Sciatica relief?

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I've got a busy schedule ahead and my latest bout with Sciatica is more intense than ever, and is not going away.

Any recommendations?

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I assume you are already taking anti inflammatory medications for it? Sorry to hear about it kb.

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Hi kb!

What's the source of your sciatica and how often does it occur? I had 3 bouts of sciatica back in the late 90's. The first time it hit me, I really didn't know what was going on, only that I had excruciating pain from my left buttock and down the leg. I could barely walk upright! I was back East, doing training for my job and packing up items to take home when it hit. I had to fly home to California that same day. I could hardly walk on and off the plane. After the third episode, which I believe was more than a year later, it was determined after an MRI that I needed surgery. The problem was protruding disc material between L5-S1, which would press up against the spinal nerve. The junction of L5-S1 is about where the Sciatic nerve branches off. I had Microdiscectomy in 1998, with only about a 1" incision. Recovery time took a while, but was well worth it. I've been sciatica free ever since! Of course, I do need to be careful about what I do...and that includes watching how I carry my drums!

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Depends on whether it's muscle or pinched nerves. One of the best stretches is lying on your back and pulling your knees up towards you chest. Best wishes.
 

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kb said:
I've got a busy schedule ahead and my latest bout with Sciatica is more intense than ever, and is not going away.

Any recommendations?

Thanks,

kb
I got 3-4 months relief from epidurals. Apparently they do specifically address the Sciatica symptom better than other back issues.
I had so many over the years that my doc cut me off. Now there is no answer for me except a back fusion.
The shots are a pretty effective band aid only.
 

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NoBuddyRich said:
Depends on whether it's muscle or pinched nerves. One of the best stretches is lying on your back and pulling your knees up towards you chest. Best wishes.
+1 on this advice!
 

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Have you done any actual damage or are you just sitting all the time?
If no physical damage, then the answer is hamstring stretches, calf stretches, hip flexor stretches, piriformis stretches, and ab work.
If you can't touch your toes, you're too tight.
 

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Back pain too

Comes and goes chiropractic can help

I'll eventually need surgery I'm sure
I think most everyone eventually has it

Back pain that is

Stretch stretch stretch!
 

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I have had my share of back troubles and attendant sciatica, so you have my sympathy. There are a number of stretches that are useful for loosening up the muscles around the sciatic nerve, and Google will get you to those pretty effectively. When I learned that people who squat rather than sit in chairs (largely in third world countries) rarely have back trouble, I incorporated that flat-footed squat into my stretching regime and it helped a lot.

Be very careful when using heat to treat back pain or sciatica, because unless you follow it with a cold pack, it will only exacerbate the inflammation.
 

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idrum4fun said:
Depends on whether it's muscle or pinched nerves. One of the best stretches is lying on your back and pulling your knees up towards you chest. Best wishes.
+1 on this advice!
Also lay on your back raise knees up until feet are firm on the floor, move your waist down right/left 5 times each way. I have sciatica on the right side from turning wrenches. This exercise is from a chiropractor I did it once a day at nighttime. Inflammatory and pain meds, hot and cold packs, and maybe a topical creme like (Ben gay, Icy Hot, etc).
 

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Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. My sciatica eventually led to spinal surgery--a partial discectomy of my L5 S1 disc. This, after physical therapy and medication. That didn't work, and an MRI showed I had a ruptured disc from many, many years ago that was raising its ugly head in my old(er) age.

Best of luck to you. Just know this: your insurer will insist on the conservative approach before throwing money at you: (1) PT. (2) Medication. (3) MRI to see if you have a spinal injury. If you get to (3), then likely you have a ruptured disc and you'll need the surgery.

Just my .02 from personal experience.
 

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Track said:
Have you done any actual damage or are you just sitting all the time?
If no physical damage, then the answer is hamstring stretches, calf stretches, hip flexor stretches, piriformis stretches, and ab work.
If you can't touch your toes, you're too tight.
Crap, reaching the knees won't cut it???
 

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Epidural injections got rid of my sciatica. Worked like a charm. I actually have a couple of herniated disks, but I can live with them.
 

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I don't get discomfort too often, and now even less since I got a new mattress. We also got the adjustable base so I can slightly elevate my head and knees, and it has done wonders for me.
 

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NoBuddyRich said:
Depends on whether it's muscle or pinched nerves. One of the best stretches is lying on your back and pulling your knees up towards you chest. Best wishes.
This. I have bouts of severe lower back spasms about once a year that also cause sciatica. I do a pretty strict regimen of stretching for my lower back (stretch those hamstrings too - they are usually a big part of the problem!).

My wife bought me Miracle Balls - it's a set of two mini inflatable balls that you use to help stretch. They come with a small wire bound book for suggestions, and it can be found at your local Barnes & Noble. They provided me the most relief over the past ten years.

http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Ball-Method-Relieve-Included/dp/0761128689/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454594417&sr=8-1&keywords=miracle+balls
 

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An MRI revealed that my wife has a small cyst on the sciatic nerve. Her specialist ordered two epidural injections along with an anti inflammatory drug that she takes daily and so far it's working well. I hope you can find what will work for you. Loading, unloading and playing drums with leg and back pain is no picnic.
 

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idrum4fun said:
Depends on whether it's muscle or pinched nerves. One of the best stretches is lying on your back and pulling your knees up towards you chest. Best wishes.
+1 on this advice!
I pull left knee toward my right shoulder then right knee toward left shoulder while lying on my back. All good advice.
Coy
 

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I went to an MD who practiced osteopathic treatment. Started twice a week-once a week- twice a month-once a month . 11 months fixed me .

I steered clear of heavy meds because they screwed up my digestive system , but kept a bottle of ALEVE handy . I still have it in the fridge as a matter of fact. The Voltaren products are good for symptomatic relief, especially when trying to get to sleep at night .

Couldn't sit,drive or stretch over my head for many many weeks . Walked away from 4 working bands ,painting ceiling lines and baseboards was out of the question and splitting my usual cord and a half of firwewood every fall was a no-no . That was 2011 .

I'm OK today, but early warning signs will tell me to hang everything up till they pass .

Every morning I place both fists between my knees and press together . If there's a " pop" I'm alright , if not I have to be very responsible about planning upcoming activities for that day .
 

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I tried the epidural injections, PT, stretches, etc. Mine got so bad that I went for surgery - a microdiscectomy. This was a year and a half ago. It was amazing ONCE i recovered. I had the worst spasims after recovery I thought something was wrong. I couldn't walk and the pain would literally bring me to the floor. Called the surgeon and he said my nerve was so pissed off (I put the surgery off for a long time) that he wasn't surprised and not to lose hope. Sure enough - 4 days later I was gold. It was well worth it.
 


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