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Comment from: mkheleneng, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I was having severe pain in my leg which ached day and night. I went to have a MRI of my leg because I thought it was a blood clot. They diagnosed me with Sciatica. The doctor prescribed0despartimine twice a day for the pain which helped. Then 400 mg of Motrin, which helped but I worried about taking so much of it. The doctor placed me on a stretching machine and inversion board. She showed me leg exercises to do each day. I had tried all the things others have mentioned. I found rubbing alcohol helped on the hot sites. I am pretty much pain free now after about nine months of pain and no sleep. I am so grateful to be pain free.

Comment from: Lydia, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

I am a healthy cardiac nurse. I used poor body mechanics while pulling a heavy object a year ago and had a back injury. Like all back injuries I thought it would improve. An 8-hour flight to Europe unveiled severe sciatica and numbness in the lateral side of my right foot and between the toes which became worse in the next few months. An MRI showed bulging discs and other things. Now I've been off work for a month as I can hardly get out of bed or walk or put my socks on and the pain which is like a hot poker.

Comment from: Robin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I have suffered from back pain for over 20 years, and it was getting progressively worse. I asked the Dr. for an MRI, and he said I had to get x-rays, then CT scan before I could get an MRI. Each time, the results were worse. Then, the MRI showed bulged discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and sciatica; severe on right side, and medium to severe on left side. Finally, I knew what this horrible pain was. I joined the YMCA, started an exercise program, and plan to do Aquafit. I get a bit of relief with the activity of low level exercise, and feel better while moving. Sitting (without being propped with pillows) & standing for long periods are just excruciating for me. I can't do anything without some kind of pain medication, but I try. I also have Fibromyalgia, so that probably doesn't help. Lyrica helps, as does endocet, and heating pads with pillows. I also take Naproxen for osteoarthritis. Knowing what is causing my pain helps me to know what steps I can take to improve my lifestyle. The neurosurgeon said it wasn't bad enough to require surgery yet, thank God for that. One day at a time is all I can do, and stay as active as possible!

Comment from: Steppenwolf, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

I have sciatica pain for over 2 months now. The pain can be so excruciating that my body seems to lock up and can't move. I tried using Advil and this homeopathic drug called Sciatica Relief. I was skeptical at first but tried it anyway. I take 2 tiny pills under my tongue and within minutes the pain subsides.

Comment from: Manoj, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

I have pain starting from my left hip and going down my buttock and up to my left calf. I also experience numbness on my little finger of the left foot. I saw a doctor and he prescribed lower back exercises which I am doing. There has been some improvement.

Comment from: mummygreg, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

Thank you so much. The symptom and treatments were spot on and this information have helped me decide on a course of action for my back and its pain rather than just putting up with it and not improving.

Comment from: kchri2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I have had several bouts of Sciatica over the past 20 years. It's the most painful thing I've ever endured and I have been through childbirth. I'm talking, no pain relief whether sitting, standing, laying down....The final episode came on so suddenly when lifted my foot to put on the breaks in my car and froze in position and terrible pain, made it to the side of the road and called a friend who took me to an acupuncturist, which amazingly to me subdued the pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

Ice is my best friend for sciatica!

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I had a back injury at work from lifting and moving heavy boxes of orange juice and water for 8 hours a day. I bought a belt, meant for back sprains and strains and the pain was not as bad. It was just in my lower back at the time. Then 4 or 5 months later I started having severe back pain along with pain down the back of my thigh, calf and butt. I took ibuprofen, and that made me feel fine other than a sense of fatigue that I did not have before. I ran out of ibuprofen one day and I experienced pain from my back, the back of my thigh, calf, and the top of my foot. It felt like sand was flowing through the veins in my leg. I should have gone to see a chiropractor but I thought I could work through it. After telling the management that I was having back pain, I was fired from my job for taking a break that was five minutes too long. So far ibuprofen and rest have helped with the pain. Getting out of bed in the morning is painful. I'm seeing a chiropractor now, which seems to help for a few hours after. He used some high power LED-light device that was meant to improve circulation after he gave me an adjustment, and the LED thing seemed to be the reason I felt better for a short time.

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