... sciatica. I've been suffering for over 3 weeks now and I'm in absolute misery. Please help, I can't take this pain anymore
I have the same problem and along with pain medication, i take a belt or rope and step on it in a standing position, holding on to the ends in my hand. Then i pull the rope up stretching the leg out straight as far as i can go. What it does is stretches out the nerve so it's not all cramped up. I'll bet your pain goes all the way down to your feet and feels like it's on fire like mine does. Also, ibuprofen helps more than any non narcotic pain killers.
If you just stay with the great people here, u will get some of the best people letting you know your not alone! Many great answers for when you have a question, but the for the most part you are deffinetly in real pain, and it sucks! How long has it been since you've been to the doctor for your back pain? How do u know that you haven't got something else going on in your lower lumbar area, or a nerve impendgement,or many other possibility's! You obviousley need a new mri, and start getting some pain meds to help you! There is no since of being in so much pain! You are the only 1 that can make a choice to do something about it from here! I think you need to go to the ER since its Friday, and let them get you on sum pain meds, and sum muscle relaxers to help you get comfortable again! They will also give you sum type of steroid for the inflammation that's going on.
Then follow up with your doctor on Monday! I hope you do understand that the pain will never go away until u do something about it,an.d let the doctors help you! I know it sucks to do anything when you can barely molve,but you haft to, I promise after you get back home and the pain meds have time to set in you willl fin.ally be able to get some rest! Please let us know what the doctors find out,,because I bet you its not just sciatica, if it is ill be really surprised! I hope you make the choice to get yourself out of that miserable feeling!! Take care of yourself
Thank you for the responses, I very much appreciate the advice.
Sciatica is a tricky thing. The thing is to find the source of the pain which you may not be able to do on your own. If you are not able to get relief with any of the over the counter medications (Advil, Aleve) in a reseasonable amount of time and have had no luck with ice, heat of trying any of the exercises that you were givin in the past, then I would suggest calling your doctor or going to the ER (if you can't wait until Monday). Sciatic pain can come from the nerve impingement from the disc, the bones or even from muscle (common when the piriformis muscle in your buttocks spasms and compresses the sciatic nerve which can run under or through the muscle). If you also have pain in your buttocks from the piriformis muscle in spasm, try stretching the muscle, (look up a stretch online, I really can't effectively explain a stretch and you will find plenty of sites that will give you a good picture to help you).
Icing or heating the muscle may also help in addition to stretching the area. If any of these things increase your pain, then stop the activities. If you have any symptoms that are affecting your ability to go the bathroom or control your ability to control your urine or feces then go to the ER right away because this is an indication that your situation is more serious. These are suggestions but I hope something works for you. If you take any medication, make sure you take it consistantly. It works best when you keep a constant level in your system. Aleve works well and you only have to take it every 12 hours. Good luck and feel better soon.
Are you on any pain killers? If not, you should visit your doctor and have him recommend a pain management doctor. You need a good pain management doctor, when you find a good one, (which is hard to do). Tell your primary care doctor exactly as you've stated here, "I'm in absolute misery. Please help, I can't take this pain anymore". If you are on pain killers your dosage may need to be upped or a different drug taken. I've been thru every drug there is out there. For 10 years, I've had Fibromyalgia along with a torn disc, a herniated disc and a couple of buldging discs which put me in bed from November til May. Also I broke my left femur (hip bone) in 2007. I just had a spinal cord stimulator permanently implanted. They are geat!!! If you are a candidate for one, don't put it off.
You will first have a trial for about 7 days to see if it stops your pain (it killed my pain!)! Then the day before Thanksgiving - November 24, 2010! I'm still feeling the effects of the surgery, yes the surgery is quite something, but that's for another time. But if you have lower back pain and now sciatica, you may be a candidate for a stimulator. I had pain running down both legs and with the stimulator, that pain is gone, I don't get cramps in my calfs or thighs anymore, I'm a whole new person. I keep kicking myself for not getting this sooner!
I hope this helps! Feel free to contact me about anything - the drugs you are one, the doctors who suck eggs, and where you live. If you're in the east, there are a ton of good doctors who perform this spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trial and permanent implantation. My doctor is one of the best. I have to travel an hour and a half to get to him, but he is THE BEST. I'm in central/north New Jersey and he is all the way down the shore. But when you find a good doctor, you have to hold on to them cause there aren't many around. Also, if they put you on, say, Cymbalta to ease the pain. Horse sh&t
it doesn't do a thing for pain and neither do any other anti-depressants. I was on anti-depressants for years and finally got off them. How good I feel!!! And I have the same pain on or off the Cymbalta.
I know the excruiating pain you're in and I pray for you to hang in there, don't give up hope, because tomorrow the pain may let up and you'll smile again!
Hope this helped,
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