YANMD; I am seeing my doctor about this, but I'd be grateful for any wisdom from the hivemind. For a long time, I've been fairly physically active without suffering any significant problems or injuries. I'm 38 and have been going to the gym about 3 times a week since my 20s, and I go hillwalking regularly. In January of this year, I started to experience pain and stiffness in my lower back. I went to my doctor, who referred me to a physiotherapist. After a couple of sessions with the physio, the stiffness went and I got a good range of movement back, but I started to experience much sharper pain in my right thigh, of the classic sciatic nerve variety. [more inside]
I was diagnosed with bulging L4/L5 discs with spondylolysis and stenosis. Doctor convinced me to get epidural / facet injections. After the shots, I started getting very bad sciatica ( I think its sciatica ). I could hardly stand in the shower. Before the shots I was running half marathons. Now I can't run at all. I can't lift heavy things. Only walking makes it feel better. Its been six months with no improvement. The quality of my life is way worse than it was before. What happened post injection? Can anyone recommend a good back doctor / orthopedist in Austin?
YANMD, yes. The more I investigate this, the more I can't seem to get a straight answer. [more inside]
I find seams on boxer shorts act as a pressure point for sciatic pain at the back of my thighs, when sitting. Can anyone recommend mens underwear that avoids the problem? Preferably, something available in the UK.
I'm convinced from friends' reports and reviews that I would benefit from an inversion table. Which should I get? [more inside]
I've had chronic sciatic pain due to an inflamed piriformis muscle for about a year now. Physical therapy basically did nothing, so I'm considering accupuncture. Can anyone help me find a reputable place for this kind of procedure? Other piriformis advice is also welcome. [more inside]
What is your best advice for long term management of sciatica? What exercises can I do to minimize the possibility of recurrence? What movements or habits should I avoid? [more inside]
Hive mind, I poll your collective wisdom to reccomend me some sort of cushion that I can use for my office chair so I can be closer to the proper height above my desk to avoid computer-related RSIs. [more inside]
Can you help me cope with my utterly terrible back and leg pain? I'm at my wits end, so I'm looking for any and all suggestions - physical or mental. [more inside]
Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
How long did it take you to heal naturally from a herniated disc? [more inside]
I was rear-ended 9 months ago and now have a herniated L5/S1 with associated issues (sciatica, back pain). My doctor wants me to get an epidural injection of corticosteroids. Is this really my best option? [more inside]
I love CrossFit, but I'm recovering from a lower back injury (herniated disc + sciatica). How can I stay active and strong without making my back worse? [more inside]
I've got a herniated (ruptured) L5 disc that is causing sciatica, due to the fluids from the disc sitting on my sciatic nerve. I'm in an enormous amount of constant pain, and am trying to decide whether or not to have surgery. [more inside]
I have numbness in my leg but no longer have the means to get it monitored. Is there any risk of long-term damage or atrophy if it goes on too long? [more inside]
Medical mystery! Useless, rubbery leg: can it be as simple as sciatica or am I in for some bad news? [more inside]
I used to get sciatica as a result of a lower back problem. It mostly went away, perversely as I put on some weight. Now, I am losing the weight to deal with the lower back pain itself, and the sciatica is coming back as the weight comes off. Coincidence, or to be expected? It seems kind of backwards to me.
Back trouble and pregnancy: Which is worse for a person with a herniated disc, a C-section (which I imagine will compromise the all-important core muscles) or vaginal delivery (which might cause the disk to rupture)? Also, I am prone to sciatica and assume that pregnancy will involve a lot of sciatic nerve pain--can this lead to a permanent worsening of my condition or would it be relieved once I gave birth? [more inside]
I've had burning pain in my thighs since I was a little kid. When I told my doctor about it (at age 30--why I didn't ask before, who knows), she immediately said: "Oh, it's ...", as if it were the most obvious condition in the world. But I can't recall the name of the condition. [more inside]
Weird, pinch-y lower back pain. What's causing it and how can I make it go away? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for good neuro-specialists / doctors in Boston area. [more inside]
Has anyone here ever had (or have) sciatica? I've been going to physio for it, since May, but the healing process is quite slow, I just started going back to the gym doing low intensity cardio. For those who have had sciatica, how long did it take to heal, and is it a lifelong thing you now have to worry about?