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sciatica nightmare

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 31, 2006
  • 06:22 AM

I have been dealing with sciatica for 3 years. It never goes away. I am in pain every hour of every day.I take 5 percocets and 3 valium and lyrica everyday. Every month my DR gives me a new pill to try, but it never works.Some days i feel like i'm loosing my mind. I'm lucky if I get 3 or 4 hours of sleep a day. I have tried everything from injections to pt to traction and botox ,triger point injections , deep tissue massage, rizotomy, caudle epidurals, you name it i've had it. I use an electric stimulater every 8 hours. I've had 5 emg's and 3 mri's and my Dr keeps telling me there is nothing she can do for me! I have been denied ssi 4 times. there are days when I can't even get out of bed. I have fallen down my steps several times. If anyone has any sugestions PLEASE let me know if there is any thing else I can try. I'll try anything if it would give me some ability to function normally. I have a 4 year old that I can't even take to the park and have fun with him.. I am only 30 years old and I can't imagine what this is going to be like when I get older.

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  • Dom,I have been dealing w/ Sciatica for about a month now and it SUCKS. I live in the Salem area and I was wondering if you could send me an email and let me know some specifics about treating this. I am 31 years old and have taken care of myself my whole life but now I can barely sit down for more then a minute or so. I'm ok running, swimming, walking, excercising, etc but I can't sit anywhere and driving to work is like torture for me. My pain began in my lower back and but but now it's my foot and ankle that are in excruciating pain. I have an appointment with a chiropractor this Tues and have been taken meloxocam and tylenol like their candy but the pain is still there. The only relief I can find other then running, swimming, walking, excersicing is lying on my stomache on a hard floor. I can be reached at lmdiggi@yahoo.com Thanks and good luck to everyone on here. V/R Luke
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  • Dom,I have been dealing w/ Sciatica for about a month now and it SUCKS. I live in the Salem area and I was wondering if you could send me an email and let me know some specifics about treating this. I am 31 years old and have taken care of myself my whole life but now I can barely sit down for more then a minute or so. I'm ok running, swimming, walking, excercising, etc but I can't sit anywhere and driving to work is like torture for me. My pain began in my lower back and but but now it's my foot and ankle that are in excruciating pain. I have an appointment with a chiropractor this Tues and have been taken meloxocam and tylenol like their candy but the pain is still there. The only relief I can find other then running, swimming, walking, excersicing is lying on my stomache on a hard floor. I can be reached at lmdiggi@yahoo.com Thanks and good luck to everyone on here. V/R Luke Luke,I cannot recommend acupuncture highly enough for sciatica. I had acute sciatic pain over 13 years ago, and a friend recommended acupuncture to me...I was in severe pain and nothing was helping from my MD, so I decided it was worth a shot. I had just two treatments and my pain was 100% GONE! It was so dramatic that it lead me to study and get my masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I now treat sciatic fairly regularly, and I would estimate 80% of my patients report relief. Acupuncture works better than chiropractic for sciatica IME. Here is a listing of practitioners in Salem, OR from www.acufinder.com: http://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture/Oregon/Salem Please research them and I hope you find one that will help you. Please update here if you go. Also, keep in mind that you may require more than two treatments before you notice any lasting effects. 4-6 is a usual course of treatment. Best wishesDOM
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  • I would be very careful about seeing a Chiropractor. It can definitely make any inflammation worse. I about croaked when the Chiro adjusted my lower back a few years ago. Although, I did keep going to the Chiro to have my upper back adjusted, due to overcompensating for the Sciatica pain.
