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I would like to find the woman who spoke about her pain since it was similar to what I have been going through. I find it therapeutic to be discussing my issues with others who understand. Sciatica is not new to me but it used to come and go. This time it came and won't go and the pain is more than I have experienced with it.  What concerns me other than the pain that is so bad it radiates down the whole right side of my body from mid back to toes. The back specialist was surprised when I said it was all in front of my leg but rider butt and groin area are like they are stuck in a vice that causes such pain I practically hyperventilate. The biggest surprise was I cannot walk up or down any steps without falling not even a curb. My fear is that I'm going to just fall while walking on flat surfaces. I keep going to work because I am going to keep going as long as I can. I am very frightened by this whole ordeal. I knew nothing about lumbars and such pain. Everyone asks what I did to bring this on, nothing that I am aware of which brings me to Dr.'s. My PPC isn't taking it seriously. I had to go to ER to get help. I'm not the type to run and get help everytime I have an ache or I'd live at the ER. X-Rays do not show much but insurance company insists you have them before MRI. I'm at a loss, scared of surgery and the fact that I had to look all overcreation to find a Dr. That would help me. Now I'm waiting for MRI to be approved. It is the falling that has me baffled. The fact that pain is in front of leg and all other pain in my back, groin and butt. This is too much writing, I know, and I I'm sorry, but does anyone have a story similar or know what I'm trying to describe. Bless all my fellow back sufferers.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    One way you may find member you are inparticular looking for, is to type in key words in the search, upper right on page.
    It will lead you to many current or older discussions for you to refer to.

    Another thing that may be of interest to you, is looking at dermatome map.
    It is not to be used as diagnostic tool. But I found it interesting when i first learning about my spinal issues, and I still refer to it occasionally.
    You will find that withSH site search, also.

    I am curious if use an aid while walking?...cane?..walker? The cane has helped me only to fall occasionally now....but it has helped me tremendously with the pain...lessening my pain. 

    While my PCP was trying to work with my pain, I spent more than a few times in the ER...for the out of my mind pain.
    The cycle has to be stopped!
    That, in part, is why my PCP referred me to pain management doctor. She knew ER should not be supplementing her care.

    PM doctor did variety of tests on me...tests I never heard mentioned to me before.
    With that and being a specialists...PM doctor able to find cause and treat my pain more properly....take the edge off.

    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • AWMAAWM NebraskaPosts: 75
    I am very familiar with sciatica.  I too suffered with it.  Mine was caused by a pinched nerve in my lower back (s1 nerve root).  Savage has a very good suggestion to help educate yourself with a human dermatome map.  You will find that depending on which nerves are irritated, it will send a variety of symptoms to different parts of your body. 

    I can relate to having to jump through hoops for the insurance company.  When the pain got so bad for me that I sought medical help I started with my primary doctor.  He prescribed physical therapy.  When that failed then we took x-rays.  When that showed normal bone structure, we took the MRI.  That showed my herniated disc and congenital stenosis.  I finally got referred to a spine surgeon.  The surgeon wanted to do surgery and the insurance finally approved.  It was a process that took about 4 months for me.  The surgery corrected most to all of my problems.

    Hang in there.  Jump through the insurance hoops.  You will eventually get answers.  Hopefully, you will get a solution to your problems too.  

    I would be happy to share any of my experiences with you.
    Dec. 28, 2015 - Laminectomy L3 - S1 (Due to congenital stenosis.)
    Dec. 28, 2015 - Discectomy L3-L4; L4-L5; L5-S1 (L3-L4 & L4-L5 were bulging and L5-S1 was herniated.) 
    May 20, 2016 - Selective Nerve Root Block Injection L5 Nerve Root.
    July 15, 2016 - Epidural Steroid Injection L5 & S1 Nerve Roots.
    Oct. 31, 2016 - Microdiscectomy L5 - S1
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