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Old October 31st, 2012, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default pinched sciatic nerve in my back?

doctors cant do much. my left leg is totally numb! i can barely walk, cant hardly stand up at all, cant lie down at all, have to sleep sitting up. in a chair.
i always thought chiropractors were quacks, but im ready to try one.
what do i do?

chriopractor?

exercise?

deal with it?

shoot myself in the head with a 12 gauge 19 times?

who has sciatica?

please help me!!!!!
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Old October 31st, 2012, 04:42 AM   #2
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Old October 31st, 2012, 04:48 AM   #3
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Had it, took lots of drugs to deal with the pain while I waited for surgery and after about a year it got better. I was a week short of surgery date and went in for my pre-screen check up, and the Dr asked me how I felt. I wasn't getting the extremely sharp pains shooting down my leg nearly as often, but still had the numbness along the outside of my left leg. He sent me home and told me took keep on the candies, and slowly cut them back as I could deal with the pain. 6 years later and I still have slight numbness in my left leg, but all is good.
How long have you been dealing with it?
I would request to see a surgeon, as most family Dr's don't really know shit except colds and flu bullshit.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 04:56 AM   #4
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Chiropractors work. I've found the younger ones are more in tune with newer technology and working a localized injury versus just giving you a big ol crack in the back like the old school docs do.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 04:57 AM   #5
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I have this going on myself. I see my Chiroprator 3 times a week it is helping.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:16 AM   #6
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I had the same thing happen! 1st, went to the chiropractor.. He didn't do shit for me! 2cnd, went to my doc my (left leg was the one numb) while lying on my right side he took my left leg and stretched it and then pushed on my calf muscle and I about lost it!! My nerve was getting pinched due to my calf muscle bound up and pulling down. A couple of stretches and a good looking lady rubbing your leg should do the trick!
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:17 AM   #7
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I recently messed my back up bad. I was tiling my back splash all day one Saturday about 2 months ago. Since I was standing weird all day, it made my back sore and tight. The next week at work it was still sore, but I didn't let it bother me and I continued to move heavy stuff around which made the pain worse. Friday came along and I had a softball scrimmage for the Japanese business association (company I work for has 2 teams). My friend that is on the other team hit a 2 run homer over the fence. Not to be shown up, I had 2 guys on base when I came up to bat. Still with a sore back I swing for the fence and half way through my swing I felt a tearing sensation. I screamed like a 13 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert, the ball went straight up, I let go of the bat almost hitting the guy on deck, I dropped to my knees, and crawled to the bench.

Like a dumbass I didn't go to the doctor right away, which I guess doesn't really matter because they couldn't really do much for me besides prescribe muscle relaxers and pain pills. For the next month I endured this pain. I basically tore and pulled the muscles around my spine . During the healing of the back muscles, I developed terrible siatica. I was dragging my left leg, it was numb, my left foot was numb, I couldn't stand, sleep, sit in my truck, or walk. I too felt that chiropractors were quacks, but after listening to some people at work, I decided to give one a try. A buddy gave me a recommendation for one that is close to my house. During my consultation, I let him know I wasn't comfortable with the idea of seeing a chiropractor. After he explained everything to me, he put my mind at ease.
After the first visit, I could stand up and walk. I was still in pain but not as bad and I could walk from my building through the parking to my truck without taking a break. After every visit I got better. I'm know 98% siatica free, it would be 100% but my dumbass tried to move something heavy. My insurance doesn't cover chiropractors, I haven't received my bill yet, but it will be worth every penny.

If you need a recommendation pm me ill give you the info for my chiropractor.

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Drink lots of water

Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees

Lay on your back on the floor and put your legs up on the coach or chair when you are home watching tv ect.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:36 AM   #8
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I had this, probably not as bad as you. I went to the doc and he told me it was probably from a lot of forward bending. He had me do back bends for 2 weeks. I had to push my fists into my lower, slightly arching back while standing. He said it stretches the spinal cord back. I tried this stretch a few times a day and got relief after a week or two. Haven't had a problem since.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:56 AM   #9
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Just had surgery for this about 3 months ago. Went to a chiro first and he helped a lot but wasn't able to get me to 100%. I would try chiro first. Surgery should be a last ditch effort. Unfortunately there are no guarantees with back treatments rather it be from chiro or surgery or whatever. I am happy to say my surgery went well. If you need references PM me. I can give you some as well. Good luck, I feel your pain.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:13 AM   #10
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Our doctor had my wife go to therapy and it worked. They stretched and pulled along with heat and ice, then exercise machines. Three times a week for a couple of weeks and she was fine.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:20 AM   #11
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This advice was given to me by a friend that had the surgery:

Surgery only after everything else has failed. I guess he's not happy with the results of the surgery.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:26 AM   #12
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The right chiropractor and an inversion table. Have to stretch as stated above....
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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:42 AM   #13
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Find a good chiropractor, ask him for advice on the proper stretching, and also ask if he would recommend physical therapy. I have broken L4 and L5 and have Sacro Illiac joint problem because of it which has caused Sciatic nerve pain.