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  • I would be very careful about seeing a Chiropractor. It can definitely make any inflammation worse. I about croaked when the Chiro adjusted my lower back a few years ago. Although, I did keep going to the Chiro to have my upper back adjusted, due to overcompensating for the Sciatica pain. Another reason why acupuncture works better IMO!DOM
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  • I have been dealing with terrible sciatica pain. Every morning I wake up I can hardly move at all the pain in so unbearable. There is alot of pain in my left buttocks, feels like muscle spams. It took me 20 to 30 minutes this morning to finally be able to move so I could get out of bed. Then when my feet touched the ground it took me a few more minutes to be able to move. I just sat in bed and prayed that God would help me to be able to get up. That's how bad my pain is. I'm going to a pain specialist next week, just don't know what else to do. I have a protruding disc in my lower back L4/L5. and a degenerative disc. I tell you I'm falling apart, lol. I stretch everyday, hoping to relieve some of the pain. I was walking a couple of miles a day, but have put a halt on that. How much exericse can I do without doing damage to my back? Thanks for listening, Cindy4hope
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  • I have been dealing with terrible sciatica pain. Every morning I wake up I can hardly move at all the pain in so unbearable. There is alot of pain in my left buttocks, feels like muscle spams. It took me 20 to 30 minutes this morning to finally be able to move so I could get out of bed. Then when my feet touched the ground it took me a few more minutes to be able to move. I just sat in bed and prayed that God would help me to be able to get up. That's how bad my pain is. I'm going to a pain specialist next week, just don't know what else to do. I have a protruding disc in my lower back L4/L5. and a degenerative disc. I tell you I'm falling apart, lol. I stretch everyday, hoping to relieve some of the pain. I was walking a couple of miles a day, but have put a halt on that. How much exericse can I do without doing damage to my back? Thanks for listening, Cindy4hope Stretching with sciatica is VERY tricky...do minimal stretching, and don't push it! Find a qualified acupuncturist - please do this it will really help! DOM
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  • My sciatica got so bad Saturday (April 12th) that it sent me to the emergency room. They gave me a pain shot and a muscle relaxer shot, both in the buttocks. To be honest it did very little for the pain. it just made me tired. I know I have to do something about this pain in my buttocks that radiates down my left leg, because the pain med is just masking the problem. I was give a prescription for Hydrocondone, and zaneflex neither of which have worked. I have an appointment to see a Painmangement Clinic Doctor on April 15th. I'm sure they will do another MRI since it's been a year since I had one and the pain has gotten much worse. Say a prayer for me, please. Cindy4hope
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  • My sciatica got so bad Saturday (April 12th) that it sent me to the emergency room. They gave me a pain shot and a muscle relaxer shot, both in the buttocks. To be honest it did very little for the pain. it just made me tired. I know I have to do something about this pain in my buttocks that radiates down my left leg, because the pain med is just masking the problem. I was give a prescription for Hydrocondone, and zaneflex neither of which have worked. I have an appointment to see a Painmangement Clinic Doctor on April 15th. I'm sure they will do another MRI since it's been a year since I had one and the pain has gotten much worse. Say a prayer for me, please. Cindy4hope Won't you consider acupuncture?DOM
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  • I just had a discectomy for a protruding disc at L4/L5 on May 5th. It's now been one week today since the surgery. I'm doing great as far as back pain, however I've been having a little pain in the back of my thigh and calf when I sit more then 10-15 minutes. I probably will have to give it more time to heal to be sure if the surgery was a sucess or not. I'm not having anywhere near the pain I had before the back surgery. I was so bad I could hardly get out of bed in the mornings. Could hardly walk without limping. all that is gone, just have a sore back, and a little pain in my left leg. I go to the neuro surgeon on Friday May 16th for a follow up visit. I'm thinking she will want me to start pt, to strengthen my back. Have any of you had a discectomy, if so how was your recovery? is the sciatica gone? Many Blessings, Cindy4hope :)
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  • My pain started about 6 months ago in my lower back. I had numbness in my whole right side of my body and then after awhile it switched or something because now I am having terrible burning in my left thigh and numbness. It hurts to walk and burns a lot when I lay down. Sitting feels a bit better but I am still in pain.I don't know what to do though because I have no insurance or job at the moment.Is there anything I can do?
