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Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Angel13, Community Member, asks

Q: What can cause severe back pain (but cannot find a reason for the pain) and a high WBC count?

I have had severe lower back pain, with intermittent numbness and tingling in the legs. I have had 2 MRIs of the whole back and the doctors cannot find a reason for the pain. I have also had 2 lumbar epidural/ corticosteroid injections. To combat the pain, I am on Neurontin, which is somewhat helping, as long as I remain inactive.

The neurologist I am seeing ran some blood tests and sent me to the ER because the WBC count was incredibly high (30,000 parts). The ER could not find any infection in my body and I feel fine, except for the pain.

I am wondering if there is something that my doctors may have missed? Is there any condition that would cause this?

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Vicki M, Health Guide
4/25/08 1:44am

Hi Angel,


I am not sure this is an Acid Reflux issue. Although Online resources are great reference points for information, they can not take the place of the advice of your doctor. I am not a doctor, but I might be able to give you some information to read that will help you ask all the right questions of your doctor.


If you are having numbness and tingling, it sounds to me to be a nerve issue. Perhaps you have a pinched or irritated nerve. You can read more about nerve issues here in the symptoms database for chronic pain. Elevated white blood count would indicate an infection to something. If you begin with the symptoms database, you can take the assessment questionaire and possibly get more information.

Neurontin is generally prescribed for seizures but is also prescribed for nerve issues. You might want to discuss with your doctor if you don't think the neurontin is performing like it should.

Hope you find something here that helps. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.

Vicki M

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By Angel13, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/03/12, First Published: 04/23/08