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Sciatica

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Comment from: Radhika , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

In 2019, I had sciatica in my right leg. Since 2020 April my has sciatica moved to the left. The pain starts with some uneasiness in the left buttock and then radiates to the toe. For the past two months I was not able to walk, turn to the left and sleep, or sit. It is this week, after almost 2 months, I can see a little improvement. During the start of the day, if I have pain, it would stay the entire day and I am unable to do anything. A few days I am lucky and I don’t have pain. I’m still on medicines.

Comment from: Jay, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

There is no cure and in many situations no relief from sciatica. I have had 4 or 5 bouts of it, and luckily enough it goes after a few weeks, but every time it comes, it stays longer. I had all the injections and tablets, all to no avail. I have often felt suicidal because of the relentless pain and sleepless nights. The only thing for me when it goes this time, is to make sure it never comes back and if that means quitting work and becoming unhealthy, so be it.

Comment from: Diane , 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 04

I've had sciatica for 3 months. I have pain in my left buttock down my leg and into the ankle. Pain level is moderate at first to excruciating. It’s even hard at times to go to toilet. It has improved but at night I have a dull painful ache in my leg which stops me from sleeping. I tried painkillers but don't want to use these all the time. I tried natural tablets, but not convinced they worked. I am taking glucosamine sulphate now for nearly 3 weeks. It appears this is working. Never felt pain like this before, it's awful having sciatica.

Comment from: Lorrie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was diagnosed at 30 with sciatica. I’ve been less and less active over the years because of severe pain. I am now 50 and mostly bedridden. I have DDD (degenerative disc disease) and DJD (degenerative joint disease) and my back has collapsed on the nerve on my left side. I have pain that radiates all the way down to my left foot. Recently my left leg has begun to give out when I walk very far, and I fall down. It has been suggested that I get a spinal fusion, with no guarantee it will relieve the pain. Probable permanent nerve damage too. Ugh!

Comment from: Courtney, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have been dealing with back pain for almost a year. When sciatica first started my doctor didn’t really look into it. Then after about 7 months she finally did an x-ray. That showed disc narrowing and arthritis. I’m 28 years old. She didn’t really do much to help me so I switched doctors. I ended up in the emergency room in March because I couldn’t walk. CT scan was done and showed 1 bulging disc. In the month of April I got an MRI and I have 3 bulging discs and one is in my lower back touching my sciatic nerve.

Comment from: Jamie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I have suffered with severe sciatica for over 10 years. It shoots down my leg, I can barely walk at times, and I have severe burning, numbness and pain that goes into my toes. My doctor has refused to do anything. I have done physical therapy which made it worse, but she won't get me any help. She keeps trying to push pills on me, which never help.

Comment from: Timmy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 26

I had total hip replacement 8 months ago. I have significant pain and weakness from my buttock to the back of knee since. Pain seems worse a day or two after workouts (squats or lunges). This pain is worse than my hip and will definitely impact my quality of life. Still working on getting diagnosed and fixing this problem. Sciatica or piriformis syndrome, not sure yet.

Comment from: Sad , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I was 25 when my onset of sciatica began (July 2019). It lasted until mid-March of 2020. I went a month with very little pain. Come May 15, 2020, I’m back to where I started. This time it feels worse. I can’t even sleep without pain. The only position I can bear to be in is sitting and even then, I still feel the burning sensation. I read the comments and am scared to have to live with this pain. It’s all I think about day and night. Sleep was my getaway and now I can’t even do that.

Comment from: Frances, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

June 25, 2019 I woke up in such pain I could not stand or even sit up. Since then I've had numerous X-rays and 3 MRIs. The sciatica pain starts at my buttocks and goes all the way down to my toes. I am in constant pain every day... some days are worse than the others. Lately nights are the worst. I toss and turn all night trying not to put any pressure on my right side. I've tried physical therapy, naproxen, meloxicam, gabapentin and Pennsaid gel, steroid shots... nothing has worked to relieve the pain.

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Comment from: Songirl23, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I fell backwards and hit my tailbone almost 5 months ago. At the hospital, the MRI said I fractured my L1 vertebra. That does hurt, but my bruised tailbone is the worst pain. I can't sit straight on my tailbone and sciatica has been nonstop. One doctor wants to inject bone cement into the fracture and another doctor wants to implant a nerve stimulator. Pain medicines are the only reason I'm not crying and can move around. I lost my right leg 3 years ago to bone tumors, but this is worse.

Comment from: Tony, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I was diagnosed with L5 sciatica by the physiotherapist. I have a slightly numb buttock cheek and tight hamstring, so thought it was tendonitis at first. After chiropractic and physiotherapy sessions I set about doing all the stretches, but now the whole of my leg is numb, and the ball of my foot is very painful. Also I am getting numbness and tingling in my hand.

