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Sciatic Pain Ruining My Life

runner555rrunner555 Posts: 4
I've read many posts here for a couple of years and I don't post often. I guess I am trying anything to help. In mid-summer 2013 while on vacation and doing nothing particularly stressful i started having my first hip/buttock/thigh pain. It was very unexpected as I had been a very healthy active person for several years. I am now 45 and barely able to walk a city block or ride more than 10 minutes without terrible pain.

I had taken a break from running in 2013 and just returned for two week when it first struck. I was a lover of running, marathons, ultra-marathons, almost 2k per year for several years. I received a caudal steroid injection in fall of 2013 which solved my pain and I thought that was the end of it....wrong. Within 6 weeks or so it came back with a vengeance. I have tried PT, chiro more injections like SI joint and specific nerve root injections to no avail. My MRIs show nothing to warrant such pain but there was enough concern with my L5-S1 that I had micolumbar discectomy finally in August of 2014. In early December I was walk up steps with a backpack(computer) and gallon of milk. My low back hurt terribly, I couldn't get up the steps, through my stuff on the steps went to the bed to lay in pain for hours.

Since then it has been horrible, peaking the week of Christmas where I got daily Toradol injections for 3 days which helped a little and then another caudal injection Dec 23rd. This maybe helped some like 15% but I am on serious pain meds and still in pain most of the day.

My surgeon has an achilles problem and had surgery and will be out 6 weeks or more. I have appts with neurologists, different neurosurgeon, different pain clinic, and I received response from Mayo clinic today to send in my MRI results. I have already been told my MRI doesn't show cause for such severe pain.

I do daily sciatic stretches and walk as far as I can. I am able to work from home which helps. I currently go into office for half day because I just can't sit in the office chair all day. (got a new one to try and help).

Well i guess that's it thanks for reading.


  • runner555rrunner555 Posts: 4
    edited 01/16/2015 - 9:31 AM
    I was just contacted my the mayo clinic and their neurosurgery Drs want me to come for a consult to suggest a surgical solution Feb 4th. I am cautious and concerned it might me a suggestion for spinal cord stimulator and I am just hoping for anything but that.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    Cymbalta was a life saver for my sciatic type pain, couldnt be explained but 8 months progressing sciatica and two weeks on cymbalta went away. Not advice just my personal story. I wouldnt wish that on anyone, i used to punch my leg it would hurt so bad.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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