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Sciatica Pain

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:03 am
by ordryan28
Hey all,

this is my first post in here in nearly 3 years, but it feels good to be back. So I am still only 21, but I recently herniated a disc in my back weightlifting, and pinched my sciatic nerve..which leads to a set of symptoms known as sciatica. have any of you guys had this pain before? I am currently taking muscle relaxants and vicodin which are always good to ease the pain, but what did you do for yours? how long did it stay with you?

Ryan

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:12 am
by PacNWjet
Quoting ORDRyan28 (Thread starter):
but what did you do for yours? how long did it stay with you?

I have had mild sciatica for over 15 years. Usually taking 200 milligrams of ibuprofen does the trick. I am under doctor's orders to take ibuprofen for an unrelated optical issue, so it works out well that the ibuprofen kills two birds with one stone.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:41 am
by kmh1956
Not sciatica as such; I've got degrading discs in my spine just below my neck, which have unfortunately started to bulge as well. I've had everything...massage therapy, manipulation, cortisone shots at the base of my neck (one on each side...ouch!) and, my last treatment...and a last resort...epidural treatment. Trust me...if anyone suggests epidural treatment, RUN. This little bastard HURT!!! Two needles, plus scope...nothing beforehand to relax me...and, apparently a local anesthetic (oh, really?) I felt every damn thing. Never again...my back/neck/shoulders are still painful.

In my case,with any luck, once the discs have degraded completely, the spinal bones will fuse and I'll be pain-free...bit it's going to take years...or surgery.

You have all my sympathy/empathy for your pain...make sure you check out all avenues for pain relief...and avoid the epidural, if it's ever suggested.

Good luck!!!

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:19 am
by QANTAS077
had it for 2 years every single day! my disc herniated whilst helping someone else with a crook back, it got to the point where I was having cortisone injections to try and ease the swelling and let the disc settle back into place...it never worked and one day in August a few years ago the disc rupture completely which rendered me paralyzed for a short period, most excruciating pain I have ever felt!

to fix the rupture the surgeon cut away most of L4 disc and did some other stuff....as a result I now have some nerve damage down the left leg, worst time is at night when the leg twitches and cramps up spontaneously! can take me ages to get the cramp out.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:50 am
by stasisLAX
Quoting qantas077 (Reply 3):
to fix the rupture the surgeon cut away most of L4 disc and did some other stuff....as a result I now have some nerve damage down the left leg, worst time is at night when the leg twitches and cramps up spontaneously!

Same issue here, my friend. I take 4 Tramadols and Soma muscle relaxants, and some anti-nerve damage meds for my degenerative spondylolisthesis condition. I unfortunately have serious weakness and numbness in the legs which the epidural steroid injections have not alleviated. I have now had sciatica daily for period of months. Physical therapy had helped to decrease the back pain associated with the slipping of the vertebra, but does nothing to improve the nerve compression due to stenosis. I've already has cervical spinal disc fusion done, which was only partially successful - the doctors now want me to have lumbar spinal surgery, which I am delaying until I cannot handle the pain any longer - the surgery can led to all kinds of post-operative issues as well.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:28 pm
by connies4ever
Quoting ORDRyan28 (Thread starter):
this is my first post in here in nearly 3 years, but it feels good to be back. So I am still only 21, but I recently herniated a disc in my back weightlifting, and pinched my sciatic nerve..which leads to a set of symptoms known as sciatica.

Sorry to hear of your problems. Unusual at your age to get sciatica, I would think.

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 1):
I have had mild sciatica for over 15 years. Usually taking 200 milligrams of ibuprofen does the trick. I am under doctor's orders to take ibuprofen for an unrelated optical issue, so it works out well that the ibuprofen kills two birds with one stone.

Herniated my L5S1 disc twice, likely from distance running. Both times the back specialist convinced me that waiting it out was better than surgery -- and, since it went away both times after about 6 months, he was right. And, I'm 58 and still running.

