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Lower Back Sprain/ Numbness On Right Side Of Body

SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 36
edited 12/04/2014 - 9:25 PM in Lower Back Pain
I was with my buddy at the gym a month ago, not doing anything to crazy. Did a couple of modifications on lat pull down, 4 sets of 10-15 and then went to the sitting down cable pull. I was pulling towards the top of my chest with my back stabilized and then felt a sharp pinch in the bottom right of my back, so I stopped. I took 5 days off and went to the gym, could feel it very mildly and got through my workout(Sunday), repeated the same thing the next day again only mildly feeling that spot. I wake up monday morning and I could barely bend over, back spasms and everything. Fast forward to now and the spot is still healing but generally feels good, I had an assessment done a chiro specializing in sports medicine, they have ruled out any disc damage due to my full range of motion.


Two weeks after my injury I started getting a progressive numb feeling on my right side to the point where running made my leg more numb and I had an almost itch i could not scratch going down my right side. Fast forward to today and I still have a bit of numbness on my right side that seems to flare up after more movement and calmer when just relaxing. I am so confused, frustrated.... Everyone I speak to including my own doctor are all wondering why I have it in my arm especially which actually can tend to flare up even more than my leg at times. I have been an athlete all my life and this is making it hard to get through shifts at work and do my running/cycling. I see a neurologist in the next week or so, my doctor does not seem to concerned right now.

I would love to hear anything from anybody out there, hoping this site maybe helps me cope a little with all thats going on.

Thanks,

Sean
Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,693

    Liz, 

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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,801
    edited 12/07/2014 - 3:52 PM
    Hi. I'm sorry that you're going through this, it must be very frustrating. Firstly only a spine specialist can diagnose whats wrong (if anything) with your discs & spine. A chiropractor isn't a specialist. You need an MRI to know for sure if your discs are ok or not. Until you know for sure I wouldn't allow any chiropractor adjustment treatments (they can cause serious damage if your spine isn't structurally fine) & I wouldn't do anything that will jar your spine, like running etc.
    I hope that specialists can give you the diagnostic tests & diagnosis that you need to sort this out. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 36
    EnglishGirl said:
    Hi. I'm sorry that you're going through this, it must be very frustrating. Firstly only a spine specialist can diagnose whats wrong (if anything) with your discs & spine. A chiropractor isn't a specialist. You need an MRI to know for sure if your discs are ok or not. Until you know for sure I wouldn't allow any chiropractor adjustment treatments (they can cause serious damage if your spine isn't structurally fine) & I wouldn't do anything that will jar your spine, like running etc.
    I hope that specialists can give you the diagnostic tests & diagnosis that you need to sort this out. ;-)

    Thanks you so much for your response :) . I actually had 2 chiropractic treatments done which if anything actually helped with the back pain so I'd like to think that if my spine or something else was off it probably would have cracked by now Lol. I'll keep updating on this forum as I feel I have an interesting case here and could help others in the future.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
  • Please do keep us updated. A lot more people read than post. You could help a lot of people with your story. ;-)

    My Mum went through years of pain because a doc told her she was to flexible to have spine damage. For a long time I was doing yoga with severe spine damage. It's really not a good basis for diagnosis.
    I know of long term chiropractic patients who went straight from the chiropractors office to the ER for emergency surgery on their spine! Please just stay away until youve had diagnostic tests to know what's going on. It could be that chiropractic treatments will be good for you but I'd wait until a real spine specialist has diagnosed you & recommends it. Know what I mean? It's always better to be safe than sorry particularly where our spines are involved. It's the center of your body...
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 36
    EnglishGirl said:
    Please do keep us updated. A lot more people read than post. You could help a lot of people with your story. ;-)

    My Mum went through years of pain because a doc told her she was to flexible to have spine damage. For a long time I was doing yoga with severe spine damage. It's really not a good basis for diagnosis.
    I know of long term chiropractic patients who went straight from the chiropractors office to the ER for emergency surgery on their spine! Please just stay away until youve had diagnostic tests to know what's going on. It could be that chiropractic treatments will be good for you but I'd wait until a real spine specialist has diagnosed you & recommends it. Know what I mean? It's always better to be safe than sorry particularly where our spines are involved. It's the center of your body...
    I am seeing the neurologist tomorrow and will update with whatever information I receive from her.... A bit nervous for sure considering I know nothing at this point.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,801
    edited 12/12/2014 - 6:20 AM
    I always take a notebook with all of my questions in it. I take notes of the things the specialist tells me. I find that traveling to appointments & waiting around REALLY hurts. I hate traveling home realizing that I'm more confused than I was before I went & I never got to half of my questions & concerns. It really helps me being prepared.

