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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Lower Back Pain
hi all, just on to vent really....waiting for my oxy to kick in.Had another really rough night with back pain (every night- no let up, about 7/10) and my left outer calf has shooting pain and I have pain in the ball of my right foot.I thought the sciatic pain had gone following my discectomy mid may.Does any one else have true sciatica with only shooting pain, rather than tingling/numbness.I was told last week that I prob have chronic pain syndrome and I'd have to accept it and control it with my meds, and to go back to the docs if leg pain returned. I dont know whether to go back or not, as my back pain as usual is a whole lot worse as the leg pain, and the docs are giving me the feeling that I'm waisting their/ my time.I suppose if I knew my 'sciatica' was definately 'sciatica' I was have no problem with going back.The oxycontine and oxynorm do help with the pain, but I know when the oxynorm wears off, putting it lightly!


  • Hiya >:D< I really do feel your pain, and i am sorry you are hurting so much >:D< Sciatic pain concerns me a little :SS , because its means somthing pressing on a nerve or even a pinched nerve :''( , i would certainly go back get this checked out :? , even demand an x-ray or MRI scan. X-ray do not show soft tissue but if there is a problem there it will show a narrowing of the disc spaces :SS , which means this would be cause for concern and the doctor would have to investigate this further. :? I do hope this will help you >:D< let me know how you get on :H

    Angie >:D<
  • What can I say but I'm so sorry you're in so much pain after surgery. It sucks. :S

    As far as the sciatic pain goes, when mine first started, it presented in the ball of my left foot (thought I had foot problems) then went to the back of my left thigh (never had any back or hip pain so didn't know I had a herniated disk). Never did I have numbness or tingling. And the shooting pains, well shoot me now, aren't those just the most joyous events (not) :''( . It hasn't been until the last couple of months that the pain worked its way up to my hip, buttocks and back (L4/L5 bulge).

    I'm not a surgery candidate by one ortho's opinion which I don't understand because if sciatica is caused my compression of the nerve and I'm still in pain -- what's the issue? If you had the disectomy and still having back and leg pain, I wonder what's going on? I know many people post about how long it takes nerves to heal BUT why do some people have no issues after surgery and others hurt so bad.

    What doctors are you talking about in your post? Your surgeon or your primary care? Have you had this pain since surgery or did it just develop recently?

    I pray that you can get some rest and relief from your pain. It's so wearing....I know.

    Take care,

  • It may be that the surgery did not address the true cause of your pain. I have read repeatedly that when back pain is more intense than leg pain, the problem is much more difficult to find and treat.

    It could be that not all pieces of the disc were removed and some little piece is pressing against the nerve, or it is possible that a reherniation has occurred.

    If you aren't happy with your surgeon, you might want to look for someone else...look for a fellowship-trained spinal specialist -- either an orthopedic spinal surgeon or a neurosurgeon who devotes his practice to issues of the spine and back.
  • oxycontine is super addictive, please be careful!
  • thank you folks for that.I'll try to answer all questions/comments.Firstly I live in the uk, so though treatment is free (dont misunderstand me - I do feel so lucky because of this!), but you only get the treatment they give you and I feel I'm hitting a brick wall everytime I go in.I've seen two gp's recently- one said 'dont be afraid of your back - work hard with pt through the pain, second one said it was chronic pain syndrome and I'd have to accept and manage it.I really feel like I need another mri scan,(it was a large cental disc bulge I had and symtoms havent changed- sneezing was much easier after the op, but I'm back to having to supprt my lower half as pain is so bad again) but the only way I'll be able to go back to them is if my leg pain worsens, then I'll prob get the brush off again.The shooting pain in my left calf is back this morning , but the oxy helps (I'm not on a high dose through the day,but have to top up oxycontin with oxynorm a couple of times as I know when they are wearing off due to pain, but quadruple my dose at night, and often have to get up to take more).Unfortunatelly this is the only pain med that works for me- tried everything else, but I understand that I will never eradicate the pain altogether, so will not be increasing the dose (I hope).I think the doc is going to try me on amytriptylene on top of the oxynorm/contine , prozac and ibuprofen.Our lives seem to be put on hold, as my 13 year old said yesterday and the term 'when I get better' is used often!How frustrating! Sorry for the long post again!
  • Hi Karen,

    I'm having some post surgery sciatica w/o the added numbness (still have some lingering numbness that may stay w/me for life) - but no new numbness.

    Since surgery I've had two espisodes of severe, debilitating muscle strain which made me believe I had reherniated the disc but then after taking a 10-14 day break from life (none/reduced work, no driving, no chores...etc) I was able to recover but still very achy back w/some sciatica.

    I'm now determined to do not just flexibility training but now add strength training (body/hand weights)to prevent injury on top of the surgery. And I'm pretty sure it needs to be done in that order (Flexibility, Strength).

    You can't do weigth training unless you are super flexible like pro athletes. I went to a back seminar last night where the Dr said that he saw a pro football team's trainer warm them up and if they are not as flexible as a ballerina - then they don't play because there is too much $$$ riding on their health & performance. IF you get to a baseball game get there early and watch the crazy stretches the team players do before the game on the field. It's insane!

    When I do both flex & strength training I can feel the difference. My sciatica is less and I sleep better w/less aches & pains during the night. Pain meds are not enough and we need to work hard to "get off of them".

    I find that doctors give pain meds but don't tell you to slow down or STOP and rest (no work). So we may be actually compounding the injury by masking the pain and then doing life as normal.

    The back seminar talked about we now MUST be aware of posture and keeping the back neutral while sitting, driving (knees must be lower then the hips), lifting - no slouching EVER and not doing exercises that actually hurt (again.. masking pain can be bad). And takding micro breaks every 15 mins.

    I'm learning to allow myself to feel pain everyday so I can receive the signals to slow down, STOP and rest and to cancel my plans because my back is MORE important then anything.

    You'll have to work on "dialing in" what works for you. Try to reduce the pain meds and slow down or STOP working for your health. And try to walk everyday! Blood needs to flow to the back areas and massages are great for that too.

    I'm done w/back pain and I understand that I don't need surgery (again) or pain meds to fix this. I need daily, consistent exercise and if we're in pain, it's because we're probably not consistent enough as we should be or not doing it at all. My goal is to do flex and strength training before my day (morning) and before bed..and if I can during the afternoon.

    I used to "bodybuild" and got the best results when I did two short workouts a day rather then one long one. I keep a rope by my bed so when I get achy even in the middle of the night I can grab it and do a hamstring stretch. It helps to take a few minutes out to do that and the night aches are relieved. (In order to get those signals you need to reduce or be off the pain meds).

    I wish you the best as a partner in pain.

    PS - Lots of ice - post exercise and most of all REST and determination!!
  • Can I scream along with you, ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Thank you for sharing. I feel a bit better now and do hope you do as well.

    Best wishes,

  • cece, I was given many different excersises to do by my physiotherapist which I do twice a day- some I couldnt do (like lift my bot off the bed) and pelvis tilt, which just makes my pain too bad.Its not leg pain I'm bothered with through the night - more back and sacrilliac pain.As far as flexabilty- I used to beable to jump into the splits before- completly lost all flexability from about L1 down over the last 2 years, including hips.I have 3 children of which one is a toddler.The only time I lift him is into bed.(I do it from kneeling down but have to lift him forwards too and I feel lots of strain).Do you recommened stopping that too?I limit everything else as much as possible and cant work.Any advice is always welcome - I miss rock climbing and my motorbike and being 'fit' so much!lol xx

    lol Marianne xx
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