Comment from: Mush , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I have been suffering from lower back pain and sciatica since last 4 weeks. I have L4-L5 disc degenerative disease as per MRI. I have been bedridden with no mobility for the last 4 weeks, with pregabalin and diclofenac medication. Trying hard to not get depressed, by working from bed. Heard some treatment in India - Ayurveda can provide treatment, but current COVID situation doesn’t help with no flights!

Comment from: Lyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have dealt with sciatic pain due to herniated disc for the past 5 years on and off. Lyrica worked wonders one time but not the others and it made me slow. I took Norco, Flexeril etc., to ease pain until I can get steroid back injections, which have always worked to alleviate pain. They may take a few weeks to kick in but then pain is totally gone. Looking at microdiscectomy for final fix! I am an active 67 year old female.

Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I have been experiencing chronic sciatic symptoms for 10 weeks now. I have had 2 x-rays, blood work and on the waiting list for MRI. My sciatica started a few weeks before COVID really hit home. I've had back issues before. This was different. It has been debilitating. Basic movement is excruciating. I feel so selfish. I want COVID to stop. Not only for the obvious, but that maybe, hopefully, I can get help faster. All day, every day unyielding pain. So, like many others, I wait patiently for our exhausted health system.

Comment from: NJ, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I had sciatica on and off for 15 years but always managed to cope. I work a physical job and enjoy weight training, or did, up until recently. Since my son was born 10 months ago I have had it worse than ever. I’ve been on Co-codamol and ibuprofen just to get me through the day at work, which it has. I hate taking tablets, but needs must to earn a living! Recently I had such an intense pain in my left buttock cheek. It dropped me to the floor and I couldn't move or get up for half an hour, it was that intense.

Comment from: AussieL5/s1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I have had sciatica from L5/S1 herniated disc (revealed on CT scan) for 5 weeks now. The onset was gradual but fully fledged in 2 weeks. COVID impacted the diagnosis. Thing I have found good is McKenzie method exercises - amazing relief. Sleeping on my back (not side) means not as bad morning pain (as discs have hydrated and expanded during night). Symptoms get better in the afternoon. Oh my goodness, the pain if I drive because you have to keep hips level or above knees! I am on steroids, paracetamol and nerve pain killer.

Comment from: Sro, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

It's unbelievable how much pain I am in. It's been 3 weeks with sciatica. I felt like I was getting better and then all of a sudden it's like I'm starting all over again. And I feel like I can't get any help. The chiropractor was working but now I can't even move to get there.

Comment from: Glornel614 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

The sciatica pain down my left leg feels like electric jolts when I try to walk. I was very active, working out 4 times a week, and since the flare up I can barely move around my house. Sometimes I don’t even want to get out of bed because the pain is unbearable. I have tried stretches, pain medicines, muscle relaxers, and even lidocaine patches. I’m still in pain!

Comment from: Over the pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

This is now the third round with sciatica, and the first time, I required surgery. I got lucky because the surgeon felt I had no quality of life, the nerve slipped, and had to be fished out. Second time, it took about 6 months just for an MRI. That was from a bulging disc. I was told to just call the spine clinic. What a joke, I called, and back to another 6-month wait. One pill after another, and they tell me my pain is not bad enough to call the spine doctor.

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Comment from: NatS, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I think I’m on the 5th week with sciatica symptoms. The first 3 weeks were bearable, just a slight pain down from my buttocks down the leg into the foot. Now the pain is excruciating, I can only get relief by lying down. I can just about walk to the bathroom upstairs before I want to pass out with the pain. I’m getting worried it could last longer. I’m on highest dose of Co-codamol and ibuprofen. I tried TENS machine, deep heat, no joy so far.

Comment from: Nikz, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 17

I suffer with lower back pains from sciatica. One day I came back from work and had to lie down to ease the pain in my lower back. That was it; bed bound for 4 days. I had a massage after day 5 which helped. A few days later it began… chronic sciatica pain. Shooting pains down my leg. It hurts when I walk, sit down and sometimes I can't sleep. I have been doing yoga and physiotherapy exercises. Now after week 7 I find I am a bit mobile but still have the numbness. With the quarantine it's hard to get help.

Comment from: Meow, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I am new to this whole sciatica thing but I was diagnosed with it 5 months ago. While it is better now, it is still here; every single day, some days worse than others. Does this ever go away! I am really starting to miss being able to walk normal. I am currently unemployed because my last employer fired me for missing work due to the condition and I wonder if anyone will hire me at this point. Got to love life with sciatica. Lucky us.

Comment from: Greg., 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 02

Some mornings and every afternoon I have sciatica pain from my left hip down, the left buttock at times, and now down my left leg. On occasion only it happens on the right but nowhere near as bad as the left. It is very painful, hard to even walk, but I force myself to move. I take Sevredol 10 mg 4 to 6 tablets a day; does not cure, only makes it bearable. Thank you. I am 60. I am fit and healthy.

