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New Symptom very odd

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
Good morning all

Am new to this so please bear with me.

I have been suffering with sciatic problems since October 2007.

I have the usual problems of numbness, pins and needles and constant pain down my right leg.

I`m currently waiting for an MRI and am on diclofenex which helps a bit.

This morning I have a new symptom that being that I feel as if someone is actually sticking a needle through my skin in the center of my left buttock this is intermittent and is almost like a pulse am wondering if anyone has had similar,

Thanks in anticipation.


  • Just to add that the pain is worse when standing still or walking any distance and I find that bending over or leaning on something stops the pain and pins and needles until I stand upright again.
  • Cazzle and welcome to the forum. You have come to the right place for support and understanding. Have you put in a call to your doctor about this new symptom? If not , then you may want to do that. I am not too familiar with sciatica problems but we have lots of members that are and I am sure that they will be along shortly to offer up more helpful advice to you. I wish you the best of luck in finding out what is going on and getting some relief for it. Please keep us updated on how you are doing and what you find out. If there is anything that I can help you with then please just let me know.....take care....Miki
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  • definitly sounds like a herniated disk in the lower lumbar. Thats what i have and symptoms are simliar
  • Do you know the cause of your sciatic pain? Your new symptom may be caused by the same issue, or you may have developed an additional problem. It definitely sounds like a nerve is being compressed. You may have stenosis in the central canal or in one of the foramen. When you sit or lie down, the discs are able to unload and the pressure on the nerve is temporarily freed up. The same thing goes for when you are leaving forward, pushing a grocery cart, etc.

    You may have a problem with a disc, stenosis or a condition like spondylolisthesis. Something is causing nerve compression which results in the symptoms of pain you are feeling.

    Depending on what is causing the problem, you may find that conservative treatments are not enough to get the nerve freed up. Surgery may be the logical solution.
  • I have similar symptoms and I have L5-S1 herniated disc and a annular tear. I guess your symptoms weren't too disabling until now since you're getting the MRI over a year after starting this sciatica? I'm on Lyrica and amitriptyline which is helping the tingling and pain. Your Dr may send you for more tests and Specialists but hopefully you'll get the MRI soon. We're here to give you support as you find out more. Take care. 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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  • Thank you all for your kind comments.

    I did go back to work on Wednesday of this week and was delighted to find that the only symptoms I had were constant pins and needles which I can live with the only time I had pain was when I sat on a sofa for a little while and when I had to walk a short distance.

    I`ve just checked my first post and realised that I put the date as 2007 and that should read 2008.

    Does anybody know if there is a connection between sciatic pain and post menopausal bleeding (sorry menfolk).
  • The pain is constant but in varying degrees.

    The pain is at its worse when I`m standing still even for a very short time and is mostly at the top of my leg at the back. When walking short distances the pain spreads to behind my knee and when I sit down on a soft chair its then spreads to my buttock area. When the pain is really bad I can feel it if I push on the area at the very top of my leg at the back this is quickly replaced by pins and needles that go right down my leg and along the outside of my foot.

    When I get up in the morning it feels like a tight band around the very top of my leg which fades after about an hour.
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