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What does your sciatica feel like?



  • Yes pt and activity can help who dont have a serious issue and who are able to work it out without needing surgery.

    Then you have the ones who cant get rid of it and need surgery,

    And even after surgery there is no way to know for sure if symptoms will clear up and have surgery damage and scar tissue build up that can cause more symptoms that can be worse then the original pain before surgery.

    This is the reason why alternative treatments have to be done for months to even years to avoid spine surgery because its not a simple fix,

    If the nerve root gets comprimised during surgery it can leave behind a life long sciatic type feeling pain either in 1 or both legs.

    Pt is a no brainer to start off unless the compression on the nerve is so severe where it can cause more damage then good.
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I injured my lower spine permanently in 1999. I was 38 at the time and was put off work indefinite. I went to an orthopedic specialist, a neurosurgeon and a chiropractor. I had an MRI and x-ray done. After all was said and done I couldn't go back to my original job of nurses aide. I was told that my injuries was all onset from the years of doing nurses aide work. My chiropractor tried to alleviate the pain with numerous adjustments. All he managed to do was leave me with a nice lower twisted spine and all the symptoms that have been described above by many of you. I am now 52 and can hardly lift anything without being in chronic pain from my lower back down to my feet. I get numbness in my shins and the top of my left foot. Also because of the weird distribution of weight I have gotten heel spurs. I have attempted many different jobs and cannot perform any of them without being in agony. I did ask about surgery right after I was able to ambulate somewhat better and the orthopedic specialist said there was too great a chance of paralysis because the injury was so close to the sciatic nerve. So now it makes it hard to get a job and keep it. I have been told 3 times Fromm SSD that I am not considered disabled.
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  • Hi. I'll start by saying that after reading several stories from others in the forum, my pain seems small compared, and I feel for everyone of you.
    I came across this site while searching for answers to my excruciating foot and toe pain. For some time now I've known that sciatica was part of my life. My pain started above my left buttocks while at the same time my right thigh goes numb. Some times my right grioin even goes numb. Then I guess it was around two years ago that my toe, next to my big toe, started feeling like I had stumped it. A short time later was when the numbness set in.
    All of this, accompanied with a lack of strength in my legs, has been tolerable. But, within the past year, I've started having sharp pains throughout my feet that tend to come and go. And the worst is the excruciating pain of my toe feeling like its being crushed in a vice and the bones are splintered and sticking out of my skin.
    For years now I've had burning pain up and down both sides of my spine while leaning over the hood of a car or a piece of equipment. It's also always been really hard to get up from the ground or floor any time I've had to get down or lay down for whatever reason. But I must say that I never could've imagined what my sciatica would progress into. And the worst part of all is the thought of what my sciatica has for me in the future.
    Like I said when I started, I know that the pain I've described is small in comparison to what a lot of you have described, and I would like to say to all of you that my prayers are with you. I would like to thank this site along with everyone involved in the discussion for allowing myself to share a part of my life and what I am, and have been going through.
    God bless,
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 10/28/2015 - 10:29 AM
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