Sciatica Pain

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Uncle Joe, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. -r3-

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    Sorry it's still affecting you. If & when you do go to a dr, they may just prescribe you a muscle relaxer & tell you to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen. That's the time to ask them if they'd consider a shot of solu-medrol, and possibly toradol as well. They might recommend doing one or both of those, or they might just open up to doing that IF you ask. If they'd consider only one, the solu-medrol is the one I've found to be most effective. Together, they are a great 1-2 punch. The toradol by itself I've found to provide some temporary relief, but for me the steroid shot is the one that's the most effective. Again, neither one gets you high. And although I'm advocating for it due to my personal experiences, in the end it would be the decision of the physician in the room with you. Regardless, hope you feel better soon...
     
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  2. mofojar

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    Hope you feel better Uncle Joe!

    Also gotta love Odin's ravens. Your post reminded me that I made a new avatar for Discord out of a raven that was flying really low to me the other day. I went for a walk and it seemed like every raven in my whole city was going for a gathering. So here's my new raven avatar!
     
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  3. T5854

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    Didn't read all the posts - didn't want to totally relive the worst paralyzing pain I've EVER felt in my existence. The only cure I found was Dilaudid - intravenously. No street corner Pharms, legit from the Hospital. Best drug ever! I understand there is no cure. To any back sufferers? You have a new found sympathy from me...I'm told Sciatica is not even close to chronic back pain (Spine) :eek:.
     
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  4. CVSteve

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    You’re welcome
     
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  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Nut

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    I feel like Jay right now...

     
  6. Uncle Joe

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    I got my inversion table from Walmart. $106 delivered. It took me two hours to assemble. Feels great. Thanks for your help guys. I feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel now.
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  7. Tconroy

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    Stretching exercises for sciatica pain BUT if could be a compressed nerve and not sciatica. If it hurts around your butt and down the back of the leg its sciatica. You need to do stretching exercises for herniated disc and take something to help the swelling.
     
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  8. Sarahsmom

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    This is my first post, hope it is okay to post here. Just wanted to warn those who are taking ibuprofen - they are saying that those who take ibuprofen, when infected with CV-19, and up with 10x the symptoms of those that don't. I also have suffered from sciatica, bulging disc, and arthritis. They have me on gabapentin, and tramadol (doesn't help a whole lot, but better tut than nothing). I was taking ibuprofen when the pain gets really bad, but have now stopped taking it - thanks to the coronavirus threat. I think I need to see about getting an inversion table!
     
  9. Davey

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    There is zero evidence of that. It got legs because it was repeated by some healthcare peeps that should have **** since they did not check it out and then the worthless mouth piece news spewing this and other things without ever actually checking out anything.

    To OP. IB for me, 400mg every six hours for a few days but a cocktail of muscle relaxers and narcotics works best, and fastest.
     
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  10. Uncle Joe

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    Thanks. It just takes time, I guess. Walking and stretching during the day feels good but if I do too much I pay for it at night when I tighten up. I've cut way back on my exercise to just walking a few miles every few days. No more soccer drills in the backyard, no running, no bicycle, no elliptical. I have a couple of drinks when I get home from work (I get home early these days). I wait a couple of hours and eat. Then I wait a couple of hours more and take ibuprofen, ice>heating pad with electrode stimulation>stretch on inversion table>stretch on floor. Then I'm back to the heating pad and I sleep on my back with a thin pillow at my lumbar. It seems to be getting better. I spoke with my doctor yesterday and a chiropractor friend this morning. I was concerned that my shin was still numb/pins and needles. My doctor knows my medical history and thought I'd be fine. Keep doing what I'm doing. The chiropractor suggested adding side posture chiropractic adjustment to the regimen. Could take weeks to completely clear up. Likely a slipped disc L-1 to L-5. Who knows? At least I'm getting some sleep and I think it's getting better.

