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jean27jjean27 Posts: 11
A little background- I was diagnosed with L5 S1 herniation, EMG showed some nerve irritaion, sent to PM. I had terrible sciatica pain from hip to foot when walking or standing-TENS unit & sitting were the only forms of relief. Took 3 ESI's-last one was Nov. 2- Sciatica subsided, but now it's back. Came on slowly over the last couple of days- TENS unit doesn't do anything for pain now. I don't get any relief from sitting either. My hip & thigh ache and my shin, calf, & ankle throb & burn -it feels like someone is twisting my leg. All of this is going in at the same time. Does this still sound sciatica, coming from this herniation?


  • Yes. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for the steroid injections to last only a short time. All sorts of different activities can cause the sciatic pain to return. You might want to try icing the lower lumbar area incase there is some inflammation going on. Advil or some NSAID would help in that regard, too, if you can take them.

    If you continue to have pain, it might be time to pay your spinal specialist a vist.
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