Patient Comments: Sciatica - Causes

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Comment from: Cheeta 52, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I'm on here because I am having some trouble with sciatica right now. I have a 20 year old low back fusion and am having trouble with my sacroiliac joint.

Comment from: Kay Bert, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I am 45 years old. I've been suffering from sciatica for 5 months now and the pain is so much unbearable. I was a divorcee and stayed without a man for 10 years. I then started dating a 46 year old man. A day after our first night together I felt pain on my back and since then I've pain suffering especially with my legs. I've gone from doctor to doctor but the medicine doesn't seem to help. I do exercises every day but nothing seem to help. I wonder if sciatica can be cured.

Comment from: H, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

First time I suffered from hypokalemia I was 15 years old. I started getting, what I though, growth pain in my legs. It hurt more and more, until the day I suddenly fell to the ground. I got up, walked a few meters and fell to the ground again. I couldn't walk at all after this. I was rushed to the emergency where they noticed my potassium was at a low-low 1.1. I had to stay for over a week in intensive care. This has since then happened 4 times, about 4 to 5 years between. My potassium is most often around 1, 5-1, and 8 when I get to the emergency clinic. I now notice the tingling feeling and stiffness before it gets too low.

Comment from: jojo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 01

I am from Kenya. I developed the ganglion cyst two years ago after I was stepped on the foot while playing rugby. Mine is quite painful and tender when it occurs.

Comment from: Crafter44, 45-54 Female Published: May 17

I have not been diagnosed with hypokalemia (yet), but I have all the symptoms. I keep telling my doctor how tired I get, I get so tired that I cannot function, my body just doesn't want to move. When I am driving I will get so tired that my eyes will want to close, I have to force myself to keep the eyes open until I get to my destination. Then about an hour or so later I'll be fine. I have had blood clots in my left leg twice. My leg gets tired and sore in the locations where the blood clots were. My doctor just doesn't seem to listen to me. I don't sleep at night either. I have restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. I am so tired, I know there is something wrong but no one goes that extra step to find it. I'm at my wits’ end.

Comment from: sciatically, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 08

The sciatic pain is caused due to some hormonal changes in the body. This happens in the muscles and the ligaments. It is also caused because of the excess of pressure that the uterus puts on the sciatic nerve when a woman is pregnant. However, the pressure is much less after delivery as the uterus is not carrying the baby anymore and is also smaller in size.

Comment from: MERCEDES, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I am in lots of pain due to MRSA. I am taking sulfa orally for 3 days. I wonder if I should go get it lanced.

Comment from: queen elizabeth, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

My insomnia is cause by a multitude of psychiatric disorders, depression, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), anxiety and mood instability.

Comment from: Kiki, 45-54 Male Published: February 12

I have severe vertigo, vomiting, spinning, sweats, chills, severe weakness, and feel helpless. I just recently read about Epstein-Barr virus infection as the possible cause.

Comment from: miss m, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had a Bartholin cyst develop into an abscess. My general physician prescribed antibiotics and advised me to have it removed. I went on a waiting list to have the operation. After taking the antibiotics the cyst didn't decrease and was the size of a large pea. It was painful to touch. I started drinking silica every day. Over the three months it took waiting for the surgery the cyst disappeared and has not returned. I ended up cancelling the surgery. If I had one again I would definitely take silica right away.

Comment from: Blue Ocean, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I had been bending straight over to bathe two cats and thoroughly cleaning the house because of fleas I found on the cats. The next day I walked quite a distance at a fast pace to go to the hospital to visit my dad. On the 3rd day, I found I had pulled my hamstring; the back of both legs hurt quite when bending to sit.

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Comment from: tony, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 01

I had shoulder replaced in 2013, hip replaced in 2013, knee replaced in 2015 and have x-rayed all several times. All ok, doctor wants an MRI or CAT scan to see if my sciatic nerve or other problem exists.

Comment from: Maria, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

Lifting a heavy shopping bag and carrying it in the house, I felt the pressure on my spine and knew I had done the wrong thing. My mattress is making the sciatica worse and is too firm. I will have to be more careful about lifting in the future. In the meantime, I take some painkillers, keep warm and rub with liniment hoping it will settle soon.

Comment from: Flyer, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 03

I was running wood through a planer for several hours and felt a sharp pain in my back. A surgeon told me that sciatica is caused by repetitive motion.