Comment from: Brit, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have been dealing with sciatica for almost a month now. I lift at work and am used to twisting wrong but this time I guess I pinched my sciatic nerve because I can barely walk, the pain is so bad sometimes. It shoots down my right leg and into my foot (which a lot of the time hurts the worst). The best way to describe it is like my whole leg is full of charley horse cramps. I've taken Norco, Flexeril, naproxen, and prednisone, and nothing is working. I can’t sleep and most nights just lie there crying.

Comment from: Barbara, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have been in excruciating pain from sciatica and at times I feel like I’m going to pass out. Getting out of bed is a process. I have tried different positions for sleeping but nothing helps. My doctor has given me an exercise to do but nothing helps. I have tried painkillers but do not like the way they make me feel. Wonder if going to pain management will help. I thought about going to the hospital but they have an overload of virus cases. I need something to give me some relief.

Comment from: Elaine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

In 2005 I had a spinal fusion from T5-L5, with titanium rods and instrumentation. I have idiopathic scoliosis and spinal stenosis, at age 54. The past 2 months, I have sciatica, my feet are numb and painful. Now my legs are weak, and I feel like I'm going to fall. The pain is bad. Wondering if I should go to the emergency room.

Comment from: Wendy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I have been experiencing this excruciating sciatica pain for almost 3 months now. The pain is from my lower back down to my left buttocks and back of my leg which made standing up and walking really so hard. I already went to the doctor and they gave me pain reliever but it didn't work. I went also to a physiotherapist, it helped a lot, lessening the pain from 10 to 3. But, because there is still pain that doesn't go away I decided to go to a chiropractor and it made the pain worse again. Now sitting, standing up and walking are impossible.

Comment from: Jason, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

I had problems with sciatica for the past 6 years. Problems started when I was 38. I was working in delivery and had to carry heavy things on daily base. After a while pain grew and I had big issues. Creams helped but the pain still comes and goes.

Comment from: Crystal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have had back surgery years ago for sciatica. I had a spinal fusion done and it relieved the pain. It’s now back. The pain is unbearable. Getting to work is a nightmare. It takes me 3 1/2 hours to get ready for work. I don’t understand how the nerve can be impinged if the back is fused. I’m at my wits’ end. The pain takes my breath away.

Comment from: Pretzeliz, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 06

I take a bunch of vitamins B complex, B 12, centrum silver, etc. I research sciatica on the internet and stretch. It hurts so bad I can't sleep. However always remember too much of a lot of vitamins is not good, so space the out and try to get the right combination for you and your body. Now I have sciatica in the left leg from transferring patient(s), and it puts a lot of pressure on the back and legs.

Comment from: Gov't Fake Addict, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

Four years of sciatica pain, which got worse, and beyond, even after chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture, cortisone shots, then freezing shots, traction, everything. Painkillers stopped working except for anti-inflammatory ones, which are not allowed. Doctors gave me tramadol, which doesn't work anyway, Robaxacet Platinum with an anti-inflammatory medicine works better. Because 2 doctors gave me tramadol, our wonderful government decided that I need to be in rehabilitation with criminal drug addicts. I refuse to sign.

Comment from: m, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have been dealing with sciatica for a little over 7 years now and the doctors won’t look into it. Five years ago a doctor told me it was a herniated disc, then the next day they said they made a mistake it wasn't that, and it was anxiety. I have been to multiple hospitals because it got bad. I completely lost function in my left leg and fell, or almost fell. They will only do an x-ray on my hip to see if there are fractures and won’t completely listen to my symptoms. They just give me pills and send me home.

Comment from: Lisa Clune, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

My sciatica pain is so severe at times, just to turn over in the bed is next to impossible, the pain is excruciating! I must slide out of the bed. I found lying on my stomach over the side of the bed and touching the floor about 5 to 10 minutes helps relieve some of the pressure on my spine. Taking my finger in the middle of the palm of my hand and applying pressure for 30 second intervals has changed my life by relieving the pain.

Comment from: S avey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I have suffered with osteoarthritis in my back for 6 years now. I have 4 herniated discs, sacral pain, coccyx pain, and sciatica flare ups too. I also have nerve pain and it is a feat to walk, bend and sit; standing too. I use crutches to get about every day, so my life has been ruined because of these problems. I am not working due to this and my life has changed so much I even find it painful to play with my 3 gorgeous grandchildren, and this makes me upset.

Comment from: Lava, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I have had sciatica for 8 years; severe pain in my buttocks, back and legs. The burning is awful. I am constantly tired from the pain, and the only thing that helps is Tylex, but I don't take it every day, for the sake of my health. I take it maybe 3 days a week to allow me to do house chores, shopping, and visiting friends. Then it's bed after doing so. I'm trying everything the book says; drink loads of water, less sitting, stretching, etc. I'm at my wits’ ends.

Comment from: Glenys, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I am a nurse, and have had lower back pain from sciatica for 5 years. Last week I woke up with the worst pain I have ever had in my back right buttock, thigh, and lower leg. I was shaking all over, the pain was 11 out of 10! I took myself to the hospital, they gave me Endone, and I had no relief. I had an MRI which just showed previous disc bulges, I feel as though they thought I was a sook! It is getting worse instead of better, I'm sure they missed something, you can't have this much pain without a reason.

