Post # 1
About a year and a half ago, I fell at work (contract job). I was assessed in the ER as fine. I had 2 unrelated MRIs last year which found herniations in my disks in my back.
Since the New Year I’ve had sciatica like pain in my legs. The pain alternates legs. I also have mild cp but the sciatica pain is worse.
My doctor is in my hometown and I will be making a much needed appointment soon (I’ve been busy with fertility appointments here).
Just wondering if anyone has experienced sciatica and what has helped (stretches, ice, anti inflammatories?)
Thanks for any replies. 🙂
Post # 2
I had a herniated disc in my back at L5/S1. The only thing that gave me any real relief was steroids. At first a steroid taper pack of pills. Then ultimately I had to have 2 epidural steroid injections in my back.
Post # 3
So sorry to hear that! It’s been a recurring problem for me but I’ve reached a point where it’s under control.
The best stretch in the world:
Also sit with good posture. I have a terrible habit of crossing my legs and also crossing one of my legs underneath me and sitting on it. That always makes it worse.
And consider a new mattress. I got a new mattress last year and was blown away by how much my sciatica pain went away!
Post # 4
berrybee16: My herniations are at L5/S1 too! Is your pain better now?
lovelyruby: Thank you! That looks like a good stretch to try. I am glad your pain is better now. 🙂
Have a great day, ladies. 🙂
Post # 5
It is much better! It’s been almost exactly a year since I first felt the pain. Woke up one morning and could not walk. I had to crawl on all fours to the bathroom. The pain was excruciating for about 2 weeks until I finally went to an Urgent Care and told them pain medicine wasn’t helping. That’s when the doctor gave me a steroid taper pack for the inflammation. I felt better in about 48 hours. I could walk short distances and sleep much better, but the pain was still pretty bad. I was out of work for almost 3 months. I finally got my first steroid injection in August. Instantly felt much more relief. The pain has gradually subsided over the past months. I still have bad days where I feel pain in my back and down my leg, but it usually after I have had a pretty rigorous day. It is very manageable at this point. I still take muscle relaxers occasionally when I feel a flare up, but my quality of life is much better! Good luck! Sciatica can be life changing.
Post # 6
berrybee16: So glad your sciatica is better now. Those are great tips.
I’ve been using Voltaren and Tylenol and it seems to be helping. Some days the pain is worse than others. I am looking forward to my doctor’s appointment next month.
Post # 7
Yes, I have been dealing with it for years. Regular chiropratic appointments are essential for me to keep it in check. I have exercises and stretches to do at home as well, but I need to go at least once a month or it hurts.
Post # 8
jcent: Yes, I agree, chiropractor appointments are one of the only things that will help me whenever my sciatica flares up. I didn’t believe that it would work before I tried it.
Post # 9
weightwatchers152: I have. I had a herniation last fall (not sure exactly why) and over the course of a couple months it gradually got so bad hat I had to have surgery for it in February. HOWEVER, rest assured that most people don’t need surgery and have the condition clear up. And even if you do need surgery, in my case it was like a miricle. It worked so well.
There are many exercises you can do, however, you really need to get your particular situation looked at by a physio therapist. Some exercises that you see on line may not be appropriate for you and it’s really difficult for you to assess that on your own. Luckily disc herniations are a pretty common condition so physiotherapits work with them often and can help guide you through an appropriate rehab program.
ETA: Please don’t see a chiropractor if you have a disk herniation. At least not one that does spinal manipulations. That can make it SOOO much worse. In fact, my herniation was most likely caused BY a chiropractor (it at least contributed to it). Body work and soft tissue work is good, adjustments are very dangerous if you do in fact have a serious herniation.
Post # 10
Thank you so much for these great replies, ladies!
I’ve started physiotherapy this month and things are a lot better so far! My physiotherapist does manual therapy, then I do exercises and work on a stationary bike. I have a lot more mobility thankfully! I have to continue with my exercises twice a day or the pain gets worse. It’s been good to have some relief.
Have a great evening! 🙂
Post # 11
I get sciatica only when it’s very cold out and heat packs are basically magic. Other than that, muscle relaxants, painkillers and yoga.
Post # 12
i have had sciatica,
what helped for me – cortizone injection. Stretching. Rolling my foot on a water bottle.
Eating properly. Resting when you can but not too much.
Make sure your mattress is firm.