Patient Comments: Sciatica - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with sciatica.

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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Comment from: buckster, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 17

I had a hip replacement and woke up in terrible pain and have had pain every day since. Two years later they have now said it is sciatica and time will heal. Sometimes pain is intense and pills do not seem to work but they may take some of the pain away. This is the worst pain I have ever felt. Sleeping pills help me sleep sitting up.

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Comment from: Sheraine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I suffered with sciatica when I was about 29 years of age. The pain was unbearable. My job contributed mainly to this because I was constantly sitting and as a result I developed a problem in my lower back which led to sciatica. I was constantly at the doctor who prescribed anti-inflammatory medication such as diclofenac. People who don"t suffer from pain do not understand what a person suffering from sciatica goes through. I used to cry often because of the pain. Physiotherapy helped me greatly and constant massaging and heat fomentations also helped. People suffering with this ailment must understand that the pain doesn"t disappear overnight, it"s very drawn out but eventually it does go away.

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