Comment from: tiffany, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I have this sciatica for almost 3 months until now. It started when I was wearing 4 inch high heels and sitting in a bus for almost 4 hours every day. As per doctor’s findings it was neuropathy. But I researched and then I found that it was sciatica nerve pain. I am taking Lyrica every day, it was helpful.

Comment from: venusflytrap, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

In 1999 I was in a car accident in which a pickup truck hit the passenger side of the car with me being the passenger and I have not been right since. I went to a chiropractor after, because I couldn't raise my right arm. As of today, I have experienced hip pain, numbness in feet, lower back pain, all over nerve/muscle pain with everything being concentrated on my right side. I diagnosed myself with spine problems and sciatica due to my researching. Also I am now experiencing the worst pain in my lower back, hip, buttocks and back thigh area. I have no insurance and am hoping for relief. I can hardly walk or stand. I am trying to retire and this incident has made me more aware of how much pain I will always be in.

Comment from: paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had a tumor on the back of my brain, they removed part of my skull and later the pain due to my sciatica has never stopped. I have daily pain and am trying several pain medications. I'm still in so much pain that it controls my life. I am very active and work out every day, but the pain never stops.

Comment from: olderlady, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 05

My sciatica is from sitting for too long of periods in a recliner! I was told to get off my back side and move around! I no longer am sitting in a recliner, it was the first time in my life I ever had. I do not find them good for a person's back. I am hoping this will go away now that I am sitting in a straight chair (and not for long periods of time) and with ice packs when I am, and seeing my chiropractor.

Comment from: kyrismom, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I was sitting on a hard wooden pew at church two days ago. I began to have some pain in my left leg and thought it was a muscle spasm. When I got home I found that I had pain down the backs of both of my legs and some pain in my buttocks on both sides. I feel pretty sure it is sciatica because I irritated the sciatic nerves by sitting on that hard pew. I am very thin and have almost no padding on my butt. My doctor saw me yesterday and thinks that is indeed what happened and that it is not classic sciatica. I am taking some gabapentin and 250 mg of Tylenol twice a day. It is hard to stand and walk, but ok lying down or sitting. I usually walk an hour a day.

Comment from: christine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I clearly have never felt any pain like this in my life, it's worse than labor pain. I try to stay focus and stay on my feet. I don't want to feel totally helpless although this pain took me out of work for two weeks. I went back to work only for a week and a half to have to take off again because the pain in my foot is so bad I feel like my foot wants to explode. It's a little better with the percocet but I don't want to be taking drugs that will cause other health issues. GOD is still in the healing business and I know this is only for the moment things will get better. This is some serious pain don't wish it on anyone. Treatment is allowing your body to fight back and gain control that's what I plan because anything is possible with GOD. May GOD bless anyone who is suffering from this excruciating pain GOD Bless. Christine NY

Comment from: Xora IR, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

I have had sciatica since I have had this nerve damage in my lower back (disc herniated) L4 L5. I could not have a deep sleep on my regular bed so I switched it to sofa in living room.

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Comment from: Carol M, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I recently had back fusion surgery with rod placements at L4, L5 and laminectomy in L3 (3weeks ago). I now have severe pain in my right buttocks, right hip, groin, right knee going down to my right calf, ankle and foot. It is so severe I am in tears a lot of the time. The only relief I get from the sciatica is to lie in bed on my left side with a pillow between my knees. I am still on Percocet every 4 hours, it helps some but not a lot. I am overweight but am working on that. I have lost 16 lb. in 4weeks bot have a lot more to lose.

Comment from: Tangled, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I got up one afternoon after work, with sciatic pain from my waist down my left leg. I was unable to put much body weight on that leg. The next day I went to the Accident and Emergency department at work, where I was told that I had a pinched nerve. I was given some painkillers and sent home. It has been two weeks now and I have had no letup in that pain and I need to know what to do. There are nights that I cannot sleep because the pain is too much.

Comment from: Graeme, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

The cause of my sciatica was because of problem while playing rugby 40 years ago.

Comment from: reitme, Male (Patient) Published: July 17

I have failed low back syndrome with surgery in 1993 for disc rupture at the L 4-5 and L5 S1. I developed significant scar tissue and later further injured. I now require spinal fusion, yet this surgery is very prone to failure. Removing the scar tissue causing the sciatic pain often makes it return, and even worse than previous to surgery.

