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Sciatica back after 3 years.

Hi all, just thought I would tell you my story with sciatica from an injury while on deployment with the British Army in 2010.
I slipped my L5 S1 disc after carrying a large pipe using my left arm. after that I had really painful sciatica down my left leg for 8 month and was on Tramadol for many months also, I was finally put forward for a Microdisectomy December 2010 but after coming off tramadol 2 weeks before op date my pain started to go away and after speaking to my specialist he said the tramadol had been sending pain signals for maybe months, weeks because my body was then addicted to tramadol!.
After this happened I cancelled op and got fully fit and up graded in the Army again and was fine until now!, after a long ride last weekend on my motorbike I had a bad lower back muscle spasm and my upper body was really out of alignment and could not walk so had to go to A&E and there I got an X Ray which showed no issue with my spine out of alignment but after the muscle spasm had calmed down and body alignment back to normal I then have started getting really painful sciatica again in my left leg mainly below my left butt cheek but also down at the side of my knee cap. I am now waiting to see specialist to see what's going on back there but fingers crossed I will be ok in a few more weeks I hope anyway.
If anyone out there has had sciatica after years of being pain free I would like to know what was your outcome?.


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  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 12/14/2013 - 4:54 AM
    Sciatica can flare up, time and time again, over the years, that's one of the reasons that it is really important to modify how you lift and pick things up once it happens the first time.
    Sciatica is a flare up or inflammation of the sciatic nerve- it's a large nerve that runs down from your spine to your legs. Moving the wrong way can cause a flare and so can doing nothing out of the ordinary.
    It can stay that way for several weeks as you have experienced and then suddenly go away, and not return for extended periods of time, and then show up again,.
    Stretching and careful movement help and sometimes anti inflammatory medications such as advil or motrin help too.
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  • Thanks for the info Sandi. I really hope it goes soon so I can get on with my life and not have sciatica for weeks and weeks.
  • I hope so too. There is a link in Liz's welcome post to you called
    Step by step guide to chronic pain treatment...read that if the sciatica doesn't settle down soon.
  • I have now got an appiontment on the 23rd of Jan with a spinal surgeon going through my private insurance Bupa. I really hope he says he wants me to have an MRI ASAP to see whats going on with my discs. its been 3 years sinse my last MRI so i am really interested to see the results. If it shows an impinged Nerve again at the L5 S1 again then i will really be pushing for a Microdisectomy because by then i will have had sciatica for over 2 months and i dont want to live with it anymore and i know a few ex soldiers which have had this op done and are total success stories so hopefully early next year this will be me also.
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  • That is great to hear that your no longer had the sciatica after op. Because I have insurance I hope after having an MRI that I won't have to wait long until op, that is as long as the Spine Surgeon I will be seeing in January says I need the op because of the L5 S1 impingement.
  • I am now wondering if my sciatica is from the piriformis muscle now simply because I don't have any pain or problems bending etc with my lower back. My sciatica started 3 weeks ago after a long motorbike ride ( 3 hrs solid ) then next day had muscle spasm in lower back which was very painful and knocked my body totally out of alignment but all good now just bad sciatica in left leg, just not sure now if from my L5 S1 disc which I had an issue with 3 years ago but after 8 months it finally sorted itself out. I now think it may not be disc and may be piriformis syndrome ?, hmmm
  • I fell down my deck stairs October 2013. I went through all pain management routes, tramadol, trigger point injections, ultra sound, chiropractic, massage, etc… I found out i had a very small bulging disc once 1 year later I had a MRI and went to the Orthopedic surgeon. I thought due to the radiating pain, sciatica, pain down my leg, behind and on the side of my knee, my inner curve of my foot and my hamstring muscle that i possibly pulled or tore my hamstring while working out but never could figure out what i did in working out to pull it….Its was weird but the pain started in my back and then got worse with the sciatica and serious radiation down my leg to my foot. Anyway, i had 3 spinal epidural injections, each lasted 10 days…so 10 days of pain free life was nice:) anyway, since that did not work i felt that I'm too young for this pain and wanted to fix the problem…I had a microdiscectomy on 11/25/2013. Its been a ruff road…emotionally and physically but i will say that crazy pain is gone! They say no bending, lifting and twisting for 6-8 weeks…i have to say the no bending is soo hard and i forget a lot but then i pay for it with pain and swelling. I do have some nerve issues that the Dr. says will go away like numbness in the inner part of my lower leg, the outer part of my thigh was numb too but that is slowly coming back. The only radiating i have had is tingling which the Doc says is nerves again. This is because the pull your back apart to get to the spine and disc. I feel positive. I hope this helps.
    ~Raven Zaal~
  • Once i see the spinal surgeon in January hopefully he will want to to get an MRI ASAP to see how my discs are after 3 years which was the last time i had an MRI and it showed a bad impingement of the L5 S1 but after 8 month and hooked on Tramadol i came off Tramadol and suddenly my pain went within a few days so cancelled the op.
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