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Sciatica Pain Increase-help needed

For the last two days, I have had a significant increase in pain in my right hip, right buttock, and down the outside of my right leg.

I have taken tramadol and gabapentin, but the pain comes back after a few hours.

If you have dealt with this, I would appreciate help and advice.

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Julie

I to take tramadol and gabapentin, Plus I have SCS Unit. And I am never really out of pain. But my Pm DR told me that I will have pain the rest of my life. But I have nerve damage. My fear is I losing my strength more each year

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Sciatica Pain Increase-help needed

Julie,

Your pain sounds like what everyone else experiences with a herniated disc which is diagnosed with an MRI. If your pain is serious enough, you may want to go to an orthopedic surgeon for further diagnosis. When I started having the type of pain you describe, it quickly got so bad that I couldn't function and had to take a lot of painkillers. Once I had surgery (1 month ago) the pain was greatly diminished, although still not completely gone.

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Julie

I find a warm shower helps or bath.I try different stretching positions like sitting in a chair and on leg over the other and pull with my arm and turn like for piriformis stretch. You may need to see your Dr. for a reassessment for your medications and frequency taking them.

Has your Physiotherapist given you any exercises you did when you saw one? What mine said to me if I'm doing a stretch was that there would be more pain in my back doing certain exercises but more relief in the sciatica. Hope it gets better for you, Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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Julie, Charry has some very sound and valid suggestions

Dealing with Spinal problems, you will find out what the Roller Coaster Ride is and who the Beast is.

Folks like Charry, who have been here before, understand the ups and downs, finds ways, sometime simple ways to get more comfortable.

A warm shower, an ice pack, a stretch may be all that is necessary to get you over a hurdle

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I have been dealing with

I have been dealing with this since '95. I don't know whether it is the change of season or what but I am at my wit's end.........and I am slow to say such a thing. The stretches and hot soaks help briefly. I can take just so much medication since I live alone and there is nobody to keep an eye on me durring a bad flare when a temporary med increase would be helpful and justified. Medicaid won't pay for any more therapy as I am no longer a good investment. They say they have spent all the $$$$ on me that they want to. I can't go inpatient for a week of bootcamp rehab. as Medicare no longer will pay for inpatient rehab "just for pain reduction, mobility or quality of life issues". The pain originates at L5-S1 and radiates down to the large left toe. The butt pain is like a red hot poker. Pain Man doesn't make good eye contact anymore and just keeps saying "Im sorry". I don't know how much longer I can take this.

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Re: Sciatica Pain Increase-help needed

braunfels wrote:
Julie,

Your pain sounds like what everyone else experiences with a herniated disc which is diagnosed with an MRI. If your pain is serious enough, you may want to go to an orthopedic surgeon for further diagnosis. When I started having the type of pain you describe, it quickly got so bad that I couldn't function and had to take a lot of painkillers. Once I had surgery (1 month ago) the pain was greatly diminished, although still not completely gone.

Why does it seem next to impossible to get surgery done when you have herniated discs and worsening sciatic pain? I'm now at the 2 month mark, it's not improving, it is getting worse. Doctors seem to willing to try 'bandaid' approaches and if they don't work, they just want you try again and again. My husband's been at this for years, still hasn't had surgery, hoping that the new doc we are hoping to get into, who will review our charts and scans first, will be the answer. I don't understand how people just live with this. Childbirth (with no epidural, no drugs at all) was easier than this is!

I am who I am!

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charry wrote:
I find a warm shower helps or bath.I try different stretching positions like sitting in a chair and on leg over the other and pull with my arm and turn like for piriformis stretch. You may need to see your Dr. for a reassessment for your medications and frequency taking them.

Has your Physiotherapist given you any exercises you did when you saw one? What mine said to me if I'm doing a stretch was that there would be more pain in my back doing certain exercises but more relief in the sciatica. Hope it gets better for you, Charry

The hot bath or shower does help me - until I get out. The stretches - with neck and arm pain - I'd love one that would actually help instead of hurt more. I've been given exercises but was told not to stretch to the point of pain - and I don't think that would be a good thing - jmo. My doct took me out of PT b/c I'd leave with a migraine everytime, and the pain relief that I finally got at the end of each treatment when they put me on heat and TENS lasted minutes. Getting into a doctor to be reassessed seems to take forever and here where I am - the neurosurgeon I have - I have yet to even meet him! I pay to see him, but get stuck with PA or NP - and the PA has the audacity to say the NP is not anygood and that he usually doesn't see patients, he is usually in surgery with the doc. Very cold and uncaring, so we're moving on. Hopefully much sooner than later we'll find a real doctor with some compassion that will actually fix the problem. I don't see how conservative care can make herniated discs, bone spurs and spondylosis get better - I do see how it can lead to needing even more serious surgery the longer it's put off though. I'm in a lot of pain, so I probably sound grouchy. Tired of popping pills, just want to be better and have my life back!

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Hi Pain

Do you take a nerve pain med? I've found Cymbalta really helped my sciatica and low back pain. I've done some really helpful exercises for low back pain that's helped my back pain http://www.spine-health.com/video/sciatica-exercises-degenerative-disc-disease-video. I even sit on the chair and hold my stomach in or pull my navel toward my spine for temporary relief.

It's true though how the Surgeon expect a bone spur to dissolve on it's own? It's awful some of us aren't candidates for surgery. I'm going to a new Pain Management center at a hospital and hopefully trying ablation to see if that will help. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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Pain, Julie, Charry,

I went to my pain mgt doc last Monday and he gave me some samples of Cymbalta to try. It seems to be helping decrease the pain and improve my mood, although any pain level improvement would naturally make me feel better all around. I'm not advocating for Cymbalta, just reporting my experience.

One of the things I like about this forum is the wide range of ways to deal with sciatica. I'm always open to new ideas and especially like to hear from the voices of experience.

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My thing for sciatic pain is

My thing for sciatic pain is an electric heat pad which I use all day,

I put it under my back or hip...and just lie there with my legs up on the edge of the sofa,

I combine this with spondylithesis stretching exercises,

I take magnesium citrate to relax the muscles,

so far I have avoided any type of pain med,

I do abdominal breathing exercises to oxygenate the lower back,

I beleive this has helped me since without it I reach my pain threshold real fast,

cause when i reach it....

I break down emotionally which leaves me exhausted,

my prayers go out to all....

Live to Pray

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