Comment from: ANGELA C, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have severe pain in my hip and left leg, this pain is unbearable. I can’t sleep or get out of bed half the time. I’m on a pain medicine that my doctor gave me and sometimes it helps but most of the time I’m in bed with sharp pains shooting down my left leg to my foot. I also have back problems, herniated bulging disc, degenerative disc disease and more problems with my back. I can’t get any relief from this pain, I tried ice and heat and ibuprofen 800mg, and pain medications but nothing seems to help, this is the worst pain, and won’t go away.

Comment from: WassailT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Sciatica has been a recurring problem beginning in my mid-30's. In the past 10 years, it has cropped up just five times, two were very intense. The only variable in my life just prior to these episodes has been very high levels of stress - each and every time. Getting back to my stretching and isometric-type exercises, daily walking, and behavioral/self care measures works well. Good sleep hygiene is a must.

Comment from: Gregmeister, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I am a male 6'4". All my life I have occasionally hurt my lower back. In mechanical terms, I felt it was because of the extra torque on the joint (fulcrum) created by a longer body (lever). That is just my thought. Then in my early 40's I found that my bone density was horrible. Sitting for long periods (flying, driving) really aggravated the situation. I quit using a wallet in my back pocket because of the uneven sitting position it caused. This helped some. Then I found that my spine was affected and basically worn down due to my low bone density. Once it got so bad while driving that I stopped at a chiropractor made it worse with heat and a tens machine. During the treatment the pain became so bad I couldn't walk and ended up crawling for two days. A USC spine specialist said it was from a pinched spinal nerve. So sitting for long periods seems to aggravate it. It usually manifests when I am standing and I need to get pressure off by squatting, sitting or lying down. I have some Lidocaine (Lidoderm) patches I am going to try. Also going to treat heat and cold and see if either work.

Comment from: nino2448, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

I have never had back pain until 2004 that I was rear ended by a truck, I had a couple bulging disc due to the accidents my sciatica was so bad that I went from doctors to doctors, doing therapy, chiropractor I felt relive but the pain came back I went to neurology after they saw my MRI he said that no surgery can be done because is to dangerous I went to the 2do neurology to hear the same thing and the 3er one told me that he knows a doctor that can help me so I went to that doctor at 52st New York and I am a new person, this doctor told me that there is no risk that most of his patients got better and only take like 30 minutes I trusted him and I am a new person now.

Comment from: Diemand in the rough, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I am a 37 year old female and several years ago (for as long as I can remember ago that is)I noticed I was having lower back pain that radiated down my back across my buttocks and down the backs of my legs sometimes one or the other sometimes both. I went to my primary care DR. and was told it was my sciatica. I was told to do some stretching/exercises. Then in 2004 I totaled my SUV in the winter by hitting a tree and rolling it over. I was going to physical therapy, chiropractor, tried acupuncture and was given Ibuprophine 800mg and Flexeral (muscle relaxer) and sadly these don't help with any of the chronic pain I have. So I was sent to a pain clinic and was set up for several tests like, MRI, nerve "shock" tests, cortisone shots and still doing the physical/massage therapy. Then I lost my insurance due to loss of job due to the pain I have been having with all of this. So I never got to have all the tests done and it has since been a year and a half now and I am still trying to get new insurance so I can continue the treatment(s) I am thankful I have a great boyfriend of 4 years who tries his best to help when I am in severe pain with massages and such. Once I get insurance again I am hoping to continue where I left of and get somewhere, quickly I am praying, with all of this chronic pain! I have found it to be helpful reading about others with the same issues and hope people find help on here from all of our input. Thank you and good luck and god bless to everyone out there suffering.

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Comment from: jdskino, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I had sciatica it was so bad I couldn’t walk I couldn’t sleep in my bed. I found something that worked for me and I would like to share it. I bought an inversion table within a couple of days of using it I was 70% better Then I ordered from GNC High T Black it’s a testosterone booster within 2 days of taking it I feel great! I think Low t may be the cause of sciatica in the first place. They can’t say for sure what the root cause of sciatica is I think it has to do with low t. I hope this works for you and if it does please post your story so maybe we can help others.

