Does Anyone Suffer From Siatic Nerve Pain?

United States
April 28, 2008 8:14am CST
A few years a go I really injured my back from simply puting clothes from the washer bending down to put them in the dryer. A wicked sharp pop and pain shot diagoally across my back/down my leg and for a second everything went black. I remember slowly trying to straighten my self up to standing position and took 3 steps and sat down in the kitchen chair. I have never felt that much pain since I was in labor w/ my son. I was carried wich I screamed from pain to be laid down on the couch. The next morning I went to the chiropractor and he took one look at me in the waiting room and said to me " go home take advil to get the swelling to go down and come back tomorrow ' I looked at him like " what?! your kidding " he said no he wasn't and explained to me that there was nothing he could do for me w/ all that swelling. So I did then I went back the next day and he said I had done siatic nerve damage and would have to be in bed for up to a week w/ ice and pain killers he perscribed for me. He also told me one you have done something like this your back is never the same you can irrate it at any time and I have quite a few times and god does it hurt. I've tried everything to help it when I know it's acting up just so it won't fully blow out. Has any one ever had this problem what do you do for yours? I
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@Kitkat2 (29)
• United States
11 May 08
I have Sciatic Nerve Pain on both sides and have had it for more than 20 years. The Chiropractor did help a lot but couldn't afford to go all the time. I bought my on Tens unit. They cost around $50 . Using the Tens unit and the heat helps a lot. The stretching is good too if you can do it everyday. I hope this helps.
• United States
18 May 08
Really a tens unit? is that a apecial magnetic pad you use? I am now interested where did you get one? I will have to try that. I don't care about how much it is as long as it helps my back that's what I'm looking for.
• United States
18 May 08
A TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Simulation, means the transmission of small electrical pulses through the skin the underlying peripheral nerves. I bought mine through my Chiropractor but you can also buy them at a medical supply store. I hope this helps.
• United States
24 Jul 08
I do find this information very valueable and I will look into talking to my chiropractor on this and or checking it out in the store. Thanks again take care.
@AmbiePam (51194)
• United States
30 Apr 08
I have that in my back, and it stems from a car accident years ago. I have been to a chiropractor, and he helped so much, but I couldn't afford to go anymore. I try to do the exercises he suggested, but sometimes it hurts too bad. Often I just have to lay flat and wait it out.
• United States
18 May 08
That's what I have to do to mostley w/ a heating pad. I just wish I never made that wrong move in the first place for it wouldn't be this bad. But yah I hear what your saying and you are right. Thanks for the response.
15 Feb 10
I did my back over 4 years ago, suffering a prolapsed disc and chronic sciatica along with it so can truly sympathise with your predicament, I hope it is much improved now. Even now having had several procedures on my spine they have not been able to sort my back out and still suffer daily from sciatica which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. The only thing I know which actually helps with soothing the pain of an attack is to lie on your side somewhere comfortable, a hot water bottle on the lower part of your back, pain killers and try and find something to try and occupy your mind whilst you wait for it to subside. Strangely the use of ice on mine actually made matters worse as to the reason why I use heat instead.
• Melbourne, Australia
3 Dec 09
About 6 weeks ago I had to stop working due to Sciatica. I am not even a little better even now. All I remember doing was lifting a shopping bag for a customer & I was down like a ton of bricks. I went to the doctor, he said it was back strain & sent me to a physiotherapist who only made it worse. Last week (5 weeks after being hurt) the doctor realises that it's not back strain because he suddenly asks if I had pain down my legs at all. I told him yes & he said go home rest, take some panadine forte & don't do anything else. Well I can't rest, not just because it hurts to do so but because I have a house to run, work to go & hand in medical leave forms & make sure I get paid because it happend at work as well as everything I normally had to do before getting hurt. My back is not getting better & I can no longer sit, stand, walk, lay down for any lenght of time so I am always on the move. I have not slept for more than 1 hour at a time in 6 weeks. 6 WEEKS of no sleep makes me in a bad mood ALL OF THE TIME. I lost interest in EVERYTHING.
@mrdos910 (456)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I have just recently got this, possibly from lifting residents at a group home I work at, just as you described in your post, Remembering1966, my pain is identical to yours, mine is on my right lower back/leg. Just went through a dose of Prednisone and nothing, taking Motrin and nothing, I guess I may be looking into Chiropractic care as well.