Comment from: Owthepain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I am in constant pain from sciatica and when I walk it is crippling. When I walk on an incline it is burning from the top of my buttock around the front, into my calves, and my feet get numb; painful numb. I sit down and fold my leg up sometimes, it helps taking my shoes off sometimes helps but I have had it for almost 1 year, and it is awful. I am looking for suggestions to deal with the pain. I am on gabapentin, Percocet and Aleve.

Comment from: Lili, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

Before I start to as everyone says “complain” or “exaggerate” it is essential that I start with saying that experiencing sciatic nerve pain is a physical and mental challenge. Sciatica feels like a constant charley horse throughout my whole leg. The throbbing is unbearable. I have been to chiropractors for treatment, tried ibuprofen/Advil. To this day I wear a back brace every day and a knee brace for some lovely pressure and limp support. It’s been 2 months. Listen; physical therapy only helps.

Comment from: MamaBear, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

January 31, 2020. My sciatica pain started like a pulled muscle in the middle of October 2019. I began to walk and stretch. I went to those who massage your body, then they crack your bones twice. Helped a little but the pain was still there. I even did hot patches that I got allergic to, and ended up with hives on my bottom. I even did ice and hot rub too and Biofreeze rub that I rub all over my hip, leg and calf. It numbs for a while but nothing more. I also started applying ice pack every 20 minutes.

Comment from: Eli , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I have had sciatica since November last year 2019. This pain is the worst pain I've ever experienced, and have been using a frame to walk, and crawling around on all fours. The doctor has prescribed tramadol, which does nothing at all, codeine phosphate, again nothing, and recently gabapentin and naproxen, which again don't touch the pain. The pain starts in my left buttock all the way down to my foot, with pins and needles. I'm losing the will to live.

Comment from: Andreea, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have had sciatica for the past 6 weeks, the pain keeps moving and evolving but not giving signs of healing. At first, I had shooting pain, numbness and throbbing pain, leaving me unable to sleep in any position. Muscle was affected to the point of limping, I was unable to walk properly. After pain medication (ibuprofen, tramadol, and Minalgin) I was able to move my leg and stretch it but was still limping. Lost muscle strength in my calf muscle. Now the pain keeps moving.

Comment from: Dazaq, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 28

It is painful when I sit and lie down. Sometimes the sciatica drops me to the ground, my legs give way on and off. When it's bad it's bad. I felt disabled today and I'm stressing.

Comment from: Shekay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

My doctor diagnosed me with sciatica but I think she is wrong. My pain is on the lower right side of my back. It makes walking difficult but the pain doesn't run down my leg, its concentrated. I had an MRI, which showed degenerative disc disease and 2 herniated discs. I was diagnosed before my MRI. Wonder if I should get a second opinion. They gave me nothing, only offered physiotherapy which I've been through with no relief.

Comment from: Pain in the ass, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I have never ever experienced such breathtaking pain as this one from sciatica. I get up and by the time my feet hit the floor, it feels like the bone from mid-calf to above my ankle is either on fire, burning; or in a vice and about to be crushed. Neurontin doesn't help. I can’t take opioids. Everyone on here has different remedies. I am either going to go ahead with the surgery or say goodbye to sobriety (from opioids), because I can’t deal with this.

Comment from: Mary Ann C, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I have a disc pressing on the nerves in my lower back. Pain goes down my buttocks, down the hamstring to the side of my lower leg close to the calf, ankle, foot and toes. I cannot stand for more than 15 minutes without excruciating pain, and at times I feel like I'm being stabbed in the leg. I have tried everything and nothing helps.

Comment from: Rhhh, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I have had extreme sciatic pain for 6 weeks. I had 2 steroid injections and am on oral prednisone 4 weeks. I’m dying from the pain and the steroids.

Comment from: Bella , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I had to do a job of climbing stairs up and down for 8 hours straight with little break in between. I already have sciatic problems but now it’s so painful in the buttocks and down my leg I can barely stand.

Comment from: DrMike, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 03

It has been seven months with sciatica and I have struggled with work, a pre-paid trip to Central Europe, driving and sleeping flat. I have had four general cortisone shots, 6 epidurals, two nerve blocks and 2 foramen nerve blocks. Been three times in pain clinic surgery, had one back x-ray, one hip x-ray, one MRI, and a series of physical therapy. Tried gabapentin, CBD cannabis oil and Tylenol. I have to sleep sitting up with a pillow at the small of my back. I am anxious about the future and depressed.

Comment from: Omar N, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

After the MRI's bulging discs diagnosis I started therapy for sciatica: chiropractor adjustment, electronic muscle stimulation (EMS), physiotherapy (PT) and massages. The pain was diminishing at first but suddenly started to get worse. I ended with a doctor’s suggestion for epidural shot or surgery. I receive the shot to manage the pain in my left leg. My pain level is off the charts and my leg is so weak that if I sit on a car I need to grab my leg with my arms to take it inside the car. I am calling the doctor tomorrow; super afraid of being diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome.

