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Old 03-22-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Great info!

When I first started getting that precursor pinch in the piriformis region, I would take a hot bath & do the priformis stretch or yoga sciatic stretch.

Now that stretch is part of my daily stretching routine & has kept problems at bay.
What is the "yoga sciatic stretch" you've been doing?
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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I have lumbo-sacral central stenosis, L-3-4-5, S-1. Left side. I've had 3 different procedures with a Pain management Physician. I find they have not lasted. I'm now noticing the sciatica on the left side radiating down my
left leg has become debilitating. I can barely walk, or go up or down stairs.
I don't know if it is a combination of back pain, stenosis and muscle pain
or strictly just the sciatica, but the pain has become really bad.

Does anyone else suffer from these symptoms? What do you do to help
relieve your discomfort?
Don't get into a guessing game about it. It sounds like you should take your MRI (s) and your medical records to a neurosurgeon and not an internet forum, and discuss whether a simple keyhole surgery procedure would should possibly be considered or whether there are other methods that should be considered.

I have no patience to write down my medical history regarding spine problems, but I will say what I learned the hard way is when the condition is not improving and is causing debilitating pain do not allow some doctor to keep doing more of the same, more of the same, more of the same, and do not be influenced by success or failure tales on the internet, which may have absolutely no medical relevance to what is happening to you.

You are in pain, you are the one whose quality of life is seriously deteriorating....he's just making bucks. Take charge, be aggressive about investigating what medical treatments are available and do not allow your condition slide into a living hell!

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Old 03-31-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Several years ago, Consumers Reports had an article in which they surveyed people with back issues, and asked them what helped them the most. Conventional medical procedures came in fifth, (going from memory here) behind Physical therapy, Exercise, Chriopractic, and Acupuncture. In other words, go to a physically invasive medical procedure ONLY after exhausting all the other options. Exercise should be specific, for your type of back issue (YouTube is a good source of specific exercises), and not just going to a gym and doing random exercises. The beauty of physical therapy is that a PT specialist can look at your MRI, recommend specific exercises, and watch you to ensure you are doing them correctly. They aer very gentle exercises that you can do at home, and I was told that if an exercise movement causes pain, don't do it.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Try "soma" a muscle relaxer.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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What is the "yoga sciatic stretch" you've been doing?

It's the last one on this youtube which she calls the supine pigeon:


Yoga Tips : Yoga Stretches for Sciatica - YouTube
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Very good. Thank you.
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