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Sciatica causing depression

MehdiRaeMMehdiRae Posts: 3
Hi there, this is my first ever post to any sort of site like this. Appologies for any grammar mistakes.

5 weeks ago I playing a football game and as the game kicked off something just went, I don't know know what or how. It was a horrible sensation and had to rush home. Within that 5 weeks I've been to physio and an osteopath, neither helped, if not made it worse. I then rushed into hospital but just gave me some medication and told me to see a GP. I then went and saw a GP who advised me to come back in 3 or 4 weeks because apparently they can't refer me to anything until then.

The pain that I'm in is unbearable, I started work for American Express 3 weeks ago and really has come at a bad time. The medication I'm on is too strong so I just have to miss them and choose work over it. I'm loosing sleep due to pain and it's now starting to cause mild depression (I think) being 20 years of age with a life based on sport does not well. I've read posts how people never recover and it's making things so much harder. My hips also starting to look out of place? Maybe because I'm walkin funny.

I need help :(

Thank you for reading and would really appreciate advise.

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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 497
    I would have xrays taken, unless you already have. Many years prior to my lumbar surgery, I turned just right while lifting something (one of those dumb moves), and felt something go awry, ending up going to chiropractor, taking a Valium (had some leftover from some past whatever), went to bed, and woke pain free hours later. I was so thankful, and shocked there wasn't any residual pain, going from barely walking, unable to drive, to no pain. That never happened again, but I became more conscious of not twisting and lifting.
  • Hi sheri, yeah when I rushed into hospital I had a pelvis X-ray just in case I had chipped bone but that wasn't the case, apparently my were in line but in the Mirror my right hip is bulging out. I've just had to leave work early to try and push the doctors for help. Hopefully my job won't be jeopardised.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    ago while playing football, there is a good possibility that this is an acute pain onset. Could be brought on by a number of different reasons. Pulled muscle, pinched nerve, etc.

    I believe that is why the doctors told you to wait 2 to 3 weeks to see how things are progressing. The waiting period is pretty normal, especially when the pain onset is so quick.

    If the doctors felt based on their clinical examination of you that there were potential additional problems, I am sure they would have scheduled some diagnostic tests.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • MehdiRaeMMehdiRae Posts: 3
    edited 09/10/2015 - 3:03 AM
    I was referred for to back specialist today but do not know how long I'll be waiting, hopefully not too long. Also have been given naproxen, I can only hope.
  • SpineyKD23SSpineyKD23 IllinoisPosts: 89
    edited 09/10/2015 - 8:55 AM
    Hi MehdiRae,

    Sorry to hear you are in such pain. I have been there and I know how horrible it can be. I will be 25 this November, but I first injured my back when I was 18. It is very hard to deal with back problems at a young age- the time when we are supposed to be independent thriving young adults. Do you live close to your family or have a significant other? Having support from others even if only emotional is very important. I use this site as my other support team because people on here are going through similar circumstances.

    The waiting period is a common and is something even I have to deal with despite my history- it just sucks. X-rays were your first step and PT is the second so you are on the right track. For now keeping the pain under control is the most important. If you take your meds at night can you sleep? Check with your doctor- depending what you are on you could try adding a sleep aid (For me that often just makes me super sleepy while in pain and then I'm just super annoyed, but it may work for you). Explain to your doctor about the meds and not being able to work and see if he'd be willing to try something that might work better for you.

    Obviously we can't diagnose things on here, but it would be very helpful if you could explain exactly what you were doing when you got hurt, the type and location of pain, what makes it better or worse, etc. We may be able to at least ease your mind with those details.

    If you do go see a specialist after the wait period you'll likely get an MRI, which is key in diagnosing your condition.

    Best wishes to you and try not to worry about the future yet.

    25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.
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