Comment from: Katz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I have had horrible sciatica for eight months. MRI shows disc bulges and stenosis. I have tried physiotherapy and I take anti-inflammatory medicines. I have had cortisone injections into the spine which relieved it for about a month and then it came back. I find walking helps relieve the pain and walk about 6 km a day. Nothing really helped. Recently I discovered the McKenzie method of physiotherapy. It has been very effective.

Comment from: Tigbitty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

Within the past 30 days my sciatica has gotten worse to the point of not being able to walk, sleep lying down, sitting, or stand in one spot. The pain on a scale of 1 to 10 is sometimes a 13; just off the chart pain. In the past week I have turned to prescription drugs which I am dead against using, in hopes of getting some relief, to no avail. Marijuana has helped to relax me so I am not cringing with the pain. A lot of ads I see talks about exercise, but how to exercise when the pain is so intense you want to pass out!

Comment from: oldtimejoe, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 04

I've had issues with sciatica for about six months. I have good days and bad days. Most of the pain is localized to the piriformis/deep gluteal area on the right hand side. Confusingly, on some days, that area feels ok but there is discomfort at the sacrum on the same side. I've found improvement has come from doing Pilates and simple exercises on both sides with resistance bands. I wonder why it moves from the piriformis to sacrum.

Comment from: Bg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I've only had sciatica for 2 weeks but already I want to cut my leg off! I have bone on bone arthritis in my right knee and this is the side I have sciatica. I am going to see the doctor again tomorrow. So far it's been ice, heat, ibuprofen and stretching exercises. I find the floor comfortable. Can't get to sleep with the pain. If I manage to, it wakes me. Currently I am using heat lamp. Helps a bit. I use it directly after ice. But the pain is truly agonizing. I'd rather give birth!

Comment from: Al, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I hurt myself at work 5 years ago, had a herniated disc. I've gone to physiotherapy for my sciatica, which didn't help. Then I got 2 injections and still no relief. Finally after waiting for 2 years I had surgery for L5 S1. Still no relief from sciatic pain shooting and burning down my right leg. I've tried all the drugs oxycodone, naproxen, Lyrica, gabapentin; nothing helps. I don’t know what else to do. Now I think I have permanent nerve damage because it took so long to get surgery. I wonder if I can sue.

Comment from: Sally’s , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

Thank you for your thoughts. My sciatica pain is excruciatingly bad at night; feels so bad having done everything imaginable to ease it. The only thing that has helped is reading your comments. It has to be by far the worst pain in my life and I am nearly 60.

Comment from: SolarDog, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

I experienced a weight lifting accident 10 years ago that caused my L4-L5-S1 to burst. I have been experiencing extreme sciatica for the past 8 years. The pain is extremely severe in the right buttock, down the outside of my knee, and back into my calf. The worst pain is the outside of my knee, it feels as though I am being stabbed with a steak knife! Lying down is especially bad, causing pain so severe that it actually hits the ceiling of pain recognition. It feels as if I may go into shock!

Comment from: Mary p, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had hip replacement 3 years ago. I am experiencing sciatica pain and disc is hurting if I lift my leg. It's a lot of pain, I can't walk that well, and no strength in my leg. Just started last week to be this bad.

Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I have had excruciating sciatica pain for 6 months. I’ve had massage, acupuncture, 4 steroid injections and nothing has helped. I cry with the pain just standing having a shower. The only relief I get is when I sit in the recliner chair. I can’t even go for a walk as my whole spine had troubles. I’m at my wits’ end.

Comment from: Eclipse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had surgery 6 years ago because a piece of my spine went into my nerve canal. Couldn't walk without holding on to someone. My right leg was numb. Now I have worse back pain from sciatica because of 3 bulging discs. I'm 60 and should not be in this pain. I have to work on my feet all day or lose my home. And after my surgery they said it could happen again.

Comment from: Kevin w, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

My father has had this sciatica pain going on for 13 years with no relief at all. Doctor visits after doctor visits and MRI after MRI and CAT scans. Medicine, chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, electric therapy and he still has had no help in relief at all. It is getting worse for him day by day. He wishes life would end to finally be out of this pain. And now 3 weeks ago I have the same pains going on. The pain is unreal. Can’t do anything. Cannot sit stand move without pain. All on the right side.

Comment from: Shanice , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I was 15 when I noticed a dull ache in my hip. I went to the doctors and they told me “growing pains.” Eight years down the line I’m now 23 and that’s how long I’ve been suffering with sciatica. It just got worse over the years. I’ve tried multiple pain killers, physiotherapy, I go to the gym around 4 times a week, I’ve done yoga and swimming. I stretch daily and it won’t budge. I’m still young and I can’t live fully in this agony, it’s taking over my life. Wonder if anybody here has had surgery.

