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How did your sciatica pain go away? Need help with unbearable sciatica pain!

crk555ccrk555 Posts: 3
hey all, i am a 24 year old female and i have been dealing with sciatica for about 3 months now. it started off as just a pain in my back right thigh whenever i sat or drove for a while and would then go away when i got up. soon after that turned into pain every morning which would go away after about 20 minutes as well as if i drove or sat for too long. then the pain started getting worse. i would wake up every morning with my back right thigh in pretty intense pain. i work in retail so my job is all standing and walking around. luckily on the days i had work all the pain in my leg would go away after walking around for about an hour but on the days i was off the pain would not go away unless i took a long walk. then about 2 weeks ago the pain became unbearable. i went into work hoping that i could walk around and it would go away but i couldn't even last an hour before i had to go home crying from the pain.

i had an mri which showed an l5-s1 disc herniation that was pushing on the sciatic nerve. none of the pain relief pills or muscle relaxant pills are working to help relieve the pain. i am in intense pain as soon as i get out of bed. the only time i'm not in pain is if i'm lying down. my dr has had me out of work for the past 2 weeks and i've been doing physical therapy but nothing is helping. i've basically been bed-ridden for 2 weeks now! i had an emg which luckily showed minimal to no nerve damage although the numbers are still worse then my left leg. i don't have any back pain just intense pain in my back right thigh. tomorrow i am getting an injection and hopefully that works but if it doesn't i don't know what to do! i can't deal with this anymore. i can't live my life in bed and i feel like i've tried everything short of surgery and nothing is helping! the pills don't do anything and pt is doing nothing. i've also been using an inversion table in hopes of that helping and saw a massage therapist who helped for a day but then the pain came right back.

basically i'm asking if anyone has had sciatic nerve pain and how they became pain-free or if they ever did? any help or encouragement would be much appreciated and i am at the point where i will try anything! what has worked for you guys that i can try to make the pain either bearable again or optimally go away? i have tried physical therapy, pills, icing, massage therapy and the inversion table with no change. i just want to go back to work!
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  • I do not have sciatica (that's about the only thing not wrong with my back), but I know a few who do and what has helped them. They have gotten relief from low-dose pain killers, nerve medication, and a TENS unit.
    It's important to understand that treatment, be it medication, physical therapy, etc doesn't always work right away. Our bodies take time to adjust. It's also important to speak to the doctor managing your sciatica and let him/her know how you feel. Hope you feel better soon!
  • I'm so sorry you're going through this.

    Please remember that if you're not happy with the way that particular doctor is treating you, you can always go to another doc.

    As far as how long it takes for it to go away...

    I had the surgery shown in my signature on June 29. Several weeks later (after experiencing zero pain in my thigh from the day I had surgery), the nerve "woke up", and I've been in moderate to severe pain since. The doctor says that it's good news, as the nerve is waking up. In my case, he said to expect at least moderate nerve pain (in my case, the front of my left thigh) for three months. He wrote me a prescription for Neurontin, and I'm still in the ramping-up-the-dose stage, but it is giving me substantial relief.

    I know I already said this, but I'm *so sorry* you're going through this. I had absolutely no idea what sciatica pain sufferers went through. It's just unbelievable how bad it can hurt.

    Please don't be afraid of the surgical treatment option. If a nerve is well and truly impinged, it might be the only way for you to get relief. Also keep in mind that the longer it is impinged can effect how long it will remain painful after surgery (or whatever method is used to achieve nerve decompression).

    If your doctor will not prescribe adequate pain medication, find one that will. There is no reason for you to suffer.

    I truly wish you the best. :)

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  • Have sciatica almost 9 months. 6 shots no help. Just received 2nd epidural which has given me relief but they don't last.. Hopefully this one or 3rd will. Physical therapy has helped in past but insurance doesnt want to pay after a while. Mri showed no surgery necessary but relief doesn't last even with pain meds and anti-inflammatory drugs. Slept on ceramic floor with down pillows for a few months and can't get comfy on my sofa. Ice and heat along with 30 minutes of stretching in the morning and evening help but does not cure it. Try physical therapy with massage and electrical stim. Good luck.
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