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Sciatica is Ruining my Life

dEViST8ddEViST8 Posts: 3
Hi, my name is Devin. I'm 22 years old and I've had Sciatica since i was 15. Well back then I didn't know what it was causing my discomfort, my mom wasn't one for frequent doctor visits and mostly write off my pain as me just being lazy and unfit. The pain started when i would go to P.E. or walking home from school, I noticed my big toe would go numb in one foot and I'll get this slight tingly feeling in my calf. My mom told me to stretch and exercise more but it didn't really help. Over time I learned to ignore the feeling, until my calf started to have the sharp stabbing pain in it. It would Flare up once or twice a week and a quick massage from my girlfriend would help it for the most part. I went to the doctor and she took X-rays of my back and leg but she told me I was fine, which I just knew wasn't true. I let some time pass until a day came where I really hurt my back. I was diving into a pool when this young girl, she couldn't have been older than 4 yrs old, swam into my direct path where i was going to land. I quickly tried to maneuver mid air so I wouldn't land on her but ended up landing in the pool in such an awkward position I kicked the back of my own head. Needless to say I was hurt pretty bad, after a month or two the back pain left but I noticed that once a week i would get that calf pain along with a burning tingling pain in my side as well. Again i went to my mother who advised me to just Stretch and Exercise, which I did, and it helped. Years pass and every morning I would have to do a certain stretching regiment during a really hot shower in order to not have as much discomfort throughout the day. I have 3 kids, a 4yr old a 2yr old and a 1 month old baby boy. Roughly about 3 weeks ago I took my oldest to a indoor trampoline building called SkyZone. Worst mistake of my life, I left with so much back pain I cried like a baby on the floor of my bedroom for about 3 hours. The back pain subsided in a few days with bed rest and Tylenol, but what stayed is 20 times worse than any back pain I've endured. A constant burning, stabbing, tingling pain is with me to this day, I cant sit, I cant stand, and forget about laying in my bed. I tried my usual stretching regiment but that just makes it hurt worse. I've tried applying heat, nothing. I've tried applying ice, it helped a little but the pain is still there. I thought bed rest would help but I was awoken to the most excruciating pain in my butt I thought i was being stabbed. I went to the Emergency room and the doctor gave me the steroid injection and prescribed me Tizanidine and Etodolac. They help to a certain extent but I'm still in constant pain and the tingling is still there. I don't know what to do, I am awaken everyday by the fire in my calf and the only way I can get to sleep is if my wife massages my lower back and butt right before i go to bed. I'm sleepy all the time now and the medicine is making me even more drowsy. My boss already think I'm just a lazy EDITED for always leaning or needing to sit normally because of the pain, but now its ridiculous. I told him about the Sciatica and I can just tell he thinks I'm lying. I'm lost, the last doctor I saw took x-rays and told me I'm fine, but I know I'm not. I'm getting depressed and so is my wife because I really can't help her with the kids, and every time I come home I have to take my second pill which usually puts me to sleep immediately so I don't get to spend time with her. And I really want to, I'm starting to hate myself and I just want to chop my leg off.... There doesn't seem to be an end in the near future and I don't have the money or insurance to go to the chiropractor or keep going to the emergency room. I'm thinking of trying to force them to give me the surgery, but I don't know how that's going to turn out. I just don't know what to do at this point....


  • So sorry to read your story. It sounds like you should get an MRI. Can your doctor refer you to a specialist? If not, maybe you should find a new Dr. Xrays can't show what's going on and you're so young to be going through this. My bosses were also getting frustrated and I kept pushing through the pain MRI revealed a severely crushed disc and a tumor. Now on medical leave and doing PT and pain management and researching surgery. Good luck.
  • I am so sorry about the pain that you are having. I also have sciatica in both legs and I am only 20 years old. So I feel your pain! I hope you get some help soon!!!
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  • I've private messaged you.
    So sorry you are in this. Glad you came here.
  • https://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-message-resource

    there are many links on the left hand side of the forum that deal with sciatica and it's treatment.
  • I haven't had an mri done because no-one of my doctors suggested it. I guess that just proves they really didn't care. I'm searching for s new doctor more and trying to look up specialist in my area that can see me asap, but it's not looking good. everything would be so much easier to deal with if i could just sleep through the night. I'm just so tired all the time now. and thank you guys for the advice and kind words, it's nice to know there are people who experience this and are willing to help. I went through every home treatment option on this site and nothing really help, if anything I hurt worse.
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  • Hi. I've got little kids too & I know how incredibly hard it is. I'd really push for that MRI to find out exactly what's going on in your spine. Until you know I wouldn't be doing much in the way of treatments, you don't want to inadvertently cause more damage & pain. Please, please stay away from chiropractors until you know if there's damage, herniation etc. they can cause a lot more harm than good (save your money). There are other conditions that cause sciatica symptoms like piriformis syndrome (my husband suffers) but until you get that MRI...ugh!

