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sciatica?

Started by samplrl on 06/04/2010 4:12pm

Hey folks!

Here we go. Opinion(s) from folks that have this issue. No guessing! Enough of that stuff already.

I have had a PIA for years. lol OK, more specific, me butt! I have been in shape for most of my life. Would still be, if not for this aliment. I noticed when lifting weights (yes, old gym rat) 6yrs ago that after lifting, I was REALLY sore in right check when "sitting". Now, years later, I NEVER sit where ever I go if I don't HAVE to sit. That is how bad it is. I am a software developer and this is my job! Ouch! Yea, I am joking around a bit, but standing up typing. Not fun. Very serious chronic pain.

The only thing that really helped in past was walking on tread mill. 10% incline, worked me muscles I suppose (streched and moving them). The standard back execrsies work as well, but today... short term relief. I can't spend my ENTIRE day at work streaching and walking stairs.

I went through all those Ep shots. X-rays, yea, they show nothing which surprised me. How can something hurt this bad and not show up like a neon light!? Ugh!

Who has the same situation and got relief, I would love to hear from you and what worked. I can only take so many those pain pills a day. And they are less effective as the years go by.
Yes, years! All I want to do is sit... without pain.

oh! anyone have a line on chairs, yea, send them my way. Looking into zero gravity, but not sure if they work.

Rick

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Rick,
i have a herniated disc at L4-L5 and i started with the same symptoms and nothing came up on my x rays either. i think the best way to see if you have any disc "issues" (bulging disc, herniated disc, etc..) is to get an MRI or at least a CT scan. i had an epidural shot also and that still gave me no relief and i'm getting a discectomy or a fusion in the next couple of months. i hope this helps out some..

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I've been having a bout of sciatica from spondylolisthesis. I decided to try acupuncture this week. I've had two treatments and I can honestly tell you its better. The treatments are painful, like yesterday when she hit the nerve with the needle and it shocked down to my toes. I'm kind of dreading tomorrow when I go again.

But it has helped. I don't have a problem sitting, with me its standing for a long time or twisting.

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Hi samplrl
It is not suprising that the cause of your sciatica was not found, that means you are in the 85% majority that has undiagnosable low back/sciatica pain. Since you have been suffering for the past 6 years I would assume you have tried everything you could to get relief, so it would be interesting to know exactly what things give you relief. You mentioned walking on an inclined treadmill, are there other things, i.e. do you get relief when you lay down with your knees up or with your legs raised as on an armchair or sofa? If you do get relief in those positions it is a strong indication that your sciatica pain is a result of pressure on a nerve as those positions offer the most "unloading" of the lumbar that you can achieve in a passive manner. And, if you do get relief in those positions, take a look at the Trekke Lumbar Lift, it is new to the market and will provide you with the same unloading, but it will also allow you to be mobile, active and as near normal as you could hope for.

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Anyone have a line on chairs that would help? Office chairs. I already burned through 2 that are supposed to be ergo, but they just sit me straight up, which is the problem. All the weight right on me bumm! Not good.

Looking into zero gravity, but not sure if they work.

Anyone?

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Here, I have read some silly to horrifying stuff!

Before I 'even think' about surgery, I need to expend all remaining on the other options. (But running out... quickly!)

I can tolerate the pain when not at work. I am a computer guy, so I sit on my A$$ for a living.
So, getting comfortable either by seat cushion, ergo chair, whatever will no doubt save me years before surgery.

I have tried an ergo chair. Problem, it sits me STRAIGHT up / down. Fine, if I didn't have sciatica. So, anyone have any good chairs / cushions that actaully work? I have that wedge cushion. doesn't work worth a !@#$.

I have a "short list" of surgeons in SLMO. How do I dig deeper and find the "best" one for my issues?

Was hard headed. When I was at pain management, I only took so many pills a day.
Focus at work and not a doper thing. Couldn't live in a haze. Purple or otherwise. lol
He offered more, but I am 50, so wasn't trying to get buzzed.

