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L5 S1 Sciatica Pain

pruesapppruesap Posts: 1
edited 05/25/2015 - 7:53 PM in Lower Back Pain
For several months I have had muscle pain in my left buttocks that moved down my thigh and in my lower calf. Sitting is excruciating getting up from a sitting postion is unbearable and lying down can be uncomfortable. My only relief is standing and moving around. When I'm working there is relief because I walk a lot. On a day off I'm in pain because I'm not active. I went to a chiropractor because I thought it was sciatica. He wasn't a help at all. I got an MRI and found I herniated disc L5 S1 pinching a nerve (I'm assuming it's the sciatic nerve). NNeurologist has me on Muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory meds (isn't helping). I recently bought an inversion table, seems to provide relief as long as I'm on it but definitely no long term relief. My question is why am I fine when I'm upright and moving around (whereas other posts I see people can't walk) and how do I fix this problem. Is surgery inevitable and am I making it worse by not getting surgery immediately.

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  • Hi there,

    I have similar pain to what you're describing. My MRIs have all been clear but nerve conduction testing revealed irritation at the S1 nerve root. My worst pain is in my butt on the right side, and then I have some pain down my calf and into my foot. I also have a lot of hip pain that flares up from time to time, not sure how it's connected to the butt pain but it can be bad. My pain is by far the worse when I'm sitting and laying down. Standing up and walking around definitely feels the best. I'm not sure why pain is so different for each person, but for now I'm trying to consider myself lucky that I can walk ok! Have you had any treatment for your pain? I've had everything under the sun and so far nothing has worked. Hope you have better luck!
    1 1/2 years chronic pain in butt, hip, and sometimes low back. 7 steroid injections (piriformis, s1, si joint, hip joint). Hip labral repair arthroscopic surgery 12/2015. Sciatic neurolysis 12/2015.
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