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    Sciatica anyone? (or other related back injuries)

    I feel like when people ask why I look like I'm in pain, 9 times out of 10 they will have no idea what I mean when I say "sciatica," so let me just give a brief description...

    Sciatica is a back injury most commonly caused by a bulging disk (in my case, my L4 or L5, however my physiotherapist was estimating), that is pinching the sciatic nerve that runs down ones back, all the way down through the leg and into the foot. Depending on the severity, this causes pain all along that area.

    So I've had this since March, and with some physiotherapy and a break from a physically demanding job, horse-back riding and running, it's gotten a bit better, but hasn't fully recovered. Has anyone here had sciatica before? I realize every case is a little different, as this injury is very widespread in terms of what causes it, symptoms and steps to recovery. As of now, I'm at a plateau; I'll have good days when I think it's getting better, and bad days when I think I should be back on my pain medication. It's driving me nuts. I've tried looking up different stretches/exercises to help with the issue but none are getting any results. Does anyone have any ideas?

    And on a side note (which I think anyone who has had an injury can relate to :P), because of the lack of physical activity I've been gaining a lot of unhealthy weight. Any ideas on how to deal with it?

    Thanks so much guys! I feel for those who've had to deal with long term injuries before, it's not fun :P



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    Yes: L4-5 and L5-S1 bulging discs following a prior traumatic injury. Docs put me in PT, twice per week, Dec through May. Within the last two months, the leg and foot pain changed in character. The final three weeks, the pain diminished and went completely away. Then, I graduated - no more PT. Lovely.

    I have since found that I absolutely MUST maintain my overall level of fitness as well as keep my lumbar extensors very strong. If I miss a few sessions of working out, the sciatica starts sneaking back, even without back pain. I have to stay vigilant.

    I might add that at my age, on certain medications, keeping my weight in line is challenging. Yet, I HAVE to find a way because the back exercise becomes futile when I pack on the pounds (and not very many, at that).

    I was 99% skeptical that PT would work. I am a true convert. I keep working hard to avoid injections and/or surgery. I have seen three friends have very bad surgical experiences, and so am motivated.

    I am now 50 and have been maintaining a largely clinically normal life since my sciatica became chronic (after lifting a cooler on Labor Day) in 2007. For some (each case is different), it can be done, but requires a lot dedication and persistence.

    I wish you luck with it. Sciatic pain sucks, big time.

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    My mum has sciatica related to spondylolisthesis (L4 and L5 have collapsed onto one another and shifter forward).

    Hers is quite severe though, she's on 7 different pills, has tried physio with no improvement, chiropractor with no improvement and the only thing left for her is risky back surgery. Like you she has good days and bad days, her bad days are awful though - she will cry from the pain and cannot move. She can no longer work.

    It is a horrible thing for her to live with and for me to witness so I can fully empathise with you on this.

    Have you had your doctor look at it? Have they done an MRI scan on you or anything like that? I ask because you mentioned it was your physio estimating but you really need to have this looked at properly. The sooner the better. You need to know exactly what it is that's causing it and how severe it is.

    Also have a look into hydrotherapy and gentle massage therapy (if your doc says it's ok).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zster View Post
    Yes: L4-5 and L5-S1 bulging discs following a prior traumatic injury. Docs put me in PT, twice per week, Dec through May. Within the last two months, the leg and foot pain changed in character. The final three weeks, the pain diminished and went completely away. Then, I graduated - no more PT. Lovely.

    I have since found that I absolutely MUST maintain my overall level of fitness as well as keep my lumbar extensors very strong. If I miss a few sessions of working out, the sciatica starts sneaking back, even without back pain. I have to stay vigilant.

    I might add that at my age, on certain medications, keeping my weight in line is challenging. Yet, I HAVE to find a way because the back exercise becomes futile when I pack on the pounds (and not very many, at that).

    I was 99% skeptical that PT would work. I am a true convert. I keep working hard to avoid injections and/or surgery. I have seen three friends have very bad surgical experiences, and so am motivated.

