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Need Advice Sciatic Pain

I am a 21 year old who has been going through sciatic pain for 2 years now. The first episode was from me sleeping the wrong way on a couch for many months. The pain lasted for about 7 months and then went away, only to come back 10 months later. The second time it came back it never fully went away, which leads us up to this time. 

I fell in a market right on my tailbone and felt something pop. I was able to stand and walk after it didn't feel too uncomfortable. Well the next morning I wasn't able to stand, walk, sit, or lay down without being in pain. This was about 2 weeks ago,  I've since been to the emergency room several times only for them to take X rays and refer me to a spine doctor.  The X ray showed spine straightening and a hair line fracture. 

As of today I have yet to see a specialist but I do have physical therapy planned in 2 weeks.  I feel my condition is getting worse as most of my leg is numb and constantly cramping up. I feel muscle weakness and find it difficult to use the bathroom due to the pressure. My face and hands are also starting to feel numb and tingly as well and I feel overall very weak. 

I haven't been able to see a specialist due to the fact that I lost my health insurance but I am getting it back on August 1st but who knows when I will be able to get in to see the specialist. I guess my question is do I wait to see the specialist or do I go back to the emergency room since my symptoms are getting worse? Can they do anything to help me or would it just be a waste of time? 



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,419

    You need to have someone formally diagnose your problem as sciatica and then identify what is the root cause.  That generally can only be done via a mri.  Sleeping on a couch the wrong way for any period of time should not be the cause of sciatica.  Sciatica is caused by a disc impinging a nerve.

    Depending on your insurance company and when you can see a spinal specialist, you could go back to the Emergency Room.  But at this point, I am not sure what they are going to do for you.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 696

    Due to the neuropaths I'd say its most likely that your face and hands are not connected to the lower limbs as far as the numbing/tingling goes. Most likely you have another nerve issue leading to your face and hands, maybe in your upper back, shoulders, or neck. All I can say about the ER is that they can only help you while you are in their care, and maybe give you some pain med Rx's. 

    Perhaps everyones focus is too narrow in looking for fractures and such, but I like the idea that you also noticed your spine being too straight. I assume that to mean "not properly S-curved". To me, this is the biggest tell to giving you the key as to why you have nerve impingements. The spines "other job" is to provide safe passage of the nerves before they root out. If the spine is not properly aligned then impingements can occur. Did you also notice anything about your pelvis? 

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