Comment from: Zoe , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had pins and needles in my buttock cheek and down my right leg for the last 6 months after having a bad back for about a month. No bad back now though. Really don’t know how to put up with the sciatica any more. Pain killers don’t touch it, and stretches from physiotherapist makes it worse.

Comment from: Philly phil, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I went to get a back shot for lower back arthritis pain. I came home and couldn't walk for 2 1/2 weeks. When I was able to walk, my back was so heavy, and sciatica pain shot down my buttock, thigh, and the side of my leg constantly. I never ever felt anything this painful before. And nothing helps. I never had this until I got back shots.

Comment from: Inpain, 55-64 (Patient) Published: September 25

My sciatica pain seems worse with therapy than just leaving it alone; it should get better not worse. Now I feel it in my pelvic area.

Comment from: DennisM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

My sciatica started in November 18 with back pain after bending to wash my dog in the shower. I used a roller and ball to ease off the muscles. I helped my son with a house renovation. By March I was in considerable discomfort and I couldn’t sleep lying down. I booked an appointment to see the doctor. The only relief I had was to sit in a recliner. I have seen a private chiropractor, physiotherapist and now have been referred for an MRI some 6 months later. I have intense pain in my right buttock, hamstring and into ankle with pins and needles.

Comment from: Sian, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

Sciatica was the worst pain I've ever felt, and I gave birth with no pain relief. I have a herniated disc and honestly the pain has me borderline suicidal. It is never ending despite whatever pain killers are given.

Comment from: Cath, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I have got a herniated disc and been in pain from sciatica for 6 weeks. It started in my left leg and now it's in both. I have weakness in my left leg. I am waiting to go for operation because nothing has worked. I have been waiting a long time to hear when I'm going in. Wonder if I should phone the hospital.

Comment from: Grimreaper13114, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I have had sciatic nerve pain for months now. Maybe 4 or 5 months I have had sciatica, can’t tell anymore. Mine is caused by degenerative disc disease. I can’t walk places, can’t lie in bed with my wife, and it is hard to play with my 3 kids. And well, sexual life, might as well forget it. The only thing I have found that helps with the pain is marijuana. I don’t care if you guys are against it. I have been referred by a lot of people to get my medical card but have no money to do so. It does decrease the pain but does not take it away.

Comment from: Horseygirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had a horse riding accident 13 years ago, and the hospital thought I'd broken my neck and lower spine but it turned out to be severe damage to shoulder and lower back muscles. They did their job protecting my spine. Two years later I came off a racehorse at full tilt. Since then I've tried acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy, exercise, heat, and cold for my sciatica. Nothing works. Finally I am getting an MRI. Now it's affecting both my legs but worry is it's too late.

Comment from: Jenny f, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have had 3 sciatica attacks within 3 months and the last one I could not walk for 20 days without the worst excruciating severe pain and I still need a cane. I would get knife like stabs down my back, stabbing, tingling and numbness in the leg. The emergency room/urgent care doctors did nothing. It has been the worst pain I have ever experienced. I have had 3 kids and that was so much easier because there were breaks in between contractions but with my sciatica I never found relief.

Comment from: Maria Isabel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had mild sciatica in my left leg and was applied needles to treat my condition. Lying on the bed with needles not connected to electrodes, I touched the electrode machine and my body jumped and felt sharp pain only in my calf (where I had a needle). The technician proceeded with electrodes and everything was as usual. At night I had horrible pain in my left upper back. Sciatica pain was gone. I don’t know what happened!

Comment from: Lost in hell, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have suffered with sciatica for years. I was told I have 2 bulging discs and the L5 S-1. I live in very severe pain every day, on a scale of 1 to 10 the orthopedic doctor told me it is about an 8, but didn't recommend anything. Amazing! Not really; these doctors are useless. I have lost all respect and confidence in all doctors in California. I can't take this pain anymore, I can't sleep or anything, it is excruciating! I also had neck surgery on C 4 C 7, 1 to 3. The doctor said it is no better, and now I have a pinched nerve.

Comment from: Herri, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I have been dealing with sciatica for almost a year. I had a herniated disc over L4 L5. I underwent endoscopic discectomy. It was ok. No pain after. But then it reoccurred again. Decided to go for epidural steroid injection. That too failed. The pain is so bad especially at night. It is radiating from the hip down to the calf. It feels like it is from the bone. It burns so bad. I have never been so low and depressed. Nights are tough, no matter what sort of painkillers I take. Lying with pillows under my knees, nor physio exercises work.

Comment from: Jenny f, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I have had 3 sciatica attacks within 3 months, and during the last one I could not walk for 20 days without the worst excruciating severe pain, and I still need a cane. I would get knife-like stabs down my back, stabbing, tingling and numbness in the leg. The emergency room/urgent care doctors did nothing. It has been the worst pain I have ever experienced. I have had 3 kids and that was so much easier because there were breaks in between contractions but with my sciatica I never found relief.

