Patient Comments: Sciatica - Causes

What was the cause of your sciatica?

Comment from: Modifiedgirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have fibromyalgia and I was having constant lower back pain for months, which my doctors chalked up to fibro pain. I kept insisting it was something more as my pain got worse by the day and moved into my hip. It became constant and excruciating as I was doing everything they told me, physical therapy, traction, chronic pain management classes, even biofeedback and therapy. I finally convinced a doctor to do an MRI and it was discovered I had 3 herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. I take 90 mgs of morphine daily, along with 90 Percocet a month. I've had epidural steroid injections and it still feels like someone is trying to drill my hip joint away from the inside out.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Sciatica - Describe Your Experience Question: Please describe your experience with sciatica.
Sciatica - Medications Question: What effective OTC or prescription medications were helpful with your sciatica?
Sciatica - Symptoms Question: Please describe your sciatica pain and associated symptoms. Where did the pain start?

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors