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Needing some advice - any thoughts tips appreciated

Hi everyone

I'm from South Texas and I'm hoping you all might have some ideas/tips for me. I'm dating a guy who for the past 2-3 years has had really bad hip/leg/pain. from what I've read about it, it sounds like Sciatica to me, however since his insurance has run out he can't be tested anymore. I don't really want to give out too much of his personal info though and I'm really just here for advice to give him maybe to help. Since I don't really suffer from chronic pain its hard for me to help him when he really gets down because I don't quite get it ya know?

I've suggested yoga to exercise and I know on his end he has tried juice cleanses to physical therapy. I'm mostly wondering how to help him deal with the pain emotionally though. How do you all get through it everyday and how do the people in your life help you deal with your chronic pain?


  • I re-joined this forum after getting an update from SpineHealth in my overloaded email. It's talking about the fact that a LOT of back, leg & hip pain is overlooked by ortho surgeons etc as being related to the sacroiliac joint & that there is a new implant that helps. Since I was Not HELPED at all with lumbar fusion I try to see what develops in the field. This sciatica pain can also be CAUSED by the surgery done to me, like 75% reported by one Doctor. It might be worth looking into for your guy, as opposed to the former "standard of care" which was the awful fusion. I sure wish it had been available to me in 2007! I wish you very much luck, & hope he gets a great surgeon who has been educated on this new procedure. ;)

  • Beth94BBeth94 Posts: 22
    edited 08/10/2013 - 11:00 AM
    Sciatica could be caused by several things such as lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or a herniated disc. You really can't be sure what it is unless you boyfriend has a MRI to find out the cause of his pain. With some people, stretching, massages, or chiro helps. With me nothing helped at all until I had surgery. I know it must be frustrating without the insurance but I hope you figure something out.
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  • emerald_eyes07eemerald_eyes07 Posts: 2
    edited 08/10/2013 - 3:37 PM
    I know he spent a good 4 years or so testing for everything under the sun and has had multiple MRIs etc. so I think after everything for so long he just decided to deal with the pain. It seems though after 2-3 years of it, he just is having a really hard time getting through the day. I'm worried abt him and I just wanted to know if anyone had tips on how to deal with the hard days. I've told him about this forum and I'm sure he might get on and trade info and tips on what hes been through medically I just don't want to speak for him on that. I hope he does though, a lot of you seem to have a lot more knowledge than myself on procedures and causes for the pain that I've never heard of.

    I don't personally have chronic pain like he does and I just want to know how the people in your life have helped you get through it. If you have chronic pain (his is in his hip, back and leg) and have ways you get yourself through the day or how people help you - I'm all ears. I just want to help him anyway I can.
  • Hello
    MRIs are great sometimes but has he ever had a CT mylogram.
    The information is much better the MRI. My MRIs showed everything was ok
    CT showed three compressed nerve roots the other didn't. One compressed nerve root can take you down
    Just a thought
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