    I am now 50 and have been maintaining a largely clinically normal life since my sciatica became chronic (after lifting a cooler on Labor Day) in 2007. For some (each case is different), it can be done, but requires a lot dedication and persistence.

    I wish you luck with it. Sciatic pain sucks, big time.
    Thank you so much! I have found that the kind of pain I was feeling at first has slowly been changing into a different kind of pain...is that what you mean by a "change of character?" What kind of exercises do you do to keep your lumbar extensors strong? I unfortunately had to leave physio early due to not having complete coverage, so I've only been keeping up on the stretches that I've been shown...but I haven't learned any exercises to do to strengthen these muscles. But your recovery story has given me some hope :). Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcayne View Post
    Thank you so much! I have found that the kind of pain I was feeling at first has slowly been changing into a different kind of pain...is that what you mean by a "change of character?" What kind of exercises do you do to keep your lumbar extensors strong?
    The pain changed from a debilitating sharp pain, to a deep ache, and then to more of a "hit your funny bone" zing. When I am in good lumbar shape, I do not feel anything amiss, just pain free health. When I miss sessions, maybe I will ache or zing in my glutes, or even in my feet, or perhaps down the femur of one leg. It's weird, but I've learned to listen to it!

    I went through PT using a MedX (link below, photo shows the follow up machine that I used in the PT doc's gym, following PT "graduation"). There was a magic weight load that I eventually reached that made me pain free. For years, I have set the MedX to that weight, and, working 1-3 times per week, did fine. MedX machines are medical and not in your typical gym.

    Lower Back Exercise

    NOW I have had to change gyms. NO MedX, so I worry a bit. This gym does have two other lumbar or back extender machines, which I am trying, setting the weights to just what I can do, without causing pain, or scaring me. Below is a machine like my new gym has. You might luck out and find one.

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Q_AouiovGe8/maxresdefault.jpg

    Two points. These machines work by anchoring your butt and thighs to a seat, while you push a weighted pad/bar BACK, arching as far back as you comfortably can. In PT the specialists determined how far back, and how much weight. They added two more pounds every visit (two visits per week). This was initially done on a computerized MedX. Now, trying to do it myself, I am starting at a weight that is moderately challenging, upping the weights as it get too light. Eventually this will plateau. As long as that weight, twice a week or so, keeps me pain free, I will consider it successful.

    This was/is my personal experience. I am not an expert. I hope to yet work with a trainer at the new gym, possibly (safely?) adding other core exercises that might help. As an ENFP, I get easily bored by routine. Changing up my options now and then, as long as they are safe and effective, will like gain better compliance. (:

    I hope you find something that works. I am still amazed that exercise actually does it for me, so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zster View Post
    The pain changed from a debilitating sharp pain, to a deep ache, and then to more of a "hit your funny bone" zing. When I am in good lumbar shape, I do not feel anything amiss, just pain free health. When I miss sessions, maybe I will ache or zing in my glutes, or even in my feet, or perhaps down the femur of one leg. It's weird, but I've learned to listen to it!
    Hmm this does sound somewhat similar to my experience. It started with a sharp pain, and as of now it feels as if I've pulled a muscle from time to time, accompanied with pins and needles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zster View Post
    I went through PT using a MedX (link below, photo shows the follow up machine that I used in the PT doc's gym, following PT "graduation"). There was a magic weight load that I eventually reached that made me pain free. For years, I have set the MedX to that weight, and, working 1-3 times per week, did fine. MedX machines are medical and not in your typical gym.

    Lower Back Exercise

    NOW I have had to change gyms. NO MedX, so I worry a bit. This gym does have two other lumbar or back extender machines, which I am trying, setting the weights to just what I can do, without causing pain, or scaring me. Below is a machine like my new gym has. You might luck out and find one.

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Q_AouiovGe8/maxresdefault.jpg

    Two points. These machines work by anchoring your butt and thighs to a seat, while you push a weighted pad/bar BACK, arching as far back as you comfortably can. In PT the specialists determined how far back, and how much weight. They added two more pounds every visit (two visits per week). This was initially done on a computerized MedX. Now, trying to do it myself, I am starting at a weight that is moderately challenging, upping the weights as it get too light. Eventually this will plateau. As long as that weight, twice a week or so, keeps me pain free, I will consider it successful.

