Sciatica pain

Posted by junebug15 @junebug15, May 1, 2017

Am dealing with pain on my left side radiating down my leg with numbness and tingling, diagnosed as sciatica. MRI showed two bulging discs and spinal stenosis. Ironically, I question whether the sciatica is from the above, but may involve my piriformis muscle. I had this problem in 2009 and my neurologist injected a steroid into the prirformis and I had relief for all of this time. After taking steroids with no relief I asked for a shot in the piriformis (rather than an epidural) and this has helped a little. Am due for another shot soon. I am now also having severe muscle cramping in my groin and thigh upon standing and walking, which is very painful. Would appreciate anyone’s input. I am going to look into PT and ART (active release technique). Thanks for your input.

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@jo54

I have chronic pain with siatica from lumbar section of back. Have been on therapy for six weeks and it has improved but not disappeared. See doctor next week. Has anyone had the operation that stretches the column away from the nerves ?

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@jo54 no ,no operation you see your chiropractor let him work on you then you go home simple as that for me this avoids a operation.Insurance pays if the chiropractor takes it.since I'm so familiar with his procedure ,I use my Tens unit at home and ice if needed I go to him.

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@jo54

Thank you for your input. It’s a difficult decision when you are hurting. I finished therapy but still doing exercises. Unfortunately a chiropractor cannot help me. Have already had same problem in cervical area due to tightening of vertibrae on nerves and bone spurs. I am used to pain as it’s ever present. Have scoliosis and extreme stenosis. I am researching as I really would prefer no surgery. I lost the use of my hands prior to cervical. I don’t want to lose the use of my legs. Thanks to all for sharing. Jo

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@jo54 I'm so sorry to hear of your pain I had a back injection 2days ago fill rotten today but how do you keep going ? God does nt give us more then we can handle but I ask for a break at times to recup.Prayers for you sweet Jo.

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@jo54

Thank you for your input. It’s a difficult decision when you are hurting. I finished therapy but still doing exercises. Unfortunately a chiropractor cannot help me. Have already had same problem in cervical area due to tightening of vertibrae on nerves and bone spurs. I am used to pain as it’s ever present. Have scoliosis and extreme stenosis. I am researching as I really would prefer no surgery. I lost the use of my hands prior to cervical. I don’t want to lose the use of my legs. Thanks to all for sharing. Jo

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Praying your back is better today. Thank you for your prayers. How often do you get an injection and how long do they last? Rest.

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@marple

I have sciatica and the nerve pain goes down back of thigh and around the knee and down the shin. Sometimes my foot falls asleep. Is this normal? Waiting on an SI shot but in tons of pain. Can't take nsaids.

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I too had sciatica pain more than once and saw specialists, and PTs. The consensus is if you are diligent in stretching those hamstrings, the pain will usually go away in its own, as long as you are consistent in doing the exercises. This will take some time, a few weeks before you hope to see results, but is always better than having a more radical approach. Having epidurals for this condition usually are not effective for very long, if at all, and you want to avoid injections in your spinal area at all costs due to possible scarring. Of course this is based on you not having any other issues that are more serious.
Good luck and hope this helps.

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@mlross4508

I too had sciatica pain more than once and saw specialists, and PTs. The consensus is if you are diligent in stretching those hamstrings, the pain will usually go away in its own, as long as you are consistent in doing the exercises. This will take some time, a few weeks before you hope to see results, but is always better than having a more radical approach. Having epidurals for this condition usually are not effective for very long, if at all, and you want to avoid injections in your spinal area at all costs due to possible scarring. Of course this is based on you not having any other issues that are more serious.
Good luck and hope this helps.

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Thanks for your help. I will be starting pt after the SI shot and will ask about stretches. I want relief in a safe way.

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@marple

I have sciatica and the nerve pain goes down back of thigh and around the knee and down the shin. Sometimes my foot falls asleep. Is this normal? Waiting on an SI shot but in tons of pain. Can't take nsaids.

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I have sciatica also. However my last bout I think is from my l4 burst lumbar fracture. I am going to try another epidural. Usually works and lasts for quite some ti.e.

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I have sciatica and the nerve pain goes down back of thigh and around the knee and down the shin. Sometimes my foot falls asleep. Is this normal? Waiting on an SI shot but in tons of pain. Can't take nsaids.

