I have a pain my my....

United States
January 9, 2016 1:17pm CST
....backside. Two years ago I had my first ever experience with sciatica. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy, or the person on myLot who blocked me! It took weeks of physical therapy and some meds and a lot of crying until I was able to walk properly again. I put it all out of my mind. A few days ago I noticed a little twinge or two but on the opposite side from last time. Yesterday while undecorating the tree I felt more than twinge...I felt a sharp pain. Today it started hurting as soon as I got out of bed...It's not at the point of acute and I sure hope that it doesn't get that way. I am perfectly comfortable sitting here at the computer - but I can't live here or can I? I'll have to see how it goes for a few days....wish me luck.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
9 Jan 16
if you have access to a tennis ball, pin it between the pain spot and the wall and try to let the ball massage that area, yeah I know, you are rolling a ball around on your bum, heh. I have this issue
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• United States
10 Jan 16
A heating pad does the same thing and Ruby won't look at me funny for using her tennis ball in an obscene manner.
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• Centralia, Missouri
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill HAHAHA right, the dog. my dad's back doctor told him to do both, as one massages, and one relaxes
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@ivyparkgirl I use the tennis ball on the bottom of on foot, I roll the ball under it to relieve foot pain. used to stand by the ball and roll it on my back, that helps for back pain greatly
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@sugartoes (42547)
• Greencastle, Indiana
10 Jan 16
I'm not one for pain but I know neither is anyone else, I do pray that you get better soon & you don't have to suffer any more than you are already, can you go to the emergency room to get it fixed??
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• United States
10 Jan 16
This isn't something I'd go to the ER for...actually this morning we had a medical emergency with the dog and thank goodness my sciatica is mild today.
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@sugartoes (42547)
• Greencastle, Indiana
11 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill oh my what happen to the dog?? is it alright? thank god it's not a major on your health & your doing better.
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• United States
11 Jan 16
@sugartoes She had a gastro problem. She had the dry heaves and was lethargic - all is well now.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
I hope you get better. I think I had Sciatica a few months! A sharp nerve in my lower back, caused me to be unable to get out of bed and when I did it was a sharp pain. I could not walk and was on bed rest for a few days! It was an unbearable moment that I wish no one will have to go through! I hope you overcome your pain soon!
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• United States
9 Jan 16
It could go away in a week or six weeks...based on history six, but so far it's not as bad as last time.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I am glad this pain is tolerable compared to your previous ones. I do hate the nerve pinch feeling.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@infatuatedbby I took two Tylenol earlier and it helped.
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@Lolaze (3164)
• United States
9 Jan 16
Sciatica is horrible! I had a bout with it a few years back and it was the worst.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
I agree totally! There were days I could only walk a step or two w/o crying in pain.
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@whiteream (3800)
• United States
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I am sorry that your pain was so bad. The doctor gave me exercises do to to help with the pain for mine. Stretches and back strengthening exercises
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@whiteream I have copies of all the exercises from last time but luckily for me it's much better today.
• Jacksonville, Florida
9 Jan 16
I'm sorry, that sounds awful. I hope you feel better soon and stay comfortable where ever that is.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
Thank you, I think it will get worse before it gets better.
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@moffittjc (45238)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Jan 16
I hope everything is alright! As much as you'd probably like to live sitting at the computer, it is not very practical, although you could probably earn a pretty penny or two on myLot!
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• United States
10 Jan 16
My recliner turned out to be very comfy in the evening, thank goodness!
@moffittjc (45238)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I used to laugh at my dad when I was a kid, because every night after dinner he would sit down in his recliner and immediately fall asleep! But what goes around, comes around, because I do the same thing now! My recliner is so comfortable that I could sleep in it all night if I had to!
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@moffittjc My parents did it, I watched them sleep in front of the TV and I said the same thing - I won't ever do that...ha ha on me!
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
9 Jan 16
You might want to get this one checked out quickly because of what happened to you before. You wouldn't want the same symptoms to return again on the other side. Maybe getting it looked at and treated early can stop this from happening again.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
Today is Saturday, doc isn't open until Monday.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill OH I am so sorry to hear this. I hope you will feel better soon.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@poehere Its much better today Ann...thanks.
@celticeagle (119857)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jan 16
That doesn't sound fun at all. Having it once before you must know what you have. Hope you can get in and get taken care of before it gets real bad.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
Its much better today and I am glad.
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@celticeagle (119857)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill ...I bet that you are.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@celticeagle I had enough to deal with w/o worrying about me.
@GreatMartin (5727)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
10 Jan 16
Between sciatica and gout I don't know which is worse!! You have my empathy.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
My uncle used to get gout and I know he was in a lot of pain. I never had yet, thankfully.
