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Scatica issues

Hi there, I'm a 21 year old student at the University of Hawaii and since the beginning of December I've been having sciatic pain. On December 10th, I went to urgent care because I wanted to make sure it was just sciatica (I'm still waiting to get into a primary care). The doctor treated it like sciatica with a round of low dose steroids and muscle relaxers (didn't take the muscle relaxers after the first one, it made me feel way too bad) and a torodol shot. The shot helped for about 3 days, but thats about it. I read to keep active and stretch daily to help it. I always do yoga every morning, even before this started, I walk to and from class every day, and hike and swim very often. I have been putting up with the pain, but the 2nd week of January it started to get unbearable to the point where I couldn't get out of bed, severe radiating pain down my leg, walking with a hard limp, and have to bed over slightly because of my lower back pain. I gave it a couple days, couldn't get into any primary care because of the new patient registration taking about 4 weeks, and so the school doctor told me to go to the ER. The physician assistant said I didn't have any neurological deficits in my leg and to go to a massage therapist. I did about a week ago, and he did a massage on my lower back and did facial therapy on my left leg to move the hip socket around. it helped a little and I took note on the home stretches he told me to do. The pain is a little less severe, but there's still a lot of pain, my whole leg feels very stiff, and my whole back is very tense and painful. Also today I noticed some possible atrophy. I know this probably isn't a very accurate way of measuring it, but when I pinched the skin on my left calf, there is noticeably more skin compared to when you pinch my right. It feels overall weaker, too. I think I have about 2 more weeks left before my new patient app gets approved, but I'm starting to get nervous. I'm wondering if theres anything I should do.

Thank you

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  • Sciatica can be very painful as you know, I would think the ER would give you a referral to a orthopedic or neurosurgeon which is really what you need to be seeing, not a primary care for sciatica. I think I would contact the ER and see if you can get a referral. Good luck and let us know what you find out

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,525

    hatanne said:
    I wanted to make sure it was just sciatica 
       You will find almost everyone on this forum wishing that their problems were not sciatica!  

    Take a look at   All about Sciatica

    As challenger indicated, you best course of action now would be to see an Orthopedic Doctor, Neurosurgeon or Spinal Specialist.   Aslo from your post, the ER doctor treated you for sciatica.  But there was no indication of any formal diagnostics to come up with that diagnosis.   I think that once you see one of those doctors and they do a clinical examination on you, they will determine what your next course of action should be.

    Until then, I've always found Ice on the butt area where the sciatica pain is traveling down your leg can give you temporary relief.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • thanks a bunch. i’ve also noticed a slight bump in my left lumbar region. I reached out to an orthopedic doctor on the island. 

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