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Is it sciatica?

AcousticgurlAAcousticgurl Posts: 1
Hi my name is Amanda. I am a 27 year old female living with cronic left buttock pain. First I should start out by saying as a child I didn't start walking until I was 18 months. My mother would have me hold her hands and place my feet on the ground. As soon as my feet would touch the ground I would pull them up towards my body. Obviously none of this is from memory, but what my mother has told me. She said it seemed like it hurt me to put pressure on my legs. Well I finally started walking and seemed to be gaining motor skills like any other normal child. Then I moved onto school and the dreaded gym class. I was getting yelled at a lot from my gym teacher saying I was lazy because during our stretches I found that any bending at the waist with straight legs made my legs burn and my toes go numb as well as when sitting "indian style". I couldnt do what the other kids were doing. I finally got to see a doctor and they took x-rays and saw a slight curve in my back and set up PT. I learned to walk, sit, stand, and work in a way that wouldnt hurt my leg... Until recently. I am the head cook at a restaurant and I am constantly walking fast, bending, and heavy lifting. For the past month my left buttock and halfway to the back of my knee is constantly stabbing and burning. I have had to catch myself from falling when I step or turn my hips a certain way. Not to mention the embarrassing momens when I yell out in pain in front of my employees. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? Is this something that will go away on its own with rest? I hav never gotten answers or relief from doctors. I dont want to go through all the x-rays and PT that never seems to help anyway. Does anyone have suggestions as to what this could be or how to make it stop? Thank you for your time.


  • I am sorry to say that it sounds like sciatica. You need to get an MRI. Find a doctor in your area that specializes in the back.
  • I'd suggest you visit a back specialist - meaning an orthopedic spine doctor or neurosurgeon. They can do an evaluation and determine if it is sciatica and if they want to do an MRI.
  • CHRONIC SCIATICA-more painful than childbirth

    Doctors will talk you out of any MRI scans. They will lay you on a hospital bed and most likely do a few tests like...the pin prick test on your legs and toes to cancel out neuropathic pain, ask you a few personal questions and finally send you home with an anti-inflammatory drug called Tramadol or Tylenol 3 (acetaminophen)with codeine to relax your muscles. They also will recommend Physical therapy.
    I recommend purchasing some over the counter (NSAIDS)like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Acetaminophen and have them in your arsenal. If you plan on being somewhat active you are going to need them. Don't waste your time and money or the pain of getting in and out of a vehicle on Physical Therapy, Chiropractic or pain doctors. These people are in the business of getting you in and out of their offices as fast as possible.
    I am 29, male and extremely fit. Do not blame this on your weight, but rather your posture.
    I know the pain you are going through. The worst pain being (the shooting pain) when i stood up from any rested or relaxed position, not excluding sneezing, laughing, or blowing my nose. This shooting pain seemed to follow my heart beat for a count of 4 or 5 zaps down the leg. Dropping me closer to the ground with every zap!
    Transitioning from a standing position to a lying position also caused an excruciating shock down my leg...and i found a cure for this. I purchased a Tempur-pedic firm memory foam mattress which absorbed my bodies internal vibration as i climbed onto the bed. These beds are AMAZING shock absorbers. Since you will be spending alot of time in bed i recommend buying one.
    It's been 4 months and my pain has decreased dramatically. The crippling shooting pain is now history. I am able to sit up at the side of the bed pain free, with the only pain being the burning down my thigh and calf when walking for long periods or standing in at the walk-in clinic or your friendly neighborhood D.M.V office. Although the burning is excruciating at times, I am happy it is now becoming centralized to one area.
    I have never stretched any part of my body at any point during my sciatica as I found out the hard way that this only irritates the nerve and prolongs the healing process. Nerves need "TIME" to heal.
    Skin tissue has the most blood flow, therefor heals the fastest in the body, followed by muscle, ligaments and finally nerves with the least blood flow.
    There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Use this time off to think of ways to prevent this from happening again and to become a better person in all aspects of life....... Think of this as a wake up call....a gift from god!

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