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Severe sciatica muscle spasms have caused me muscle locking and spinal misalignment.

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  • Posted By: SaraGosling1985
  • August 24, 2009
  • 07:59 PM

Hi all.

I'm wondering if anyone on here could help me. For several months I've intermittently had mid/lower back pain which varies from a dull ache to a sharp pain, but the pain has tended to be pretty mild or moderate, and so I usually just got on with it or took a couple of painkillers, and never approached my GP about it (I'm not the sort of person who goes to the doctors if they can help it - the last time I went with a medical problem was years ago).

However, last Monday I woke up with a worse back pain than usual but attempted to carry on through the day. However, as the day went on I got increasingly sharp and painful stabbing pains that went through my back and down my right side that were reducing me to tears. By evening time I was in a lot of pain anyway, but as I merely leaned over to put some washing in the washing bin I was hit by agonising muscle spasms through the muscles over my right hip and lower back. I've never felt pain like it. I could'nt stop crying and screaming. It felt like I was being repeatedly stabbed in the back with a knife that was wired up to a 240 volt electricity socket. I could'nt make the tiniest movement without triggering another muscle spasm. I could'nt even get on the toilet to urinate. When I saw myself in the mirror I was shocked, as I was completely tilted over to my left side where a muscle over my right hip had swollen and then locked. I was terrified. Luckily my Mum was home who helped me get into bed, where I then lay awake all night in horrendous pain.

The next day (Tuesday) I made an urgent appointment to see a locum GP, as I was still heavily tilted to one side and still experiencing severe muscle spasms. My spine was so bent to one side that she (the doctor) at first assumed that I had had congenital scolosis from birth. When I explained what happened she prescribed me diazepam for muscle spasms, and told me to take some over the counter co-codyamol and ibuprofen and come back to see her in a few days. I also tried hot-water bottles, cold packs, walking short distances and doing some streching exercises that the doctor recomended in the meanwhile.

When I went back on Friday my spine was still tilted to one side, and I was still in some pain (although milder than it had been) and getting tingling in my left back, buttock, and thigh. However, my spine was still so tilted even after taking all the medication, that she thought I most likely had fractured a bone in my spine and sent me to A&E for x-rays which thankfully came back clear. Folllowing a consultation with the A&E doctor she told me that I most likely have sciatica, and that on Monday the sciatica must have caused such extreme agonising muscle spasms on my right-hand side that they became so inflamed that they pushed my spine out of alignment and then locked, causing the effect of scolosis, and probably increasing my pain even further my aggrevating the nerves in my spine. I have now been prescribed dihydrocodeine for the pain, which I'm taking with ibuprofen and diazepam. The pain medication has definately helped with the pain (even though I feel drowsy) but my spine is still tilted completely out of alignment, and my hips are out of alignment too. I'm still doing trying to do the stretching exercises and light walking as well. I'm getting really uncomfortable now (spending a whole week tilted to one side is'nt much fun)!

My question is whether this has ever happened to anyone else? And if so can you tell me when this problem is likely to resolve itself and also if it likely to re-occour? I'm really terrified of this happening again. The pain was unbearable. Also, at the moment I've just been offered a new and really exciting new job which I'm due to start soon as soon as I get CRB clearance back. However it's quite physically demanding and is also going to involve a lot of driving as it's in quite a remote location, and I don't want to have to take time off work all the time. I don't know what to do to prevent this happening again. I'm a normal weight for my height, reasonably fit (I like cycling and walking), and eat relatively healthily, and I'm only 24. Can anyone help me? I'm so new to this I don't really know what's going on and what's going to happen in the future.

Apologies for such a long post, and I'd be really, really grateful for any help or information anyone could give me.

Sara.

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