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Old 01-29-06, 12:09 AM
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Sciatica anyone?

Holy crap am I in pain....serious agonizing pain. it's textbook sciatica in my right hip/butt and hamstring and it's really really really painful. I had this two years ago after a long research trip (driving and sitting for days on end) and the family chiropractor fixed me up fine in no time, but unfortunately, he's since passed away. I've been recommended another good one that i'm going to see on Monday hopefully, but until then I can only wince whenever I try to, well, do anyfuckingthing. i can't really bend over, i can't sit on the toilet....but at least I got some vicodin and soma from my mother-in-law, so shitting isn't in my future.

I know the root: I strained my back shovelling snow tuesday, and the weakness of my back muscles seems to have revived this same problem I had two years ago.

anyone else dealt with this? What worked for you to alleviate pain? Ice and heat helps...and i'm perfectly comfortable laying down with a pillow under my knees....it's the getting up and moving part that i'm having a problem with.
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Old 01-29-06, 12:14 AM
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Ive had it for 11 years...and Im only 32...anti-inflamitories used to help, but Viox was pulled off the market...my clownish doctors can find nothing wrong
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Old 01-29-06, 12:16 AM
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My dad was diagnosed with sciatica in Dec 04, I started a thread on it here, didn't get much info...

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=409657

He's currently still on temp disability, trying for permanent...
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Old 01-29-06, 12:39 AM
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vicodin and soma keep you from shitting? I gotta' start feeding some to our dogs.
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I get sciatica every once in a while; strangely usually after a really stressful time, but never during. I got it over Christmas break this year, which was a treat, so I was hobbling around most of my time off. It mostly bothers me while standing up from sitting and vice versa, but once I'm up or down, I'm usually comfortable. I think sleeping on the crappy pullout sofa-bed didn't help my problem either.

I usually take Advil and lie flat on my back with some ice, and that seems to help, at least temporarily. Once I got back to LA, I started riding a stationary recumbent bike everyday, and that has taken almost all of the pain away. I can't recommend that for everyone, but it works for me.
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Old 01-29-06, 08:17 AM
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There are no scat pictures, which you clearly described in the thread title. This thread does not deliver.
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Yup, had it surgically corrected in November of 2004 (lumbar laminectomy). The sciatica was caused by a congenital condition. Long, painful rehab afterwards but it was definitely worth it.
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Sciatica, Darling!
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Old 01-29-06, 07:20 PM
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I just got it two weeks ago, even went to the emergency room thinking it was some sort of hearnia, thankfully it wasn't. my hip/lower back left butt cheeck doesn't hurt as much now (returning to work tomorrow) but my hami sure does. The doctor gave me some super duper percacept and some anti-inflamatory that seems to have worked some what. A lot of weight and inactivity on my part sure lead to it. I'm 25 so i can only imagine what i have coming to me. Sorry Brizz but you gonna have to stay in bed without moving for a while. I'm feel your pain even as I type this. I got accupuncture and that helped get rid of the lower back pain leaving behind the most painful part.

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Old 01-29-06, 07:35 PM
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no....too much bedrest just prolongs things. need to keep moving - walking, whatever you can handle. I had the same thing two years ago as I said - you should really consider seeing a chiropractor or osteopath that is well regarded. My problem before, and likely now, was that my pelvis was out of whack and tilted, putting pressure on my lumbar spine and inflaming a disc. i was fine in a couple of weeks after getting it adjusted and exercising more. problem is i haven't been exercising at all and probably returned to my poor posture (I tend to have a "lean" to how I sit....not good over time).

