(Closed) Anyone suffer from sciatica?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@KatNYC2011:  I ended up buying my own and bringing it to work….thankfully health and safety doesn’t have a problem with it.  I think I’m also going to buy another one for home……at first I didn’t think it helped but I realized today that I haven’t had lower back pain/hip pain in over a month.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My doctor prescribed Meloxicam which is just a really strong anti-inflamatory. It took a few days to work, but it fixed the problem without any drowsiness.  

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I feel your pain! I was diagnosed with Sciatica last March and it has been the worst time of my life- I am always in so much pain and afraid to bend over or move because of the shooting pains down my left leg. I have gone to the chiropractor and received some temporary relief- they actually recommended ice packs for immediate relief at the time of the flare up. I do find that it works well. Its hard to be in an office working and not able to do your normal stretches or have that icy hot patch. I hope we can both find some relief.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Mine actually feels better after I run on the elliptical or do some yoga. I try not to take pain relievers for it though. Otherwise, I just suck it up. I’ve had lower back pain for years now so it’s just another thing I have to live with.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am a physical therapist who treats A LOT of sciatica, so I thought I would offer my 2 cents! Sciatica is not really caused by muscles. It is an impingement (pinching) of the sciatic nerve in your spine. Taking muscle relaxers don’t do anything to treat the actual problem, they only mask the symptoms. However, taking NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory meds) will help during acute flare ups. Try doing 10 backward bends every hour. This will open up the area of the spine that is pinching the nerve. All you need to do is lean backwards from the hips 10 times with no holding in between, just nice, slow motions. It might hurt a little in the beginning, but you should start to feel better pretty quickly.

It’s also important to do only very light and gentle stretching, as doing anything too aggressive will just stretch the nerve too much and cause further inflammation. You should never stretch far enough to cause the shooting pain/numbness/tingling. Just go to the threshold and back off.

Also you could consider seeing a physical therapist to check to make sure that your pelvis is correctly aligned. Misalignment is a common cause of sciatica as it pulls the nerve. 

Hope this helps and feel better soon!

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@justeen: I really want to get into working out again- but it seems that things like this make it worse :(. Any ideas? Am I pushing it too hard or doing the wrong things?

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@peaches1038:Thank you for your input- I appreciate that. I will definitely try to do what you described- and I will see what physical therapist my insurance covers. I need some major relief.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@ossmith: no prob! hope you feel better soon!

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