had to have urgent surgery--not meant to scare anyone or saying its the case, but to explain that X-rays don't show soft tissues nearly as well as cts or MRI's). Perhaps seeing an orthopedic might be a good idea-a pinched nerve indeed, they might help you to determine what's "pinching" it. Naproxen is great for back pain-but it is very hard on the stomach. Eating before you take it might alievate some of the drowsiness (and protect your tummy). It's also offered OTC in lower dosages-might be worth discussing with your doctor if it becomes too troublesome for you on the higher dosage. I'm not sure if you're a guy or a gal, but if you happen to take midol (period relief) make sure it doesn't contain naproxen-one contains Tylenol and the other (complete, I think it's called-which says it also helps relieve arthritis pain) contains it as well! Might be common knowledge but I myself was surprised after getting ill taking it while on perscription naproxen for my heart. Hopefully I'm allowed to post a link (I apologize if I'm not) but here is some info from mayo clinic about sciatica that you may find helpful : http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...n/con-20026478
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Seeing my regular doctor tomorrow about the shooting pains in my legs. I am going to see if she can put me on another med as the Neproxin makes me loopy. I hope they can get to the bottom of this and find out if it's muscle spasms, a pinched nerve, or what!