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How long will sciatica last this time?

I've had back pain most of my adult life but my first real attack came 9 years ago when I was 26. Since then I've had 3 further attacks/flare ups every time in the winter months. Each one has been progressively less severe but lasted longer. The first attack had me taken from my apartment by paramedics but I was essentially back on my feet and working within 3-4 weeks. I'm now 10 weeks into this latest flare up. I was off my feet for 5-6 weeks during which time I couldn't stand but the pain was less than previous attacks. 3 weeks ago I went back to work and I'm mostly fine but I've still got pulsing and some cramping in my left leg. In 3 weeks I've had ups and downs but no real improvements. It's worse at night and in the morning. I've tried everything, heat, ice, chiropractor, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, magnesium supplements, pain killers, stretches etc. I would have given anything to get to this point 4 weeks ago but now that I'm here I don't seem to be going anywhere fast. I can function fine and its more annoying than anything but I'd like to get back to normal again. How long will this last? What can I do to speed it up?



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Welcome to spine-health, you have come to the right place. On the forum you will read other members experiences, you may find information that will help by showing what works for them. You will also see unfortunately there is no way of predicting how long a flare up will last. My flare ups can last anything from 1 week to 16 weeks

    Have you had any tests Mri, Xray's etc?

    To make your threads more effective, I suggest reading our FAQs and looking at some of the threads under New Member.
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    All of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thanks for replying Liz. I had x-rays about a year ago and my spine was curving to the left. Since then my Chiropractor has been working on it. Haven't had an MRI for a long time. It's one of those things where I can get by mostly until a flare up happens. I'm not keen on surgery as right now it's manageable. Just want rid of this nerve pulsing in my leg. Thanks for the links. I will do some reading.

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