Sciatica. It's hurts so bad!

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Potsie
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have bad discs in my lower back, so it effects my leg. There's times that it doesn't hurt so bad, other times like tonight, it just burns and throbs. Does anyone else suffer from this? And what do you do for it?

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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Potsie!

I'm sorry you're in so much pain. I have problems in the lower spine where it pinches the nerves running down my legs and when it lights off it's hard to describe the pain. I can't sit very long if it's acting up so standing or reclining is better. You can try icing the area to see if you can get some of the inflammation down if that's what's making it worse. But best would be to ask your doc for advice and/or help. Are you on any medication for this problem? I take an anti-inflammatory or I don't walk. I also have pain medication to take when needed.

I wish I had an instant pain reliever for you but I'm not a doc nor do I believe that there's an immediate cure for the problem you have. I certainly would suggest calling your doctor in the morning and ask for some help. There is no reason you have to suffer this much.

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   Posted 2/18/2010 2:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Potsie another thought is to talk to your dr about being put on a medication that works directly for nerve pain, such as Lyrica, Cymbalta or Neurotin. Pain medication has very little effect on nerve pain. Sciatica pain can be relentless, been there and done that. But so talk to your dr about this. Good luck.
 

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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Potsie, gotta agree with everyone else that you should see your doc as soon as you can. Normally sciatica is caused from a pinched nerve from a disc problem. I used to get the ache in my right butt cheek that was relentless before my fusion surgery. Didn't matter what I did it wouldn't stop. Good Luck and keep us posted!
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Potsie
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   Posted 2/19/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been to a doctor, that's how I found out about my discs being bad. They acted like there was nothing they could do. They gave me something for the pain and sent me on my way. That was about 2 years ago. I've pretty much just been living with it.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Potsie! I'm going to make this short and sweet! If your Dr is telling you that there is nothing they can do, I would say bye bye and hit the road looking for another one. Did they do an MRI on it? You have received some very good information here on this. From what you are describing, you may have a bulging disk pushing against the spinal cord.

There are several options, for you, one of them being PT, and that is usually the first thing they want to try. Of course surgery is the last thing you would want to do. Stray also brought up meds, so have you tried them? Of course, I'm not your Dr, but, I doubt that there is nothing they can do for you. I wished we had a little more information on your condition.

To say that your disc's are bad, does not tell us much here, so If you can please tell us what exactly what is wrong with them, it may help us better understand what direction to point you in. I know that it is hard to live with, but we wish you the best, and don't give up on it. Keep posting on it, and let us know how you are doing. We will be here for you.

Michael

DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5,  Heart Attack 2002, Surgery to place Stint in,


Potsie
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   Posted 2/19/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mike. Yes, they did a MRI. I can't remember exactly which discs were affected, but they called them bulging discs. I remember the first time I went to them, I could barely walk. They might have suggested surgery, but I think I was a little hesitate to try it. I've read so many stories about it not doing any good. I actually have bad pains in my whole back. If I'm on my feet too long, I'm in terrible pain. I also have that hump in my upper back. I can't remember the name of it, it starts with a D. I quit taking the meds because the dosage they put me on didn't touch the pain.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information Potsie! Another thing I was wondering, is if they have suggested an Epidural? If so, I would highly recommend it to you. It can, and has helped many a person with the same symptoms that you have described. The surgery for a bulging disk is quite different than having a fusion done, and is usually less evasive. I believe they can shave part of the disk that is impinging the spinal cord. Sorry if I misspelled that!

I would think that the Epidural and PT would be the way to go first, and a good med that will give you some relief. Can you also tell me what pain med you were on? There are so many different types of meds these days, so don't give up on those either.

Michael

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Potsie
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   Posted 2/19/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been thinking about having an epidural. Do they really work? I was on Hydrocodone 7.5.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, good deal! Yes they can help some people, but not all, but it may be worth a try. If you do decide to do this let us know, and there is more information that you will want about it. I personally would go for it! I have had several of them 6 or 7, and they worked in my neck but not so well in my lumbar area. And the Hydrocodone 7.5 I believe is the same as the Laura Tabs. I was on those for a short time, and really did not have any luck with them.

