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New member dealing with sciatica from herniated disc

Steph71517SSteph71517 Posts: 2
Hello, I'm wondering if anyone has dealt with sciatica symptoms due to a bulging disc? It's been nearly 4 weeks and my pain has been constant . It started as lower right back pain now it's only in my leg and foot and is a awful burning numb feeling. I've tried clinical message, many chiropractor visits, P.T. (Still doing currently), I'm on many pain meds anti inflammatories and on day 3 of oral steroids with no relief! I've been doing the stretches my p.therapist suggested religiously on the hour and no bending or lifting. I think my pain has actually worsened. The last time I drove (only about a 5 minute drive) I got out and nearly vomited due to the intense fire down my leg and foot. It's taking over my life and want to know if it will heal it's self over time? My Mri is scheduled for 5 days from now. But it's so hard to take care of my two young kids and life is not fun. I'm 25 and feel 80. Any one have a similar situation? Any advice appreciated!


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  • I have been in your situation and it is absolutely miserable. In fact, I could have written your post about a year ago. Try to tough it out until your MRI and then be the "squeaky wheel" regarding treatment. It sounds like you are doing all the right things, but it may take something more (epidural steroid injections or surgery) to relieve the nerve impingement (assuming that is the problem). I am so sorry you're feeling this way. Know that there is hope that it can be relieved, but getting an MRI is a vital step to this process so that you know exactly what you're facing. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
    Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
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  • Thank you for the comment, it's no fun but I'm glad I'm doing the right things. Just trying to be patient waiting on the mri .. . how did yours end up, was your problem corrected by surgery?
  • Hi

    I am sort of in your situation as well. I'm a bit older than you I'm 29 but had issues from your age. I have multiple bulging discs in my back although I have a badly bulging disc at l5s1 with severe degenerative disc disease.

    I can't sit for any more than 10 to 15 mins before I am in agony. I have had problems for 5 years now and mine has become progressively worse. This past year I have got so much worse. I had cauda equine flagging symptoms but they said thankfully after my MRI I didn't have this problem. I'm waiting on seeing a specialist to see what they are able to so for me.

    I have sciatica and quite often it gets unbareable however some times it does go away. What helps me is icing my back every hour for about 10 mins and I sit on a exercise ball and bounce on it lightly. I do yoga which gets me moving and walking to be honest is the best even if its at a slow pace. Everyone is different though.

    Hope you get relief from your pain soon. I have to say that I think sciatica is awful and one of the worst things I've had to deal with.
  • Hey Steph, I like Coltsfan am very familiar with your situation. Getting the MRI is the first step but don't be afraid to push the Dr's to take your pain seriously. It sounds like you have a herniated disc that's compressing your sciatic nerve. I've been through it, twice. First time I had a MicroD in 2012 and finally a fusion on the same disc l5/s1 this January. The burning/numbness was intense, the pain was from another planet! Just stay on top of the doctors and best of luck, if you start to experience any weakness this is a possible sign of nerve damage so the sooner you get checked the better.
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  • Hi steph,

    Im alsl 25 going on26 in october. I endured something very similar for about 9 months until i started getting some relief. I dont know what will work for you but for me, anti inflammatories did almost nothing. It was not until i started taking lyrica that i felt a significant change. Its an oral painkiller for nerves. The steroid injection was also great for me but it lasted just 10 days so im looking to get it again.

    Besides that, i always sit with a back roll, limit sitting time, walk often and do mackenzie exercises full extension every 2 hours or less And using voltaren gel. That takes care kf most of the pain with lyrica. I still cant run, play soccer, lift weights and going out to dinner or watchig a movie is a little un comforTable but i guess my lifestyle is acceptable enough to try to reverse the nerve damage over time. You are only 4 weeks in so if you are really careful with not flexing your back and stsying in extension al, the time maybe your nerve can recover sooner. Stay strong.
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