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@ladytakash

Hello, sciatica is a symptom that something is pushing on a nerve which gives the pain referred to as sciatica, now you have to find what will reduce this inflammation. Epidurals worked for me about 5 years then I was rear ended by a truck while waiting for a red light so finally had a fusion of lumbar 2,4,5. I know what folks say about fusions not helping but they do but you must abide instructions, like I have a limit of lifting only 18 pounds which is equivalent to a gallon of milk and so to make it simple I only buy half gallon jugs. Yes I have pain daily but know now that sometime I can get along with Tylenol plus muscle relaxer rather than using the ultram. the only person that can help you best is yourself. If you have a bad disc they now can replace it, I do not know your location but I do know of a super ortho surgeon in Minneapolis, Dr. Amir Mebod. I also smoke mJ and it helps to relax the body and help to tolerate pain. I am a Christian and will by prayer give you great help. Please keep in touch about your progress. Sent with love and concern Maxine

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Is there any new information? This looks to be from 2017. I am in agonizing pain. Hoping to be accepting for appt at Mayo Clinic

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@marple

I have sciatica and the nerve pain goes down back of thigh and around the knee and down the shin. Sometimes my foot falls asleep. Is this normal? Waiting on an SI shot but in tons of pain. Can't take nsaids.

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@marple I understand sciatica pain I just had a bout with it . I have always gone to a reputible chiropractor for this and he has put taken care of my sciatica pain with adjustments ,not to bones they don't do bones but released the muscle that imtrapped the nerve . Just what I do but it is a relieve almost instantly . Just my suggestion to you

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@lioness

@marple I understand sciatica pain I just had a bout with it . I have always gone to a reputible chiropractor for this and he has put taken care of my sciatica pain with adjustments ,not to bones they don't do bones but released the muscle that imtrapped the nerve . Just what I do but it is a relieve almost instantly . Just my suggestion to you

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I am trying myofascial release massage. Has anyone had luck with or tried that?

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I used to have a wonderful massage therapist and it made a world of difference. But since she tired, I have not a person I want to go back to. 😢

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@bustrbrwn22

I am trying myofascial release massage. Has anyone had luck with or tried that?

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@bustrbrwn22, First, May I add my Connect welcome to you. I can feel your suffering and am so sorry you have this condition. Now for my good news. Myofascial Release MFR is my life, limb, and mind savior. I have an appointment every Thursday. Some restrictions are resolved In one session. Others are repetitive and require frequent attention. When you study the fascia and how it works in the body, you will see why it can tighten and be the cause of pain.

I have to leave now but I’ll be back. In the meantime you may receive some information from @jenniferhunter. You can also learn to do some MFR at home. Perhaps @rwinney can tell you more about how MFR helps her. The website is http://www.myofascialrelease.com. On YouTube, look for “Strolling under the skin”.

Be safe and protected.
Chris

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@artscaping

@bustrbrwn22, First, May I add my Connect welcome to you. I can feel your suffering and am so sorry you have this condition. Now for my good news. Myofascial Release MFR is my life, limb, and mind savior. I have an appointment every Thursday. Some restrictions are resolved In one session. Others are repetitive and require frequent attention. When you study the fascia and how it works in the body, you will see why it can tighten and be the cause of pain.

I have to leave now but I’ll be back. In the meantime you may receive some information from @jenniferhunter. You can also learn to do some MFR at home. Perhaps @rwinney can tell you more about how MFR helps her. The website is http://www.myofascialrelease.com. On YouTube, look for “Strolling under the skin”.

Be safe and protected.
Chris

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Thanks so much! Any links for how to do on my own are appreciated!!!

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@bustrbrwn22

I am trying myofascial release massage. Has anyone had luck with or tried that?

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@bustrbrwn22 See this discussion
Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) for treating compression and pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

It is chock full of knowledge and experiences from fellow patients.

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@marple

I have sciatica and the nerve pain goes down back of thigh and around the knee and down the shin. Sometimes my foot falls asleep. Is this normal? Waiting on an SI shot but in tons of pain. Can't take nsaids.

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@marple

My wife had the same kind of pain you described. A scan showed that there was a narrowing in her spinal canal, putting pressure on her sciatic nerve. She had a minimally invasive surgery to clean out that area, giving more space for the nerve, and her pain was pretty much gone within a day.

Jim

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