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  • I would be very careful about seeing a Chiropractor. It can definitely make any inflammation worse. I about croaked when the Chiro adjusted my lower back a few years ago. Although, I did keep going to the Chiro to have my upper back adjusted, due to overcompensating for the Sciatica pain.I agree. I first started seeing a chiropractor for some mild lower back pain and I actually felt like he was helping. Started off going a couple times a week, then once a week, and then once a month, until one day I went for an adjustment and a bad adjustment made the pain shoot down my leg to my foot. I stopped seeing the chiropractor after I told him about the problem and his hesitation to perform anymore adjustment. He thought I should switch to massage therapy, which was bad since the therapist was pushing on the nerve causing more pain. I went to my primary care physician, who put me on Vicodin 5/500mg and Ibuprophen 800mg. The Vicodin helped for a little while, but I feel the Ibuprophen works much better. I take about 2-3 pills a day, which I'd rather not, but it definitely helps. My doctor also sent me to a physical therapist, who I went to for a while. It did make me understand that I need to strengthen my core and I feel it did help a little. My doctor also referred me to a pain therapist, which I will be seeing in two weeks.Hopefully that works.
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  • My pain started about 6 months ago in my lower back. I had numbness in my whole right side of my body and then after awhile it switched or something because now I am having terrible burning in my left thigh and numbness. It hurts to walk and burns a lot when I lay down. Sitting feels a bit better but I am still in pain. I don't know what to do though because I have no insurance or job at the moment. Is there anything I can do? I had plantar facisitis in both feet and suffered from fibromyalgia. I startedtreating the foot problem with sublingal B complex with a burst of B12 twice a day. It took about three months before I saw any significant results but eventually the foot problem was solved as well as my fibromyalgia. Occasionally I too suffer with extreme bouts of sciaticathese usually occur when I get lax about taking my B vitamins, I can go back on the B12 regimen and add B1 also and usually the sciatica will go away in a few days. I noticed that the accupuncture doctor also uses B12 to bathe the nerve endings. Note: I also had polio in 1956 and I feel thatthe damage from that disease has caused me to require extreme amounts of B vitamins to maintain my health. The sublingal B Complex is fairly cheap and can be found at WalMart. I have also found that cold weatherhormonal change and sugar cause all pain to increase. Try cutting out allsugar and starch for 2 to 3 days and see if stiffness and pain decrease.I have never had to result to any pain pills but I use Motrin or aspirin occasionally. Hope this helps.
    judy212 1 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
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  • Hello, I had sciatica problems on and off for 7 years when i had my first run in with it i didnt know what it was at the time cuz i was only 15, it didnt return after it went away for 5 yrs, then it came back, startin n my left leg it wasnt so bad mainly leg and butt pain, worse when i stood up or turn certain ways, then it moved to my right leg, pain in foot outside of right knee down my thigh and thro my butt, i went to dr numerous times and kept getting wrote off with pain killers, that made me sick or felt higher then a kite, i knew i didnt wanna live the rest of my life relyin on meds, then one night it got way way worse, i couldnt do anything not sit stand lay down i wanted to die!! went to ER they gave me shot n but sent me home, i fell asleep on couch for a couple hours, BAD IDEA!!!! i woke up and couldnt move cuz all the pain was back, i was home alone and couldnt get off the couch cuz the pain was to unbearable, finally i got up went back to ER they repeated shot and sent me home, made me wait for me reg doctor to get to clinic who in 2 minutes of seeing me admitted me to hospital, I ended up having a laminectomy, but i feel it wsa neglect on the doctors part it got that bad, getting the surgery was the best thing i ever did, i have NOT had one ounce of pain like that again since, its been 2 yrs, i dunno if it is becuz i was only 21 at time of surgery, but i recommend the surgery to anyone who is in that kind of pain, i knew deep down the pain was not gonna go away on its own. I am now having muscles spasms/twitches in the backs of my legs but they are not painful just constant, talked to the same dr who did surgery, and he thinks i have another bad disc....but if it starts to get painful i am more then willing to have surgery! just make sure you have a good surgeon, who is very experienced with that kind of surgery and it should go smoothly!! I hope this helped and gave anyone with this problem hope!!