I originally went to the chiro, but did none of the stretching, this releived pain for a few years. (15 years old)

Then, a bit older, a bit smarter I only went to the chiro if the pain was unearable and I could not relieve the pain myself through stretching and my physical therapy exercises, icing my back etc. I very rarely had to see the chiro, but when I did it was for 2-3 visits and the pain would stay away for months/years (I was going against doctors orders and powerlifting/competing in strongman so I was getting everything out of whack rather frequently)This was during my early/mid 20's.

Fast forward to today, I have not been to the chiro in over 7 years, I still get back pain occasionally, but I have made sure to take at least 2-3 days a week and spend 15 minutes doing my stretches and I also make sure to incorporate some proper lower back/core/abs strength training into my exercise routine.

I notice I get my back pain when I spend too much time sitting with poor posture, riding in the car, sitting in the office, etc. When I remember to focus on my posture I have a lot less pain flare ups.

Your nerve pain is caused by muscles pulling bones out of alignment and pinching the nerve. Get those things back in alignment, stop doing the things that are causing the muscular imbalance, strengthen the muscles that are weak (this is where PT helps) and you should in most cases be able to eliminate the pain.

If that doesn't work, THEN try surgery.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:49 AM   #14
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Old October 31st, 2012, 07:32 AM   #15
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I had it bad. I ended up at a chiropractors that had the decompression table. You get strapped to it and hooked to a winch and it puts tension on the cable pulling your back into shape and straightening out the bulged disc. I did this several times, between this and realignments my back is good, just not being as stupid as I was before. No drugs either.

Surgery is a last ditch effort.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 07:50 AM   #16
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I have a hard rubber ball that is about 5" in diameter. I lay on my back and roll my spine on the ball from my neck to my waist and back about 5 times. After a while you will find where you can hit the pressure points on your back and it helps tremendously. I then lay my shoulders flat on the floor and roll on the ball back and forth against my hips. I do this daily and it eliminated my need to go to the chiropracter almost 100%. The key was I figured out where the doc was hitting my pressure points and now I can do it on the ball.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 07:52 AM   #17
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I have a hard rubber ball that is about 5" in diameter. I lay on my back and roll my spine on the ball from my neck to my waist and back about 5 times. After a while you will find where you can hit the pressure points on your back and it helps tremendously. I then lay my shoulders flat on the floor and roll on the ball back and forth against my hips. I do this daily and it eliminated my need to go to the chiropracter almost 100%. The key was I figured out where the doc was hitting my pressure points and now I can do it on the ball.
I use a golfball, as well as a foam roller to do the same stuff. All you're really doing is stretching and loosening up the muscles and or knots in your back. Amazing the difference loose muscles and aligned joints can make if you maintain them.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 07:55 AM   #18
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I've had problems off and on for 15-20 years, the worst I've been was about 5 years ago, digging a drain ditch in the back yard had something go out and I fell to my knees, then had to crawl to the house. After a couple weeks of meds I was able to go through therapy, that helped a lot, I still do the daily stretching taught during the therapy, but I also see a chiro regularly too. These have kept the problem at bay for the most part. If your insurance will pay for the chiro or therapy, I'd look into them. If they only pay one use it, if you have to pay it yourself, I'd probably talk with a chiro first. One chiro I recently went to talked about 2 types of chiro visits: I dont' remember the names used, but one was to relieve immediate pain and the other was going lots to fix a problem long term, as WR said, the younger ones seem to want to work this way, and it may seem like your going a LOT, but in the end, it is worth it, if they are a good chiro.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 08:18 AM   #19
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Mike has had this issue and tried PT and a chiropractor. His nerve was too impacted by the disc and he needed surgery. I would see a orthopedic surgeon and get an MRI. We tried to avoid surgery for 10 months. During that period he could barely walk and had limited mobility. Once he had his surgery he was up and walking that day.
I know our nature is to try to avoid the doctor and surgery but you are better off getting surgery, if you need it.
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I have a hard rubber ball that is about 5" in diameter. I lay on my back and roll my spine on the ball from my neck to my waist and back about 5 times. After a while you will find where you can hit the pressure points on your back and it helps tremendously. I then lay my shoulders flat on the floor and roll on the ball back and forth against my hips. I do this daily and it eliminated my need to go to the chiropracter almost 100%. The key was I figured out where the doc was hitting my pressure points and now I can do it on the ball.
I use something the same... 2 tennis balls tied in an old sock. Start at the top of the spine and work my way down until I hit the spot. Sit there for a few minutes and continue down to the hips. I usually find a spot right close to the hips that hurts like hell, but it'll sometimes help.
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