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Sciatica Hell


My first post. In suffering with severe nerve pain radiating down my left leg. I have spent 4 days in hospital this week to manage the pain. This has had little effect. I have now developed foot drop and I can't stand up for more than 5 seconds before he nerve pain comes flooding down my leg. I have disc degeneration in l4/5 and minor disc bulges in l5/s1. I had an MRI done last June and one this week whilst in hospital. There was little difference between the two. My foot drop has developed since I left hospital. The only comfortable position is on all fours. I've not slept properly for 1 week and I feel frazzled. My meds are as follows;
Codeine 30mg qds
Paracetemol 1g qds
Pregabalin 300mg bd
Naproxen 500mg bd
I'll be honest the meds are having little impact on anything. I've had this level of pain constantly for 1 week with constant low level back pain for 1 year with two episodes of nerve pain. I'm 33 and extremely active. I don't know what to do? I have a specialist appointment in 2 weeks but I'm worried the foot drop is an indicator that something else is going on. I have to really push hard to produce urine also.

Does anybody suffer anything similar or have any recommendations for me please?




  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    We know you have a disc bulge and have DDD
    But we need more information

    • - What tests where done to identify your present condition?
      - To what degree is the disc herniation at the disc levels you mentioned. Disc bulge, Slipped disc, disc herniation can almost all mean the same thing.
      - What have the doctors attributed to your foot drop?
      - What are the plans from your doctors?
    I have always told members here that ask the same question
    lowden100 said:

    Does anybody suffer anything similar or have any recommendations for me please?
    Medications alone will not be enough to allow a patient to manage and control their pain. There are so many other pieces to the puzzle. The medical field has so many different avenues a patient should take based on their diagnostic test results and clinical examinations.

    All I hear is that the medications are not cutting it for you. Ok, then whats next? We have provided you with some suggestions , but you need to discuss things with your doctor. Its easy for us to make generalizations, but when it come right down to whats being done, you have to be hands on and almost intimate with your doctor.

    Foot drop does not happen by itself. I have foot drop also and it is a result permanent nerve damage from my right knee and below. I waited too long to have the surgery that was needed. Because of that, I now pay a price.

    But every situation and every person is different, so what happened to me,might seem minimal to one, but major to another
    You always need to get down to get the basic answers.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks for your feedback. The disc bulges are minor. When I left hospital this week I did not have foot drop so the doctors are unaware of this new symptom. They actually discharged me from neurosurgery this week as they felt surgery would not be an option. The disc bulges are pushing on nerves which I guess is causing the sensations down my leg and the extreme pain. Is it worth another trip to A&E or do I just man up and live with the pain until I see my neurosurgeon in two weeks??


  • I have a confirmed near sequestered disc bulge on L5/S1 as informed by my Physio this morning. What does this mean? And is surgery the only option??
  • a simple test to check for foot drop is have the patient try to walk on his heels. if he has problems then it could be foot drop. from what i read, an in office physical exam is the best way to diagnosis foot drop. what did your doctor do to diagnose this? there are all sorts of diseases that have foot drop including lou gherig disease and ms. so i hope your doctor is being careful with his checking with you.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Hi Jon,

    My foot drop is that I can't hold my weight on my heels. When I'm walking fun foot kind of flaps instead of being controlled.
  • How did your physio confirm that you have a sequestered disc? If you had another MRI just a few days ago, and all is showed was some bulges, unless you had another MRI since your discharge, there is no way for anyone to confirm a disc sequestration without new imaging.
  • good lowdown
    that is one way they check. i know when i first started having back,sciatic problems, when the dr checked me he had me walk on my heels.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Lowden100LLowden100 Posts: 14
    edited 03/21/2014 - 11:55 AM
    When I had the MRI I was informed that my results showed no difference fr last years MRI. Sadly the hospital is went to was EDIT and they forgot to tell me that I had the above diagnosis! I'm not very happy to be honest!

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