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Sciatica getting worse

paikippaiki Posts: 4

My name is Paulo, I'm here new.

3 months ago I was diagnosed with 2 disc bulges, L4/L5 and L5/S1. But it wasn't compromising my daily life that much, just some pains,and paresthesia in the left leg.

In these 3 months I did 20 sessions of PT, 10 of RPG, 10 with a Chiropractor and wasn't getting any significant improvement.

But, 3 days ago the pain got worse on the left leg and the paresthesia is now on the right leg too. I don't know if this is an emergency or not. I have a spine specialist medic for this tuesday, but pain is getting worse day by day.


  • So sorry to hear that your pain is getting worse!!! I to have experinced the same thing that you have and it can be very scary! PT made me worse so my surgeon told me to stop! I would try and see if you could see the doctor earlier. If not most defiantly keep that appointment!!! Make sure you tell the doctor all your symptoms! Have you lost sensation in your legs? I pray you feel better soon! Keep us posted!!!
    L5-S1 Emergency PLIF Revision May 26th 2015
    L5-S1 PLIF May 22nd 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Feb 27th 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Oct 30th 2014.
  • No, just the pain in the near the sacrum that is killing me. I fear the cauda esquina syndrome ...
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  • liquide43lliquide43 Posts: 1
    edited 11/21/2014 - 10:09 AM
    Im really sorry for you, the sciatic paine is the worst of all pains, i have been suffring 10 years and the probleme have been agraved with 2 chirurgical operations, but now i feel much more better, look for this report xxxxx and tell me what you think.

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    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 11/21/14 16:09
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 11/16/2014 - 9:44 AM
    Do you have any bowel problems? Incontinence & any numbness 'down there'? They're the big worrying things with CES. It's an emergency situation. Let us know what your specialist says on Tuesday. Waiting is so stressful isn't it? I'm so sorry. Try to keep busy & Tuesday will get here faster.

    Please, please stay away from chiropractors with your spine damage. We're they doing 'adjustments' on you? They REALLY shouldn't! It can cause tremendous problems when we have physical damage in our spine. I've been told by many specialists & even a chiropractor that I should NEVER under any circumstances let a chiropractor touch my back.

    Best of luck! Keep us posted ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • On 17/nov went to ER, had a lot of pain. He said that I was having an acute inflammation from the disc bulge again. Took an injection with Coltrax, and was good to go at night.

    On 18/nov I didn't sleep very well, I woked up with some pain, that increases during the day. At night the pain was bothering me. Doctor time!

    So, he wants me to try a different route, since the classic route didn't work. Acupuncture, different medications:

    - Arcoxia 90mg;
    - Dexa-Citoneurion Injected;

    All other medication he removed, he said that I was taking to much medication that control pain, and not the inflammation.

    On 19/nov woke up okay, but again, pain increases during the day. At night had a lot of pain, my GF got worried but the pain got better.

    On 20/nov, it was holiday here in Brazil. So I stayed walking 10 mins every hour. Preventing the pain. I also took the second shoot (day 1: 18/nov, day 2: 20/nov) from DEXA-Citoneurion. The first one didn't hurt, but this one was a freaking pain in my butt, that I even forgot the sciatica, but blame on the guy nursering me, he was in a hurry, so he injected that freak amount of medication in just 1 second, putting a lot of pressure, the first one took about 15 seconds ...

    On 21/nov: some sciatica going on my left legs and some pain on my right lower back. I think my chair in the work make things worse. So I'll try work standing up.
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  • Hi- I am new to spine-health but have been reading and this is making me so sad and depressed. I am 64 y/o but have always been active and never took any meds like what I'm taking now. Not a runner but went to the gym 3-4 times a week.Back in March of this year my back began to bother me. Went to a orthopedic who originally gave me a cortisone shot. Lasted me 1 month but by then I went to see my regular doc who suggested I go for physical therapy. Went for a month and it just made matters worse. By the time August rolled around I went back to the orthopedic guy who set me up for an MRI. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. I took another cortisone shot but it never worked. By the time I went to a neuro spinal surgeon it was October (couldn't get an appt til then) I was in a lot of pain but was managing to walk but not well. Could not stand in one place for long but sitting or lying relieved my pain. I agreed to surgery. Had surgery on 10/28. A bone spur the size of a man's knuckle was removed from the spinal canal. Was told to start walking, working up to 1mile. Hah! Never happened. Went back to the hospital bc I couldn't walk. My left buttocks and pain down to my ankle was excruciating (still is). I am on Neurontin 400 mg 3x day, Baclofin 4x/day, ibuprofin & dilaudid. Nothing is touching the horrific pain I am in. I now can barely walk 20 ft. I go back to the surgeon on 12/16 but feel I need to call h I'm back sooner. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am using a heating pad and ice.
    Elizabeth Doucette
  • What kind of surgery did you have? Surgery isn't an instant cure for the pain . You have to work at recovery, taking things slowly at first, then over time, building time and distance in walking. It's not easy, we all know that, but nerve pain can be brutal post op and should improve as you get further away from the surgery.
    Walking, short distances, and then slowly increasing it should help .
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