Comment from: Lee, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I've had a bad back and sciatica for about 25 years on and off, but for the past 4 month's it is the worst it’s ever been and hasn't eased one bit. It is in my lower back, buttock, hip, and down the back of my knee which feels even worse than down the outside of my leg, where I now have a painful soft lump and it hurts like mad. I have a job to walk, and as it gets worse with every step, when it comes to bed time I just cannot sleep. It feels like my leg wants to explode.

Comment from: Jedi, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

After doing sit ups and planking I had a sharp pain in my left buttock cheek. This was two years ago and the doctors in my country simply prescribed pain relievers. It has been two years and I only now discovered it is sciatica and started physiotherapy two weeks ago. I am still dealing with it.

Comment from: rogers, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I aggravated my sciatica on my left leg at work. It is the worst pain ever, the burning pain is like a torch, burning under my skin. Medicines help a little, so do ice packs or heating pad, as long as I don't put them on my left leg, they give a pain that you can't take. I can only sit for a short time, walking too. I don't get much sleep at all.

Comment from: JGAR, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I have been dealing with sciatica for a while now due to a herniated disc in my lower back. The pain is excruciating sometimes, especially when I’m not active. I have to say the worst is though when I sneeze really hard; I feel like I might pass out from the pain in my leg. I found what’s helping me the most is a heating at night and I wake up and the pain is rather dull and then I take some prescription painkillers. Good luck to everyone.

Comment from: Jay B, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

I experienced my first acute sciatica pain, and I am still going through it due to a ruptured disc on L4 L5. The pain is terrible, from my hip down my foot; it left me disabled. I am taking oxycodone and mix it with naproxen. You have to have food with naproxen or you will have stomach pains. For now, this has given me some pain relief, but not completely. I will be seeing a back surgeon for possible surgery and see how it goes from there. For now, I am just hoping that this goes away; it is horrible.

Comment from: Sky, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I recently tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) for the third time and ever since then my sciatica pain has been on and off. I got x-rays done and nothing was out of the ordinary. I don't know what to do, as I've tried physical therapy.

Comment from: Coco, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I have 4 bulging discs in my lumbar spine. I have had chronic sciatica pain for 7 months, weak legs and back. Nothing helps.

Comment from: Kelvin, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I am only able to stand for approximately 3 minutes before the pain in my left leg, specifically calf and ankle are crippling to the point I have to collapse on the floor. My back pain and sciatica have been going on and off for 10 years, getting worse with each episode. No pain killers seem to help. I'm at my wits’ end.

Comment from: Tami, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

This is my second bout with this nasty sciatica pain. I work standing for 8 hours a day. At times I become so depressed thinking there is no end to this pain. I take a combination of Tylenol and ibuprofen. I keep stretching throughout the day but is only temporary. I have too much to do to be sidelined.

Comment from: Kingswarrior2000, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I am mostly in good health other than the pain that developed a week ago which starts on the right side of my lower back and continues on down to my knee, in the front of my leg. The most comfortable position is being in a recliner reclined. I take acetaminophen and that helps a little with the sciatica. Stretching in a certain way helps also. But if I walk around for more than three minutes I need to sit down again. The pain goes from 8 to 1 as soon as I sit.

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

Because of an accident I have 4 bulging discs in lumbar spine, and 1 in neck. I have had severe pain from sciatica for 7 months. I can’t take any more medicines, they raised my blood pressure. I get severe headache, legs and back are like Jell-O, can’t sit, no sleep, and can’t walk too far. I have numbness in my feet and can’t stand for more than 2 minutes because of severe pain. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: LadyLaDon48, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I have been dealing with chronic sciatica since 2017. Very severe pain running down my buttock from my lower back all the way to my left leg. My legs burn from my thighs to my calves. It is almost 3 years of dealing with this pain. Doctors have given me different pain medications. Tramadol, naproxen, Percocet, 800 mg of ibuprofen, and muscle relaxers. The gabapentin with muscle relaxer Tazocin seems to calm the nerves so it doesn't hurt so badly. But I have to take it every 4 hours. This pain is making me miserable.

Comment from: Phoenixrose1971 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

My sciatica started beginning of December after a total hysterectomy. On a scale of 1/10 the pain was a 10. It is on the left leg side, right into my toes, and sitting, standing, walking; nothing eased it. I returned to work on rehabilitation, couldn't cope, so had an MRI. I have bilateral pinched nerves in L3 L4 discs, broad based protrusion of L5 S1, herniated 6 mm disc, and stenosis bilaterally. I am going to see a spinal surgeon in a few months. I have right leg foot drop also now and feeling low.

Comment from: Larry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 16

I'm a 55-year-old construction worker. About 5 weeks ago my back started to hurt; lower back. It slowly got a little worse every couple of days. Now, for the last 55 hours, I have been pretty much chair ridden because of the sciatica. I can’t get into bed because it's too painful to lie down. Pretty much no sleep. I can only walk 10 feet at a time and I need to sit down. My legs feel like they've been beaten with a baseball bat. Pain seems to jump from leg to leg, and knees are on fire. Absolutely unbearable; almost went to the emergency room.