@marlina (77852)
• Canada
9 Jan 16
I know how painful it is, and hope that you will recover soon from all that pain.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
Thank you, it is bring back awful memories.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
Oh I do wish you luck - I had sciatica once for a few weeks and the pain is excruciating, isn't it?
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• United States
12 Jan 16
Yes the pain is actually hard to describe to those who have never experienced it. So far it is just little twinges now, so it much better.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I'm pleased to hear that, I hope it keeps improving.
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• United States
12 Jan 16
@jaboUK Thanks, I appreciate that.
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• Canada
10 Jan 16
Sciatica was what the first round of doctors thought I had over a year ago. Turns out it was much worse. Please be careful and if things get worse, go get seen. Feel better soon!
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• United States
10 Jan 16
Right now it's not bad at all...what did yours turn out to be if I may ask?
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• Canada
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I had Cauda Equina Syndrome and had several of the red flag signs. I wouldn't have been misdiagnosed if the resident had done the exam correctly.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@Morethanamom Misdiagnosis is too common, what a shame.
@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
10 Jan 16
I feel for ya; literally and physically @AbbyGreenhill . My spine is in the shape of a hockey stick and the spinal cord is smushed at the base of the spine. I have collapsed and split vertebrae and the ones in my neck are like broken pieces of chalk. I do find that a Tends Unit is extremely helpful.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
What is a Tends Unit? I'm much better today - I took Tylenol which did help and I rested all evening. It sounds like you have had it rough, my goodness..
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@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill The unit has sticky pads that you attach to where you want the body massaged. The hand-held controller then sets for 15-minute intervals and the massaging starts. It's like going to a professional masseuse without the cost. It relaxes the pinched nerves and relieves the pain. My injuries are something I have to live with the rest of my life and I am in constant pain. I occasionally take an aspirin but refuse to use any other meds.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@nanette64 Oh, ok, that's not fun but it should like you have learned to deal with it and you have a very good attitude.
@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
1 Feb 16
I hope you are better this time, no more pain in your body part.
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• United States
1 Feb 16
I still have a slight pain but I can deal with it.
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
1 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill Oh, take care of yourself, no overworked.
@DianneN (84977)
• United States
10 Jan 16
I wish you much luck! I heard that it is just awful to have.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
Yes it is, but as of today so far anyway, it's not too bad...wish me luck!
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
10 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill Thatvis good news to hear.
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@LeaPea2417 (21997)
• Toccoa, Georgia
10 Jan 16
I hope you feel better soon. My husband has a slight bit of that Sciatica. His leg will hurt him if he sits or lays in a certain way. He sits on heating pads sometime and sometimes he uses ice packs. He is hoping he wont have to have any kind of surgery.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
The physical therapist said heat for the initial pain, but ice after exercise. Today it's not bad maybe because I couldn't dwell on it because of the dog's problems.
• United States
10 Jan 16
I've had sciatica on and off for many years. It's the most horrible pain so hope it disappears before it flares up.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
I guess once you get it the first time you can count on it coming back.
@UncleJoe (10869)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
9 Jan 16
I suffer from sciatica too. The more I agrivate it, the worse it gets, so stay off your feet as much as possible.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
I stayed off in the evening and it's much better today. thanks.
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@yukimori (9070)
• United States
9 Jan 16
I get it pretty much every time I sleep on my left side thanks to an accident I was in about five years ago. It's definitely miserable. Have you ever tried chiropractic treatments? If it's not something you experience normally, there might be a nerve being compressed somewhere. If you catch it early on, it's easier to resolve than if goes on for a while. Other than that, what seems to help me is soaking in a tub with some of the Village Naturals Aches & Pains Relief mineral bath... I know, I know, it seems to be one of my standard go-to solutions, doesn't it? Peppermint oil might help a bit, too, if you rub it on the sore area.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
Last time doc sent me to physical therapy, 3 times a week for 5 or 6 weeks. I'll go to the doc if it's still acting up and see what he says, Soaking in hot water does nothing for me at all. The right exercises along with heat or ice at the appropriate times.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
Yes, I know what this is, they thought I had it, but turned out to be arthritis, I hope your pain will lessen for you. I can honestly say I can live with the arthritis, it does slow me down, but nothing beats the pain wit the kidney stones I get, that is a killer.
• United States
10 Jan 16
I have had two kidney stones in the last 12 or so years..one was so big I had to have it blasted, the second one I passed on my own.
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• United States
11 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill , I had them, several times last year and the year before that. Problem was they couldn't see them in the xray. I have had too many xrays than I should for year. Last time I went to ER I had two big ones, they never passed, two days later I was back in ER, I still have the stones.
• United States
12 Jan 16
@CookieMonster46 They use ultrasound scan for them, not x-rays. I have app;t with specialist tom and I'll know if I have any - had my scan done a few weeks ago.
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