I've had sciatica problems for about 8 years now. Initially, it was just slight pain that would go away after a day of rest. I had gone to PT, but the sciatica has progressed and the episodes have gotten more frequent and more painful.
At this point, I have about 6 episodes a year which last 3-6 weeks. I'm going to a Dr who specialized in spinal injury. I've been seeing him for the last 2 1/2 years. He has sent me to the physical therapist three times and to the chiropractor once. Both the PT and the chiro took a good 5 weeks before the pain went away. That's about the same amount of time it takes if I do nothing. The chiropractor's routine was extremely uncomfortable and painful. It's something I'd rather not do again.
The last time I went to the Dr, he said there was a problem with my sacroiliac joint. He had me do 6 weeks of PT. I did the 6 weeks and by the end the pain had subsided. Of course that was last month and now I can feel it coming on again.
Now, I have been doing the same thing for 3 years and getting the same poor results. I feel like I need to try something different. The other thing is I haven't had an MRI in seven years. Is it possible they could see something on an MRI that would change my prognosis?
According to the PT, I'm supposed to do the stretches until the pain goes away. Well, what if I'm stretching and the pain doesn't go away.
Also, what am I supposed to do when the pain is too much to do the stretches. I mean there are times when it would literally take me 10 minutes to lay down.
The last time my back went out, my Dr was out of town. Another DR prescribed me a steroid and a painkiller. The painkillers prevented me from going to work, but also forced me to lay down and miss work for 3 days strait. After that rest, I felt better, but I cannot take that much time off work.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Am I going to be like this for the rest of my life or can it be cured? Should I be asking my Dr for any type of treatment in particular.