Patient Comments: Sciatica - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with sciatica.

Comment from: Lorna D., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

Out of nowhere (for no good reason to me), I got this terrible pain in the right side of my butt. I thought, okay, I lifted something too heavy but given time it will go away. But it didn't. Then the pain went down the outside of my leg (just above the knee). This went on for 2 months before I sought help. No pain in the calf or feet, thank goodness, but I've been in agony. I could not sit for more than 10 minutes at a time. It's hard to explain to someone how much it hurts unless you have had it yourself. I have heard of sciatica and where the pain is located, so I knew something about it. I couldn't take any more of it so I made an appointment to see a physical therapist. Tomorrow (10/21/14) will be my 5th appointment. I was getting better (able to sit for 40 minutes now instead of 10 minutes) but then I tripped over something, twisted my body and now I feel like I'm back to square one again. So, I will keep up with the therapy for as long as it takes until this gets better and hopefully goes away permanently. The therapy is helping as long as I don't do a thing. My husband is handicapped, so I have to do what I have to do. This is my story. Good luck to all the other people out there who are going through this. I can totally relate to how you feel. Heal soon.

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Comment from: leaht, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I was diagnosed with sciatica back in July 2014. I was given muscle relaxers and told to continue exercising. I bike three times a week, and stretch regularly, but the sciatica seems to be getting worse. I have taken Aleve, ibuprofen, and Tylenol. I get no relief. I am an accountant and sit in an office chair daily (8 hours) but get up every hour and a half and walk/stretch. The pain is unbearable, and extremely painful sitting, bending, or getting in and out of bed.

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Comment from: Rob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I have been for two treatments for sciatica, by a chiropractor (manipulation, deep massage with a vibrator, and two acupuncture needles into the gluteus muscle of the buttock), but I still have the deep ache back of my thigh and calf and numbness in the sole of my foot.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I had this happen back in 2006 and surgery in 2008, but it's back and worse than ever. This pain from my sciatica is so painful and gets worse as the days go by. It started in my top butt cheek and has traveled to my thigh, my calf, and now all way to my foot and toes. It's burning, stabbing, pinching, and now I have numbness of my foot and toes. It totally consumes you, you cannot sit, stand or sleep. Exhausting. Cortizone shots do not work, the pain medicine only helps you go on another day. It's a nightmare and needs to be taken more seriously by doctors to help patients as an emergency.

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Comment from: ken, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

Three months ago it started around my left hip, deep pain that never went away. I also noticed the skin on top of my foot felt numb, I had Perthes' disease in my right hip as a kid and the pain was very similar. In a few days it went to my hamstring area, cramping whenever I stood or walked, even sitting felt like my muscle would cramp. The cramping behind my thigh went away, the hip pain and foot numbness stayed but was now joined by severe pain in my calf area, and the numbness in my foot started to turn to tingling and a burning which was very painful by the end of the day. After a couple weeks the calf pain pretty much subsided but the burning intensified followed with pain so severe in my toes. I couldn't wear shoes, socks hurt, cold air hurt, and a drop of water on my foot sent intense pain. The doctors prescribed gabapentin with no results and then Lyrica. After three months I still have the hip pain and the pain that feels like broken toes which is calmed by tramadol. The burning is better but I still can't have anything touching my foot, and my thigh is now totally numb, and stays that way. I walk and I get these jolts of pains which I describe as similar to electric shock in my thigh and it gets weak. I cannot stand for a few minutes without my thighs going numb and legs getting weak; this sciatica is a terrible thing.

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Comment from: robert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I have had sciatica since 2004, most of the time it has been not too bad. I've tried acupuncture, physiotherapy, and other types of therapy; the only one that gave me relief was chiropractic therapy. I've been seeing different chiropractors now over the last few years, the problem seems to be, the more I see him, the worse it gets. I was able to last a month, then weeks, now, I need to see him every other day. I am at a loss as to what to do, the pain in my back is destroying my life.

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