My Dr then switched me to the Oxycodone, and it made a huge difference at to my pain control. Please do not give up so easily on your treatments, and keep pressing on for a solution. However that being said, make sure that you are not eager for any kind of surgery either, as it should be a last resort. Take care my new friend, and keep posting like you are and we will all benefit from it. Your doing a great job here.

And if you get a chance, you might want to read the Chronic Pain 101, that one of our moderators has posted (Chutz) There is some good reading there, and also please take the time to read the forum rules as well. Wishing you the very best, and hope your pain will get less and less for you!

Michael

I myself, am on Oxycontin 30mg X2, and #10 325 Percocet's X3 (Oxycodone) or as needed for BT
I'm at the end of my trials of everything, and will be having Surgery, at the end of the month, for a fusion
in the lumbar area.

DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5,  Heart Attack 2002, Surgery to place Stint in,

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 2/19/2010 12:09:38 PM (GMT-7)


Potsie
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   Posted 2/19/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mike! You're such a sweetie. I'll let you know.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/19/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
OK! We will be looking forward to hearing from you again. There are many a member, that have quite a bit more experience than I do on the subject of Epidurals, and the pain meds. They will be ever so happy to help you at anytime. Some of these members are anal in their research, and I can tell you that it can be a great help at times. It is a good thing to educate yourself as much as possible about yourself. I myself always appreciate the effort these members have made in their research.


Take care!

SE

DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5,  Heart Attack 2002, Surgery to place Stint in,


Potsie
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   Posted 2/19/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have to take care of my son who has Crohns disease. He suffers so. I also have heart problems, and my hubby has heart problems too. It's a little overwhelming sometimes. I've learned a lot from this forum. So glad I found you'all!! Ha! Spell check didn't like the you'all!! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 2/19/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Potsie, Michael gave you some good advice. I'd try first finding a good Pain Management doctor, check to make sure they do procedures and prescribe medications, some only want to do procedures. Surgery should be your last resort. There are alot of different types of injections that can be tried along with physical therapy to build your core muscles.

Good Luck and keep us posted. I know exactly how you feel because I've been to many doctors that were of no help and I would just quit going to them and live with the pain until it would become unbearable, then I'd try another doctor, so on and so on.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/19/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jag! Just wanted to say hello!

Potsie, I too have had my share of heart problems. I had a Massive Heart Attack in 2002, and they placed a stint in. Now I'm on a few meds for it, but really doing well now. I wanted you to know that there is a Crohns forum here, and for that fact, you can find just about anything you want here on Healing Well.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 2/20/2010 12:52:23 AM (GMT-7)


Potsie
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   Posted 2/19/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I know. I've been reading there also. Trying to find out everything I can about Crohns. I'm glad you're doing well with your heart. I've got an enlarged heart, and my hubby had a quad bypass in 86. We both need our arteries checked but have to wait because of pre-existing conditions.

Potsie
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   Posted 3/6/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm back and I'm suffering. Some days are worse then others. I'm going to have find a good doctor. I can't handle this much longer. sad

cat8201
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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
If sciatica is left untreated it can be permanent. I get dead leg too.

I hate lyrica, but I have peripheral neuropathy and sciatica and it helps tremendously with the sciatica.
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


Potsie
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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Cat, why do you hate it?

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   Posted 3/7/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Potsie,

When I first started having siatica, I went to the Neurosurgeon and did the whole meds, PT, and everything else. I was totally against surgery and they decided that was the only way I could go. They told me to come back when I couldn't stand it anymore. That's exactly what I did....and I wish I had elected to have the problem fixed much sooner. Perhaps I would have had better luck with the procedure if I hadn't been so adament in resisting the necessary treatment. Now my nerve pain is horrible and I can't take any of the nerve meds.

Please get in with somebody soon. It may be time for another MRI (if it has been two years). A lot can change in a minute, let alone two years.

Please get some help before it gets worse.
DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009 (failed), FIBRO, MINEYER'S (SP?), MIGRAINES, GERD, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), GAD, DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCD, PSTD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY, VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY and much, much more...