    This was/is my personal experience. I am not an expert. I hope to yet work with a trainer at the new gym, possibly (safely?) adding other core exercises that might help. As an ENFP, I get easily bored by routine. Changing up my options now and then, as long as they are safe and effective, will like gain better compliance. (:

    I hope you find something that works. I am still amazed that exercise actually does it for me, so far.
    Ahh okay, fortunately I'll have free access to a gym once I head back to college, and they do have a machine that resembles what is pictured in your second link. If I can work up the courage, I might be able to track down one of the PT majors and see if they're willing to help me out :). I'll definitely try to focus on strengthening my core as a whole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat91 View Post
    My mum has sciatica related to spondylolisthesis (L4 and L5 have collapsed onto one another and shifter forward).

    Hers is quite severe though, she's on 7 different pills, has tried physio with no improvement, chiropractor with no improvement and the only thing left for her is risky back surgery. Like you she has good days and bad days, her bad days are awful though - she will cry from the pain and cannot move. She can no longer work.

    It is a horrible thing for her to live with and for me to witness so I can fully empathise with you on this.

    Have you had your doctor look at it? Have they done an MRI scan on you or anything like that? I ask because you mentioned it was your physio estimating but you really need to have this looked at properly. The sooner the better. You need to know exactly what it is that's causing it and how severe it is.

    Also have a look into hydrotherapy and gentle massage therapy (if your doc says it's ok).
    Oh wow, I'm sorry to hear that :/. I hope it'll get better for her as soon as possible. I have had my doctor look at it; we did x-rays but nothing showed up, so he actually recommended an EMG instead of an MRI. My doctor and the physiotherapist were both 95% sure that it was/is a bulging disc problem, and hopefully the EMG will confirm it. He did briefly mentioned massage therapy, but I'm not too sure...would that help much? I just ask because I don't think it's a problem with my muscles. If anything, a chiropractor might be able to help more, if I had the finances. I don't know much about hydrotherapy, but that sounds interesting...I might look into it and read the benefits. Thanks for your post! :) I hope your mum does well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcayne View Post
    Oh wow, I'm sorry to hear that :/. I hope it'll get better for her as soon as possible. I have had my doctor look at it; we did x-rays but nothing showed up, so he actually recommended an EMG instead of an MRI. My doctor and the physiotherapist were both 95% sure that it was/is a bulging disc problem, and hopefully the EMG will confirm it. He did briefly mentioned massage therapy, but I'm not too sure...would that help much? I just ask because I don't think it's a problem with my muscles. If anything, a chiropractor might be able to help more, if I had the finances. I don't know much about hydrotherapy, but that sounds interesting...I might look into it and read the benefits. Thanks for your post! :) I hope your mum does well.
    Glad to hear you're having more tests done :)

    With the massage therapy, although the sciatica is compression of the sciatic nerve, as a by-product it also tenses up the muscles from your buttock down your leg to your foot. When muscles are tense they also compress the nerve and it's one big vicious circle. Massage therapy (specially in the buttock/sacral area and upper thigh) can relieve muscle tension and therefore give the sciatic nerve more room so it's not so compressed. I hope this makes sense, I'm terrible at explaining things.

    Just to mention, massage therapy isn't a cure, it's just a way to ease the pain.

    Hydrotherapy is gentle exercises carried out by a physio in a pool. It helps as the weightlessness of the water means you're not putting so much pressure on your spinal column and allows you to do gentle exercise (ofc it is mainly old people :P). Having said that, just gentle swimming alone can really help, my mum definitely feels better after going to the pool for a bit (I'm not talking swimming lengths as such, more gentle swimming and floating/generally relaxing in water).

    Good luck with everything!

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    I have stage 5 fusion in both upper/lower spine due to osteo arthritis, I have gotten used to it


     
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