feels a bit better today, not nearly as debillitating as it was last night.
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Old 01-30-06, 11:36 AM
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I think I had it for about 6 weeks last September. I had 2 MRIs, xrays, bloodtest, urine test and poked and prodded every which way and the doctor had no idea what was causing the pain. It was in my hip/but and would travel down my leg to the knee and right below the knee. Hydrocodone helped some, but I was miserable most of those 6 weeks. I have no idea how I did it, but I know how I made it worse. I had a slight, constant numb feeling in my hip, then I went and played a round of golf, and that was not what I needed. That flaired it up.
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Old 08-26-06, 08:48 PM
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Brizz, how long before it went away? My current flare up has been going strong since Aug 8th. My back spasmed up at first and that made it so I couldn't move like you described. Staying in one position, ok. Moving, not. Now I can move freely but the pain in my ass is literal. It hurts to walk (all on the right side). I've been going to the chiropractor 3X a week since the day it started and he said only ice. I probably ice my lower back/butt 3 times a day. For the first 2 weeks I lived on Motrin. HOW LONG does it take to get over this??
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
vicodin and soma keep you from shitting? I gotta' start feeding some to our dogs.
Didn't realize this was a bumped thread and my first reaction was, "What a moran...my doc was more worried about me getting constipated than addicted to vicodin."

Stupid life lessons.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Didn't realize this was a bumped thread and my first reaction was, "What a moran...my doc was more worried about me getting constipated than addicted to vicodin."

Stupid life lessons.
Weird... I woulda thought you would have been fixated on the icing of the body parts stuff.
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I am trying to block it from my mind. And after a very bad day, I had just taken some vicodin.
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On topic.. up to 6 weeks is somewhat normal from a google search for pain to stop, longer means go see a doctor if you haven't already...

Off topic... Hey kvrdave, how's the vice part of the presidency working for ya? I always thought that might be the best stuff..
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Old 08-27-06, 02:34 AM
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I've been taking vicodin every four hours for a week now with no constipation plus it did make watching the entire Deadwood Season One more interesting.
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Sorry to hear of your pain brizz. Get well soon buddy.

edited to add: oh shit it's a bumped thread!

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I'm rapidly finding acupuncture to be incredible in treating pain that I've had. It's not sciatica for me (although I may be experiencing small symptoms of it), it's got to do with the ulnar nerve, running from the spinal cord down the outside of the arm towards the pinky.

Why not give acupuncture a try? It's not meant to be a one treatment cure, it can require several treatments, but one of the far less invasive ways of trying to treat the source of the problem, as opposed to taking various painkillers which treat the symptoms but not the actual problem.

I know I found www.acupunctureflorida.com and I've gone twice (although each visit was for different symptoms that ultimately relate to the same problem...neck pains and headaches and then the following day for pains specifically in the wrist and pinky.
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Old 08-27-06, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by mosquitobite
Brizz, how long before it went away? My current flare up has been going strong since Aug 8th. My back spasmed up at first and that made it so I couldn't move like you described. Staying in one position, ok. Moving, not. Now I can move freely but the pain in my ass is literal. It hurts to walk (all on the right side). I've been going to the chiropractor 3X a week since the day it started and he said only ice. I probably ice my lower back/butt 3 times a day. For the first 2 weeks I lived on Motrin. HOW LONG does it take to get over this??
well, the reason I didn't update this is because a few days after I posted this I ended up in the ER with a completely prolapsed disc. I was on the floor and couldn't move. It appears the sciatica was the beginning of the disc bulging out (or it probably had been for a few years and finally got inflamed enough to hurt) and then over the course of the week it got worse and worse until it popped. So how long before it got better? well, about 2 months of physical therapy (including traction and e-stim) followed by two steroid injections into the nerve canal next to my spine. The second one did the trick finally, so I was back to relatively normal by the 4th - of JULY. yep...about 6 months from start to finish. not fun.

I was using a walker for the first week just to get to the bathroom. then a cane for a couple of weeks to get around. It was easily the most painful and terrible experience of my life. Amazingly, despite being bedridden for the first couple of months for the most part, going to PT every other day really helped and I lost a bunch of weight. they work your ass off, which is what you need to do. it hurts, but it's necessary. I quit drinking too for a few months because of all the pain meds, and now do so infrequently, so I think that helped the weight too. Losing 25lbs was probably just as important to healing as anything else.

so anyway, I would strongly suggest seeing an osteopath or a physical therapist in addition to the chiropractor. You need to get treatment beyond chiropractic care to help heal the injury. Interestingly enough, all the research i did on back pain during this long ordeal was pretty enlightening. Apparently the nerves retain pain memories just like muscles can, and they will continue to bother you even after the swelling has gone down. you have to retrain them not to signal pain by working through it.

