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Friday, February 08, 2013 Dan, Community Member, asks

Q: Leg pain

I am a 38 year old male and I to have severe pain in my legs and don't know what it is caused from. I really had considered asking my dr to send me to a surgeon to have my legs cut off...honestly the pain in my legs are that bad. A little about me.... 7 yrs ago I hurt my back at work causing 2 herniated bulging discs in my lower back and nerve damage going down my legs and also in my neck, but now the leg pain is just getting out of hand. I am on the list to visit the pain clinic here in newfoundland but in the meantime after reading some of your posts I can guess that the new pain I am having is from my back. Doctors say I am not a candiate for back surgery and I will have it the rest of my life so I guess the new pain just goes along with it but IF anyone has any suggestions to releive some of the pain it would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

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Cort, Health Guide
2/24/13 11:50pm

Herniated discs can certainly cause leg pain. I would get more doctors opinions and more tests. Not all imaging tests are equal and, if they're not situated correctly they could have missed something. 


You might also try non-opiod medications such as Lyrica or Cymbalta that effect the pain sensitization process. Sometimes an injury can cause the pain pathways in the brain to become sensitized. It's possible that you have an injury to your back that is not showing up on imaging tests but is still causing you tremendous pain. (The opposite can also be true; you can have a major structural injury without much pain :))


Good luck!


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By Dan, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/24/13, First Published: 02/08/13