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do i have sciatica?

Since having my twin boys nearly 2 years ago, every month around the same time i start with a slight pain in my lower back which later then spreads always down the left leg all the way down to my toes. The leg pain is always a lot worse sometimes i cant move at all. Pain relief is really not working this time round, i have tried diclophenic, deep heat and ibruprofen.
Also could this be caused by having an epidural that went wrong when i had a cesaerean section??


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • You are describing about what I felt. Mine started out as annoying, and was hard to stand for more than 5 minutes at a time. I had no idea it was siatic related until it progressed down to my toes/foot and became stronger and more painful. While on vacation, it got so bad I had to go to urgent care for meds. He put me on prednezone, a muscle relaxer and vicadin. When I got home, I saw my doc and next day got an MRI. Mine turned out to be a herniated disc, L5-S1, that was so bad by now, surgery was my best option. I only wish I had seen the dr sooner when it was annoying....maybe other treatments would have helped t prevent the disc from fully hernia ting....who knows. My surgery was last Friday, 7/12 and I'm on the mend now!
    CA Wife and Mom, 55, L5-S1 Microdiscectomy on 7/12/13
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