Aging is Painful
Green Bay, Wisconsin
February 9, 2018 12:56pm CST
So, adding to my aging problems, I've been having sciatica for about a month, and my friend told me to call our favorite chiropractor. My appointment was this morning. When I told him how long I've been putting up with this pain, he asked me why it took me so long to go see him. The good news is, he's able to fix me. He said it would be a couple visits. I know when he started working on me, the pain factor went through the roof. He told me I have a swollen disk. I'm just glad the treatment and therapy for it will fix it without adding more drugs to my daily dosage. As it is though, I'm taking Ibuprofen every night just to be able to sleep, as the pain is terrible. Oh well, what can I say? Aging is painful.
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• United States
I'm so sorry you've been in pain for such a time. I hope the chiropractic will help soon. Also happy you don't need to add more meds. Hang in there "Youth is wasted on the young" - isn't that a phrase from something? I'm starting to believe it
• Moses Lake, Washington
@GardenGerty If you mean the gentle pulling of the knee to the stomach, that's a good one. I have sciatica issues on my right side. Thanks for the reminder. That exercise is a good stretcher- I do it lying down on my bed. I can't lie flat on the floor.
• Paso Robles, California
My mom suffered terribly with sciatica, so when she began to hurt in the lower back or leg she assumed it was sciatica and went to the chiropractor who usually helped her. One day she stepped into her high heels to get ready for church and called me to say she had sciatica and needed help. She was in more pain than ever before. She was in her eighties. I took her to the chiropractor and he was not able to help as usual. I finally had to take her to the ER and she was in so much pain they couldn't even put her on the X-ray table for a week while they gave her narcotics for the pain. That's when she discovered she really had compression fractures. She was in the hospital for a month. Appropriately, she was released on Independence Day.
• Paso Robles, California
@just4him It took my mom months to recover. I was in the hospital for hours every day while she was there because they had her tied in bed whenever I wasn't there. I'm not kidding. Then they pumped Ativan into her to keep her calmer when they put the restraints on. They didn't want the liability if she fell because she was always heavily sedated because of the pain. The restraints killed her independent spirit and I couldn't bear to watch her feel that way, so I stayed as long as I could every day so she could walk to the bathroom with me watching over her. The worst was what the Ativan did to her. It affected her mind, took away her inhibitions and made her say and do things she never would. She had to stay on the pain patches and Vicodin for weeks after she came home and then decided she didn't need them anymore, not realizing she'd become addicted. When she started getting sick I took her to the ER and they said she was going through withdrawal. So she had to stay in the hospital for three days to get it out of her system with help. I hope you didn't have to go through any of that.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
@bagarad No, I didn't. I'm so sorry your mother did. When I fractured my vertebra, I also had bronchitis, so they didn't even do any X-rays until a couple weeks later, because I was still having a lot of trouble doing my job. I was working at the Post Office at the time and I couldn't pick anything up. When I went back to the ER when the bronchitis was gone, then they did the x-rays and found the compression fracture and told me I couldn't do any lifting, and they put me on letter sorting. I was working as a postal temp, and haven't worked there since.
• United States
My sister was having problems with sciatica and they told her she might need surgery due to a bulging disc. She went to a physical therapist who gave her some exercises to do..and it helped her alot. When she went to the chiropractor she didn't get any relief suprisingly. She hasn't been complaining about it lately.
I have a herniated disc, and when it slips out of place it gives me the same pain. All that I can say is thank goodness for a great chiropractor because I would never ever consent to having back surgery. My brother did, and there are so many physical restrictions afterwards, it makes me wonder if it was really worth what he went thru. I hope that you get yours under control.
@just4him He was advised against staying in 1 position for more then a 20 minute period. Except for sleeping, that includes standing and sitting, you need to alternate these. No more snow shoveling or actually lifting anything over 10 pounds, which for a man, is difficult. He had to give up truck-driving, he drove truck during the winter months when he couldn't farm.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
My sciatica worked up when I was in my 30s. It then went away for awhile but came back time and time again to haunt me. However, my pain is stabbing at certain times and then it just fades away. Now this winter is very cold and my sciatica causes pain across my lower back. However, when sitting or sleeping I don't feel it so I just learn to live with it. Hope your doctor helps you lose the pain completely.
Happy you get help! I had back problems for many years and got help from different chiropractors.. now I am free from that, but on Monday I fell on the floor and broke the bone that is between my knee and hip.. It is still painful but the doctor fixed it, but it takes time to heal..