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New to this forum and sciatica which is just terrible!

DamtrelinpainDDamtrelinpain Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Pain Medications
40s female, have had two slipped discs, l4l5 and sg1 since 97. My backs gone out here and there. 2 months ago I went to a new physical therapist and one of her exercises caused sciatica. It was the one where I was pulling my left leg over my waist while lying down. I've been getting small pains since till they got worse. I think I pulled too hard and she didn't tell me how firm to pull till AFTER. ON SAT. I CALLED THE AMBULANCE, I FELT AS THO A BOLT OF LIGHTNING WENT THRU ME. I had been sleeping all day and when I got up I couldn't stand. I kept rubbing the spasm I always feel on my lower left side of back. I knew i was a goner then. Ten yrs ago this happened but without the sciatica!
They took me away on a sheet! i had dragged self to living room to open door to let them in!
I was given morphine on the way, spent 7 hrs at hospital, ignored most of that time, given one iv bag with morphine & a steroid, prescribed tramadol and valium for anxiety. I've been bedridden since for three days. I can't stand long on my left leg, it begins to burn and ache horrifically! I have an appt w a pain specialist at a physical therapy place, hes an MD. I've been told a cortisone shot would do me good. Don't know if that's true.
I stopped the tramadol, and went back to my standby of vicodin and flexiril, it puts me outta my mind as I have claustrophobia and anxiety due to ongoing back issues and of not being able to roll in bed in the past. I've NEVER had sciatica before and this is all new.
I need help fast to alleviate pain and advice. I'm listening to dr Sarno cd's as well. My main dr prescribed amitriptyline and CYM Alta OF ALL THINGS. I think he has problems. He's a new doctor. He heard triggers such as "anxiey" and instead of pain meds he thinks antidepressants.
I have a note to stay out of work for another week, I need help to cope wi this. I'm drugging myself up with low dose Valium and flexiril and ,Orrin so as not to be aware how crucial this is, and claustrophobic. I'm writing this in bed. I hope this is the right place to post this.
My nMe is Linda, I'm 49 yrs old, live alone, have pets,this causes added stress. I'm east of l.a. In the hills. I can only walk a few minutes before bad pain ensues and I rush back to bed. I don't feel much lying down.
PLS HELP! thank I.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Sorry for the pain you're going through and the complication of trying to figure out what you need to do to help yourself. It can be confusing and trial and error.

    It's not unusual for chronic pain people to also have antideppresants for their therapy.

    I take cymbalta and it seems to help with some of the nerve pain and I also take something to help me sleep.
    I am not alone in trying to find good night sleep.
    It's a reoccuring theme.

    The injections are sometimes effective and sometimes not, also. And then they can work one time and not agian.

    Hopefully, you continue with good communication with doc re' how things work or do not work for you.
    With time you may come to find a combo that works for you.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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  • Dear Linda,

    I'm terribly sorry that you're experiencing so much pain. While I'm probably nowhere near as bad as you, I'm in what I consider horrible pain too. It's daily, very taxing on my mind. I'm at my wits end with it and am obsessing on here trying to find answers.

    While not back related, I have had 10 scale pain in the past more than once. I know it's almost completely unbearable for any length of time. I've been there and there's no easy way to get through it. Do whatever you can to manage. Throw everything and the kitchen sink at it - Not medication, but every technique you know. Cold, hot, pressure, stretches, yoga, more stretches, positions, etc. Something's bound to help. Just remember if you use cold or hot therapy - Only 1, and for 20 minutes every 2 hours. Otherwise you'll counteract the therapeutic effects.

    Back to the back, my disc bulge supposedly is not causing my lumbar pain. It's interesting because I have sciatica occasionally to. Pulse like energy feeling shooting pain down my butt to my leg, back of thighs. Sitting for an extended period of time seems to cause this for me. Carrying weight on my shoes also causes.

    Also, I too have had PT flare my neuro symptoms in my butt / leg / foot.

    Okay, let's get more to the point. I too was just given Cymbalta. So far it's doing nothing except making me feel anxious. Have you and your doc tried Neurontin? It spaced me out pretty bad, but it supposed to help with nerve pain - Ask your doctor about it and ask if it could help you. He might recommend it as it's non-narcotic. I know, the Flexiril drugs me out very bad too. I do not like taking it either. For me, sometimes the supposed bad drugs are not as bad as the supposed 'better' drugs. Flexiril is an excellent example of this.

    I have more questions than answers when it comes to pain. Recently mine has gotten out of control. I've never been more determined to do something about it before it takes over my life.

    Your doctor would know best, but some people have very good results with the steroid injections. They did not recommend them to me so I cannot comment, but plenty of people on here have had them too. I really wish you the best.

    The stretch that helped me most with sciatica is lying on my back, then pulling one knee toward my chest , holding, then releasing. Both knees, rinse, repeat. Ice helps me more than heat.
  • Sorry when I didn't get messages right away I stopped checking. It seemed like no one posted here. I'll read the posts now. :)
  • It really is. My pain went down after acupuncture. There's a place in eagle rock ca that provides a sliding scale on cost. After the acupuncture (first time with it), I had zero pain after say, an hour. That day I even walked 20 min, no pain. I didnt have any pain till I got on my bike and cycled for 45 minutes, from below the knee, left leg, basically the calf, I had aching rather sharp pain. As usual I have to sit or lie down to get immediate relief. They told me it would take more than one session. The therapist wanted me to ideally come in every day for a week. I was supposed to go today again for my second session but I cancelled last might b/c the BF is very busy at work and saving animals so he couldn't make it. We were going to do it together. He also stuck me with some needles in specific locations for anxiety and that worked too. I have anxiety when my pain gets so bad I'm bedridden,which isn't often. Because of this bull I've had to go through w/ my condition I developed claustrophobia. The irony is ima hypnotist but I don't much help myself. I've had great success with others but know no one who is as good at it as I am that is also cheap. Lol

    I tried this mp3 that is on an apple app..I have an iPad so I dw paced it. It's a hypnotic mp3 I believe and it's very thorough. There are four hypnosis parts to it. One part is creating the finger method trigger to reduce pain. That actually worked in me! I have that one installed into the BF whenever he needs help w/ his own issues, but I never had one till now. Those apps are very powerful and apparently NOONE KNOWS about this... And that's typical.

    So anyway, I finally got the referral for the MRI..it's not an open one like the one I had 5 yrs ago, it's a wider tunnel type. I'm not sure if I can handle it. If it didnt look like the NASA space shuttle it wouldn't be so stressful to look at! I'm thinking of stopping by and looking.

    I'm glad you're all here...every time I see someone with a cane or in a wheelchair I feel like they are now my people. Mot of the time though, I wonder why me. Why am I so alone in this. My sister also has L4-5 prolapsed but she's never been crippled, lying in the bed as I have. I also notice I have these bumps under my skin..and my mom has them. I wonder I'd anyone has that..does it make the back worse? I've been dealing w this a long time. I thinkppl at work wonder if I'm faking it. I now dislike my job and have for a long time. I try to laugh about it.

    I've had this understanding g that ppl w back issues develop them from a lack of love in their lives...at some point. I find they tend to be givers and helpers, which I too am.

    I'm reading dr. Sarno's books because I think my problem is psychosomatic. I have no issues w denial. I can see how I created this. I can create many things to happen and I've seen it in my life.

    Has your pain been ongoing for years?!?!?!
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