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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi Everyone!

I am new to the site, actually just found it today. I am lucky in the sense that I don't have any surgeries or severe problems but I do have some pain. I grew up with pain due to Scoliosis however was never severe and really just needing me to stay in shape. Then about a year ago I started getting Sciatica, not sure the specific cause. I ignored it for too long thinking it would go away but in December found out it was due to a bulging disc between L-4 and L-5. I have been doing PT and Yoga and although my back pain has improved, my sciatic pain is getting much worse. It is frustrating since I love being active and sometimes have trouble motivating myself to even walk. I also work long shifts on my feet so that doesn't help much. My PT has recommended trigger point injections but I am still deciding, any advice will help. I am also trying to lose weight for my wedding and having some of the restrictions has made it difficult.

I have already learned so much on this site and everyones strength considering how much more everyone has gone though is inspiring and gives me hope that I will stop dealing with this one day.

Thank you Everyone who has participated on this site, it truly does help :)



  • I am sorry to hear of the pain that you are suffering and so close to your wedding too. My only advice would be to exhaust all conservative treatment that is avaialable. You never know what might just work. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. have you tried any of the nerve pain medications, like Lyrica, for your sciatica? :? talk to your doctor if you haven't tried it! :-C i hope you have a beautiful wedding! :D good luck and keep us informed as you progress! Jenny :)
  • Do you have a Pain Management Dr? If not you should get a referral by your Primary Dr as well as a NeuroSurgeon or OrthoSurgeon referral. I had 8 weeks of 8 triger point injections and found it may have helped my back pain a little. I take lyrica for the sciatica but will be switching to cymbalta in a few weeks. I also take amitriptyline. I'm not sure if you're taking any nerve pain meds or muscle relaxants. I think epidurals were helpful for my leg pain. I've had 5 of them and feel less tingling and pain but it's not completely gone. I use a cane to get around also and it takes the pressure off the foot while walking. Ice has helped my foot when it was burning and swollen, but now I just use heat on my leg and back. I also have been to 2 pain management Drs and the 2nd one found that facet joint injections helped some of the back pain (arthritis)also. I wish you all the best for your wedding and small portions is what my Dr recommended for my diet since only swimming would be somewhat helpful to lose weight. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thank you so much everyone for your thoughts. I am going to a pain management center, it is the same place I do my physical therapy. I have taken pain medication, antiinflamatories and muscle relaxants however nothing has worked real well. I will inquire about some of the medications people have mentioned, although i really try not to take much. If the trigger points don't work they want to move to the epidural injections. We will see.

    I will also try ice on the rest of my leg. I use it on my back upper thigh area, but lately my calf and ankle are bothering me more so thanks for the info, I will try to see if Ice will help there.

    Best of luck to all, let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
  • Try easing up on physical activity. I know it's hard to do, but IMO, it's necessary. I was VERY physically active prior to my injury & like you I tried everything possible to heal myself & although I cut back on my workouts I never really gave my back the rest it apparently needed. Both surgeons I went to said no chiro & no PT (I had ruptured my discs by this point by not slowing down as much as I should have)...I did end up doing 3 ESIs but I only had a small (very small) bit of help from the 2nd one...over all it was a waste of time. Now looking back I wish I listened to my Surgeon & did my surgery sooner, but I'm also glad that I researched everything & tried the ESIs just in case they actually would have helped.

    As far as losing weight I'd recommend focusing on your eating since that's a HUGE part of weight loss and it's the one thing you have control over right now.

    Congratulations on you upcoming wedding!! -Hopefully you'll be feeling MUCH better by then. :D
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