Sciatica/nerve issues compounded by UC

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Mammatus
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   Posted 1/17/2013 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Went to the doctor today regarding my recent acquisition of pain in my left hip/buttocks area at night which runs down my leg and pain in the meaty portions of my right forearm and bicep. Doctor thinks I have nerves coming out of one of my lumbar vertebrae being victim of systemic inflamation caused by my UC. Anybody have this kind of problem, and have the symptoms been relieved. I really don't want to be in pain daily.

kazbern
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   Posted 1/17/2013 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Sacroilietis is pretty common among women in general. On the other hand, people with UC often have lower back pain. The sciatic nerve runs through the gluteus maximum muscle and can be irritated by muscle spasms in the lower back and glutes, especially the piriformis. Look up piriformis syndrome for some good information on stretches you can do to relieve these muscle spasms.

The key to preventing sciatica and managing sacroilietis is to keep your core muscles strong and your lower back and hips flexible. Stretch your hamstrings, your groin and your back. Do planks and crunches and other exercises to strengthen the pelvic girdle.
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50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (96 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/12.

Lodi
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   Posted 1/17/2013 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I get that pain but I've got longstanding back problems. I have good luck keeping it in check with regular visits to the chiropractor who uses a technique called ART - active release technique. no cracking, but very effective. Sometimes the nerve pain escalates and then I get accupuncture which for me has also been super effective.
diagnosed (colonoscopy/biopsy) Feb 2012; U/C throughout entire colon but only partly inflamed?
Big flare right now, on oral prednisone, imuran, mesasal, VSL#3. Mutaflor
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Peety
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   Posted 1/17/2013 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I used myo-fascial release (specialized massage therapy) to deal with sciatic nerve problems (which are so painful!).
I used to have a lot of problems, but no more. Learn some good stretches from a physical therapist or good massage therapist
53 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985.
Asacol for 20+ years with Prednisone & Rowasa for flares (But nothing since Remicade).
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some.
Remicade started April 2009 (Humira denied) and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

allswell
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   Posted 1/17/2013 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had sciatica among other stuff since I was seventeen. My uc didn't start until I was 32, now I get more hip pain, then sciatica, for instance sleeping on my back bothers my hips eventual
Ly. My comes and goes, lasting a week at the most, but sometimes I can barely walk. I would be more concerned if it hadn't bee going on for 25 years. Anyway stretching and exercise definetly help me, but I am out of shape now. I know there was joint swelling on a CT I had done. How old are you?
proctitis 2004, Asa sup., 2006 hydrocort sup. worked for a while when I remembered to use them, 2009 spread to left put on prednisone, asacol, then Apriso. Switched docs tried lialda, rowasa, back to hydro enema and Apriso. 2010 6mp added, 2011 pancolitis ,Remicade, bad flare after no.1,2, pred now, and rem

Mammatus
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   Posted 1/19/2013 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 47. I'm in pretty good shape and am currently doing cardio about 4 or 5 days per week and doing weights about 3 days per week (though not much due to the muscle aches/pains as of late). Depending on the results of x-rays next Tuesday, I may just bite the bullet and seek some nontraditional/alternative treatment. It seem that with me, whenever the more nasty UC symptoms are at bay, some other issues sneak into the scene and mess things up.

seconder
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   Posted 1/20/2013 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem: UC mostly under control, regular exercise and stretching, but terrible joint pain, especially in lower back. It radiated down my legs. 
 
Does exercise make the pain go away?  The only time the joint pain went away was when I was riding a bike or running, which is a sign that it was inflamatory in nature rather than mechanical.
 
Sulfasalazine kept it under control for a long time, and then I started getting nerve pain from the sulfasalazine, especially in fingers and toes. 
 
So far, Remicade has kept everything in check. Not happy about it, but I can walk, sit, sleep.

Mammatus
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   Posted 1/20/2013 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Running and biking makes the situation better...until I stop and get stiff. Resistence training with any substantive weights results in pains in  my right arm that cause me to have to stop. My doctor figures it's a combo of UC-related systemic inflamation causing nerve compression (and the resulting leg/arm issues) and arthritis. He feels some arthritis meds he could give me would cause issues with my UC. So, I'll get some x-rays and go from there. I suppose it could be worse...I could have some obscure lethal disease named after some French guy.

Teddtlove
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   Posted 1/20/2013 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a degenerative disk. When my UC acts up I Gary muscle spasms in my back. Usually happens when I am having d but lasts for hours after the movement. It hurts so bad.
30 year old female. 2007 diagnosed with UC, also have Hypothyroidism, Leukocytosis, Agoraphobia, Bipolar tendencies, Panic disorder, Acid reflux, Lactose intolerance, Eczema, Migraines, Degenerative disk, Hypertension, and Anemia.
Lialda, Canasa, Hyoscyamine sulfa, digestive advantage lactose defense, lomotil, klor-con20, started Humira 12/31/12

KyleFranklin
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   Posted 5/9/2013 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
allswell said...
I have had sciatica among other stuff since I was seventeen. My uc didn't start until I was 32, now I get more hip pain, then sciatica, for instance sleeping on my back bothers my hips eventual
Ly. My comes and goes, lasting a week at the most, but sometimes I can barely walk. I would be more concerned if it hadn't bee going on for 25 years. Anyway stretching and exercise definetly help me, but I am out of shape now. I know there was joint swelling on a CT I had done. How old are you?


I an 27 and have crohn's disease and I know the person who started this thread said she had pain on her left side, but my pain is only on my right side. Long story short, like a lot of you guys here, stretching was the only thing that actually got rid of my pain. Everything else just masked it. This website gave me awesome http://lowerrightbackpainhq.net/sciatica-stretches because there were videos and descriptions. Does anyone else recommend anything?

Oh, and yoga helped a lot too!

tap
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   Posted 5/10/2013 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Core exercises aggravate my lower back so I end up doing specific movements to eliminate the pain. I bought Pain Free by Pete Egoscue a couple of years ago and I apply the Pain Free back section.

There are five movements that I do:

1. Sitting Knee Pillow Squeeze (3 sets of 20) (Video)
2. Static Back Knee Pillow Squeezes (3 sets of 20) (Video)
3. Modified Floor Block (6 minutes) (Video)
4. Static Extension (with knees on floor) (two minutes) (Video)
5. Air Bench (2 minutes) (Video)

For me it takes at least a week before the majority of the pain is eliminated.
47 - male - Diagnosed with pancolitis in 1998
Status: 1 stool a day
Vitamin D3 - 10000 IU three times per week (Status: 65 ng/ML);
Asacol - 2 400mg pills 3 times per day

soystud
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   Posted 5/10/2013 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
hey mamm - what are you doing for your uc ? are you on an anti inflammatory diet ?
diagnosed with pancolitis december 21, 2003
currently taking: -- Astaxanthin,vit D, ALA, DHEA, a smorgassbord of probiotics, & Wild Harvest Inflamma Shield -
No Gluten, Rice, Corn, or Sugar - No Meds - Just good, healthy food -
Lots of H2O, exercise & sleep as much as possible & enjoy this great life that God has blessed me with -

personx910
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   Posted 5/31/2013 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
@KyleFranklin
yes stretching is the only cure for me as well, It's hard to do when back hurts but it' more effective you have typed in site that is low right back pain related , I found another like that check out http://lower-rightback-pain.com but i didn't knew that right side pain was that common that there is so much content for it,it is very specific pain ) seems it's very common as well
Regards )
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