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Severe Sciatica

I'm 34 years old and have been in the worst pain of my life!It all started 2 months ago when I started having a little pain in my torso while driving. Then sitting. As it's been from all my previous back pain in the last 10 years, pop some ibuprohen and hit the road. Gradually, it has got worse and worse. I continued to work with the pain. Trying to lift and transfer my patients sideways so the pain wasen't so bad. This continued for weeks. The pain never started in my back. Not this episode. It started in the middle of my torso/butt and went down my leg from there. I finally got some pain pills/Norco from my doc for the pain so I could continue to work on my hurt back. FAIL. It got to the point where I could barely walk with 10mg of norco, ok something was really bad. Finally left work and crawled into my uncle's chiropractor. Diagnosed with severe sciatica. Then the pain went from bad to worse to crushing to excruciating to hours on end of cringing, screaming, and crying in pain. There's really no words for the pain I've had. It was not an achy pain down my leg. It felt like i was being attacked and hit with a hammer from my lower lumbar all the way down to my ankle. For 3 weeks straight. ( And 3 weeks straight , I mean in a 24 hour perios, I'm in excruciating pain 22.5 of those hours) Not exaggerating! I went to the er twice with crappy insurance that I just got from the state. They did nothing but medicate me, make sure I could walk out their hospital. MY chiropractor is a GOD. My first day I saw him I went home and had 4 hours of pain relief! I was making small progress but progress none the less. He told me in all his years of sciatica, I'm the worst case he has seen! And so young! So anyway, the next week I got worse. Scary worse. LOss complete function of my nerves. My entire leg and foot numb.. ( It was tingling before. ) I couldn't move anywhere! Couldn't walk, turn, sit up Nothing. So much pain I was crying. Awful. My mom got ,e in her car somehow and wheeled me once again in the er. I saw my chiro tuesday. He took one look at me laying down, and said Lindsay what in the heck did you do??!!!! I said, I don't know!!! He looked and said something about my sacrum is really bad so I had something about my sacrum is messed up big time. Oh lord. Finally, I got a good shot in my butt yesterday for the pain. 30 mg of something good. I had immediate relief. Finally after all this waiting in agony and pain every hour of every day. The shot lasted 11 hours. I woke up @1am like I always do, with pain in the back of my leg,Chiro says I have ruptured L5 and herniated l4 and l2. And something with my sacrum . Now waiting to see the ortho and pain management docs. God, this has been hell. I Can't even take care of my son anymore. I couldn't function like a normal person. This pain has taken over my life . I hope it will be over soon. I don't know how much I can bare.
Lindsay Bassett


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,527
    welcome to spine-health

    please keep in mind that a chiro is not properly trained, nor anyone else to diagnose a herinated disc or other spinal disc problems. at best, they can give an educated guess.

    in order to properly diagnosis this, a mri needs to be done. then a medical professional interprets the images and a doctor reviews the images and report. that is when a formal diagnosis can be done.

    if it does turn out that you have disc related problems, you should stay far away from any chiropractor. chiropractors are not properly trained to deal with spinal cord and disc issues. they in fact can cause more harm. chiropractors have their places and i respect that, but its not dealing with the spinal cord.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 11/21/2014 - 5:33 AM
    Hi Lindsay. Please listen to Ron. There are some terrible horror stories resulting from Chiropractors 'adjustments'. I know it's hard once you've built a relationship & sometimes it seems to help but really it's delayed your diagnosis & treatment. I see a board certified spine surgeon, Neuro (not for surgery) they're the experts with spines. Until you have proper diagnostic tests & get diagnosed by an expert it's just a guess. There are so many different treatments available for the different spine problems but only a proper specialist can help you.

    I have little kids & I know all to well how hard it is. I know what it's like to be desperate for any relief. I'm so sorry. It's unimaginable agony when it first hits isn't it? Ugh!! You can handle this. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Chronic pain is so much more than just the pain. It completely messes with your head & life at times. Stay strong.

    Try to keep distracted from your pain. I know that's easier said than done but focusing on & festering with your pain just makes it so much worse. There's really not much advise we can offer until you have a real diagnosis. The last thing you want to do is make things worse at this point.

    When are your pain management & Ortho appointments? Is he a board certified Ortho spine surgeon?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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