If you have the Discovery Health channel, there's a great 1hr show called "Breaking Down Back Pain" that's on periodically. I just happened upon it late at night while laid up.....it was excellent and lays out the options, and provides a necessary caution to back surgery.
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For actual and lasting relief, one word: yoga. Painkillers won't help to fix anything. And they can even deter efforts to address the actual problem with temporary relief.

But beware classes taught by the aerobics-instructor-moonlighting-to catch-a trend type. Yoga is all about doing what your body can do at your pace, not painfully forcing yourself into the correct posture or keeping up with the instructor. If this is how yor class is being run, then walk out the door!. Yoga is a very slow and contemplative workout, which does not involve rushing through one posture to get to the next. (I've seen this a few times at the "health club" yoga classes.) An entire good workout can have just 3-4 posutres or 1-2 sequences. Over time it gradually increases flexibility and strength, and pains you thought were permanent may go away.

Also, I'd recommend one of Richard Hittleman's books to start out or just get a proper idea of how to approach yoga. His intro stuff sets the tone about breathing and stopping when you feel resistance and relaxing from there towards a given posture.
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well, the reason I didn't update this is because a few days after I posted this I ended up in the ER with a completely prolapsed disc.


Luckily, I'm not overweight, I don't drink, and I've been going to a chiropractor who specializes in rehab (especially sports rehab). He has a 1000 sq ft physical therapy room in his office. I'm supposed to finally start rehab today. He wanted me to start rehab last week, but he didn't think I was ready.

I cleaned house on Sat because I was feeling somewhat better. Regretted it Sunday because I couldn't walk at all without sharp pains in my leg. I did joke with my husband about getting a cane!

Sorry to hear you ended up so bad and did actually have to use a walker/cane. I've just been limping trying not to put too much weight on the right leg.

Drmoze, I like the idea about yoga. You don't see a lot of yoga places here in Indiana, but I'll look for one!
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Another possibility for those that think they have sciatica is SI Joint Dysfunction. Apparantly it is often misdiagnosed as sciatica or other leg or back issues. It involves the pelvis being misaligned or slipping out of position. Most PT's and orthopedists I have been to about my SIJD didn't really know much about it. I went to a supposedly top-notch back specialist who had never heard of it. Dumbass.

Check out the following link. There is a very long FAQ on SIJD here:

http://www.kalindra.com/faq.htm
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Another possibility for those that think they have sciatica is SI Joint Dysfunction. Apparantly it is often misdiagnosed as sciatica or other leg or back issues. It involves the pelvis being misaligned or slipping out of position. Most PT's and orthopedists I have been to about my SIJD didn't really know much about it. I went to a supposedly top-notch back specialist who had never heard of it. Dumbass.
As a chiropractor, I see my share of people complaining about these problems (sciatica and SI problems). You can have a misalignment manifesting as pain in one of your SI joints (you have a left and a right), and yes, it can be quite painful, but I think that most pain caused by SI problems is local, rather than radiating (i.e. the pain doesn't necessarily shoot down your rear end, your posterior thigh, and into your leg, as can be the case with sciatica). There is no nerve in the SI Joint, so the sciatic nerve isn't directly stimulated when there's a misalignment there.

Here's something else to consider when told you have "sciatica"-- Piriformis Syndrome (Google it, as there are tons of articles). Basically, it's where a muscle in your pelvis contracts and irritates the sciatic nerve, causing sciatic nerve pain. On some people the sciatic nerve actually runs through the piriformis muscle itself (this isn't true for everyone), so contracture of the muscle can really put pressure on the nerve.
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