Sciatic Nerve Pain?

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Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/14/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone deal with this type of pain?
 
I ended up in the ER around 2 weeks ago, they told me they thought it was a deep tissue spasm, just gave me some valium and pain relievers and sent me home. Well, since then I have have episodes a few more times. Yesterday it was so bad and today too, I can't really bend with this either. Its in the right side, right above my rear. The pain radiates when I was in the shower, I could not bend down and shave my leg on that side. I wonder if this is siatic nerve pain or what??? I feel so lost right now with doctors I don't know what to do, my rhuemy is really not helpful, I can't go see the PM doctor untill the rhuemy people send paper work over, and I feel like my primary...she never wants to deal with pain issues with me anymore.
I guess there is really nothing they can do about a sciatice type pain?????     
 
Monica

couchtater
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   Posted 9/14/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm plague with sciatice nerve pain. Try heat, ice, and a soft brace with adjustable side support straps for a week. You can find one at a pharmacy for around $35.
Joy

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   Posted 9/15/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   

 

   Dear Monica,

     I am so sorry you have so much pain right now. shakehead   If I were in your shoes I would get updated images. You can request that your primary care doctor order this for you and have it sent to the rheumatologist and your soon to be new pain management doctor. It will help to have everything ready and waiting for your fist appointment.

     How long have you been waiting for your referral to the pain management doctor? I think you can request that your primary care doctor make that referral as well. It sounds to me like you are getting the run around? If that is the case then perhaps you can give polite reminders to your rheumatologist every few days? I do not mean to worry you but inflammation in your lower spine, if left un treated, can rub bone / pinch major nerve clusters and cause significant damage over time. It is very important that it is addressed as soon as possible.

    I hope you can get them to pick up the pace and get things done. I would be terribly frustrated if I were in  your shoes. Hang in there and know you are in our prayers.

*warm hugg*
     dani


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Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/15/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank You all for your replies.
Yeah, I'm getting worried, it is really starting to hurt a lot again.
My leg does go numb at night, but its happened for over a year or so, I thought it had something to do with Lyme, (from what they told me before when I was on IV antibiotics for it)
I also get this sorts click feeling in that area with a lot of pain every once in a while. They did a CAT scan in the ER a few weeks back said it was fine.
 
I know there is something wrong, it just doesn't feel like its part of my fibro. I have a doctors appt tomorrow at 2 with my family doctor, hopefully she will give me a referal to have an MRI done.

couchtater
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   Posted 9/15/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you feel like rocks rubbing around in your back?
I get that feeling from my degenerative disk and facet disease.
Joy

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   Posted 9/16/2010 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
hello there hopegirl, it takes a good diagnostician to find the source of this pain. a CAT scan does not show disks or soft tissue, so them just saying it's fine does not mean much. it would have showed if you had spondylothesis or retrolythesis which is a vertebrea that has shifted forward or backwards putting pressure on the nerve roots and facet joints and maybe pull on the spinal cord. you would know if this was happening because it does not come and go. does the pain shoot down the back of your leg, to your knee or foot? if you bend to touch your toes do you feel pain on the way down or when your coming up? if your lying on your back flat and keep your leg staight and lift on leg [called a SLR] does the pain occur in your hip-leg area? can you get a person to help you and sit somewhere so your feet are dangling a the person grab your feet and you do like your pushing on the gas pedal. do both sides a have the other person resist and you push against them hard as you can and see if they can tell a strenght difference between sides. then repeat it but pull up like the opposite of pushing the gas and see if ther is a strenght difference. if ther is weakness on one side it could indicate sciatic impingement.
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Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/22/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a quick hello!!
 
My MRI is scheduled for tomorrow, so hopefully I will know something soon. The pain is still there. Some days it's worse, but I'm holding on. Hope everyone has a great low pain day!!

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   Posted 9/23/2010 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Any results from your MRI? Now they should no where the problem is? Can physiotherapy help? Maybe some anti infammatories and pain meds to get thru this rough part??

Hope you are hanging in there?

Come and post when you can. We are all thinking about you!!
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Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/23/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
MRI is today. Hopefully I will find out something soon.
Thanks!!
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