I used Ibuprofen as well, mostly 200 mg but sometimes 400. Raises your BP a little, but no other side effects that I noted. Now, Naprocen, which I used both times right at the start, short term memory loss, balance issues. Also your bowels get a little loose. That is one powerful anti-inflam.
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RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:02 am
by MattRB
Did my L4L5 & L5S1 in during the winter of 2008. Did one of them in again just recently. Both times I had physiotherapy to help me strengthen my core. I've also hit the gym recently as well.

Walking helps. Just remember to walk tall (upright) and engage your core muscles while doing so.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:06 pm
by Braybuddy
Four years ago I slipped on water at the top of my wooden stairs and my rear end had the pleasure of very intimate contact with every step right down to the hallway. Subsequent back and leg pain was diagnosed as sciatica, which had moe out of work for four months. I was prescribed Solpadol (prescription strength paracetemol and codeine) which was not terribly successful. Eventually my doctor suggested an epidural, and outlined the risks (very minor). I took a chance and the pain disappeared immediately, although a month or so later it returned, albeit reduced by about 90 per cent. Six months later he suggested a second epidural, so I jumped at it, and have never looked back. The pain has never returned.

Quoting kmh1956 (Reply 2):
Trust me...if anyone suggests epidural treatment, RUN. This little bastard HURT!!! Two needles, plus scope...nothing beforehand to relax me...and, apparently a local anesthetic (oh, really?) I felt every damn thing. Never again...my back/neck/shoulders are still painful.

The first time I was given a shot of morphine beforehand, so I never felt a thing. And strangely, the second time I didn't get the morphine, yet didn't feel a thing either, apart from a mild crunching in my spine. I suppose it's differernt for everyone, and can depend on your doctor.

I'd seriously discuss this option with him.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:28 pm
by Bongodog1964
When I had an attack, I realised why people had told me that sciatica is a pain in the ass, because thats right where the pain is. My attack wore off after about two weeks, but was fairly horrendous in the meantime. I found it was the transition from sitting to standing and vice versa which was the worst.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:08 pm
by ScarletHarlot
L5S1 for me as well. I ended up having a cortisone shot which was excellent. What it does is to isolate the herniation from your immune system so your body does not attack the spongy disc tissue that has poked out of the muscle fibre. Then the body can heal itself without you being in as much pain from swelling. But the thing is, you have to give it time. I am a wimp and so I took it very easy for three months - no lifting anything over 10 pounds for that time, no strong exertion, physiotherapy, etc. - and I healed nicely and haven't had any trouble since. A good friend of mine got the same hernation and since she's not a wimp she continued through the pain. She had cortisone shots twice and it didn't work because she did not allow herself to heal. She finally had to have surgery after the doctors told her that if she didn't do anything she was risking damaging the nerves to her bladder permanently, resulting in incontinence.

So listen to your body and take it easy for a good long period of time. And watch that vicodin! Muscle relaxers won't really help you, because the sciatica is caused by the herniated disc causing swelling which presses against your sciatic nerve. It's not muscular.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:24 pm
by Noris
I suffer from Sciatica from time to time, I was first diagnosed with it around 2001 and my GP prescribed me Diclofenac to reduce the swelling and ease the pain. I was also given physiotherapy where the therapist tried to sculpt me into positions even David Copperfield would struggle to get into - that hurt.

What I found more useful than anything though, was to lie flat out on a hard surface (i.e. the floor) at the onset of any symptoms for a while.

Rgds.

RE: Sciatica Pain

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:04 am
by connies4ever
Quoting Noris (Reply 10):
What I found more useful than anything though, was to lie flat out on a hard surface (i.e. the floor) at the onset of any symptoms for a while.

My 1st occurrence, the physiotherapist suggested 2-3 times a day lie face down on the floor with a couple of text books in my gut. This was supposed to stretch the muscles and ligaments in the lower back somewhat, which would then be more relaxed for a while when walking. It seemed to give some relief, at least for a while.

Caused some interesting office conversations, mind you.