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Sciatica: Recovery, returning to normal?


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At the end of November I had a bout of Sciatica. It was by far one of the most painful experiences of my life; resulting in me going to the hospital and getting loads of meds (morphine, and a bunch of other stuff).

 

The doctors were never really of much help of what caused it and what I should do next.

 

Which is why I am making a post about it.

 

Right now most of the pain is gone. I still have a pinching feeling in my left hip and when I try to do a forward kick I get another pinch if it's a fast kick. I can raise my leg in a controlled manner to pretty much the same level. Is it safe to become physically active again? I have been doing exercises and stretching at home, but I am really wondering if I can start playing volleyball again.

 

After experiencing a pinched Sciatic nerve, how easy is it to irratate the nerve again? I understand that pushing myself too hard could injure myself again, but I also understand that being inactive could also have a negative effect.

 

Could this pinched nerve be a one time thing?

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I have had about 10 cases over my life time. I thought that was what you had. Let's hope this is the only time you have it. Did they give you exercises to untrap the nerve? I do one where you lay flat on your back and some one pushes your legs as far down towards your chest so you feel the back and butt region stretch out. This releases the nerve. You have to do it several times a day. Do not stand still for long periods or sit for long periods or make sudden movements.

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I've only been doing the streches you can do on your own. Not sure the names of all the streches. Some yogo moves (the dog one).. I also do Pigeon, which seems to help.

 

With my hip still being sore, do you think that is an indicator that the nerve is still being irratated, or could that be part of the healing process?

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I've only been doing the streches you can do on your own. Not sure the names of all the streches. Some yogo moves (the dog one).. I also do Pigeon, which seems to help.

 

With my hip still being sore, do you think that is an indicator that the nerve is still being irratated, or could that be part of the healing process?

 

It takes time to get better. Sometimes the inflammation hangs on for a long time.

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The doctors were never really of much help of what caused it and what I should do next.

 

That is pretty typical when traditional medical doctors attempt to treat back pain. They just take out the prescription pad and send you on your way.

 

For something like that you are far better off seeking the care of a chiropractor, IMO. They don't just mask symptoms they offer you more specific treatment and exercises you can do at home to get to the cause of the pain.

 

I had sciatica when I was pregnant and it was very painful. My chiropractor was really the only person that offered any help. He showed me stretches I could do for the area and that were effective and also safe for pregnant women. He suggested modifications I could make in my everyday environment (my chair at work for instance, or my car) that would help to prevent irritating it further.

 

Another thing that helped it a lot was swimming, applying heat, and professional massage.

 

If your hip is also affected you should probably be checked for imbalance of the pelvic bone. One quick hip/pelvic adjustment from a chiropractor when you lay on your side can clear it out significantly.

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a physiotherapist told me a major cause of back pain for men is the carrying of wallets in their back trouser pocket.

sitting on the slight uneveness is enough to mis align the spine over time.

 

i have back pain and i think anything is worth a try, swimming,yoga,pilaties are all brilliant.

if you can identify triggers and avoid those if possible that is one of the greatest help.

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I have had severe sciatica for the past 20 years and have yet to find a way of solving the problem, short of surgery, which I'm reluctant to undergo. Over the years it has been getting worse and worse. The pain was mostly around my right hip and into the right thigh, but for the past few years it now travels all the way down the entire leg right into my foot. It's excrutiating and on bad days all I want to do is curl up into a little ball in a corner and die. A few years ago it was also discovered that I have a "loose pelvis" which aggravates the situation even more. Sometimes traction has helped a little, but never long term. I have no answers. I have yet to try a chiropractor.

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Sorry to hear about your sciatica! I had unbearable sciatic pain since I was 17. I have gone through a ton of treatment and seen so many specialists. I had uneven leg length and hip flexors that seemed to cause it. After countless MRIs/x-rays a labral tear in my hip was found. I now have unbearable hip pain (and I also have something called piriformis syndrome). But in addition to many narcotics I have, I take 6 300mg of Gabapentin a day for nerve pain and I really think that has lessened the severity of the shooting down my leg(sciatica). So my advice would be to get on some nerve pain medication and get your hips and leg lengths checked out!

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