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Hello my name is Jacqueline. I have had a niggly pain start in my left buttock 5 months ago. When the pain got worse I went to my doctors who diagnosed siatica with a simple examination. I know a lot of you suffer from this. Over the weeks and moves it has progressively got worse. At the moment I am sat in bed and the throbbing is constant. I can find no relief. I sit straight, turn on my side, lie on my back, get on all my fours but the pain is still there. Its like a throbbing pain mainly in my glutes and my thigh and my calf and ankle. The worse is in the morning where I can hardly get out of bed without moaning in excruciating pain. Going to the loo hurts as I find it hard to sit. Since yesterday the pain has now affected my walking and now I have a limp. I can't exercise as this hurts too much. It all feel's like a huge knife going through my left leg.
I have made another appointment at the doctors but they can't see me until 1st August.
Can this type of pain also cause pains elsewhere in the body. I woke with shoulder pain similar to whiplash and a pain shooting down my left arm. I feel like my body will eventually be crippled by this pain. I can't function at all to do my normal everyday things. I can't bend, sit comfortably. When I cough it hurts, a sneeze is so painful to my leg. Walking is the worse as the pain is constant. Is this really Siatica?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 07/25/2013 - 10:36 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • Many of us here know the awful pain from sciatica.
    I am glad that you have made another appointment to go and see your doctor, particularly as your pain is getting worse and is now really limiting your mobility.


    That is a link to various articles about sciatica that I hope you will find is helpful.

    The sciatica in itself doesn't cause other pain in the body. Sciatica tends to be caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. If you are having other pains in your shoulder and down your left arm would suggest that you ask a medical doctor to examine your neck. Have you seen a doctor who specialises in the spine? Have you had any x-rays or an MRI scan done. These tests may indicate what is causing your pain.

    Do tell your doctor on 1st August about your shoulder and arm pain as well as your sciatica type leg pain.

    I hope that you will find a way to get relief. I know only too well how painful sciatica can be.
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