DataLounge Medical Advice Needed
I am in real trouble possibly with Sciatica/pinched nerve.
I've had severe pain in my hip area (butt check)/back of leg area. I've gone to walk in clinics 4 times in the past 4 months. They gave me a steroid injection each time. And each time, it totally helped for almost a month. But the last time, it only helped for 2 days. And now I can only walk for 3 minutes at a time and then I get terrible pain/spasms and I have to lay down, on my good side for at least 5 minutes. And I am groaning./breathing hard the entire time
Has anyone had anything like this? I have an appointment tomorrow with an orthopedic dr
|by Thank You||reply 37||05/04/2021|
I wish I could help, OP, but I'm afraid I don't have anything to contribute that would be helpful.
What you are going through sounds totally terrifying and painful as hell. Glad you are going in tomorrow. Please keep us posted. In the meantime sending supportive and healing vibes your way.
|by Thank You||reply 1||04/26/2021|
Yes, it’s time for epidurals. You can do up to three for sciatica. They really helped me.
|by Thank You||reply 2||04/26/2021|
You guys always shock me with how sweet you can be. Good luck op and I wish I had advice to give. I hope the doctor find a cheap easy way to help.
|by Thank You||reply 3||04/26/2021|
Loose weight Sometimes it can b fat pressing on a nerve. seek out a physical therapist for the exercises. They hurt like hell but they worked for me.
|by Thank You||reply 4||04/26/2021|
I had it several years ago, so bed that I would be temporarily paralyzed if I happened to move the wrong way, and the thing that finally helped was physical therapy, not doctors. I still do several of the stretches they recommended, and I haven't had the problem again. Good Luck.
|by Thank You||reply 5||04/26/2021|
Sounds like a herniated disc, probably pressing on your sciatic nerve.
|by Thank You||reply 6||04/26/2021|
OP, there has already been a thread about this. No need for ANOTHER one.
|by Thank You||reply 7||04/26/2021|
I’ve never had sciatica (knock wood), but a friend has and it sounded exactly like what you describe. It’s good you’re going to a real, non-DL doctor and probably a good idea to do as another poster suggested and look into physical therapy as well.
|by Thank You||reply 8||04/26/2021|
OP I’m no doctor but I’ve had what you described - twice - both times ending up in surgery with a herniated disk.
I could only hop on my good leg for a couple of minutes then would have to lie down with my left leg elevated until the muscle spasms stopped. All the time gasping for breath. Never had pain like it - never want to go through it again.
Assuming that you’re in the USA I understand that this could be difficult depending on your medical insurance (where I live we have universal healthcare) but you should ideally see a neurosurgeon ASAP.
The longer that you leave it the harder it is to treat.
I have regained 95% of the use of my left leg after surgery. I arrived at hospital in an ambulance, woke up after surgery completely transformed. No more agonising pain. Find a way to see someone.
|by Thank You||reply 9||04/26/2021|
Massage and physical therapy.
|by Thank You||reply 10||04/26/2021|
For many kinds of sciatica, there are specific stretches you can do. Just type sciatic pain stretches into youtube, and there will be hundreds if not thousands of videos demonstrating them. One of the best is a piriformis stretch. I am linking one of gazillion videos below (no guarantees that it's the best one). But if you have a disc that is herniated, do these stretches gently. With back pain, lots of muscle groups spasm, and that is what you are feeling more than the actual area of damage in your back/nerves. Stretching can release accumulated toxins that register as pain. But massage, gentle walking, strengthening of the core muscles in correct alignment will all be needed for full improvement.
|by Thank You||reply 11||04/26/2021|
According to WebMD, you have cancer and you might not last through summer. Can I have you stuff?
|by Thank You||reply 12||04/26/2021|
Thank you all for the advice. I am really scared. I've never heard of anyone having this before
R2, what is an epidural like? I have crappy insurance. How long do epidurals last?
R11, I saw those exercises a few weeks ago and they helped, until this latest "episode"
|by Thank You||reply 13||04/26/2021|
I had a couple bouts of sciatica, nothing as serious as what you described, for me I think walking & mild exercise hurt more than helped.
|by Thank You||reply 14||04/26/2021|
You will need to see an Orthopedic Surgeon or Neuro surgeon which you are in the process of doing. You will get an MRI and most likely you have some form of herniation. They will try to manage it first with Physical Therapy (Witch Doctor) and Pain Management (Opiates, Muscle relaxers, other drugs). If that doesn’t work them you may get surgery. A lamenectomy removes a small amount and relieves the herniation. For more severe cases (like mine and Tiger Woods for instance) you get a fusion surgery where they literally fuse together your spine and it usually is held in place with pins and screws. Mdoes it work? Sometimes, for some people. I think for most people with these kinds of i juries you try to figure out how to manage it the best you can by trial and error,
For now try Ice and NsAIDs, and a tens unit-got mine from Ebay zewa is a decent brand.