Comment from: yorkieluver, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

In 1994 I got out of bed. I took 2 steps and fell in the floor with excruciating pain in my lower back. After an MRI I found out I had a mild case of Spina Bifida and I had a hole in my spine and the bony part beside the disk wasn't there. My spine had small fracture and was moving back and forth. I was told by my Neurologist that I had to have surgery to stabilize my spine. Had surgery where they took a piece of bone from my back pelvic and put it with screws and plates in the L4-L5 part of my spine. I have had severe sciatica pain since. I have had all injections, stimulator placed, saw 2 specialists. 1 who did an injection in my Sacrum joint and 1 in Atlanta who did injection in sacriol joint. All Drs. I've seen say there is nothing left to do that I must live with my pain! Very discouraged since I've dealt with this for 17 years. I go to pain management and have to take meds to try to have a somewhat normal life. I don't know what else to do!

Comment from: rube, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I had a back operation for spinal stenosis. It did not cure by back pain. Within that same year they gave me two injections and they did no good. They gave me another steroid injection in a different place and it did no good. I immediately developed a bad case of sciatica on my right buttock, hip and my leg. I have the pain now for three weeks day and night and still no relief. I can hardly walk or stand up. I go to a very large hospital health center and they did not help.

Comment from: hmelton, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I have a hazardous duty job and had a mattress yanked from underneath me. My MRI showed two torn discs (l5, s1) and my doctor told me that cortisone injections may or may not work, and haven't. Then the pain has hit my sciatic nerve causing severe pain where I cry, scream and throw up. Even percocet cannot touch the pain. The doctor will slowly take me off percocet, I've already had 40 physical therapy sessions and still no relief. Nothing's helping.

Comment from: Allan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

After reading some of the horror stories of Sciatica I think even though I am in extreme pain in my lower calf as of now after two weeks in which it started all of a sudden for no reason in my lower back and progressed to my buttock, and basically all of my leg and including my foot. I have never experienced sciatica before this, but do have lower back pain history for some time that has been treatable, but anyway after the first week of I will call full pain (lower back, buttocks, upper leg, calf to foot)one of the symptoms left for no reason, I didn't even have it diagnosed yet, anyway the pain in the lower back suddenly went away leaving me with only the leg, calf and foot which by no means is a picnic but better that full pain. I was diagnosed and prescribed pain killers but not much relief. I can sit and lie down but find the more I sit around or lie down the stronger the pain is when I first try to walk or twist or bend over which by the way is almost impossible. I tend to walk like a monkey because I find the lower I walk to the ground the less pain if I straighten up the pain is more severe. I hope to take some of the advice of some of the other people who suffer and maybe someone can take something from mine which is not a lot, because I am not sure if rest or exercise is the answer. Thanks and good luck people.

Comment from: Alan, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 25

Disc prolapse is one of the causes of my sciatica, and osteopathy can be a good treatment for that pain.

Comment from: Storm, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

I had a wrong position in lifting a heavy object and I felt a jolt all over my body that I stumbled down backwards. I was 16 years old when I had this accident. After 7 years while always sitting in the office I felt the irritation more frequently.

Comment from: Liz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I had above knee amputation and have just had a resection of sciatic nerve and am still in pain. I do want to wear my prosthesis.

Comment from: katie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I am suffering from sciatica for over a year now and I have a bulging disc also. MRI scan confirmed this. I also am awaiting a knee replacement in 6 weeks’ time. I had 3 keyhole surgeries on knee, 2004, 2007 and 2011. I am 56 years old and the pain I have I would not wish it on anyone. Lack of sleep, constant pain from my lower back to my buttocks, then down behind right knee and in the last 6 months under the sole of my foot which feels like it’s on fire. At my wits end and am totally depressed from it.

Comment from: hooptyme, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

A couple weeks ago I was rushed to the emergency room, I had no idea what was happening. I couldn't stand, I had to be on my hands and knees getting around. I took pain pills but no luck. The doctor at the hospital gave medicines, prednisone and oxycodone and as soon he put in my IV, the pain shot down to the tips of my feet like 10,000 needles poking me. Well, he took me off work for a week, just bed rest and nothing more. I went back to work but I move slow and the nerve in my calf still tightens up but I take it slow, so this pain has gotten better. At the hospital they called mine an acute nerve pain which I heard was real bad so my doctor has me going to physical therapy because I still have a limp to my step.

Comment from: charlotte, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I am a 44-year-old woman with sciatica. Sometimes I can't move my legs and the pain is so bad all I want to do is stay in bed. But I have no insurance, so I must suffer and try to treat it with meds, which help until they run out. Then the pain comes right back.

