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Old 01-04-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for the advice. The pain is diminishing somewhat--I can make it about twenty feet now.

In addition to ice, I've been trying a few exercises on youtube and they are helping a bit. I found an old brace that once-upon-a-time fit around my knee, and now many pounds later fits tight around my calf. The compression seems to be helping a bit with the nerve pain. I'm trying to wean myself off the stronger drugs that they gave me in the ER because they make me so loopy and drowsy I can't do anything.

Unfortunately I couldn't get an appointment with my doctor until tomorrow morning so I'm kind of in limbo until then. In the meantime I will try to get my strength up for the long walk to the curb (large apartment bldg--it's about two blocks to the entrance) for tomorrow morning's appointment. Hopefully he has some good news for me!

thanks again for everyone's advice!
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I've found that I really need to keep up w/the exercises (I'm not big at all, 100 lbs.) - but the cold weather now is affecting me. I guess we all need to get into better shape, keep the "core" toned, etc.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:12 AM
 
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Had it for 25 years or so. Before I get out of bed in the morning I draw my knees up to my chest, count to 20, release, do it again. Total of 10 times, then stretch my legs straight. Helps me.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I'm sorry this is happening. Been there and it's horrible!

Years ago I joined a gym that has back machines. You sit on it and twist side to side. Also there is forward and back motion. This has made all the difference in the world for me.

We moved recently and I stopped going to the gym. I was going to wait until after Christmas. Two weeks ago, I woke up to The Pain. It was back with a vengeance. I was better the next day but still in some pain. On the 3rd day I joined the gym again. I've been doing the back machines 4x a week for the past two weeks.

I don't know about others, but for me those machines are what helped me. They stretch and work my back in a way that nothing else can. Seriously look into either a gym or getting a machine for the house. But my gym has 4 different machines I used. Front to back, moving forward into a curl, sitting and twisting my top half, and putting my knees on a bench and twisting my bottom half.
This above plus Google "McKenzie exercises"--they work quickly to relieve the pain. After pain's gone, the exercises above, using the machines or through at home crunches and sit-ups, will strengthen your core muscles and back muscles to keep you pain-free. Often, weak core muscles cause back pain...

It's worth the money to consult with a physical therapist or qualified physical trainer to have your body evaluated and exercises designed to work for your body...most of us, after too much time sitting in front of a computer or TV, or riding/driving in a car, have weak core muscles...the we develop sciatica, lower back pain and poor posture.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Pittman Center, Tennessee
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I had severe sciatica before my doctor finally gave me a cortisone shot and prednisone for six days....It worked and it's now been 5 years pain free!! The physical therapy, MRI's, etc was all a waste of money.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Greater Greenville, SC
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I did have severe sciatic pain and also had partial nerve damage in my thigh from it. I've never had any strong painkillers, though I sure would have liked some at times!

One thing, besides physical therapy and Ibuprofen that has really helped me is stretching. One stretch IF you can do it (It's not easy!) is called the Piriformis Stretch, and it can greatly relieve sciatic pain in a hurry. I can't do it any more because I have a hip problem which has reduced my range of motion, and I can't get my bad leg in the right position for that stretch, but fortunately, my PT exercises in a heated pool have really helped, and I have not experienced any sciatic pain at all in quite a while now. The hip and knee pain, though, is killing me!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Stretching is golden.

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I did have severe sciatic pain and also had partial nerve damage in my thigh from it. I've never had any strong painkillers, though I sure would have liked some at times!

One thing, besides physical therapy and Ibuprofen that has really helped me is stretching. One stretch IF you can do it (It's not easy!) is called the Piriformis Stretch, and it can greatly relieve sciatic pain in a hurry. I can't do it any more because I have a hip problem which has reduced my range of motion, and I can't get my bad leg in the right position for that stretch, but fortunately, my PT exercises in a heated pool have really helped, and I have not experienced any sciatic pain at all in quite a while now. The hip and knee pain, though, is killing me!
Not sure if the piriformis stretch is the same as this one, but two different yoga instructors recommended it for the prevention of sciatica (and it may well offer relief too):

Lay on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor (or bed, or mat, or ground). Now place the ankle of the right foot just in front of the left knee (on the thigh near its junction with the knee). Reach forward with both hands underneath the right ankle and place them at the back of the left thigh. Now pull your left thigh towards your face and you will feel a stretch in the outer portion of the right buttock. I believe that muscle is called either the gluteous medialis or the gluteous medius. Hold the stretch for 30 to 60 seconds, then repeat on the other side. I would suggest twice daily.

Incidently, the stretch I described is a very common standard stretch written up in books and widely used by yoga instructors and instructors of other types of gym classes. It may not be the same as the piriformis stretch, as it is easy to do.
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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I had a very similar problem for several years due to a trauma to the back which resulted in a herniated disk. An MRI is your friend as it will help determine the best course of treatment.

I tried everything - prednisone, pain killers, chiropractic care (actually made it worse), physical therapy and accupuncture. Nothing worked or it would provide a few days of relief and then the pain would return.

Finally I went to a spine specialist and he actually injected the disk with a steroid and gave me an epidural (for the immediate relief). It's been 5 years and I live pain free. I'm healthy, active and can do pretty much anything physically I want. Physical therapy is a great tool as it will give you good information about body mechanics and making sure you're doing things the right way. PT actually helped me too with my work outs - I realized that there were a few things I was doing in my workouts that could cause more harm down the road. A good PT is worth his/her weight in gold

Occasionally I will start getting a "twinge" of pain and I take 4 Advil and within a 15 minutes or so the "twinge" has gone and I'm back to perfect.

I don't know what will "prevent" it from coming on especially if you have a herniated disk. It requires treatment under the care of a knowledgeable physician.
^^^Bolded, same here. Yes chiropractic made it worse for me too. Pain doc prescribed Lidocaine patches which work well when needed.
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:38 PM
 
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I've lived with sciatic damage from hysterectomy about 30 yrs ago and do sciatic stretches a couple times per day all these years. It was horrid right after the surgery but I've come a long way and it NEVER has gone away for me, but very manageable. The stretches are VITAL for pressure relief on that nerve.
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