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Sciatica nightmare

Hi. I stumbled across this forum while searching for ways to help reduce my sciatic pain. I let me start from the beginning....
I am 27 year old and have always been healthy but a few months ago I started getting pain down my left side. I went to the docs and was told to come back in 6 weeks if I had not improved. a few weeks later I could not walk far, I started to lean to the right and the pain is gettin worse. I went back to the doc and was giving coodimal and muscle relaxant, the problem with this is a cannot drive as they both make me drowsy. I I was at physio for 2 months but they have now giving up on me.

Can anyone recommend other forms of treatment which may help.




  • You need to see your family doctor first, if you already have ask for a recommendation to a pain management doctor and go from there. Dont wait around for it to get worse or try to fix it yourself. That wait & see style may work ok for some, but persistent sciatica needs to be treated ASAP, push for an MRI right away so the docs know what they are dealing with. Maybe its no biggie, but only one way to find out!

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • Thanks for reply, I have been told by docs there is nothing they can do until I have scan, and which is on a 3 month wait. I am at my wits end of with this and feeling more and more alone because of this.

  • Has alot of support for you. 3 month wait seems crazy! Maybe see another doc or look to have tests at another location. When I saw my back surgeon I had the MRI within a week.
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • FifelassFFifelass Posts: 5
    edited 10/23/2012 - 8:29 AM
    I cannot afford to go elsewhere unfortunately. Thanks for you advise much appreciated.
  • I took Amytriptylline when I first injured my back and got the awful sciatica. It didnèt work well for me but then the Dr. ordered Lyrica which worked better but I had a lot of side effects but was getting nerve pain relief until one Pain Management Dr. recommended Cymbalta for nerve pain in my leg and it really helped.

    Are you taking a nerve pain med . You may want to get a referral for a Pain Management Dr. and if you have any numbness at all in your foot or leg a referral to a Neurologist. I also saw several Orthosurgeons and Neurosurgeon. It was a drag I dont qualify for surgery but get a referral to Specialists for their opinions.

    Maybe a Teaching hospital can give you free treatment if you cant afford healthcare. Also if you cant afford the meds contact the makers of the drugs online and they may help get them to you for free. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hi

    I have been giving muscle relaxers and coodimal and told to wait and see what can shows Bere they do anything.
  • Are those tablets the ones that dissolve in water, that have codeine and paracetomol, if so I got some from my mother inlaw, they work pretty good as they are fast acting, Hope you can get your scan,remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease, I too got my MRI's done within a week after seeing the surgeon, I was willing to go @ anytime day or night and maybe you should ask for a cancellation. Just a thought, please keep us updated most of us have dealt with the pain and know what it feels like.
  • Thanks everyone for your support its nice to know we are not alone. I I have arranged to see a top spine specialist, and here is hoping I get some positive feedback.
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