    kateIOWA 1 Replies
    • November 19, 2008
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  • My sciatica started in May, 2008. Soon, I couldn't sit - the pain went all the way through my leg into my foot. Physical therapy and acupuncture didn't do anything. An MRI showed up a herniated disk, which the report said was the probable cause. Fortunately, my partner had gone through and survived sciatica some years ago. What cured him was reading the book, "Healing Back Pain" by Dr. John Sarno. The main thesis was that there's an epidemic of sciatica due to stress, that in turn causes physical changes in your body. In other words, the pain is not in your mind, but psychosomatic. Reading the book didn't quite help me - I was convinced the pain was due to my herniated disk. I went to see a doctor at George Washington Uiversity who specializes in this mind-body connection (Dr. Andrea Leonard-Segal). She did a thorough physical exam and determined that my reflexes were fine, and the herniation hadn't caused any problems like nerve damage or incontinence. She showed me how I precisely fit into the group most susceptible for this kind of pain (see Dr. Sarno's book). She said I should immediately stop using the words "I should do such-and-such" and rather say "I could do such-and-such OR I could not." I went to see her twice - the price was very high - $450 a session, and I wondered what I was getting out of it. My pain did not diminish, so I continued with the acupuncture. I thought about taking cortisone shots to the spine but was too scared. Then my acupuncturist said something very interesting - that surgery is done just for pain management. He said that herniated disks dry up and cure themselves within 6 months to a year – and it shows up in the MRI. This jibed with what I’d read in Dr. Sarno’s book. My family doctor, who'd had a ruptured disk himself, corroborated this - nothing had worked for him, but the pain had disappeared on its own after 2 years. So I decided to sit it out and wait. As I waited, I thought about the tremendous stress I’d put myself under over the past year. The sense of always having to do something, and do it perfectly. I tried to consciously move away from this. In addition, simple things like improved posture while seated helped. (My trick to not cross my legs: wear snow boots while seated, which makes it too uncomfortable to do so and forces you to sit with feet firmly planted on the floor). I started doing yoga every morning. (My yoga teacher independently told me that she didn’t think my pain was due to the herniated disk – this misdiagnosis is a common and documented phenomenon.) Also, some of Dr. Sarno's other philosophy started seeping in. I refused to be a victim. I started going bicycling every day, even when the weather turned very cold. I wouldn't have believed it, but by the end of November, the pain had lessened. Now, a month later, I can still feel the twinges, but it's definitely under control. I would have to say I'm over the hurdle, even if on some days it comes back. I can now sit, and I'm still riding my bicycle (which I actually enjoy – me, the perfect winter coward) – did it in 17 degree weather the other day. Most of the time (and sometimes for entire days) I’m just not conscious of anything amiss. My advice: Read Sarno's books (he has a couple - "The Mind-Body Connection" is also very good). Tell yourself that there's no real reason your body shouldn't have healed whatever's causing the sciatica by now. Don't fall into victimhood. I’ll say it again – don’t let yourself be a victim! Sciatica due to a herniated disk (and other reasons as well) is generally supposed to go away by itself in a certain amount of time, so if it hasn’t, there could be something else wrong – perhaps pressure you’re putting on yourself. This frame of mind definitely worked for me. I don’t mean to be facile, but if you’re patient enough, perhaps it will work for you. Good luck.
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    • December 30, 2008
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  • Has anyone experienced problems with bladder and bowel sith sciatica? I'm a little concerned! I have all the symptoms but my GP doesn't know what's wrong with me yet.
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  • Has anyone had problems with their bladder and bowel with sciatica? I have been straining everytime I urinate for about 12 days...not good.