    Best of luck ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 36
    edited 12/12/2014 - 7:26 PM
    Hey, I actually had written down stuff on a piece of paper prior to the appointment with dates of when all my different symptoms were happening, when I hurt my back etc... Ended up leaving it in the car, haha. So when I went in to see the neurologist she wanted to know everything that had happened to me so I started right from when I hurt the lower back and when the neurological symptoms started. She did some co-ordination and balance tests on me and then I had an emg test done. All of the nerves in my right arm and leg tested normal.... What concerns her the most is the fact that I am having symptoms in my right arm. I am being sent for an MRI on the brain and spinal chord along with a test that lets them know if there are any nerves not firing properly from the brain and spinal chord. I actually can't wait to get the tests done as I hope this will shed light on the issues I am having.


    My lower back in general feels good, I have mild discomfort sometimes throughout the day but can bend and pick up things with no struggle. If there was no numbness I would pretty much put myself at 100%.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 36
    Today I had an evoked potential test done at our hospital in downtown Toronto this morning. This test measures how long it takes for nerves to fire signals from the brain and spinal chord, I had the whole body done. I had a few weird symptoms two weeks ago that were kind of scary. When I was at work my body started buzzing all of a sudden, I became nauseous and felt like I was having an out of body experience. I had to go into the back of the office and it was so bad I couldn't help but put my hands in my face and shed a few tears. My boss knows that I have been going through stuff so she was very understanding and went on the floor for me. I put my head down for ten minutes and the symptoms settled. Four days ago the numbness in my right side slightly subsided once again and as I type this I feel a massive amount of relief to the point where im feeling like my old self. The numbness is still there a bit and I can't run without my leg becoming a bit numb and sore.


    My back feels really good, I was at the weight room yesterday for the first time in three months and it felt good to be back. I'll update what the results from the evoke potential test reveal, I should have those in the next few weeks. Be well all.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
  • LunaLuLLunaLu Posts: 1
    edited 08/23/2015 - 3:34 AM
    hi!
    finally someone who is experiencing the same thing as i am (sorry to say that though). i have been having the same problem as you since january 2014 when i was just suddenly hit with this numbness of the right side of my body, from my head to my toes, even exactly half my tongue was numb. this was about a week after i had my second concussion in a 2 month period which left me in very bad shape, don't know if that was the triggering event..i went to the er fearing the worst but they sent me home with a referral to a neurologist the next day.

    there they did some basic neurological exminations, all which went perfectly, and they said i would do an mri of my brain a few weeks later. so i did the mri and it showed nothing abnormal so the neurologist said it was anxiety. and even though i said over and over again that i was not anxious at all when that happened they did not believe me and just told me to ignore the sensations because it is "impossible for lower back problems to cause numbness anywhere over the back area", he even showed me a picture of where the nerves go and kind of laughed at me for believing that it was causing numbness above the lower back. :(

    so i am still having the same problem with half body numbess and pain in my right lower back and nothing i do is helping. even carrying heavier things, even like grocery bags, have started to trigger the numbness so i feel like it is getting worse. and even lying down on my right side now triggers it. the good thing i guess is that i can go weeks without any symptoms at all and then they flare up again and stay for a month or two just to dissapear as quick as it came. i would like an mri of my lower back/spine to see what is going on, but i'm afraid to just be sent home once again with a degrading pat on my head like before. :(

    how are things going for you? have you gotten any answers at all about what could be going on?

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  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 36
    edited 03/07/2015 - 11:08 PM
    Things are going OKAY for me, all of my results from the tests above including emg and blood which I did not message all came back clear. My family doctor put me on nerve pain meds 3 days ago but they do not seem to be doing anything for me. Things really seem to flare up at me during work between 3-6 to the point where I have to sit due to the pain in my right leg. I am going to get myself in to see a sports medicine doctor sometime this week or next for a second opinion as I feel my Family Doctor(as great as he is) can not take me any further with all that is going on.

    I can't believe it has been almost six months since I ran and started having these neuro symptoms, its very depressing. Sounds like you are a lot worse off than I am, I can sleep with ease and relax/ casually walk around through the day on days off from work without any pain. How old are you? I am 25 years old, to young for this bs that my body is going through. It has literally ruined all plans and goals I had for the year. Feel free to PM me by the way, ill be back on here in a few days to check up on any updates from you.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
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