Patient Comments: Sciatica - Causes

What was the cause of your sciatica?

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.

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Comment from: klynn, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I am a 23 year old female. I believe the cause of my sciatica is from something that happened during pregnancy. I never really had back pain before I was pregnant, but during my pregnancy I had severe lower back pain (my son was also 10.6 pounds, so I'm sure carrying that weight around wasn't helping) that was 2 years ago and I have had sciatica ever since. Most times it's not too bad and I can still walk lol, but I have had about 5 really bad times that I was totally disabled for a week at a time. It is so bad to the point it would take me half an hour just to get out of my bed in the morning, I could hardly walk and when the jolt of pain hit I would just have to stop and not move anything, oh and sitting down on the toilet and getting back up is the absolute worst pain I have ever had! It usually happens on my left side, but has happened on my right side a couple times. I can usually feel when it's getting irritated, I get a little pull or jolt like feeling in my lower back and buttocks area and I can slow it down from getting any worse by stretching a lot. Stretching is the best thing that works for me. I have to do it a lot though. I have not been to a doctor about it though, so there could be other things that might help me.

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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.

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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.

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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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