U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 10-31-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Upper Midwest
1,875 posts, read 3,576,020 times
Reputation: 1869

Advertisements

In my case, it is happening on the left side of my body, and I have a tendency to stick my right hip out a lot. In the mirror I look extremely misaligned. The more my left side hurts, the more I stick that right hip out. My chiropractor noticed it... I said, "Is that just my body favoring that pinched nerve?" And he said "yes."

When I make a conscious effort to stand upright, man it hurts.
It hurts LESS to lean that extreme awkward way.

Strange question (I'm going to ask my chiropractor on Monday):
Should I even make an effort to stay completely upright, or just walk/stand in the way that feels most comfortable?

It seems like I'm constantly trying to walk perfectly upright, straight, and normal even when it hurts. I may look/feel funny and unnatural to lean or limp a little, but it feels better. Should I just go ahead and walk funny if it feels better? Or is it better to TRY to walk normally?
I don't notice that trying to force my body to do what it doesn't want to do (be upright) is helping anyway.

(Note: It varies. The more inflamed the nerve is, the more I do that. The less inflamed, the less I have to do that and the less "misaligned" I am.)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-01-2013, 11:00 AM
 
1,213 posts, read 1,352,734 times
Reputation: 1563
I have had it in the past and found that exercise is the best thing for it. Some light jogging and biking really has helped to clear mine up. I believe I would walk normal if I were you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2013, 01:00 PM
 
2,765 posts, read 3,958,705 times
Reputation: 2965
What about trying to decrease the inflammation?

I believe altering your posture, which you are doing now, will have long term affects on your bone alignment and so forth if you make it your long term solution to pain relief.
If walking/standing normal hurts, then try to treat the pain. The body has a natural alignment, and the longer you deviate from that alignment, the more likely you are to suffer from other problems that will eventually be generated by poor posture.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-03-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
5,844 posts, read 8,429,491 times
Reputation: 10712
Are you sure its sciatica? I thought I had that for a long time. Then I had a pelvic xray. I need a total hip replacement.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-03-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
38,685 posts, read 45,045,110 times
Reputation: 106714
If it's truly sciatica lay stright on your back on a carpeted floor, pull your left leg up by the knee and pull as tight as you can toward your head stand it for about 30 seconds. Repeat if necessary. That should pop the pinched nerve into place and then get up and walk around for awhile you and should feel some if not total relief.
See video :

Sciatic Nerve Pain Stretches & Exercises - Ask Doctor Jo - YouTube
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-03-2013, 09:02 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
8,177 posts, read 14,256,731 times
Reputation: 14779
Thanks. I tried this - and nothing popped into place. As for walking, that's still not happening. Between the pain from the butt going right to the knee, now there's knee weakness and the pain goes down to my shin!

I have a feeling it's time to head to a doctor tomorrow.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-05-2013, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Seattle
6,486 posts, read 13,783,847 times
Reputation: 2764
I would recommend finding a good neuroscience center. I tried treating sciatica and pelvic alignment issues with a chiropractor and it didn't solve my problems/perhaps made them worse.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-05-2013, 09:52 AM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
6,571 posts, read 17,953,604 times
Reputation: 5919
Has been over twenty yrs since my Sciatica problem. In my case it was pain down the right rump and leg. I took "SOMA" (muscle relaxer) for three months.

The pain is a pinched nerve at the base of the spine. Since then a few yrs ago had a reoccurring numbness down my right side thigh and calf muscle. Was so bad that I had a "Laminectomy" surgery to repair the pinched nerve and scrapeing of the bone. As for Spinal Surgery it is considered a minor procedure compared to other Spinal repairs etc.

EDIT: As for going to a Chirop......forget it...waste of money. I tried that and it and the pain was worse leaving the office then when I walked inside.

Last edited by Steve Bagu; 11-05-2013 at 09:58 AM.. Reason: Laptop issue
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-05-2013, 11:45 AM
 
107 posts, read 389,750 times
Reputation: 131
If a sciatica is caused by a bulging disc in your lumbar spine, walking can help a bit. Having a hard mattress and soft shallow pillow may also help.

I only occasionally had some mild sciatica, but it affected my walking a lot. Stand and walk as you are able to. Forcing yourself into painful positions will not likely help. If the problem persists, think about surgery.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-05-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
8,177 posts, read 14,256,731 times
Reputation: 14779
ER doc said it is sciatica and gave me muscle relaxer and pain med. I slept most of today but still a 5' walk leaves me in absolute agony. Being served by my wonderful husband is a pain in the butt - he doesn't mind but I do. Meantime, the dog is going crazy for why I haven't taken her for her ride in the car to the park for the last 4 days. Trying now to find a specialist in the nearby city since there are none here in this little town.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top