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Dealing with severe sciatica pain

Hey everyone. I have had sciatica for around 5 or 6 years. Prior this most recent flareup it has always been a thing where it would flareup at random, usually when I am laying down in bed. I would lay there and the pain would suddenly shoot down my leg until I changed positions or got out of bed. Well, about 2 weeks ago I started having severe pain in my left hip whenever I was walking around. I waited a week to see if it would go away on its own but it didn't so I went in to see my doctor. My doctor confirmed that it was my sciatica causing the pain. She prescribed Prednisone and Flexeril for me and told me to take it for a week and come back if the pain was still persisting. She also had some x-rays done but no abnormalities were found. Well, the pain is still persisting and I am going to be calling my doctor to get in again in the morning. In addition to the pain persisting, it's becoming worse. Instead of the pain staying in my hip area, it is now radiating down through my entire left leg. I am also beginning to have similar pain in my right hip but it is nowhere near as severe in my right hip as it is in my left hip. So anyway, I am just wondering, what all can a doctor do for sciatica pain when medication isn't helping? I am desperate for some relief. The pain is so severe that I often limp because of it.
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  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    edited 09/27/2016 - 7:56 PM
    Hi Zoogirl
    I can only relate my experience. I had severe sciatica.  I couldn't sit, drive or work.  My neurologist tried giving me an rx nsaid. Didn't work. Got sent for an mri which showed a large herniation at L5S1. I had the option of trying conservative, non surgical treatments or skipping that and going straight to surgery.  I opted for surgery and had a microdiscectomy which resolved the pain.

    Every one is different, however. You really need an mri or ct scan and discuss your options with your doctor. Have you been to a specialist?
    Ellen 
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 09/28/2016 - 2:11 AM

    Holly

    You can ask your doctor about ESI injections.  Sometimes these can help and sometime not...  Some people also find relief via a physical therapist who guides you on appropriate muscle stretching and strengthening exercises.  If either of these don't work then probably surgery is your only/best option.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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  • pamsterpamster Hurst,Texas 76054Posts: 6
    hvills
    Yes, that's the point I'm at. Diagnosed recently with a deteriorated disc between L4-L5, and inflammatory arthritis in L4-S1. Surgery has not been suggested at this point. I didn't have any known back issues until after a knee injury & 2 knee surgeries within the past 15 months. I'm wondering how long it takes the ESI to take full effect? It's only been 48 hours and right now there is no relief. I may be expecting too fast a response in my body. I'm resting with ice on/off
    pamster

  • pamsterpamster Hurst,Texas 76054Posts: 6
     :s  It can be extremely severe. I have had severe radiculopathy develop following 2 left knee arthroscopic surgeries and walking with a limp for 15 months. I've had an epidural steroid injections done 48 hours and I'm home with ice off & on the area.  It seems the problem you're speaking of often comes from a place in the back. There's a test called an EMG done by a neurologist that can help determine what the source is. If something is wrong with a disc or vertebrae that doesn't need immediate surgery, you may get some relief from an 'ESI' -epidural steroid injection. I'm hoping this helps me. I, like you, have reached the point of really needing help. I'm hoping so, need to resume physical therapy.
    pamster
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello ZooGirl02 !

    Welcome to Spine-Health
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello pamster !

    Welcome to Spine-Health
    Please click on link for helpful information!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • tjlazerttjlazer TacomaPosts: 44
    If it doesn't get better in 6 months, get a lumbar MRI and have it examined by a neurosurgeon.  Your PCP can order the MRI while waiting for your appointment with spine specialist.  If you have any nerve compressions it can get worse and cause numbness and weakness in the legs and feet!  This is where I am 2 years after where you are.  Having surgery next month and I hope it helps me.  Might be too late!
  • I have been dealing with sciatica in my left hip and leg. I had back xray that showed the nerved was being squashed between L4 & L5. I had a lamectomy in April and no relief. I have been going thru ESI injections for the last two months with no relief. My leg also goes numb when I stand and it gets so severe that it a burning feeling. I also am having muscle spasms in my left side near my hip. I just was wondering if the spasms are caused my the injections. They are getting worse. As I am sitting here my left leg in going numb from sitting on the sciatic nerve. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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