I've read the rules. I'm just looking for personal opinions and fully understand that no one on the forum can give medical advice...
Can't believe how many threads there are on Sciatica pain, but it seems it's a very common experience.
I'm male aged 31, and have had ongoing Sciatica symptoms since late July 2016.
I had some mild back pain at Christmas 2015 for about 1 month, during a time when I was using the gym a lot. I was doing a fair bit of weight lifting but unsure if this was related to my current issue. I stepped back from the Gym and began playing football regularly for exercise until late May 2016 when I twisted my Knee. I also have a desk job, which requires long hours sitting at the computer. I don't have great posture, and this is something I have had since a young age, but without any previous back issues.
About 2 months after injuring my knee, and with doing little exercise in between I developed what I thought was bad Sciatica in Late July 2016. I sat on it for a couple of weeks, getting mild relief from Ibuprofen, ice packs on my lower back and relief from sleeping on my right side with my knees up towards chest and a pillow in between.
In mid August 2016 I visited a GP (not my normal one), who thought that my symptoms were Sciatica and related to my previous knee injury, caused by a change in Gait. She referred me to a knee specialist.
During the wait for the knee specialist I decided to start some Physio to get some relief. During periods of Physio I haven't noticed much change. Some weeks are better than others, but it's one week can be less server and the next week can be very painful. I've had 2 months of Physio now, and finally saw an orthopaedic knee specialist last week who specialises in sport's injuries. He did a visual inspection on my knee and is of the opinion it is not directly related to my Sciatica. I have had a similar issue with patella stability on my other knee, and some general wear and tear of the knees previously, having seen this specialist a couple of years earlier and had an MRI. He has referred me for another MRI and lumbar X-ray. It may be some weeks before I can get an appointment with him again, . The previous few weeks , while on holiday, the Sciatica seemed to ease off, almost to the point that I didn't notice it, but unfortunately on return from holiday and after visiting my physio who gave me a massage on back and buttock/leg area my Sciatica has ramped back up this week, worse than it's ever been to the point of being unable to sleep, or function well at work.
The pain somewhat eases during walking or standing, but is present when sitting, leading to tightness across my buttocks, under my testicles (saddle area), and down my left leg. I have also been getting some pain in my left arm at times. I have had a lot of muscle twitching, often every 1 minute. Sitting with my knees up together touching my chest has provided some relief at times.
I have been back to my GP office this week, where I asked my GP to be referred to a Neurosurgeon to inspect further. The GP reluctantly wrote me a referral and was keen for me to focus on continuing just physio (which I will do anyway on the side) despite me explaining how the pain at times can become excruciating. I also explained to the GP that the pain has ramped up since my return from holiday and that ibuprofen/paracetamol etc is having little effect on the pain. She is unwilling to prescribe me anything for the pain and was basically just suggesting I sit it out and wait for it to repair itself. I feel she has a poor understanding or grasp of the pain I'm going through and the affect it is having on my work, which is our sole family income. She seems to be an old school "man up" type of doctor. When I went back to the pharmacy, they seem surprised that I was not prescribed anything stronger than over the counter medicine.
I'm lucky in that my Sister is also a GP, and a well respected one at that, who also went through similar issues with a pinched nerve in her neck last year. She has made the suggestion I see a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon for further analysis. Unfortunately the neurosurgeon I have an appointment is not available until December. My sister says she can set me up for an MRI and appointment in her city with a neurosurgeon, but this is a 1 hour flight away and not ideal. She also suggested a steroid injection may help. I'm very lucky that I have my sister as a doctor for advice, but extremely disappointed with my own GP, who provided me with little options and seemed unhappy and me asking for the referral to the neuro surgeon.
My sister has suggested I do Pilates for the time being and has will prescribe me a stronger anti inflammatory (Celebrex) to help.
I'd be interested to hear your experiences, and info on other medicines that have worked for you.
Has anyone had issues with arm pain and leg buttock pain, but without the back pain in-between?