    The critical concern appears to be if your bowels, bladder and junk fail to operate correctly. Luckily everything's working so I'm not taking the chance of seeing any health care professionals. I'm waiting to see what passes first, my sciatica or this Corona virus threat.
     
  11. Stillhouse

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  12. Davey

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    I ONLY take IB with food, if you can get away with not, more power to you.
    Worked a remodel for a chiropractor years ago and she jolted me for free! felt like the burden of the world had been lifted. Then I was down for almost a week....................
     
  13. DrBeGood

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    I need to meet that chiropractoresse o_O
     
  14. Uncle Joe

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    It's been two weeks since I tweaked my lower back. Still coping. Meditated upon Oi Gong brocades this morning. It's helping. I use a DVD from years ago, but this video is quite similar. I hope it's helpful to any of you who may be coping with sciatic pain.
     
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  15. BlueSquirrel

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    @Uncle Joe If you experience numbness anywhere (even in your legs), you should quickly see a doctor.
    It's a horrible pain but it will eventually recede, so keep on being hopeful and doing what you're doing (TENS electrode stimulation, stretching, finding the right position for you...). In order to stretch, you could try holding the top of a door with your hands and lifting your feet at the same time ("hanging" from the door) as it would stretch your back. Of course, it depends on your size. If you've very tall, it might not work.

    On a long-term basis, when you are better, I suggest you look at core muscle strengthening of your whole body, if possible with a physiotherapist/physical therapist (for ex., your lower back muscles may not manage to "hold" your back by themselves if you don't have very strong belly muscles too).
    Have a look at your mattress as well. Perhaps it's not supportive enough.
     
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  16. Uncle Joe

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    Thanks. Good advice. I may have to give up travel soccer unless I can get my core close to where it was when I was forty. No more tossing around fifty pound cylinders either. I need to be more methodical whenever I do that again.
     
  17. BlueSquirrel

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    Sorry, I edited my post after you posted. English is not my mother tongue and I have the feeling that my sentences may not be clear enough after I posted, so sometimes I rephrase them...
    I wanted to add that if you experience any sort of numbness anywhere, you should quickly see a doctor as it can be very serious.

    On a side note, in order to stretch, you could try holding the top of a door with your hands and lifting your feet at the same time ("hanging" from the door) as it would stretch your back. Of course, it depends on your size. If you've very tall, it might not work.
     
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  18. BlueSquirrel

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    "Thanks. Good advice. I may have to give up travel soccer unless I can get my core close to where it was when I was forty. No more tossing around fifty pound cylinders either. I need to be more methodical whenever I do that again."

    @ Uncle Joe From now on, you shouldn't do anything on your own. In order to know the real state of your lower back discs, you might need to go through some medical exams (IRM scan...). A chiropractor might really help but only if the state of your discs allow. Try to see a doctor then a physical therapist/physiotherapist (not sure about the term in the USA) and a chiropractor whenever you can. Only specialists can advise you on what sport you can do and what load you can carry when you feel better. It doesn't mean you won't be back to travel soccer soon, but you need professional advice to prepare for it.
     
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  19. BlueSquirrel

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    I forgot to mention that your condition might also be linked to your entire posture - starting with your feet (a doctor should check, you might need insoles), and that having to sit down for long hours doesn't help as it puts more pressure on your discs. If you have to sit down to work, try having little breaks and stretching a lot.
     
  20. TheQuietOne

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    Once you're over it you'll need to strengthen your core muscles for prevention. I spent four weeks last fall more or less on the floor because of sciatica. I am unable to take NSAIDS because I'm aspirin allergic. So acetaminophen was all I could take and it's like taking down an elephant with fly swatter. Once the inflammation settled down I went to physical therapy with the best therapist ever. She uses the McGill method to strengthen and it's working great for me. Considering where I was three months ago, it's a miracle. His book outlines his whole method and I highly recommend it.

    https://www.backfitpro.com/books/back-mechanic-the-mcgill-method-to-fix-back-pain/
     
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