Comment from: Giggley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had a bad case of sciatica about two years ago when I went to bend down and pet my cat. All of a sudden, I felt a pain and could hardly walk. The doctor said I had been overdoing things. For example, too much exercising, always going, and never sitting down except at night time. I figured I overexerted myself. I was on muscle relaxants and bed rest, except she told me to sleep on the floor. That’s what would make a difference. I’m assuming your back gets tired also from a busy life. So, you learn how to slow down.

Comment from: lavender, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

Four years ago, I hurt my back. For nine months, I received different types of treatment at a hospital. I was told the cause of my sciatica was a herniated disc on the sciatic nerve. I have never felt pain like this before, and I’ve given birth to three children. Gradually, it started to get better, although I had to give up work. Now it has been four years and the pain has started again. Walking is agony. I just don’t know what to do.

Comment from: PhotoLover, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I started with sciatica when I was about 60. So much leg pain that I had to to be pushed around in a wheel chair. Even when I felt some relief, I would have to get up in the middle of the night and walk the floor until most of the pain went away. The day one of my neighbors told me that I should go on his inversion table and it was the best day of my life. The next morning I realized that I only had very slight pain. The very next day every bit of pain was gone. Originally, the doctors wanted to operate. I am so very grateful to my neighbor for allowing me to use his inversion table. I am 71 years old now and for 3 years, I have had absolutely NO pain from sciatica.

Comment from: Cass, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I just found out I have sciatica. I have Back pain since I was in high school. I fell last June and landed on my lower back and now I can't walk for a long period of time, or stand, I can't sleep through the night because of the pain. ER doctor prescribed me the medication which does not work so far.

Comment from: magstor, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

It started in my 7th month of pregnancy. I was diagnosed arthritis earlier which started from my knees and eventually traveled to my lower back. Later after the delivery I was fine but then I ended up with endometriosis. This could have worsened my sciatica. Now that my daughter is 1, I am experiencing horrible pain going down my leg. With two little kids it's almost impossible for me to rest or even stop bending. External applications of oils and ointments is just not sufficient. Pain killers are not working, not even heating pad. I dread taking medication since it affects at one area and causes another ailment, don't know what to do.

Comment from: babe, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 10

I started working out in 2001 5 days a week for probably 3 hours a day. I have always had physical jobs. Two years ago while getting out of bed something in my right hip popped. I had so much pain that I couldn't walk straight. Three days later I went to the emergency room. They found everything except what was causing the problem. Eventually after 3 MRI's and 2 CT scans they found herniated disks, spinal stenosis, sciatica and bursitis in my hips. I'm only 52. This has been going on for 2 years now. I've had the shots and they have done nothing. The doctor has me on Norco 10 mgs and a muscle relaxer which barely takes the edge off. I went for a walk yesterday and couldn't get back home. My right leg gave out and the pain was so bad that I had to drag my leg for 4 blocks. According to my doctors the cause was my working the wrong jobs, and going to the gym. I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: January 02

I started with lower back pain at Easter while playing on the floor with my grandson. I had no problem that day but the next, ouch! It was just lumbar pain for about 6 months, on and off. Now I regret not going to see about it earlier, as it eventually affected my sciatica nerve. I do physio, had a steroid injection, and took Mobic 15mg which have all helped. I was getting almost pain free. I could walk a couple of feet slowly and thought I was getting back on track. Then one night recently, I decided I was getting so much better, that I slept without a pillow between my knees, or underneath my knees when lying on my back. I was immediately sore the next morning. So today I'm still fairly sore and dreading going back to work which requires me to walk about a 700 metre twice each way. I'm hoping and praying that the pain will go away fairly soon. I'll most likely opt to have another steroid in a few weeks time. Apparently you have to wait 3 months between injections. I'm hinking of trying a chiropractor as well.

Comment from: lushy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I have had a pain in my upper leg now for around 2 months. It started after a heavy exercising session and now it hurts if I continue. The pain is more in my hip joint where the leg fits into. It hurts on the outer part of my leg as well. My pain threshold is very good so I didn't feel any pain in my bum cheek which I recall, or the pain hasn't gone to my toes or the back of my leg. It's all in the joint and really hurts to press the outer part of my thigh. I've booked for the doctor and will get a massage and go and see my chiropractor. I'm normally so fit I never get any pain or anything like this. It also throbs at night deep inside my leg and I feel like my bone is pulsating. It hurts to walk and climb stairs too!

