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Sciatica Symptoms?

swacksmansswacksman Posts: 5
I'm a 50 year old man who has been very active, lifting weights, running, etc. I do have a desk job, so over the years my core is not as strong as it used to be, but I'm still considered to be in good shape. I've had some off and on back problems that have always been diagnosed as muscular, and they've always gone away. The worst episode did land me in the hospital, as I woke up in the middle of the night and could not move at all. That was about 2 years ago.

My recent history is that in Mar 2012 I developed a bad respiratory illness that had me doing some major coughing, to the point that my lower back started hurting. Just as it was getting better, I somehow managed to hurt my back a bit working out, but went to my chiropractor, felt great the next day, and hit the gym to do legs. No problems noted, and worked out the next day, a Friday, doing arms. Well, later that night and into the weekend, I started having the most agonizing pain that feels the worst in my leg, primarily my hamstring, where it's a dull, constant ache, and the shin, where I get a shooting pain. It's hard to straighten up, too. I feel like I'm binding in the soft tissue near the groin muscles. I can also feel pain in the buttocks. If I just touch my back, it feels super sensitive. A very strange feeling. That first weekend I got virtually no sleep, as I was in total agony. The only position that would provide any relief at all would be if I'd get on my knees and stretch out like the Muslims do when they are praying. I saw my doc and he got me on Prednisone, which I'm almost through with, and Vicodin for pain. I've tried to limit the Vicodin but can't get through the day without it. I just had an MRI but haven't seen the radiologist's report. It's been over 2 weeks now and it's pretty scary, as I can't see living life like this. Does this sound like sciatica or perhaps something else? I can move, but everything is painful. Thanks.


  • I'm 54 and also in pretty good shape. I was having sciatica problems last year it would go away after work each day so didn't think much bout it. Then on Monday night March 30th the pain was so bad that I didn't sleep any that night. Next day was no better so I went to my doctor. My right foot was numb and had no feeling in it. I couldn't flex my right foot at all and he said that I was losing muscle mass in my lower leg also. He scheduled a MRI "stat" and also an appointment with a nuro surgeon "stat" which was kinda scaring me! I saw the surgeon on Thursday and he said I had ruptured disc I believe L3 L4 and that it had cut off the nerve. He wanted to do surgery the next day but I couldn't that soon so I had surgery the following Wednesday. It has been 10 days since surgery and still alot of pain but guess that's normal. The pain in my lower leg has let up a little bit.
  • Wow, your symptoms occurred first on my birthday. What kind of surgery did you have? I have terrible pain in the hamstring that just locks me up. I'm also really weak in the leg now. Just a couple of weeks ago I could leg press over 500 lbs. Now I'm just totally weak. From what I hear, microdiscectomy can be very effective.
  • I had the laminotomy then the microdiskectomy of the L3 L4. So far so good but its only been 10 days so far. Pain has let up and not taking as many pain meds so that's good.
    My worst pain was my lower right calf muscle. It was killing me to the point that I could not walk and felt like it was on fire. Even my right foot I could not flex toward my body. It wouldn't move at all.
    I tried every position in the sex manual I couldn't relieve the pain! HAHA. My doctor got me into see a surgeon quick and even the surgeon said that the MRI didn't look that bad but right after surgery he told my wife that he was glad that he listen to me bout all my symptons. He said that MRI's don't always show everything and that mine was alot worse than the MRI showed. I guess you just never know. Any questions or concerns I will try and answer them if I can. Good luck
  • Hi there it has been about 2weeks now after my microdiscsectomy of my L4/5 my doc also told me that my MRI did not look to bad and I was booked off from work for 6 weeks, by this time I could not walk and he had to do the surgery after surgery he told me that he removed 3 big pieces of herniatet disc I between nerve and I was lucky that He reacted so quiqly .....wot cheek
  • swak
    Reading your story, I thought I wrote it.
    Im 50 very active...heavy bike rider.
    I've had issues that a chiro helped for years
    A year ago I had an MRI...thats where to start for sure.
    My MRI showed l4-l5 disk protrustion. My chriro work out was exactly what I should not have done.
    So after 3 roid injections I finally had a MicroD 16 days ago.
    Prior to having it I met w 3 docs and a nero
    What i regret now is not having it sooner
    I'm off all drugs as of yesterday just Ibu's
    I feel the nerve form hell may suffer and recovery slower the longer you leave it as is.
    I did get relief w the roid injections but the problem did not go away
    Good luck, wish you well,
  • Thank you guys for the responses. Makes me feel a bit better. Tomorrow I go back to the GP, but I figure I'll be seeing a spinal specialist very soon. Not too thrilled about the prospect of surgery, as I've had 2 shoulder arthroscopies in the past, that although helped, sure didn't make my shoulders feel like they did when I was in my 20s. On the other hand, at least they are functional, if not completely pain-free. If a little snip-snip makes this go away for good, I'm all for it. It would be nice to know what caused it in the first place. Probably just too dang old now to be pushing that much weight. Just being stupid I guess.
  • No not being stupid you just have to realize that your getting older and have to be more careful.
    I have had left shoulder surgery, neck c3 c4 fusion, carpel tunnel left hand, 2 right knee scopes in the last year and now lower back surgery. I do alot of lifting during the day with my job not real heavy maybe 30 to 40 pounds all day long. But I'm not ready to quit just yet. I just have to learn to slow down and take my time cause I'm not getting any younger!

    Oh yes and all my surgeries have been in the last 6 years!
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