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Cyst formed on Sciatic Nerve from impact

Back in July this year, I was at work and backed up quickly into the corner of a metal table. Since then I have been suffering from many different pains. I have seen 5 doctors, I had 2 MRI's and an x-ray. They found a cyst that developed on my right Sciatic Nerve. The only conclusion I have received is that they think they cyst was created by impact from when I hit my back. None of the doctors have ever seen a cyst developed on a sciatic nerve and aren't sure what kind of cyst it is, or how they are going to take care of it.

This cyst as been causing excruciating sciatic pain, that runs through my butt down into my toes, majority of the time it feels like sharp knifes going down my whole leg and is persistently numb tingly in my foot the most. I also am suffering from acute lower back pain from the impact and also irritating hip pain.

It hurts all the time no matter what I am doing now, but worsens when I am standing or sitting. I can't push, pull or carry anything over 5lbs. I can no longer carry a gallon of milk anymore without being in excruciating pain. And I have been unable to work since September.

If anyone knows what kind of cyst this is I would love to know. I have tried searching online and so has my doctor and we are both stumped. Really hoping that can find out some answers.


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  • Hi there
    I went to get my results yesterday and I have a cyst & bad inflammation around area of my L5/S1 DISCETOMY which I had in April this yr. although I am better than before the op, ie not in a wheelchair I am still in tremendous pain much as you have described and now they have put me on this new thing which means 3 mths of taking antibiotics as it may be an infection.
    I was told to google "antibiotics for lower back pain" which I did as soon as I got back from the hospital. I've decided I'm going to go for it so I've started the tablets today. If they are correct I should notice some improvement around 6 wks time so watch this space.
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  • It may be that the cyst was there prior to your bumping into the table. Unless you have had an MRI prior the accident showing that the cyst didn't exist before your accident, there is no way to know what caused the cyst or how long it has been there.
    The accident may have flared up the pain in the sciatic nerve if you bumped it hard enough and the cyst could be an incidental finding. Many of us have cysts that cause no problems and are unaware of them until they are found through other testing.
    Have you seen a board certified spine surgeon yet? If not, you may want to start there and see what they have to say about it.
    I'm sorry that you are in pain . I hope that you find the answers you seek.
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