But now... I am now getting less hard headed. I am in flipping pain and simply can NOT stand it.

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also, anyone try those "Kneeling Chairs"?

Thanks Rick

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Hi samplrl
I tried the kneeling chairs and didn't care for them much. I find I like a chair back to lean/push against to get relief and they don't have that. I also tried the "ball" chair and although it was fun, because it didn't have a back I had the same result. I did buy a high end office chair, $500+ and it works pretty well.

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ok, a year later, now I am on short term disability. Just could NOT take it any longer, ask Doc for referral, sent me to a Pain Management Dr. Doing the shots right now. No change just like last time.

Got my MRI back and reviewed with Doc. Two discs have increased in bulge, upper discs are degrading. SUCKS! No obvious disc trama, nothing real obvious as the specific cause. (Mult areas along with arthritis)

I am DONE with the BS. I think I need a surgeon to do an eval and quit wasting my time on shots in back that have done nothing. Had them in my knees and worked wonders and quick, but never worked in my back.

I stretch my back (decompress) and pain lessens. I walk, not too far, and pain lessens. Lying down with feet up, pain lessens.
Sitting - is a joke! After a few minutes the pain starts building.

The only way I can explain what it feels like is, sit on a golf ball under both cheeks.
No, not excruciating pain at first. Sit on them ALL DAY LONG and you will be ready to throw the chair out the dm window!!! LOL

I been looking around for surgeons. One name keeps coming up. Dr. Robson (St. Louis MO). Anyone know / heard about him?

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I am 30 years old & I had very bad sciatica which was the result of an L4/L5 disc herniation. My pain began in Nov 2009 with a slight pain in my lower back. 3 months later it had become an intense sciatica pain in my butt & shooting down my entire left leg. I tried all kinds of meds, physical therapy, chiropractor, steroid shots, acupuncture. Nothing worked for me. Nothing gave even a bit of relief from the pain. I was unable to work & hardly able to leave the house due to the fact that I couldn't walk, couldn't stand up straight, couldn't lie down, couldn't sleep. I had the most awful year of my life. Nothing showed up on my Xrays. The MRI showed a bad herniation. (Of note, my first xrays showed nothing, but I finally had more done elsewhere & they found out that I have an "extra" vertebra which means my 1st Dr might have been injecting the steriods in the wrong place). I started this whole process scared of having surgery because my dad had 2 unsuccessful ones. After a year of awful pain, they couldn't get me into the OR fast enough. I had a microdiscectomy done in Nov 2010. That was the best thing EVER! I had a week of postsurgery recovery where I couldn't bend or sit or move very well. The next week was much better. I was restricted to not lifting over 5-10 lbs for a couple months & had physical therapy a few times a week for a month. It's not 8 months later & I'm thrilled! I still get a little stiff in my lower back when I do yard work or overwork my back, but I can walk as far as I want, cycle, pick up my nephew, go for long road trips, everything I used to do. I have zero regrets about having my microdiscectomy.

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my bulging disc wasn't seen on the xray, the mri or the myleogram and was almost missed on the ct scan.. the radiologist even missed it. my neurosurgeon said probably because it was bulging to the side. i sit at a computer all day too and it's horrible.. you should see the set-up i have at my workstation ~ LOL.. but what helps me is something under my feet to make my knees at least as high as my hips, good lumbar support and i add a heating pad ~ even though my back has NEVER really hurt through this mess but that is where the problem lies and a FLAT surface to my chair.. if the chair has extra padding on the sides it kills my behind.. good luck! sandy

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Lumbar traction relieved my severe sciatica. So much so that my insurance company paid for a home traction device. I never had surgery on my lumbar spine even though it was recommended.

But then I started falling, MD sent me to PT. Pt sent back to MD who did a new lumbar MRI, sent me to Neurosurgeon since spinal cord was compressed in three areas of lumbar spine. NS ordered cervical MRI and stated falling was due to cervical compression, not lumbar.Cervical MRI showed spinal compression as well and I had ACDF surgery, 3 level with hardware, 4 weeks ago today.

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