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S1 Sciatica numbness - how long does it last?



  • Hi bare with me I'm new to this forum.
    Sciatica Pain unbelievable.

    I am a 62 year old male and a few months ago passed out and as I fell twisted before I hit the floor on my right butock.
    about 2 weeks later I had back pain in my lower back and  butock and assumed it was a bit of bruising.
    However this pain become more and more severe as the days passed and moved down my left leg. Hurt if I walked for 10 min hurt if I sat for 10min.
    the pain got progressively worse to a burning sensation down my leg into my ankle.
    i visited my GP carried out the examination to my ability and was told I had siatica. Prescribed me some pills and sent me on my way.
    The pain became unbearable and I usually have a high threshold to pain but this was taking me over. Couldn't drive as I couldn't press the clutch without feeling physically sick and felt like passing out.
    I returned to my GP after waiting 2 weeks to get an appointment which got me down. He increased my dosage and gave me authorisation to source physio.
    I take 60mg of codeine 4 times a day. 500mg of Naproxen 2 times a day and 20mg of Amitriptyline at night..
    12 weeks on I have just been sent for a MRI scan (waiting on results 2 weeks)
    4 sessions off physio exercise routines that I could manage, hot and cold packs on my back.
    My back pain has reduced but the pain in my leg and shin are excruciating. Depressed because I feel the pills are not helping and I'm suffering side effects of them. Don't get any relief from the pain other than the odd 5 mins here and there.
    I am an engineer and work 12 hour shifts and on my feet the majority of this time and the company I work for are pressuring me to return to work.
    I lay in bed at night tears in my eyes wondering when the pain will go away it frustrates me and makes me angry and wish that someone could just give me an injection to kill the pain or something.
    WIaiting on my MRI scan not knowing where I go from here. I have never suffered from anything like this before and anybody out there feeling the excutiating pain I'm currently in has my deepest best wishes in a speedy recovery.
  • tjlazerttjlazer TacomaPosts: 44
    edited 06/05/2017 - 12:15 PM
    MRI results will show what is going on and in what direction you and your Dr can go.  Are you seeing a Neurosurgeon yet?  If not I would get a referral after the MRI results come in.  Even if they look fine I would still get a referral!  I wasted 1 year because mine looked "fine" when in fact it was not and it took the expertise of the Neuro Surgeon to determine I had more issues than a "mildly herniated disc"  Wasted time doing injections, PT, Chiro and diets as it got worse to the same level as you.
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  • Hi GMARSH, 

    Im wondering if you got back the results of the MRI and what they showed. Have you gotten any better since your last post? Tomorrow will be 5 weeks for me of this pain and it is really a roller coaster, some days are worse then others. Today is one of the bad days. 

  • Hi. I suffered sciatica pains for a couple months with very bad nerve pains and finally someone recommended acupuncture. After 4 sessions I have been able to walk properly and 90 percent of the pains have gone. 

  • I went through hell with a disc herniation and S1 nerve root pinch, I was crippled and unable to move for a few weeks, then unable to stand up or walk for 3 months.  I had never been through so much pain and anxiety, never taken so many drugs.  After 3 months of research I found a method for reeducating my body and re-learning to move through simple body weight exercises.  Perhaps it was the right time as 3 months had already passed, but I can really say the exercises saved my life and got me back to health.  2 years later I still have no pain at all - I'm even back to surfing and kitesurfing as before.  In case anyone is interested I've shared my experience and pictures on backpaintraining (dunno if I'm allowed to mention this here). If you have disc herniation like me, keep the faith, be patient, and check out PT.  You will get better.

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  • tjlazerttjlazer TacomaPosts: 44

    Time heals all wounds, there have been many studies that show that consevative care and Surgery netted very similar outcomes years later.  Surgery sould be reserved for the SEVERE case where pain is unbearable.  Bottom line is you want to decompress the nervess to allow them to heal, so in severe cases Surgery is warranted.  With this in mind, I use an Inversion table.  I use good body mechanics, I do not LIFT ANYTHING more than 20 lbs, I walk 2 miles a day, eat well, hydrate and keep my BMI under 27 all in an effort to help my situation.  A pill or a scalpel is not a magic wand.

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