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Is this truely Sciatica?

donmccoy1956ddonmccoy1956 Posts: 1
Around August 1, 2015 I got out of bed in such pain that I could barely walk. I thought it was just lower back pain or something to do with arthritis which I have in my fingers, hands and other joints. I had surgery for a broken/dislocated right ankle about 5 years ago and have screws and a plate in my right ankle now, my surgeon told me that he hoped it would last for 20 years or more. I asked him why, he stated that the arthritis pain would eventually get so bad that I'd have to have surgery to fuse my ankle in place. I also have a bad knee with a meniscus tear in that same right leg. Well the pain started out in my hip, like a hip pointer and went down my let to my calf where it feels like a tightness and soreness in my calf. I went to the E.R. at my local V.A. hospital on August 10, 2015, since I use the VA for my healthcare. They diagnosed me with Sciatica told me to get some rest for a few days and continue with my baclofen and hydrocodone 7.5 (which I take for Spinal Stenosis and compressed disk in my neck). They also took an X-ray and the doctor there confirmed it was Sciatica. I followed up with my Primary Care Doctor at the V.A. on my next scheduled appointment on August 20, 2015. He prescribed Gabapentin for me to take along with the baclofen and hydrocodone 7.5. Which I'm awaiting for it to arrive in the mail, should be tomorrow. Is the really Sciatica and what I can expect from this condition? I have such pain in my right leg it's terrible. My hip kills me when I stand or walk but is okay if I sit or lay down. My calf feels like the muscle is twisted and sore, like I've walked several miles. At times my hip feels like it locks up and a sharp pain shoots down my let. Are these all true symptoms of Sciatica? My lower back hurts at times too and when I'm walking at times I feel as if I can't go on and almost stumble when walking up or down steps. I'm 59 years old and had recent filed for disability only to be denied by the Social Security and even an administrative law judge too. And have been told by my disability attorney that I could appeal but that they would not represent me in my appeal. Also that there is a very high chance that the S.S. would still not over rule the judges decision, and it could take up to a year and a half to appeal. Or I could refile my Social Security Disability claim and add the Sciatica along with my other issues.
I just want answers to the Sciatica issues and what to expect over the next several years.



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Don McCoy
Lexington, Kentucky
Spinal Stenosis
Compressed C3, C4, C5, C6
Wedge in Lumbar
Now have Sciatica making it difficult to walk.


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