    Have you tried any prescription or natural sleep aids to get through the night? Could you maybe try to survive on OTC meds & save your Tizanidine for bedtime? Muscle relaxants are pretty soporific (as you've discovered) unless your body is used to a 3x a day dosing schedule like me. My husband uses his at bedtime as a sleep aid.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • dEViST8ddEViST8 Posts: 3
    edited 09/23/2014 - 9:48 AM
    yeah I tried taking the tizanidine right before bed as a sleep aid and I get around 4 hours. then my leg walked me up, I take another sleep on the floor for about an hour if I can, then climb back in bed for like 2 more hours if I'm lucky. I've even been sleeping in the shower just so I can get an extra hour or so. I want sure about the chiropractor, but now you say that I'm going to stay away,. my wife some times sit on my lower back and butt and it'll subside for about 45 mins. that's how I've been getting to sleep most nights.
  • To me sounds like you need MRI.. A lot do harm can happen if you don't take it.

    If i took mine with my 1st serious symptoms it d have saved me from my operation...
    I went to do a Bikram yoga thinking it ll help me...2month with that and I ruined my back forever ( I m former ballet dancer and my back and legs over flexible) and just had micro discetomy.

    36y old female, s1-L5 micro discetomy 18th of September 2014
  • JoyinmotionJJoyinmotion Posts: 15
    edited 09/30/2014 - 1:33 PM
    I am not sure how to advise you because it is important to get proper medical care and it requires money and health insurance. I have had low back pain since I was a young kid. I think it was likely some type of accident -- falling from playground equipment and my family was not aware of the problem. I developed low back pains throughout my teenage years. Over the years, I have managed the pain by staying as active as possible, taking pain killers, doing yoga and getting chiropractic care.
    I am now 58 and in the past few years, the pain has been recurrent and increasing due to arthritis and growing bone spurs. Last year, I tried "spinal decompression" which is gentle stretching between the vertebra, 10 sessions over a couple of months, yet the pain returned within weeks. In the past year, I have sought care from osteopathic manipulation doctors (faculty chair at local teaching hospital), aggressive physical therapy in addition to chiropractic, steroid shots, pain killers and muscle relaxants. My family doctor ordered a MRI of the lower back then referred me to a neurosurgeon. He ordered a CT-Myelogram (imaging of nerves after a dye is injected), and I am scheduled for steroid injections into the lumbar area. however, it is very likely that the pain will return and I will need surgery to fix the problem. I am very blessed that my husband and I have (1) health insurance to cover much of the cost, and (2) cash on hand to pay our share of the considerable expenses, thousands of dollars.
    Lumbar fusion TLIF L4-5 Jan 12, 2015
  • roses1227rroses1227 Posts: 1
    edited 11/24/2014 - 11:58 AM
    Hi Devin,

    Sorry to hear about your pain. I recently developed sciatica 2 months ago when i suddenly woke up one morning and could barely get out of bed because of sharp pain shooting down the back of my thigh, calf, and even into the heel of my food. I couldn't sit up, could only lie flat. I had to call 911 to go to the ER - i couldn't sit up in a car, i needed to be lying flat. The doctor performed a CAT scan which revealed a herniated disc (or slipped disc) in my lower sping which pinches the sciatic nerve. Unfortunately, the only thing one can do to relieve the pain are certain stretching exercises. My doctor prescribed me Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxer, Tramadol for pain, and Prednisone Taper, Two months later, and i am off all the meds except for muscle relaxer, in addition to taking Advil throughout the day, and Tylonal PM's. I'm no longer in severe pain, just varying degrees of discomfort, but feel fine when on the Advil or Tylonal and muscle relaxer. Once they wear off though, the discomfort returns. My doctor suggested i try accupuncture, and i've heard a lot of good comments about it in terms of relieving the sciatica pain, but unfortunately health insurance does not cover costs, so i haven't tried it. I do recommend it though, if you have the financial means to afford it.

    Perhaps suggesting to your doctor the meds i've been taking, also suggesting a CAT scan (you could have a ruptured disc, which is severely painful), or seriously look into getting surgery. You can't go on living your entire life in pain. That is no way to live. Good luck to you.

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