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Sciatica Relief Advice Please

Started by Anney on 04/20/2010 6:52pm

I had spinal fusion 6 months ago to treat an L5/S1 pars defect that was trapping my right side sciatic nerve. Unfortunately I still suffer pretty much the same level of sciatic pain. I have a TENS machine that is useful during the day but I cannot use it at night. I take Voltaren 3 times a day, 2 Tramadol 200, 2 Endone and supplement these with Panadeine Extra - but I still have a significant level of pain. I am 55 years old and retired from the workforce. I also have osteoartiritis and my right hip is pretty badly eroded but I am deferring hip replacement as far as I can stand it.

I have tried hydrotherapy but it did no good and the core strengthening exercises actually aggravated the pain. I am seeing a new physio today. I exercise by walking on a treadmill - aggravation is pretty severe after 2 kms, exercise bike for 30 minutes is about my limit and I do yoga for an hour 4-5 times a week. I have had 3 CAT scan guided spinal cortisone injections with varying degrees of success - the last was fairly useless. I am on a waiting list for hospital pain management treatment but I may have to wait up to 12 months until I see someone.

I am not sure whether anything I am doing is further aggravating the pain. Does anyone have any tips regarding exercise, stretching, medication, diet and anything else that might help me. Thanks in anticipation.

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I wish I had the answer as I too am dealing with sciatic pain. But mine is due to an arthritic back (lumbar region). I've tried all of the temporary fixes. Muscle relaxants, Schedule III drugs (Tylenol III), and over the counter medications. And yes , also yoga. But my pain reoccurs about every 10 days. I get where I litterally have to crawl to the bathroom, after an agonizing period of trying to get out of bed. Very warm baths help a little, but the pain returns as I try to get out of the tub. This may not be a good answer as I too am seeking one, (also with the assistance of my doctor), but stretching seems to loosen up the muscles and although it is quite painful to do, I seem to get relief within a day or so. But that just might be due to time. But I litterally do feel your pain and am awaiting helpful suggestions also.

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I have the same questions as you regarding sciatic pain. I have tried everything you have except the prescription meds. I too am looking for answers for relieving the sciatic pain from my spinal stenosis. I have gone to physical therapy, chiropractor, massage therapy, steroid shots in my back, I do an aquajog & arthritis swim classes 3 times a week and yoga 1 day per week. And I bought an inversion table about 6 weeks ago and hang every day for a few minutes. NOTHING has helped me yet. My low back (and into my butt) pain is constant, everyday but my sciatic pain comes and goes. Sometimes it last for weeks and then subsides for weeks.I have yet to figure out what if anything I am doing wrong or right. It is so frustrating. I have even started keeping a journal of what I do and how I feel everyday to try and make sense of the pain! UGH! My neurosurgeon says i need to have a laminectomy and fusion to fix my problems but I am terrified to go through all the surgery pain and end up still being in pain!
I am starting to believe there is no rhyme or reason to my pain~ it seems to come and go and doesn't seem to be related to anything I have done!
So I am with you in this search for answers~ Good luck to you (and I am sorry you went through the surgery and still have no relief!)

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I know how frustrating it is to have gone through all the effort you have and yet not have relief. After living with back pain, fusions, and muscle spasms for 40 years, I am once again facing another spinal operation in the fall. This is not something I look forward to, in fact my last surgery left me worse that I was before I had it, but I have to believe I can be better than I am. With that said, I can hopefully give you something new to try with your sciatica problem. When I am have the creepy crawlie pains, my husband massages from the hip down to the ankle. While I'm on my opposite side he puts a freezer pack [for aches] on my hip to calm the nerve and a small pillow between my knees to help keep the hip in a straight line position. I can usually get to sleep using this method. I hope it helps you.

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I have been diagnosed with degenerative arithritis, spinal stenosis. sciatica, and Reflex Sympathetic
Dystrophy.

My spinal problems involve both the cervical and lumbar regions causing facial numbness and pain on the left side of my face(cervical), and a severe case of sciatica (both legs) and disc pain (lumbar).

I have tried everything except surgery. Doctors say the odds for a successful outcome is 50/50. So far, I have decided not to have surgery. I have had 5 epidurals and one rizotomy. Two epiderals worked, one for 6 months, one for 9 months. The rizotomy worked for 4 months.

My ability to perform any type of rehab has been quite limited because of my RSD. Different diets have not helped.

The only thing that has had an effect on my pain is a regimen of Percocet. All others have not worked.

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VEARSAR . I HAVE A SON THAT WANT TO BET THE F OUT YOU jerk HEAD YOU MESS WITH ANY OFF US ANYMORE I WILL COME AFTER YOU YOU WON`T HAVE FINGERS ANYMORE . YOU GET IT YOU F///// HEAD DO YOU LIVE IN A HOLE. we are all here helping each other we are in massive pain and we will not have you. YOU GOT IT YOU JERK MY NAME IS MEL TRY THIS AGAIN AND I WILL GET YOU

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Hey folks, for what it's worth, have you guys sort 2nd and 3rd opinions about your problem? My own personal experience is that it took me 3 different opinions and a lot of personal research on what they said to finally choose my doctor. I had a herniated disc pressing on the siatica which numbed my entire right leg. My quality of life suffered and I was totally fed up of all the drugs and exercises that were supposed to solve the problem. The doctor did the surgery and I'm happy to say that it's now been 3 yrs and thank the lord I have not had any problems since. Reply to me if you'd like his name and number......but he's from the republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Trust me, I know what type of pain it is to have with your back and you can't sleep, sit, walk, bath, or even use the toilet properly......its a pain that humbles you.

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