Patient Comments: Sciatica - Causes

What was the cause of your sciatica?

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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