Good luck op.
|by Thank You||reply 15||04/26/2021|
I fought this for many years. The slightest movement could trigger pain that would bring an elephant to its knees. Drugs, weight loss, and physical therapy helped. The single best thing I did after years of pain was to purchase an over-the-door water weight cervical traction. You feel like an idiot, but let me tell you, it works! Changed my life.
|by Thank You||reply 16||04/26/2021|
Also, my neurosurgeon nursed me along for ten years with different therapies, because he said surgical intervention was too low a rate for satisfaction, particularly with fusions. Water weight cervical traction, don’t make me say it thrice.
|by Thank You||reply 17||04/26/2021|
[quote]According to WebMD, you have cancer and you might not last through summer. Can I have you stuff?
Yes you can. You're the first to ask. You entitled to everything
|by Thank You||reply 18||04/27/2021|
I'll have you know R12 that stuff is MINE.
And I'll make sure you're run out of this town like the cheap tramp you are!
|by Thank You||reply 19||04/27/2021|
[quote] The single best thing I did after years of pain was to purchase an over-the-door water weight cervical traction. You feel like an idiot, but let me tell you, it works!
Thank You. To quote the late Barbara Bush, "this will work out well". I'm already an idiot
Is this a good one to get? I'll do anything to feel better
|by Thank You||reply 20||04/27/2021|
[quote]DataLounge Medical Advice Needed
Literally the most terrifying words ever typed on the internet.
|by Thank You||reply 21||04/27/2021|
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good tens unit?
|by Thank You||reply 22||04/27/2021|
R16 = little Chinese kid who sews cervical neck traction devices.
|by Thank You||reply 23||04/27/2021|
Hi OP, how did your appointment go?
|by Thank You||reply 24||04/27/2021|
You need a hip replacement, right?
|by Thank You||reply 26||04/28/2021|
Sadly, I think we've been had once again by an attention seeker. This keeps happening more and more on here, and it's causing me to become even more of a cynical bastard, as if I thought that was possible, let alone needed any help in that department.
Wishing you a grease fire, OP
|by Thank You||reply 27||04/28/2021|
I'm not a troll R27. Sorry I haven't gotten back
I went to the dr and when I got out of my car, my back and my leg were fine. I don't know if my car seat acted as some type of traction
The Dr didn't really believe how much I had been hurting. He prescribed physical therapy and gave me a script for an anti-inflammatory. He didn't want to give me a dr's excuse for work. He was a real asshole
When I got home, I was okay for an hour and then when I sat down, it flared back up
The pain has gotten much worse and it seems to mostly be in my leg and the back of my calf, which really, really hurts
This feels a lot different than just sciatica. I think when I got the last steroid injection (last Sunday), it may have damaged the nerve. I googled some stuff about the injections, and that's one of the side effects, but I didn't see much on what to do if someone has that side effect.
|by Thank You||reply 28||05/02/2021|
You need a hip replacement.
|by Thank You||reply 31||05/03/2021|
I vote for a personal TENS machine. Bought mine on Amazon. I would get sciatica routinely about every month, so bad I could barely walk. I finally got my TENSI when I had just started my 3rd new career at 58, and experienced a bout 2 months in to my new hire 90 day provisional, so I had to go to work. So, ibuprofen, and I wired myself with 2 TENS pads on my sciatica area, and 2 more near the mid back, draped the wire through the back of my TShirt, and ran the TENS for about the next 3 days. It auto turns off in 60 minutes, so I had to frequently turned it on. Hearing pad at night, with the TENS. Felt better after 1 day, but still sore and muscle spasms. Even better after day 2. By day three, I was able to walk without significant pain. It's now been almost 3 years without a major episode like this one. The TENS machine I purchased came with these tear drop shape pads, 2 as big if you made a circle with your thumb and index finger, the other 2 even smaller. So, another search on Amazon, and found these maybe 2x4 rectangular shaped pads. They are perfect. I often just use 2 pads now, no need for 4. They were not from the manufacturer of the TENS machine, but made for my wires snap at the end. Fairly cheap, and made in the USA. Remember, TENS machine contract release your muscle area, but also sending an electrical impulse into the afflicted area. Best thing I own.
|by Thank You||reply 32||05/03/2021|
You don’t have to give your stuff to the first person who asks.
|by Thank You||reply 33||05/03/2021|
Is it possible that you need a hip replacement?
|by Thank You||reply 34||05/03/2021|
Never sleep on your stomach. Back or side and make sure you don't turn over while you're asleep.
|by Thank You||reply 35||05/03/2021|
Stop going to walk-in clinics and establish a relationship with a doctor if you can. You really need an MRI to know what's happening, but with crappy insurance that's probably out of your reach. However, you should ask for an X-ray of your hip and pelvis/sacroiliac area, which should be enough to establish whether you do need a hip replacement and whether there is any bony problem in the area. If you're lucky it could even show a prolapsed sacroiliac disc.
Beyond that, listen to R15.
|by Thank You||reply 36||05/03/2021|
[quote] Is it possible that you need a hip replacement?
My hip doesn't hurt. The pain was in my butt cheek and my calf. It's still there, but the calf is really bothering me
When I walk, it's okay for about 3 minutes, then I feel like someone is stabbing my butt cheek or the muscle is tearing and cramping up
I'm going to talk to this primary care guy that I go to. He's really weird. But I do need to find a good GP
|by Thank You||reply 37||05/04/2021|