sciatica - treatment not working

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   Posted 7/26/2011 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
( i tried posting this 2 days ago but it didnt show up, ill try again, my post is for all but im hoping for some feedback from people who may have used the NHS here in the UK)

ive had mild back pain on and off for 20 years but never enough to upset my daily life.

however this christmas i started to get alot of pain in my right buttock and down the back of my leg and sometimes into my foot, also pins and needles at times.

i managed to get booked into physio quickly but it hasnt helped. the best pain relief for me is walking, 45 mins and the pain is nearly gone. BUT 15 mins after i sit down the pain is back!

getting more than 2 hours sleep at a time is my biggest prob.. 2 hours kip, i then wake up, have to walk 45 mins and back to bed.. rinse and repeat.

some mornings (sounds wierd) my whole leg is numb but at same time im in terrible pain and cant move leg properly. as i said though, after moving about for 45 mins im okish and my mobility is good.

getting this across to my doc and physio is hard. they do usual tests and im okish. i almost feel stupid about it. but after 7 months of troubled sleep i think im gonna go mad and still it goes on.

im taking codeine and ibuprofen but they do not work at all. ive mentioned an MRI to two diferent docs. one ignored me and i nearly punched him..oops.. and the other said that since my mobility is good i would not need an MRI.

im at wits end... ive had two hours sleep and i have to be up in just over 3 hours... so ill need 45 min walk before i try for another 2 hours sleep... i cant keep this up but i guess i have to !!

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 7/27/2011 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Ouch!

Sorry you're in UK. I hope they won't get so stingy with tests here, although I'm hearing that insurances here are refusing to pay after the test is done if it comes out negative.

I'm in the sciatica boat too, but at least got the MRI and because of that, treatment. I could walk well for a block, but the pain was bad. The MRI showed where the nerves were being impinged by the protruding discs. I've had a couple of years of injections in various spots and the discs may have at least partly healed themselves; at least the sciatic pain is much reduced. My pain doc was starting to ask me if I wanted surgery, but I wanted to keep trying alternatives a while longer. I'm glad I did, because he most recently injected tailbone (nerves to legs run through there), and it's lasted the longest and has worked the best. I want to postpone surgery as long as possible.

Ask the doc what's the cause of the sciatica. Mine is scoliosis plus injuries being in a bad wreck a couple of years ago.

I also have flat feet and arch supports with a medial wedge helps that. Because of the scoliosis, one leg is "functionally" shorter than the other, so I have a tiny lift on one orthotic. This helps the spine too!

I don't get much relief from ibuprofen. Acetominophen works as well, which isn't much at all. I can't take codeine, but Vicodin doesn't do much either. Tramadol, cheap generic, helps more - maybe because of the serotonin raising property. Some people get relief from SSRIs or SNRIs. I have fibromyalgia, hence the tramadol.
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