Newby Back Siatica Pain Help??

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Shane C
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   Posted 7/18/2011 2:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys Im a Newbie to this sit I get back and related Siatica pain was wondering what you guys find to be helpful any advice wanted thanks in advance,

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   Posted 7/18/2011 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shane, and welcome.

What is may be helpful is going to depend a lot on the cause of the pain. Back pain and corresponding sciatic pain can be caused from everything from muscles issues to problems with the discs to issues with the spine itself.

The treatments are as wide ranging as the cause, or even more so, since how effective they are depends on the person as well as the reasons and the severity of the condition(s).

Do you happen to know why you are having back pain?
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   Posted 7/18/2011 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the board.  I'm sorry you are dealing w/ back pain.... especially sciatica!  I have that - it can be miserable! 
Things that work for me for the sciatic nerve pain - trying not to stay in the same position for long lengths of time.  That's usually what causes this pain to flare for me.
I take nerve medication that helps somewhat.  I've used an anti-inflammatory.  I have lidocaine patches that I use that help numb the area a  bit, and that can help.  I've used heat (heating pad) or ice before. 

This sounds crazy (but when you are in pain - you are desperate and will do anything!).... but I find "counter-pressure" works well when the pain is at it's worst.  I've had my husband do deep tissue massage.... and I've even used a tennis ball (or something similar) to give that counter-pressure.  Sometimes, it will give just enough relief to make it tolerable. 
That's all I can think of right now.  Maybe others will have some other suggestions.  I AM sorry you are suffering w/ this!  But I'm glad you found your way to the board.... .and hope to see you more.
Take care -- Tina
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   Posted 7/18/2011 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I would suggested that you ask your primary care doctor to get a referral to a pain management
doctor...back pain is one of the hardest thing to treat as what Jim said it can be difficult for
a doctor to pin point where it coming from, especially with out diagnostic tests such as mri's...
A good pm doctor will explain things to you and work with you to find the cause of your pain
and maybe get a treatment plan that could help...
well wishes to you and keep us posted on how your doing
Hope this info can help you...
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   Posted 7/18/2011 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I have sciatic pain due to piriformis syndrome... so the mechanism is a bit different for me than it may be for you.

Others have mentioned some helpful suggestions. I get sciatic pain typically form sitting, which will inflame the piriformis muscle. So, getting up and stretching helps.

But my PT showed me a stretch one time that she said will help most sciatic conditions. If you stretch a nerve, it can momentarily stop transmitting. So, if you do a standard hamstring stretch, you can also stretch the sciatic nerve too. If you're able, try a gentle hamstring stretch and see if that helps.
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   Posted 7/18/2011 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
i also experienced that kind of a pain following a fall that resulted in two broken ribs.
but the trauma to the spine from the fall caused mine.
i went to physical therapy for several weeks to even get any relief.
my md gave me the referal i needed.
it still flares up sometimes to remind me to change my posture.

pain can be so uncompfortable.

good luck, jcd
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