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HELP...This Back, Hips, Legs, and Feet pain is getting the best of me.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I have been told I have sciatic..both legs, calves, hips, and the feet, feel as if I am walking with seering, squeezing, tight and stiff legs and feet. Get some relief from time to time by lieing down and sitting. Standing is the worst thing of all. I have to hold the weight off my feet and legs with my arms and in order to do dishes. I am having a very hard time coping with everyday chores. Emotionally I am a wreck and feel like giving up. I have had this for years..Only getting older seems to be getting worse. Am on valium for short term...10 days...then what do I do. valium is not cutting the pain as I had hoped. I have tried many meds. Side effects have been horrible.


  • Yep, that sounds like sciatic pain. Are you seeing a spinal specialist? There are several possible causes of sciatic pain...but they mostly involve the compression of a nerve, usually in the lumbar spine. This can be caused by something like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

    You can learn all about sciatica here: http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica
  • I take it your seeing a doctor because you have been told you have sciatica & have been given some valium. If this is a family doctor maybe he can recommend a pain specialist. The pain specialist or even your doc can send you for an MRI if you haven't had one already. The pain doc may recommend steroid injections & rehab to help with the pain. I've had sciatica since 2/08 & went thru a series of steroid injections which helped for several months. This yr however they didn't help at all. Pain doc sent me for another MRI which showed alot of changes since last year. He recommends another shot or to see a neuro surgeon. My primary care doc ordered a nerve conduction test & an EMG which show a pinched nerve on the left & nerve damage on the right. I have a consult with a neuro surgeon the end of July. I will see what he has to say. My docs won't give me pain meds due to meds I already take which is depressing. I know if it was the doc or someone he cared for he would not leave them in pain. That is one reason I am looking at surgery as an option to hopefully end this pain. I'm only 44 and don't want to spend the rest of my life laying in the recliner. This is just my story, there are many out there.
    Good luck, hope you find some relief. :)
  • I respectfully disagree. I think it is more important to get under the care of a fellowship-trained spinal specialist, either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic spinal surgeon who only deal with back and spine patients. The pain management should be a secondary resource, as they only know how to deal with your problems with pills, shots, medication in general, etc. They do not have specialized training in the spine. Without a spinal specialist directing your treatment at the beginning, you do not necessarily have an accurate diagnosis.

    I wasted a good year because I loved my internist and thought he knew everything about all parts of the body (as did he). When he told me my stenosis was typical for someone my age and that I should lose weight and exercise, I listened to him. Only after being in terrible pain for over a year did I consult a specialist and learned that the only way I was going to improve was with surgery. No amount of alternate treatments, conservative treatments, etc. were going to be of help.

    I good spinal specialist will be able to diagnose you and get you started on a treatment plan. Surgery will always be considered as the last option...so don't be afraid because there is the word "surgeon" in their title!! They have spent up to 14 years in training learning all the intricacies of the spine. It is very complicated. I know you would want the very best analyzing your problems.
  • I was diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis July/08. For six months I literally could not walk more than 10 feet, I could not stand for any period of time and only relief was sitting. Prior to this I was running 3-5 miles per day. I only recently got to see a neurosurgeon but I had started getting less and less pain and about 3 months ago started walking 5 miles a day. The only thing I have now is a little numbness in my right foot and some mornings my back is a little stiff but it goes away after 10-15 mins. I am off my meds completely and am lightly jogging about 3 miles a day. My surgeon said do what I want, yes I may wake up tomorrow back in pain but my surgeon said there is no reason to not lead an active lifestyle just listen to your body. I have started playing tennis again as well. Keep the faith and hopefully you will get relief. The key to my recovery I believe was trying to stay active as much as my body would allow, stretching and listening to my physio therapist to improve my core muscles especially the abdominal muscles. From what my surgeon has said surgery is absolutely last resort. I hope you gain the relief you seek but do try every safe proven treatment before surgery. I do not know your age but I am 52 years old. Good luck.

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