Sciatica

Posted by liz223 @liz223, Tue, Mar 26 6:37am

I'm still fighting Sciatica. I had my last spinal injection 3/11. This one did not work well as the two before did. I developed a steroid headache and my blood pressure went dangerously high. I spent two different nights in the ER. I still have the pain as well as weakness in my leg. I have fallen a number of times and now using a walker. I plan to call for an appointment with a neurosurgeon this morning. I'm hoping there is an answer other than surgery because I am 87 years old and do not want to face surgery. A physical therapist is coming to my home today and I am looking forward to whatever he has to suggest. I can find no medication to stop this pain. Any suggestions?

Hi @liz223, I'd like to invite @lioness, @richman54660, @qball2019, @ellerbracke, @harley105, and @smiseel to this discussion as they have all recently discussed sciatica on Connect. Perhaps they could share some tips or coping mechanisms they have tried with the sciatica. How did the in-home physical therapy session go?

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I too had sciatica, worst pain I ever had. Went thru the spinal injections, chiropractor, therapies, Finally had a laminectomy, which freed up some room for L4,L5. Took about 3 months for the pain to go away. I was about 80 at the time and had a bad reaction from the operation, Spent 9 days in rehab.. I would do it again,the pain was that severe.

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Hi @liz223, I'd like to invite @lioness, @richman54660, @qball2019, @ellerbracke, @harley105, and @smiseel to this discussion as they have all recently discussed sciatica on Connect. Perhaps they could share some tips or coping mechanisms they have tried with the sciatica. How did the in-home physical therapy session go?

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The in-home physical therapy went well. However, pain is still with me. I have called a Neurosurgeon for the 2nd time with no reply as yet. I actually am afraid of the surgery because of my age (87). I did the exercises on my own today.

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I too had sciatica, worst pain I ever had. Went thru the spinal injections, chiropractor, therapies, Finally had a laminectomy, which freed up some room for L4,L5. Took about 3 months for the pain to go away. I was about 80 at the time and had a bad reaction from the operation, Spent 9 days in rehab.. I would do it again,the pain was that severe.

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I agree that the pain from sciatica is horrible. I honestly don't know how I can live with it. I'm sorry you had a difficult time with the surgery. I am afraid of it.

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@liz223

The in-home physical therapy went well. However, pain is still with me. I have called a Neurosurgeon for the 2nd time with no reply as yet. I actually am afraid of the surgery because of my age (87). I did the exercises on my own today.

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@liz223 Hi I have had sciatica pain which is a constant pain for quit awhile Ive done P.T.,in home exercises chiropractor but pain still there I dont want to have surgery but may have to am seeing my Dr soon see what she think Good luck to us all

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@liz223

The in-home physical therapy went well. However, pain is still with me. I have called a Neurosurgeon for the 2nd time with no reply as yet. I actually am afraid of the surgery because of my age (87). I did the exercises on my own today.

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@liz223 Heres a picture of our Poppies after all the rain

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@liz223

The in-home physical therapy went well. However, pain is still with me. I have called a Neurosurgeon for the 2nd time with no reply as yet. I actually am afraid of the surgery because of my age (87). I did the exercises on my own today.

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@liz223 Hi Liz. What you might want to consider to help sciatic pain would be myofascial release work. My physical therapist is trained in this. I'm guessing that you may sit a lot, and your hip flexor muscles are tight. You can also have some pelvis alignment issues that contribute to it. All of this can pull on your spine increasing pain. If you get things loosened up and moving properly that might help. Are you able to walk? Here's a link where you can learn about how MFR helps. I have sciatica from time to time and this has helped me. There is also a therapist finder on the myofascial release website with contact information. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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@liz223

The in-home physical therapy went well. However, pain is still with me. I have called a Neurosurgeon for the 2nd time with no reply as yet. I actually am afraid of the surgery because of my age (87). I did the exercises on my own today.

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what exercises?

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@amomynous

what exercises?

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@amomynous I do stretching of the key leg straight up pulling back towards chest P.T. said to do 3sessions of 10 increase it if you can before exercise use heat on sciatica first and ice after about 10 minutes then on floor knees towards chest roll side to side same routine Dr told me .

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I had a friend whose husband had a vertebrae compression fracture (when 2 or more vertebrae press on each other and eventually a stress fracture forms.)
He was in terrible pain and had to spend weeks in bed until the fracture healed enough for him to start moving.
I also have heard that too many steroid shots can weaken or even rupture tendons. I do not know how many would be too much, probably depends on the person. I had sciatica once and also got a shot. It did not work either, although it did not give me a headache or anything like that. I finally decided to go to a chiropractor. The x-ray showed I had the beginnings of Degenerative Disc Disease (aka: arthritis of the spine) and the spaces between several of my lower discs was narrowing. Also had a bone spur on one disc that was narrowing the space. He gave me several adjustments (over several weeks) and exercises to keep my discs spread out more and to strengthen my back. If I don't do them, I can start feeling it.

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@airey2 That is what I have in sciatica since I wrote a day ago it is feeling better Ive been just resting and doing the exercises I think one more treatment may do it .. I,ll have my massage first then chiropractor I also had a L 2 compressed fracture it was a workers comp case so was in a turtle shell brace for 3 months then aqua therapy for 6 months but it healed but left the rest of my back on the left side weak that was the compression at. I'm loaded with O.A> in back oh isn't it great to get old. lol

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Thanks to all who replied. It seems that I'm getting no better. It is painful to walk, even with a walker. I'm trying to get new MRI to take to Neurosurgeon, who I plan to go see even if I don't get surgery. Would like to know if there are any other options for me.

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@liz223

Thanks to all who replied. It seems that I'm getting no better. It is painful to walk, even with a walker. I'm trying to get new MRI to take to Neurosurgeon, who I plan to go see even if I don't get surgery. Would like to know if there are any other options for me.

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Talk to neurosurgeon and he will answer your question. I lost the ability to walk due to sciatica. Gave me therapy and it helped but didn’t cure. Had surgery at 82. If you are in good health age isn’t an issue. Good luck and God bless.

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@liz223

Thanks to all who replied. It seems that I'm getting no better. It is painful to walk, even with a walker. I'm trying to get new MRI to take to Neurosurgeon, who I plan to go see even if I don't get surgery. Would like to know if there are any other options for me.

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@liz223 My sciatica party n started a month ago So far I've had P.T. Then massage and chiropractic treatment each treatment I can see and feel the nerve being released more Its not there yet I'm going again this week till it is better I left it go to long and it is harder to fix but I can tell it is getting there I hope you get some relief soon.

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i had been taking hydrocodone and gabapentin. my husband convinced me to cancel the hydrocodone and double my gabapentin and prednisone. the results have been miraculous

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