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HELP & advice needed for sciatica!!
I have come across this site a few times while looking for advice and thought it was time I finally joined. I am 23 and am currently suffering from severe sciatica. I also have health anxiety so I over worry and think the worst with everything although I have been advised so many times how common sciatica is and because I have no 'red flag' warnings there is nothing seriously wrong.
As said I am currently suffering from sciatica to the point I can no longer walk without having to rest or sit down to stop the pain, I am completely lent to one side and feel I am leant over also and am unable to straighten up, unless I am lead down, then I can manage it sort of. I have seen a physio who I am still seeing and having acupuncture, chiropractor and had a massage which none have helped, and I believe the chiropractor actually made me worse! I have been having symptoms for 5 weeks now and just feel like I am not getting better just learning to cope with it! I'm not sleeping at night for long before waking up in pain & im just completely fed up! All the professionals I have seen have said they think I may be suffering from a prolapsed disc but won't send me for an MRI until I have tried other things
I have been put on 10mg amitripyline which I would really like some advice as to whether it helped anybody? I have took it for the past 3 nights so I know that's not long! I am also taking tramadol, paracetamol & ibuprofen.
I'm currently unable to do anything, like leave the house or move around a lot and I also have a 2 year old son so it's such hard work for me at the moment. I'm also going on holiday on the 3rd June and I'm really really hoping to be better for then!! I just wondered if anybody had any advice for exercises/medication/pain relief as I feel I am at my whits end!! After reading some posts I feel awful moaning after just 5 weeks but with my son, family and I am also at the end of my university course but am unable to get in to classes because I can't walk I really need to get better fast!
Sorry for such a long post just really wanting some advice!
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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- - When did this first start?- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide
- - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)- Medical advice of any kind- Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc
What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 05/11/15 13:32 est