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  • I was diagnosed about six months ago, saw neurosurgen, and had MRI and CT's which showed bulging L4 and L5discs both left and right sides pressing on my nerves, and surgen said it was degenerative. And 20% chance I'll need surgery down the track. I've been seeing a sports physio for a month who has given me stretches to do and told me to walk every day. Problem is, my legs at the end of the day can still go from under me, and having a nap on the couch can leave me waking up to back pain ***l. If I miss one days walk or my stretches morning and night, I'm in agony and limping while trying not to let my legs give way. I'm 33 years old, healthy weight, average height and have been fit all my life. But Surgen said this has been there for years. Is there more I can do apart from the stretches the physio gave me, and daily walks? I like the exercise but feel these are bandaid solutions. Is Yoga really worth it? Getting to wits end here and want my life back. Claire, Brisbane, Australia
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  • I am posting this as someone who has had the entire roller coaster of physical symptoms and emotional/psychological stresses that come with sciatica.One thing I can say is that: icing, ibuprofen, eat well ( i avoid stress-y things like caffiene and sugar), start with simple stretches and exercises and I had plenty of trial/error to tailor my regiment despite with my PT told me. I try not to eat when I'm anxious or sitting around..and when at home and awake rest in a zero gravity chair. These things, plus patience and trying not to spend too much time in your head are the best things I can suggest and wish I was hearing when I was early on in the process. To whomever is reading this; You might be "giving up" some time (i "lost" one year to it)..but i can say confidently that I am on the road to recovery with no surgery and other than the zero gravity chair (i use The Perfect Chair at work and at home) I have no magic bullets or devices.I am been seeing an Osteopath almost every week for a year and this has been important as well. Very gentle simple stretching and pressure point stuff. No doubt you (like myself) enter these situations with your guards up as you want to protect your body from further pain.Lastly, its been important for me to learn what are symptoms that become worse and what are symptoms that flare up and go away on their own. It's empowering as I have discovered that most of my symptoms DO go away eventually and do not get worse and knowing this has helped me keep my mind from racing. And I think the mind racing and the stress of your mind racing adds to things. My 2 cents.I hope I have given someone some peace today. You CAN make it through it. If you're not in constant extreme pain and you can find some patterns to your symptoms--hopefully like me you will be able to begin to understand your condition and tailor your recovery.I DID have to stop taking ibuprofen for a bit as it was upsetting my stomach but have found I don't NEED it anymore. Feel like taking a victory lap just for that.I still have a ways to go..I am not doing all the things I used to or wanted to..but I am seeing myself heal and I trust that by continuing to watch myself and be patient I will be back to "normal". I hope you do too.
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  • I have been dealing with sciatica for 3 years. It never goes away. I am in pain every hour of every day.I take 5 percocets and 3 valium and lyrica everyday. Every month my DR gives me a new pill to try, but it never works.Some days i feel like i'm loosing my mind. I'm lucky if I get 3 or 4 hours of sleep a day. I have tried everything from injections to pt to traction and botox ,triger point injections , deep tissue massage, rizotomy, caudle epidurals, you name it i've had it. I use an electric stimulater every 8 hours. I've had 5 emg's and 3 mri's and my Dr keeps telling me there is nothing she can do for me! I have been denied ssi 4 times. there are days when I can't even get out of bed. I have fallen down my steps several times. If anyone has any sugestions PLEASE let me know if there is any thing else I can try. I'll try anything if it would give me some ability to function normally. I have a 4 year old that I can't even take to the park and have fun with him.. I am only 30 years old and I can't imagine what this is going to be like when I get older.Yep.. Been there.. infact I am still there. Been 8 years now.. BUt I have much more problems with my back and bones , however.. I have a morphine pump. Maybe you should talk to a specialist about that..Good Luck!
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  • It is a piched nerve in the back. Energy is blocked from your lumbar vertebrae. I can fix you up and teach you how to help yourself. You can contact me PArjuna8510@yahoo.comI have helped many people FREE of cost as a social service.Good luck....
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