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Excruciating sciatica pain for 2+ years PLEASE HELP

v0da12vv0da12 Posts: 2
FIrst i want to say Hello, i am new in this forum and sadly enough i am here to seek advice for this plague called sciatica. My name is George and i am 18 years old, have had sciatica for 2+ years already and still haven't cured it.

Basically my problem started when i was 15 and a half, i suddenly heard a crack in my back one day in school after i had physical education and this crack slowly turned into a disaster i wasn't ready for, in a matter of a month i couldn't sit freely, once it started hurting i couldn't stand up for long times. The pain was totally managable until 3 days ago though, after all this time i had gotten used to my condition and the pain back then compared to what i am experiencing these last couple of days is HUGE.. The pain was annoying and had stopped me from sports activities and such but i could just lie on my belly and it would go away in half an hour of proper rest, so was kind of used to that. Last year i went to my GP who sent me to MRI and it showed i had a pinched nerve, then i was sent to physio therapy that didn't help a bit and i abandoned it in a few months of not helping at all and just decided the pain would go on it's own in years to come.

I had read some scary stories of people literally being like disabled and not being able to sleep,walk or sit and practically being in excruciating pain 24/7 wanting to cut their leg off as the pain is unbearable and thats what happend to me out of the blue, the last few days have been horror, i just woke up one day and getting up from bed felt like torture, last night i couldn't get even a minute of sleep and today i've been in the worst pain of my life as i every possible position of my body leads to PAIN!!! Only thing that helps is a bit of walking but it still hurts like shit, i've took two panadeins which is a strong pain killer here in New Zealand containing 8mg of codeine and that helps a bit by making the pain bearable for about 2 hours an d i can atleast lie down on my bed properly instead of being in constant agony and wanting to punch a whole in the walls.

Could anyone give any suggestions what to do ? Obviously going to the GP is going ot be a waste of time as they don't take you seriouly here in New Zealand, i am thinking of trying chiropracter, i am just so desperate at this point that i would jump on the surgery table for an immediate surgery just to get an instant pain relief, i am so depressed, i feel like i am disabled and also can't explain the sudden change in my condition that once was a bit of pain and now is a text book of sciatica agonizing pain that is present 24/7.

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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  • - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
    - Medical advice of any kind
    - Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc

What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 02/14/15 08:01



  • Thanks for the guidelines as to what i could add onto my thread :)

    I've been to GP and had MRI scan, it said i have a herniated disk but i forgot the location i think it was L5-S1 but i will need to find the piece of paper to tell you for sure. I have been to physiotherapy, i have also tried acupuncture and both did not help at all. My conditions i would say is from trauma but it is no known to me as it happen after a normal PE class at school one day.

    My physio said surgery is totally out of the question as i am way too young to receive surgery but that was over an year ago where my pain was like 2 on the scale of 10 where now it's 7/10 and this sudden flare up is causing me to want to shoot myself.
  • I feel your pain man. I'm 19 and had this problem at 17 right after a long flight. The pain has not gone or improved since. It shoots down my left leg and sometimes I cant even lie on my bed at night. Due to the bullshit canadian health system, I am still awaiting an mri which literally takes months (kinda stupid considering sciatica does its damage in the first few weeks). I had physio for 3 months but that was a complete waste and now I am just desperately trying to talk to as many doctors as I can to get this thing cured. Ive read multiple places that if the herniation is not big enough it doesnt show up on an mri and is overlooked close to 60% of the time. Im not a doctor so I can't say anything about the surgery but I guess what you should be doing is seeing as many GP's as you can, and always take your tests with you and ALWAYS ask them to refer you to a specialist , honestly thats the only reason to be seeing one
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