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Comment from: dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I joined a gym a couple of years to lose a little weight and tone. As time passed the muscles in my butt and back of my thighs felt like they were on the verge of cramping all the time. About a month ago I had some dental work done and was given a script for swelling. When I finished the script my muscle pain became impossible to tolerate. Getting out of bed was the worst. Standing up straight before my muscles warmed up pulled those muscles so bad. A friend of mine suggested yoga. I bought yoga for beginners DVD and did it every other night for a week. It didn't take long for me to find out how bad my posture is. So, with bad posture and lifting weights I figured I must have had a pinched nerve or something. So I took a 3 week break from the gym, started taking ibuprofen and kept doing the yoga DVD. I had to pay attention to my posture at all times, but when I had it right I could feel the pressure release in my lower back. And when I had it wrong I felt the instant pain in my muscles. I started feeling better a little more each day. At the end of the three weeks I decided to Google lower back pain to find out exactly what was wrong with me. I came across Sciatica. Every single one of my symptoms were there. From what I read the more active you are the better you will feel. I started going back to the gym and I'm pain free most of the day now. I think once I put the correct posture with strengthening the muscles that will support me I'm taking the pressure off the sciatic nerve. I'm not 100% yet, but I can stand up straight as soon as I get out of bed with no pain. Today was my 4th day of going back to the gym.

Published: September 11

My pain started a few days after a long driving trip (4000 miles). It's the first time I've had this problem. The pain was very intense making even simple movements of my left leg very painful. It was a 10 on the 1-10 scale. Bending over was impossible. No matter how long I looked at my sock on the floor I could not pick it up. The pain would strike from my left butt cheek to my left ankle. After I'd move it would continue to ache for a period of time. I could not sit in most chairs as it was too uncomfortable. I spent four days in a chair with minimal time out of the chair. I could barely walk to get to the bathroom or to get food. After the fourth day I found that 800 mg of Ibuprofen would give me relief for about three hours. The day after that (today) the pain was much less, only about a 4 on the 10 scale and that was without any Ibuprofen. I'm looking forward to continued recovery.

Published: September 11

To begin with, the pain was located in the upper inner quadrant of the left buttock as if a deep intramuscular injection was given! Then the pain started radiating down the buttock, back of the thigh down to the popliteal fossa. I could minimize the pain by adopting certain postures. Heat was more effective in alleviating the pain. In three weeks time, the pain severity came down by almost 50% without using too many analgesics. Walking exercises were continued despite pain.

Comment from: molly malone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I have severe sciatica and bulging disc confirmed by MRI scan. I have no pain going to bed, but after three hours sleep I wake in violent pain. Pain starts at lower back down my right leg into the back of knee and then all down my leg into sole of foot and toes. This pain would last for six or seven minutes and then I would go back to bed and again same thing would happen every 15 minutes.

Comment from: Tom May, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I have pain in my right hip that moves along to my buttock and down my legs. The pain is disabling. Some days I just stay in bed. I take Tramadol, and when pain gets too severe. The medication then inflames my intestines, and I am off to another pain. I feel that I am not getting effective physician's service.

Comment from: Emily, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

Hi, all you Sciatica sufferers, I'm in my early 30's and have suffered thru this sometimes unbearable pain now for the last 3yrs on a weekly basis. Ever since my 9lb 8.2oz baby girl was born. Sometime last year, I gave in and went to a wonderful orthopedic in the Franklin, TN area. I was able to receive a MRI after the X-rays and CT scans, of course. Anyways, I have two bulging discs that are pressing periodically on the sciatic nerve. Its' that constant throbbing feeling in the lower back to my left side and the muscle in my buttocks cramps or something Ouch! Down the leg the pain goes.

Comment from: sunpoint, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 10

My sciatica presents as pain in the hip. It's worse at night when I'm in bed and the pain runs down my leg.

Comment from: lbferguson, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I have had sciatic pain for 5 years. The first two years I thought it was muscular, squats, lunges, etc. from the gym where I work out 4-5 days a week. I am in great shape and am extremely flexible. For the past two years however, my sciatica has become unbearable. It is the worst when sitting, usually during the 90-minute drive to and from work 5 days a week, but I get it gardening, standing over the bathroom sink brushing my teeth, sitting my bed, sitting in a seat at a restaurant or at work, everywhere and anywhere. I have seen my orthopedic surgeon, a chiropractor, had X-ray guided spinal injections. Nothing has worked and nothing has helped. I am now going holistic and trying acupuncture. I am out of options!

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