Comment from: Bonnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I've been diagnosed with piriformis syndrome which is basically an inflamed muscle in the buttock that presses on the sciatic nerve. I've been having physiotherapy, and lots of exercises. Pain improved in the day but terrible at night. I'm taking various painkillers which seem to do nothing. The only way I can sleep is by taking Nytol sleep aid. I'm not happy taking it so often but it does give me some relief. Worth a try for those of you desperate for sleep.

Comment from: Bigj441, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I read all your comments and I'm with you. I've been dealing with sciatica for about seven years now and I'm 41 years old. I still work and when I come home from work I'm hurting so bad nothing helps. I don't take anything for pain, for one I can't find a doctor. Where I live people are strung out on them and all the doctors think you are a pill head. I get so bad at times I can't get out of the bed that has lasted 5 to 21 days of urinating in milk jugs. It's horrible, and they won't give me my disability.

Comment from: peter, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

Sciatica is awful. It is unbearable and worse yet, not even a disease where you can just pop a pill in! One needs to regularly exercise and strengthen the necessary muscle group to alter our body posture. Not so easy to get rid of the sciatic pain... not sure if I want to go for surgery though.

Comment from: Fred, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I do over 130 high knee lifts before a 2 hour workout every day and this morning I woke to use the bathroom and I could not walk. The pain in my back down my right buttock cheek and down my leg is extreme. I have done a stretch that relieved the sciatica pain a little but it is still there and making my right leg throb with pain.

Comment from: Amy, 45-54 (Patient) Published: June 11

I have some implants in my spine L5 to S1. My right leg is more sciatic than the left. It's a burning pain from my buttock, groin and up to my foot. Also sometimes I have pain going in front of my knee and whole front leg. When I try drive a little I get leg and foot cramps and the pain in my buttock increases. Sciatica also gives me hot and cold flushes, it makes me very emotional and depressed. The metal-digging and burning pain never leaves me. I am doing everything but this condition makes it impossible to stand.

Comment from: Friday, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had bad sciatica from falling down stairs and then exacerbating the pain and numbness further from leg strengthening exercises on an elliptical machine. I had been suffering since then from sciatica for 9 years. Then by year 10, I started to do 100 or more deep squats, back extensions/crunches, bicycle abdominal workouts, side bends/stretches and pullups (I also use the pullup bar to do side stretches), so that by year 10, I started to feel so much better. Above all, I swear by deep squats.

Comment from: Fedupofit, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I have had my sciatica for about a year now and it’s just getting worse. I can’t sit properly and when I do it kills me when I stand. The pain is in the lower back but gets worse in the back of my thigh near the side, it feels like someone is ripping my nerves out. I can’t put on trousers properly, and I cannot bend down. I have an MRI coming up, been on gabapentin, amitriptyline, diazepam, naproxen, none of them works. I am having physiotherapy but nothing is working. I have done yoga, swimming, chiropractic care, everything.

Comment from: Standing Tall, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I have been dealing with issues in the lumbar L5 S1 area. I had left and right sacroiliac joints repaired, and it helped greatly with the lower body. But the disc now is almost deflated, the areas of pain from sciatica is as many of you describe. None of the medicine, physiotherapy or injections work, nothing! My doctor now wants me to have a spinal cord stimulator trial which I am not going to have since again I don't think it will help. As of now I'm limping and bent over. I just want my quality of life back.

Comment from: Sciatica experience, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

I have some pain in one side of my lower body. I really don't feel any pain in my lower back from the sciatica. I feel the pain mostly in one glute and some in my outer calf. My hamstrings and back are ok. The glute and calf are what I worry about. When I lay flat on my bed, and lift my right leg, everything feels alright, but when I lift my left, it hurts so badly. It’s been 3 days already. I've been watching some stretching videos but they're not helping much. I can't even get into the position that I have to do.

Comment from: MG, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

My sciatica started almost 14 years ago with my 2nd pregnancy. I’ve had 5 babies total. Flared up horribly with my 5th. Sacroiliac belt helped quite a bit, chiropractor only a slight bit. I’ve tried TENS unit, acupuncture, and chiropractor. It used to flare up around my monthly cycle. It would come and go but not stick around too many days. I also have pelvic floor weakness. I’ve been in moderate to severe pain for the last few weeks with little relief. I don’t know if there’s any hope for me at this point.

Comment from: G. Cole, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 21

Only sciatica sufferers can understand how painful it is. It drives us to despair and hopelessness. I developed it when I had pneumonia and had stopped my stretching exercises. Only hot pads, time and 2 ibuprofen capsules every 4 hours enabled me to keep going. Mornings are still difficult and I can only sleep on my left side (right side sciatica). Good luck to all of you who live with it.

Comment from: DeDe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

Nothing helps my sciatica, and I'm told it will go away on its own. No, it's been 3 years and I have been to every kind of doctor. They just keep taking my money with no results. I'm at a loss.

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