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May 09, 2015 10:05 AM

Hi, wondering if anyone has had a herniated disc in their lower back causing constant sciatica pain. It becomes unbearable while sitting/driving. Have had constant pain for three weeks now I'm on day three of oral steroids on quite a few pain meds and not able to do much. I've done physical therapy 6times hasn't helped yet, been to the chiropractor, clinical message.. No relief. Sometimes its so bad (after driving) I nearly vomit. My mri is scheduled for 8 days from now. I've read that this is something that generally gets better on its own and rarely needs surgery. Has anyone gone through this before??? I have two very young kids and it's so hard to not be able to take care of them like I usually do. I feel 80 not 25 😣😣. Any advice is appreciated!!

May 09, 2015 10:07 AM

Also the pain started in my lower back and now is only in my leg/foot. Feels like burning numbness and weakness. More like FIRE when in siting position.

May 09, 2015 6:45 PM

Steph, yes I do have sciatica but it's not constant like you described. We think I have a herniated disc at L5-S1. Just waiting for next Friday to get a true result from that. Steph, I do have a suggestion for you. When you do go back to PT, ask them if they can work on the piriformis muscle. Sometimes that muscle gets tight around the nerve and makes the sciatica worse. Just a suggestion.

May 09, 2015 7:48 PM

Thank you for the comment, I have read about that, I'll have to mention it at my appt Tuesday

May 09, 2015 8:24 PM

Hi stepth 725 178 I went through all of the same thing you went through for a year in half ago and I just had surgery March 12 a month and a half my doctor gave me a fusion in L -4-5 and I also have nerve damage and fibromyalgia so I hope you get some kind of relief like I'm getting

May 09, 2015 9:44 PM

The tip about working the periformis is a good one. There are also some stretches that you can do to work it that often help when my sciatica acts up. Ask and I'm sure they will show those to you too. Lie on your back knees bent then cross your leg at the ankle over other knee and push crossed knee out to feel stretch as well as pull the uncrossed leg toward you. Hard to explain well but they will show you. Sometimes herniated disks take care of themselves or the symptoms do anyway and sometimes you need surguty. I think often it depends on the disk envolved and the degree of herniation. The first time I had sciatica at its worst though (mine isn't disk related) I was put on prednisone and that helped. It can be awful I know. You can't stay in any one position for too long at least I couldn't. Lie down for a bit and I would have to get up then sit then up or lie down. It was awful I remember having to jump out of bed when sleeping well not sleeping for long because I would wake in such pain if I got to sleep at all. Prednisone by the way will give you bad heartburn or often does I should say so it pays to have some of those pills I can't remember the name right now but for heartburn. Have them on hand or just take it while on the medication. I think they were either good for 12 or 24 hrs. Previced maybe something like that. Does it start at you hip or lower back and shoot down the leg?

May 09, 2015 10:45 PM

I just got a great ortho seat cushion I put in my car

May 10, 2015 1:50 AM

It also helps if you don't seat on a wallet I 2 had l 4 L 5 fused to and have rods and screws to it pays to do a good check before doing any sergery on back I made the pain about ten times worse by doing the sergery and they have failed because I failed to quit smoking for ten years then quit the fusion then started to heal

May 10, 2015 10:16 AM

Steph72517 I have a herniated disk @L4S1 with some siatica at times. I hurt my back and herniated the disk in my back as well as uprooted the nerve. I have a Syrinx inside my spinal cord,Syringomyelia, Fibromyalgia,Osteoarthritis as well as other health problems. I use rubs and creams as well as pain meds , also I use moist heat by using heat packs made with rice. They can also be frozen. Will be praying for you.

May 10, 2015 4:38 PM

Lymie, sometimes PT can actually get it to release manually at least mine did. They actually used there elbow right in the muscle to release. It didn't feel real great when they first did it(about jumped off the table) but it does help. PT also suggested for me to get a home TENS unit for spasms/sciatica pain but still working on that.

May 11, 2015 12:04 AM

I have one piece of advice, only elect to have the surgery done as a last resort, don't rush into it. I'm sure you surgeon will tell you the same. Give it a year or more to try and heal the pain but you also have to be cautious that you don't permanently damage the nerve root. I have permanent nerve root damage and I also elected to have surgery 6 years ago to address bulging disks in the lumbar region of my back. My life has never been the same since with agonizing pain now a regular part of my life. Look at my pain diagram and you can see what can become the result of what is classified as a successful surgical procedure.

May 11, 2015 3:43 AM

Have you had bit D tested

May 11, 2015 3:45 AM

Have you had vit D tested

May 17, 2015 6:56 PM

Amandamiddleton I don't remember if I mentioned it but TENS units are available on line very inexpensively. Depending on how many bells and whistles you want the can run as low as $20 shipped and of course as much as $200. So if you know it helps you no point in holding back even if you get an inexpensive one to use while waiting for insurance to pay for a more elaborate one or something.

May 17, 2015 7:01 PM

Oh and yes I have had that experience of having PT release the periformis muscle too. Hurts like hell but feels so good later. Hahaha. You actual can do some of that yourself by laying on a lacrosse ball or something hard like that. Golf balls are a little too small and tennis a bit too soft for this I think thought they work for most muscles.

May 18, 2015 8:42 AM

Lymie, I actually did go ahead and purchase one from Walgreens last Friday. Yes it does hurt like hell at first but then does feel better later on eventually. And Lymie, no herniation. It is a structural problem with the vertebrae that's causing the issue.

May 18, 2015 10:19 AM

I have chronic sciatica, but as a result from congenital spinal stenosis and hypermobile sacroiliac joints. The pain is typically unbearable and radiates through my whole legs at its worst. I understand your frustration with this completely. When driving, I find a lumbar support in the seat helps me sit in a position that decreases nerve pinching. I will also sometimes shift my weight to one hip and then the other or pull one leg up into the seat and operate my vehicle with the other. I realize that doesn't sound safe, but I haven't been in an accidents thus far. I've had this problem consistently for 7 years. I hate to be a negative Nancy but it doesn't always go away on its own. That depends on the individual though.

May 19, 2015 6:59 AM

Oh I thought the original post mentioned a herniated disk. I assume you are talking about a TENS that you got at Walgreens, that's great. Especially since you know it works for you.

May 19, 2015 8:01 AM

Steph72517, I've suffered from sciatica since my first auto accident in 1991. It clears up especially when I sit on heard surfaces. I had a flare least week sitting on metal chairs at my granddaughter's awards. When I got up I could barely walk, and it took 15 minutes to walk to my car; it use to take 5. I went online and ordered a "coccyx" pillow that I will take with me from now on. I also use it a around my home; kitchen chair, desk chair.

Medicinally I use voltaren gel and Tylenol arthritis, and a TENS unit placed above or to the site of the hurting area. I also take Parafon Forte muscle relaxers (tight muscles can pinch the nerves running through the muscle) and Tramadol when it's severe.

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