Comment from: arimigal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had knee replacement and later a lower back fusion, the Sciatica nerve has hurt me so bad in the knee replacement that I can't take it. It hurts all the time and worse when I sit with my knee's bent but it's a 24 hour deal, I tried the shots in the nerve and nothing I have had physical therapy and nothing I don't what else to do I don't want to live the rest of my life in this pain.

Comment from: boocj6, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

Two years ago, while caring for my dying father at home, he expired in the bathroom and I lifted him and carried him back to the bedroom. Of course, doing that hurt my back but I would do it again in a heart beat. However, every once in a while, I will do something that will aggravate it and the sciatic nerve then inflames. Last week, I golfed and that was all it took. I have been in constant pain since that time. It is in my left hip/back, and radiates down my left leg all the way to my ankle. At times, my lower left leg and foot either have pins & needles or goes numb. I find that lying down does not alleviate the pain at all so sleeping is a challenge. For OTC relief, I tried 400 mg of ibuprofen but that does not help much. I found the best to be Aleve. It helps to calm down the irritation and helps with the pain. It is so bad at times that I burst into tears. Today is the first day I missed work because of it.

Comment from: Telpetin, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 12

I gave my three dogs a bath so I was standing up while the upper half of my body was bent forward. It looked like I was taking a bow for 30 minutes.

Comment from: Jill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

Oxalate Acid poisioning stemmed from eating Rhubarb has caused numbing throbbing pains from the lower back, hips, thigh, knee and to the center of the buttocks. Always have to switch positions at night to releive the pains. A body pillow does help some. All this besides a messed up digestive system for months. Don't let any one tell you that only the leaves of rhubarb are poisionous. I am here to tell you that it is not true.

Comment from: mary landry, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

Sciatica is the worst pain ever. I was in hard labor for 72 hours, but I’ll take that pain over sciatic nerve pain any day. It feels like an army tearing my legs apart. it’s so bad, that it has caused me to lose mobility in my left leg. I walk with a cane. I have already fallen twice. In the past three weeks I’ve been to the ER twice, and all they do is medicate me. I would rather have the surgery if it’s going to fix the problem, than be on medications for the rest of my life.

Comment from: ltay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had a fall here six weeks ago. I now have numbness in both legs. Right leg the whole upper leg is numb. Thought maybe I could have damaged my sciatic nerve. Not, sure what’s going on. I fell out of a hot tub to concrete real hard. I'm losing feeling in both legs now. My lower back hurts and pain in joints in back.

Comment from: Painter man, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

28 years of construction, being on ladders and reaching and stretching, hammering, painting. It has taken its toll and for those in the trades you know how bad sciatic pain can be. I’m dealing with a severe case and still have to work with it because there is no insurance. I'm on meds but that is it, hope I can get covered this spring and get testing done. My heart goes out to those with it; it is the kind of pain that can make you crazy. Good luck and God bless all who are dealing with this. I find heat and rest do help me but that is hard because I don’t have the luxury of lots of free time.

Comment from: Pain after epideral, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I've always experienced low back ache a week prior to my menstrual cycle after an epidermal 12 years ago when I delivered my son. This time the low back pain took my breath away. I was unable to get up or sit down. The back pain went away however the last four days I've had increasing numbness starting at my left buttocks down the back of my left leg to my back of knee, pain behind my thigh area. It’s painful to walk. I tried stretching my leg out, icy hot with massage, Motrin with no results.

Comment from: dlo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

Have had sciatica since I had a slipped disk when in High School track. That was 40 years ago and have had the pain ever since. I spoke to a friend which was a physical therapist one day many years ago about this paid and he suggested doing an exercise that would strengthen my stomach muscles and take the pressure off my spine and back. That was about 30 years ago when I started doing setups every morning when I got up. Within a few weeks I was doing 150 setups every morning and was pain free. Then four weeks ago I have surgery and was told by the surgeon to stop the setups for at least 8 weeks. I wasn't sure how much good the setups did till now. My back now hurts so severely that I can barely move, no pain killer over the counter can touch. Just can't to get back to my setups so I can get back to normal and active life again. The setups really worked!

Comment from: maggie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

The cause of my sciatica was a fall on my bedpost landing on the left side of my lower back.

Comment from: Marie-Claire, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 19

I have recently been diagnosed with sciatica. My doctor first prescribed a muscle relaxant which did not help. A nurse friend of mine has the condition also and told me to have my doctor prescribe Gabapentin which killed the pain with no side-effects. However, my doctor wants me to have tests done to find the cause of the sciatica.

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