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Is this still sciatica?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Chronic Pain
I have gone through 6 PT sessions, the last was 3/30/09. My sciatica started in September 08. At this point, I do not get the electric shocks, but I almost always have pain in both hips and get pain in my left calf. At this point, I am not sure what else I can do- the physical therapy was basically building up leg muscles. On my own, I have been doing hamstring and hip flexor stretches, but the pain still seems to always be there and quite often in my butt. I'm trying to gauge how much longer before the hip pain starts to subside. I am hoping not to have to go to the doctor again, and not sure how long to wait before making another appointment.


  • Hi KellyJean

    I'm sorry to hear about your sciatica pain. I had sciatica for a few years and it was relieved with Physical Therapy. I did PT for 6 months and did 2 hours of home exercises 5 days a week too. It sounds like you have had some improvement with PT. Maybe you could keep going with that. Butt exercises, abs, low back, everything. Anything is better than surgery.

    Take care, I hope you find relief.
  • It does seem that moving around is the best thing that I can do. I am sorry to hear that you had sciatica for a few years, but it is good to hear that it was relieved with phyiscal therapy! It seems like this is something that takes a long time to resolve. I have been told that I shouldn't need surgery and they could not find anything wrong with my back.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    seen a specialist or had any diagnostic testing to determine what your problem is?
    From your posts, I could not see if you have been dealing with this problem for a long time, is it new? Are you on any medications?
    The more information you can provide here, the better posts and more informative ones you will get.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • It really wasn't that the problem took a long time to fix it was finding the right PT to fix it that took so long. I stuck with the first PT for 2 years. Then he left and I had to try someone else. The second was clearly incompetent. So that made me think maybe the first was incompetent too and I didn't know it. The next one didn't fix it in a month so I stopped waisting time and moved on. The 4th one fixed it in 2 minutes following a 30 minute discussion and exam. In other words it seems to me the first 3 just didn't have a clue. None of them did the extensive exam as the last one either.

    I hope you find the right person to help you.
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