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Can anyone tell me about pain symptoms and disc issues

Is there a map that can tell you which disc is having issues by where the symptoms are?

I have one doctor tell me its the L4-L5 and the other doctor saying L5-S1. Anyone

I have am having pain on outside of thigh, outside of calf, and big toe numbness, as well as numbness on outside of calf.

Thanks,

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  • There is a dermatome map which gives an idea what nerves are affected at each level. I also believe it is a general guide. As your two levels are next to each other you would require more testing. Have patience, find a good dr you trust.

    Good luck

    dmo

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,638

    Here is a copy of a dermatome map. Its good as a guideline, but the pinpointed disc location and problem area would be for the doctor to formally diagnose and identify.

    Some of these maps and other layouts are not always 100% accurate. That is lets say if you have a problem at C8 that could mean some tingling, numbness on your left hand pinky. That may be true, in my case it is, but I know from reading some of the other maps, the point of pain is not always consistent with the disc number.

    The Spinal cord is so complex, I doubt if any one tool could identify everything without a mistake.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • hurtcathhurtcat Posts: 1
    edited 11/19/2017 - 3:47 AM

    Hi,

    Have you gotten an MRI? If so that would be pretty easy to see. [edit]


    Edited by Liz, Spine-health Moderator There are no medical professionals on the forum so members are not permitted to give an opinion on another members diagnosis



  • MRI Shows ruptured Disc at L4/L5 and L5/S1, Surgeon did Microdiscectomy on L4/L5, I asked him to double check the MRI before surgery, and he did, From the dermatome maps everything tells me where my pain is it is the L5/S1. Surgeon said the pain I was feeling was L4/L5, I said well you are the neurosurgeon do what you think. I woke up from surgery 100% pain free of sciatic pain. Was a pain level 9 for six weeks before surgery. Was off Pain meds same day of surgery and have not taken even an aspirin, advil or anything for pain. Level is a 1, now and that is from the incision and just the stuff he had to cut and move. Super glad I found this guy and trusted him. 3 weeks post op appointment on Monday. Still have some toe numbness but 99% better. Thanks for all you guys advice.

  • @toprank - Did you have surgery between 11/16 (your first post) and now? I have the same problems as you and disc bulge at same location that you have your ruptured one. I am wondering if surgery is an option for me (meet with the neuro friday). If so, I am happy to see positive posts about successful surgeries. I can only hope one day I will be as pain free as you seem to be post op!

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  • I had surgery on November 20th a Monday. This past Monday was 4 weeks. So far so good. Doctor knew what he was doing I guess. I still have some weird feeling in both legs below the knee like not getting good circulation, so I assume that has something to do with the L5/S1 disc but the sciatic pain is 99% gone. Some low back pain on both sides but that was expected. If my pain was not a 9 out of 10 I would have waited on surgery, but I could not walk or stand or really do anything but drag myself to work park right by the door sit and work then leave. It sucked so bad for those 5 weeks. Let me know what the neuro says and if you do get scheduled for surgery and have any questions let me know.

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