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Hi all :)

Hi everyone,

Came across this website when Googling Sciatica! Looks to have some great info and support.....just what I'm looking for! :)

A bit about me.......Rheumatoid/Osteoarthritis diagnosed 7 years ago. Ankles are my weakest point and am just recovering from my second Grade 3 sprain in 3 months! Hospital said it would have been easier if I'd broken it! :(
After having been on crutches for a while, I noticed I was getting back pain. Understandable as I was weight-bearing differently. Then last Monday, when I tried to get out of bed, I realised it was a little more than back-ache!! After an emergency Dr's appointment I was told I more than likely had Sciatica. Well I would not wish this pain on my worst enemy!
I am currently taking anti-inflammatories, painkillers and an anti-depressant was prescribed to take at night as a muscle relaxant? I haven't actually taken THAT one yet, as the list of side-effects scared me half to death!
It's only been a week and already I'm shattered!

So came on here looking to find others in similar situations and maybe some advice/tips on pain management?

Look forward to any replies. Thanks for reading :)



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    Sciatica is one of , if not the most common back pain complaint. It could be that because of the crutches, and the state of your body's mechanics, that this is what caused the flre up in sciatica. It can take some days, weeks or even a month or so before it calms down again, but the good news is that in most cases, it does disappear just as quickly as it appeared, it can also disappear. Using ice, heat, heating pads/disposable heating patches that are available in most drug stores, topical rubs and ointments all will help to reduce the inflammation in the nerve. If it does not improve within a two month window, then it is time to consult with a board certified spine surgeon to see if he feels that it needs further treatment.
  • Hi Sandi and thanks for the welcome!

    Looks like I've got some reading to do on this site.

    I think you're probably right about the use of crutches and my body's mechanics. I can't say I've ever had back ache/pain like this before! :(

    I'm trying heat and topical ointment on top of the medication......and of course, gentle stretches and walking.

    Thanks again for the advice :)
  • I remember my first couple of episodes with sciatica as well and wow.......thankfully, it did finally go away, until I wound up herniating a disc, and that was a whole new set of problems.....LOL
    I hope that you are feeling much better very soon!
  • I like those disposable heating pads. I keep them in business. I also recommend buying an "expensive" cold pack. I know you can buy cheap ones and even make your own.... but I still can't say enough that I love the one I finally broke down and bought. I believe it was around $25, blue "cloth" feeling... stays cold a long time... just google them. Sounds like with your issues, it might be worth an investment for you too.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • smilingladyssmilinglady Posts: 4
    edited 07/02/2013 - 10:51 AM
    Thanks to both Sandi and AllMetal For your thoughts and advice. :)

    Not had a very good day today!! :( Hubby thought he was doing me a favour and took me for what should have been a short drive......not been out apart from walking around the block in 6 days!! Well the short drive got us stuck in traffic for 20 plus minutes, by which time I was in tears with the pain!! I'd only had pain killers before we left the house too!! Hey ho.....lets hope tomorrow is a better day! :)
  • The only thing that worked for me were muscle relaxants and pain killers combined as your muscles try to protect the damaged area. Know there can be side effects. Went to my Dr to change mine to Kalma as someone said this works for pain and muscles. It is being upgraded in Aus so you now need an authority to get it but the drug laws are not as strict in the US. I have taken it before and it was great. Think it is called Xanax or something like that over there. It is really worth combining with muscle relaxants otherwise your muscles go berserk trying to protect you body and then the pain cycle worsens.
  • Thank-you thoracic spine pain for your comments, much appreciated! :)
    I rang my GP yesterday as I really was in pain and what I had been prescribed.....painkillers and anti-inflammatories.....wasn't really working :(
    He prescribed an anti-depressant, which I was surprised by, until he explained that it was also used as a muscle relaxant. I had my first last night........and had 4 hours sleep!! YAY!! :)
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