First off, just curious, do licensed doctors respond to inquiries on this blog?
This is my first time having Sciatica. This type of pain is so intense, nothing like I experienced before.
It started immediately after a hockey game and hasn't let up, 5 weeks later.
I have been all over the internet, seen 4 different physiotherapists and 2 doctors. I have done massages, accupunture, electric shock therapy, stretches and light exercises. I really have no idea if I am getting better. I think I am.
I have a few questions that I cannot seem to get answers for - probably because it is hard to answer as the healing for sciatica differs between cases.
1. When my sciatica first started I had super intense pain under the heel of my foot, along with 'pins and needles' and numbness under my foot to my toes. The pain was also on my shin, like a severe shin splint. It was so bad I could hardly walk. No loss of bladder functions though or anything like that. I have definetly gotten better since but the type of pain I am experiencing at week 5 is extreme pain around the calf, intense pain behind the knee cap and some pain under the thigh. Sometimes there is even pain under the foot still. I get shooting pains down my entire leg if I twist or move awkwardly.
My question is, am I getting better? Is this normal? Does it normally take 5 weeks before these symptoms happen and if the pain is now only at my knee and still in the calf and foot, how much longer do I have before I am healed? I can walk for about 50 steps, stand for about 5 minutes before I find the pain so intolerable that I have to sit so the pain can pass.
2. I have been doing stretches as prescribed by my physio therapist. I doubt I am doing them right because in all honesty, any stretch hurts alot. If I am unable to do stretches properly due to pain, should I still be doing them? Is something better than nothing? They certainly DO NOT give me pain relief which is, from what I have read, the intention of them. They actually hurt more than give comfort.
3. I have tried Robaxazec, Aleve, Advil... nothing seems to really help with the pain. I know Ibuprophen is the way to go because it helps with inflamation, but based on experience, what is the best over the counter medicine for pain and inflamation for Sciatica?