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This is Dr. David
I am sorry about your spine.
it sounds like you have been through more than one person should.
it sounds like you still have pinched nerves in your sacrum or lower lumbar spine causing pain radiating down into your left foot
you need a lumbar and sacral MRI scan with contrast to see where the nerve rootlet is being pressured.
this might be helped with a targetted steroid injection into the area of nerve impingement
also medications like lyrica (pregabalin) or neurontin (gabapentin) might help your nerve pain radiating down into your leg.
Am I allowed any more MRI scans with all the metal work I now have in my spine
usually the hardware in the spine is titantium and ok for MRI scans.
you have to ask your surgeons what they put in your spine.
I take Gabapentin three times a day
but your pain starting in your buttock radiating down into your legs sounds like it is coming from your lower lumbar spine and sacral area.
it sounds very siatic nerve related.
It was titanium
you might need an MRI scan of your pelvis.
to see where the pressure on the nerve is.
MRI scans are best to look at nerves.
CT scans don't see nerves.
xrays only see bones and not much else.
What about my leg length and the body curvature
those are problematic and an MRI scan won't fix those.
It seems to get more noticeable as each month goes by
best thing is physical therapy
and to consult with an orthopedic spine surgeon.
it might be something they can fix or possibly not.
your surgeries do sound like they keep getting more and more complicated.
My surgeon is Mr Chann who is an excellent surgeon
He did not want to do the last one to my middle spine after having done lower and upper spine but says he was forced into doing it due to my loss of mobility
Is it possible that the physical therapy might help the siatic pain?
yes, it could
physical therapy and stretching of your legs and hamstring muscles could help.
you have to start off slowly and gently of the legs with stretching.
but over time it could help.
I now have a real fear of hospital and hospital procedures after the last op, it was extremely painful but also very frightening, it was touch and go at one point and I never want to revisit that.
I can understand that.
Anyway thank you for your advise, so long as the lower shoulder position and shorter leg are not considered too much to worry about, I will have a word with my GP and ask for some physical therapy.
give that a try.
I hope it helps
get that MRI scan of your lumbar and sacrum if it doesn't help
good luck to you
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