I am concerned in particularly that this pain is related to nerve compression in your spine. Some signs that this might be going on include that the pain comes and goes, is pins and needles in nature, and reaches down below the knee. The fact that you have a history of a fractured vertebra in the back also raises the possibility for another fracture, arthritis, or some other anatomic problem that could be the source of the nerve impingement. The ibuprofen would help this, as it would temporarily reduce the swelling and inflammation.
I would suggest that you see your doctor
as soon as possible. It may be necessary to have a referral to an orthopedic back doctor or to have imaging of the spine, such as X-rays or an MRI
. Based on the findings of the physical examination and the findings of any imaging studies, your doctors
will be able to make recommendations about what the next steps will be.
In the meantime, if you develop any worsening symptoms, especially worsening numbness in the feet, discoordination or weakness of the legs, or problems with bowel or bladder control you would need to go to the emergency room to seek immediate evaluation.