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    Also it has been a few days... 3 or 4 months to be precise
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    As Snagel said, you'll need an MRI to know for sure. I had exactly what you describe, and mine was a blown disc. I spent about a year trying everything to get some relief including chiropractor, therapy, injections, just about anything you could think of. In the end I had back surgery, then 9 months later, I had it again. I now have a titanium clamp that basically locks my L4 & L5 vertebrae. The doctor told me after my 2nd surgery that I needed to take it easier than I did after the 1st operation. He said that there were no guarantees that my back is fixed for good, and that it would take at least a year before I was close to normal. He was right. It's been a little over a year since my last surgery, and it's only been in the last few months that the pain has totally gone away. I still feel sore & stiff the next day if I've been real active, but even that isn't as bad as it was a few months ago.

    All in all, it's been a 3 year process. I wondered if I would ever be back to myself again. Now I'm not suggesting you need surgery. That's for you and your doctor to decide. Today, I'm glad I had the surgery. But I had my doubts during the first 6 months following my 2nd operation.

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    my mom doesn't believe me because she herniated a disk a week before this started with me :/
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    Sciatica is a good possibility. When you take medications do any help and if so what kinds?

    Do you have any or have you had any larger sores in the area particularly ones that left a scar or took an abnormally long time to heal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straegen View Post
    Sciatica is a good possibility. When you take medications do any help and if so what kinds?

    Do you have any or have you had any larger sores in the area particularly ones that left a scar or took an abnormally long time to heal?
    NSAIDs help (ibuprophen, particularly). Rub-a535 works well, too. There are no visible marks whatsoever
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    Just saw your age, most of the replies are probably from people a lot older and more worn out than you, please go get a second opinion from another doctor, a specialist if possible.
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    And of course I would have a cramp in my one good leg this morning >.>

    Alright, I will see if I can get into the doctor.
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    B-I treat back pain and sciatica for a living. Get and MRI. I bet that because of your weight and it's cumulative effect, you have L3-4 or L4-5 bulging into the foramen causing your leg pain.

    Get an MRI. See a doctor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivingCRNA View Post
    B-I treat back pain and sciatica for a living. Get and MRI. I bet that because of your weight and it's cumulative effect, you have L3-4 or L4-5 bulging into the foramen causing your leg pain.

    Get an MRI. See a doctor.
    Can I get your specific field and credentials so I can convince my mom that you are credible? I will need an expert's opinion or she won't believe me and let me go to the doctor
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivingCRNA View Post
    you have L3-4 or L4-5 bulging into the foramen causing your leg pain.
    That's what I have, pain in my lower back, but only a "loss of sensation" in my right leg. Went to the chiropractor for 15 sessions and did absolutely no good. Saw my normal Dr and he sent me for an MRI which clearly showed the damage. My Dr then sent me to a neurosurgeon who made the diagnosis and gave my options for treatment. First he prescribed Ultracet (pain reliever) and Skelaxin (muscle relaxer) and physical therapy. I still felt discomfort. Neither of the drugs did much for me so I quit taking them after a month and tried to just "live with it" for a while.

    Due to my active lifestyle, and the inability to exercise normally due to the discomfort, I went back to my normal Dr a couple months after stopping the meds prescribed by the neurosurgeon. After explaining how the first meds did me no good, and that I'd stopped taking them, he prescribed Celebrex for me. Been on it about a month now and although I still have the loss of sensation in my right leg, I'm much more comfortable as long as I don't overdo it.

    In my case, my normal Dr explained that it was doing me no good to take the muscle relaxers as my injury is not muscle related. As others have said, go see a Dr and most likely you'll end up getting an MRI that will help in diagnosing the problem. One thing I can recommend is ICE. The therapist emphasized that I should be icing my back each evening while watching tv or relaxing and this helped me tremendously. My wife bought a refreezable pack that has an elastic strap. The strap wraps around your waist, and then it velcro's to itself. I wrap it around my back each night while reading or watching TV for about an hour before bed time. Helps a lot.

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