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Extreme Back Pain and not able to move legs

Hi I am new to this site and  I will try to be brief . I had a accident last October and first MRI showed herniation on L4-L5 and L5-S1. I had a steroid epidural for my back and right away after the procedure I was in extreme pain. It’s been two months and pain Is worst then before the epidural. The pain gets worst when I sit, when I walk 8 steps, stand and lay down. 

This week I was sitting down and I tried to get up to walk but was not able to move legs. Went to the ER  where they perform MRI of the Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical but  Neurologist sayid that MRI  result came up negative. He said is that I have to see a pain specialist and that was it. 

I am so confuse now and upset. I do not want to see another pain specialist and for him to put another needle on my back. What should I do? Should I see a neurosurgeon that specializes on Spine conditions? I am just afraid that if I schedule and appointment  with a Neurosergeon he would not see me since the the MRI results at the hospital came up negative. Thank you so much in advance for your comments. 



  • hi andrea14628

    welcome to spine-health

    i am a little confused that your mri came up negative while you are still dealing with issues of l4/l5 and l5/s1.  i would have thought there would be some reference to that area damaged in the accident.

    if you are able to take the mri results to a spine specialist at least that would give you a second opinion about a worrying episode of not being able to move your legs.

    i can understand that if the injection didn't work the first and caused you further pain that you would not be happy about being offered that again.  however, there may be further investigations that a pain specialist might want to consider after your leg issue.

    if your gut instinct is telling you that the information is questionable then listen to that and get another opinion.  please update us of your progress with treatment and make full use of all the valuable articles on this site.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research on spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




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