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   Posted 3/7/2010 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Potsie ~
I am sorry to hear you are suffering........have you tried Neurontin yet? I have been on it for over five years now - and other than the temporary weight gain, I have no complaints about it. It works miracles for my sciatia. I've also had fairly good luck with 3-4 injections per year.....I wish there was a magic pill for us to take ~ please keep us posted on your situation and how you are doing. :) I wish you a tolerable pain day!
Hhhuuugggsss!
Cardiomyopathy, Celiac Disease, High Blood Pressure, 2 Failed Fusions @ L4, L5, S1, 2 Failed Fusions @ C7 & C8, Implantible bone growth stimulator cervically, and soon to have Neurostimulation Therapy to treat lumbar area, Chronic Pain Sufferer for 8 years, take several meds daily to survive! Praying for a miracle and fighting through the pain daily ~


Potsie
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   Posted 3/7/2010 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
retired, I agree that I need to get another MRI. There are days that I can ignore the pain, some days I can't. Thanks for the advice, and I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. Why can't you take the nerve meds? Can you take any pain meds?

IsThereAnEnd?, I'll check out that medicine. Thanks! I've got Cardiomyopathy too.

cat8201
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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
potsie, lyrica makes me gain weight really bad. that is why i hate it. :) but rather be heavy than deal with that sciatica
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/8/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for asking about the meds. It basically goes like this::::

I have a very large number of drug allergies and have reactions to anything that has steroids, anti-inflamatories, serotonin, sulfa (and most sulfa cross-reactants), allegra, codeine, muscle relaxers, most antibiotics, and a HOST of others.

All anti-depressants are out, but I can take Xanax for anxiety, muscle spasm, mineyeres disease (sp), and whatever else it helps with and Ambien to sleep. I didn't even know they had a controlled release xanax until I found my current psych dr. I just love the guy because he understands about the meds and doesn't push anything on me anymore. We did try two different meds for anxiety and depression and one caused me to totally freak out....the other caused serotonin syndrome and I had to go by ambulance to the hospital from work. It was REALLY embarassing at the time because I was having a seizure. No more meds like that for me!!! I'm medically retired now because of my back, but that was a couple of years ago.

As far as the pain meds, I have to be very cautions with them as well. I can take ultracet and dilaudid (despite the sulfites in the dilaudid), but not the Opana. It's always a trial and error thing and I have to start with VERY VERY small doses or something that can be broken to try a tiny piece. After 40 some odd years, I have finally found something that works, but I have to monitor everything they give me when I'm in the hospital (because they don't seem to notice drug allergies until you have a horrible reaction!!!).

It's strange how different meds affect each of us differently and how our bodies can change and suddenly reject what we could once take well. I mention this only because so many have mentioned no longer being able to take a med or two. I found out I was allergic to diflucan (for yeast) after having taken it for years. The reactions started about three days after I took the pills and I thought they were bug bites to start with. On the second reaction, the "bites" moved from just my eyelids to my eyelids and my hands, then on the third reaction we figured it out when my eyes swelled shut, my lips and hands were covered with itchy bumps and I couldn't focus. It was a cross reaction with sulfa...too strange. Please watch out for things like this because they can be very dangerous.

I continue to wish you all the best!
DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009 (failed), FIBRO, MINEYER'S (SP?), MIGRAINES, GERD, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), GAD, DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCD, PSTD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY, VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY and much, much more...


Potsie
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for telling me retired. I used to be able to take Naproxen, but one time I was waiting for a refill on some pain meds and my back was hurting, so I took some Aleve. I ended up in the hospital, but got to go home pretty quickly. That sucks that you are allergic to so many meds. Makes it really hard.

cat, I'm already too fat, so it wouldn't affect me. Ha!

When you guys walk on your bad leg, does it feel like you're walking on hot coals? My right leg has been hurting for a long, but now my left leg is starting to bother me. Is it possible to have Sciatica in both legs?

Post Edited (Potsie) : 3/8/2010 9:13:04 AM (GMT-7)

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