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We are trying to figure out if my daughter back is broke or

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We are trying to figure out if my daughter back is broke or something with a vertebrae. She can't tolerate the MRI machine yet and have been doing physical therapy trying to get the back spasms down. This weekend though her legs have begin to swell like the size of her thighs. Not sure if this is considered an emergency.
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?
Customer: Absolutely nothing makes it better. She is doing the ibuprofen laying flat makes it a little tolerable. Standing sitting moving makes her miserable.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: She broke her l5/l4 3 years ago this is lower s1l1l5. Great athlete but thinks she did it lifting weights
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  drphophalia replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  drphophalia replied 3 months ago.

What is her age?

What did her x-ray show?

Apart from back spasms, what are her symptoms?

Since when are her symptoms?

Any over weight issues?

Were any investigations for her legs swelling done?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
17 healthy. X-ray showed nothing but they didn't the time before systems More numbness and extreme pain.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No weight issues no investigations on legs done.
Expert:  drphophalia replied 3 months ago.

Have you discussed a CT scan instead of MRI with your doctor?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
We meet with him again on Tuesday am. I just didn't know with the swelling increases if she needed to be seen sooner
Expert:  drphophalia replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  drphophalia replied 3 months ago.

With the swelling in calves significant (as it has grown up to the size of the thigh); you should go to emergency room. In a young, severe back pain and swelling in the calves should be investigated for;

1) Psoas abscess.

2) Retroperitoneal mass or inflammation

She needs an ultrasound and CT scan as soon as possible.

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Expert:  drphophalia replied 3 months ago.

Hope your daughter is doing good.

What did the CT scan show?

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