Dealing with 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.

@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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@jimhd

@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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Thank you. That is so helpful!

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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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@marple@lioness Yes ,Chiropractors can be great for some people. It's something you could try. I was told by my primary doctor to not let a Chiropractor tough my neck it was so bad, so I just let him do my thoracic and Lumbar. It ended making me worse, but my husband goes all the time. I'm the person that had the 9 hour fusion surgery, from T-10 to my pelvis and also stenosis that was trapping a nerve or nerves. I wear a brace now and doing very well. I had the surgery on June 9th, so it's almost been 3 months. I walk 1/4 mile this morning, which my surgeon wants me to do. I will go out again, I'm suppose to go out often.

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@lilypaws I know Dr,s don't believe in them but I've gone to that new schedule nice I was just n my 20,s I have a sacrolisation and he is the only one that can fix it .Seen to many failed back surgeries so unless it's absolutely necessary I,LL stick with my Chiropractor

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Has anyone ever used or known anyone to use Kadian (not sure of generic name) to alleviate the 24×7 pain?

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@bustrbrwn22

Has anyone ever used or known anyone to use Kadian (not sure of generic name) to alleviate the 24×7 pain?

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Hi @bustrbrwn22, You will notice we merged your post into the Sciatica pain discussion where you had previously posted so that members who have been following your discussion will be able to respond and share any experience or knowledge they have for your question. Here's what I found on Kadian…

Kadian Oral (Generic name: Morphine) …"This medication is used to help relieve severe ongoing pain (such as due to cancer). Morphine belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain." Kadian Oral : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1509/kadian-oral/details

Has Kadian (morphine) been prescribed or suggested to treat your pain from Sciatica?

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@johnbishop

Hi @bustrbrwn22, You will notice we merged your post into the Sciatica pain discussion where you had previously posted so that members who have been following your discussion will be able to respond and share any experience or knowledge they have for your question. Here's what I found on Kadian…

Kadian Oral (Generic name: Morphine) …"This medication is used to help relieve severe ongoing pain (such as due to cancer). Morphine belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain." Kadian Oral : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1509/kadian-oral/details

Has Kadian (morphine) been prescribed or suggested to treat your pain from Sciatica?

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Yes but I believe in an oral dosage. Thanks so much for helping me.

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Would Kadian be stronger than the hydrocodone I am currently taking?

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@bustrbrwn22

Would Kadian be stronger than the hydrocodone I am currently taking?

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@bustrbrwn22 That is a question you need to discuss with your doctor or a pharmacist. From what I have read they are similar but it may boil down to the dosage. Here's an article that discusses Hydrocodone and Morphine.

Hydrocodone and Morphine Possess Similar Rewarding Effects and Reduce ERK and CREB Phosphorylation in the Nucleus Accumbens: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3418391/

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@ladytakash I/m not a doctor, but it sounds like you need fusion surgery, I had a fusion and stenosis surgery on June 9th. I now have no sciatic pain and hardly any other pain. Walking 1/4 Mile 2 times a day, so makes 1/2mile. I still do get tired if I do too much, I went to Mayo at Rochester, MN. Had an excellent surgeon. Sorry for your pain.

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