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Does not radiate

I was diagnosed with arthritis in my lower back about 3 years ago. It does show up on an MRI. It causes chronic pain but only on the left side and it doesn't radiate anywhere. It also hasn't responded to shots, exercise or diet. Does this seem weird to anyone else?



  • also there is slight bulging, some spondylolisthesis, and stenosis.

  • If there is anyone out there with lumbar osteoarthritis without sciatica please let me know.

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  • Hi scottgoodwin, You are so lucky that the bulge hasn’t got the pressure on the nerve that causes the sciatica yet. Oh god  make the most of it and do what ever you can to prevent it happening. Strengthen your core and back muscle . I have a lot of sciatica so not really who your wanting to hear from. Harpy

  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,072


    I have cervical, thoracic, lumbar and all joint Osteoarthritis.   Started back around 2000 and has been progressing rapidly.   Severe arthritis is not really going to show up on MRIs, The end point (when surgery is required for joints) is when there is a bone on bone situation, which needs to be identified by X-Rays. that also definitely includes severe arthritis in the spine

    scottgoodwin said:
    also there is slight bulging, some spondylolisthesis, and stenosis.
      Was this formally diagnosed by your doctor from the MRI you mentioned?

    What kind of injections did you have?  Where?  And when you talk about exercise and diet, what exactly do you mean?   Are you taking any medications?  NSAIDs or using any topical creams.  There are so many conservative treatments that can help manage arthritis pain.

  • Hi Dilauro, I was diagnosed from mri about 3 years ago. Since then I've had epidural shots and 3 RFA's. I've done PT for core, eat anti-inflammatory, and have seen 3 different chiropractors. The surgeon doesn't recommend fusion since 4 of my 5 disks are affected. It just seems strange to me that nothing really helps and theres no sciatica...yet. I know every back reacts differently and I guess I'm just on the bus. I've been taking fish oil, turmeric, glucosamine, and capzasin crème. 2-50 mil tramadols(3 when I'm working my construction job, but I'm currently out on disability), and a muscle relaxer to help with sleep. I know these are mild meds but I'm trying to stay off opioids if I can.  Thanks for getting back.

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