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Can chronic sciatica and ddd justr suddenly go?. For no obvious reason i've had great pain relief fo

Having had chronic lower back pain for 2 1/2 years and severe sciatica for 6months , including having to take 18months off work , the last two or three days, for seemingly no apparent reason, my pain from both has been halfed at least. Im not saying i feel nothing, but i certainly feel a vast improvement. Noticeably more from the forever aching and acute pain from the back. Perhaps this is a temporary tease im experiencing, or perhaps nature has found its own natural way to finally end the bombardment of pain on my back.
As well as ddd i have three bulges in L3 L4 and L5, with the latter the suspected main cause of the sciatica due to the extent of the bulge being very pertruding off its normal lay.Im due a microdisectomy to remove that intrusion and rid myself of the chronic sciatica. Have been told by three specialists that my disc pain will prob never go even after potentilal intrusive back surgery. In essence he said 'there is no magic cure for what u have'!!
Am i getting a bit over confident with a few days pain free, or can these things suddenly get better. Having suffered for so long and so severly, perhaps this is just a brief teasing bit of restbite, so maybe joining a gymnastics class this week might be a tad over zealous!, lol.
Anyone who could shed some light on this , i would truly appreciate some perspective. thanks


  • it could be a fluke thing, i thought i was doing really well a few months ago when they started me on nucynta er, then all the sudden i hurt my back, and was in pain for 2 weeks with back pain, well that got better but my sciatic nerve pain has gotten worse. it moved from the piriformis muscle area to my calf. it is nice that you can enjoy a little relief
  • That's a good question? I would like to think positive, but I honestly feel it a fluke. I have sciatica pain in right hip for days, then all of a sudden it's gone. Next thing I know it's in the left left hip. I think I'm crazy. I have bouts of pain all over the place and just can't seem to figure out what it is I do to set it off. It just happens. Never totally pain free, but there are days better than others.
  • Thanks for your replies. I would just add that this is the best three days or so i've felt during my entire experience over nearly three years. When u say fluke, are u meaning fluke as in make the most of a sudden down time in spasms and pain, or fluke as in, this is a freak occurance however rare and that maybe youve finally got end end to this on the horizon and somehow its run its time naturally. This is am wary of, im no dreamer and i again re-itterate that im not throwing a party just yet, but hopes have been lifted here. Just to clarify, all my mri's have shown three herniation at L3,L4 and L5 with the lower pertruding quite a distance and would seem the obvious cause of the sciatica. Chronological mri's have also shown a gradual increase in bulges in two of the discs , but an improvement in the third. Am due a microdisectomy in four weeks and wonder if its too soon or too naive to cancel that procedure?
  • I might also just add, after taking every painkiller and anti-inflammatory going, therapy, osteopathy .I also had two bouts of epidural injections which worked great at the time but have ultimately made things worse as i picked up the sciatica quite severly when the second injection wore off.
  • First , let me say I am very happy for you to have this relief, what a breath of fresh air huh? Lets just say this is temporary, so what, that means that there may be other temporary times on the horizon right? I'd take it and try to think of anything you did or didn't do prior to your reprieve.

    As far as your surgery, that would be up to you and your doctor but, speaking from a person with failed back surgery, anytime you can avoid a back surgery is a good thing. But as I said, that is up to your doctor, if you've got nerve issues that is a whole different thing all together.

    Good luck to you, I hope you have more good days in your future.
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