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    • mumoftwins
    • By mumoftwins 14th Apr 09, 6:14 AM
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    Sciatica - how do you cope?
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    • 14th Apr 09, 6:14 AM
    Sciatica - how do you cope? 14th Apr 09 at 6:14 AM
    Morning everyone,

    I have really bad sciatica and wondered how you cope with it please? I have awful trouble just trying to sit comfortably on the settee to watch tv or just read/chat - I'm always fidgeting trying to get into a position which isn't painful.

    At night I start off reasonably ok with a hottie against my back/hip/buttock, but as the night wears on I am woken with the awful nagging pain in my buttock and have to get up, so only manage about 4 hours sleep per night.

    I take co-dydramol during the day and a slow release version at night. I have tried various other pain relief but none seem to get rid of the awful pain even the medication I take now doesn't seem to help for than 3/4 hours.

    The advice I am looking for is how to cope really rather than medication as I know this is not allowed on the forum.

    Thanks for reading.
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    • 14th Apr 09, 9:15 AM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 9:15 AM
    Morning everyone,

    I have really bad sciatica and wondered how you cope with it please? I have awful trouble just trying to sit comfortably on the settee to watch tv or just read/chat - I'm always fidgeting trying to get into a position which isn't painful.

    At night I start off reasonably ok with a hottie against my back/hip/buttock, but as the night wears on I am woken with the awful nagging pain in my buttock and have to get up, so only manage about 4 hours sleep per night.

    I take co-dydramol during the day and a slow release version at night. I have tried various other pain relief but none seem to get rid of the awful pain even the medication I take now doesn't seem to help for than 3/4 hours.

    The advice I am looking for is how to cope really rather than medication as I know this is not allowed on the forum.

    Thanks for reading.
    Originally posted by mumoftwins
    You have my sympathy. I cant help but I have had it and it was terrible. Fortunately it went away after a while.
    • beedeedee
    • By beedeedee 14th Apr 09, 9:51 AM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 9:51 AM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 9:51 AM
    My husband laid on our sofa with sciatica for over 18 months - unable most of that time to even stand let alone walk. Eventually he ended up on morphine salts on prescription (don't want to alarm you here) but went down every possible route on the NHS - then someone recommended an osteopath. Now, we don't know if it got better because of, or in spite of the osteo....but the pain went away and (touch wood !) has never come back. It might be worth trying.
  • tenacioust123
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    • 14th Apr 09, 12:46 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 12:46 PM
    Have you been referred to a physio or a pain management clinic? If not then speak to your doctor. This may sound stupid but you need to keep moving and this can be helped by good pain control, not always medication but a Tens machine or accupunture, this can all be done through a Pain management clinic.

    A hot water bottle works for me too, I understand how difficult it can be to get comfortable. I use loads of pillows and lay on my side with the pillows all around me which helps.

    I wish you all the best.

    Tina
    • baccyman
    • By baccyman 14th Apr 09, 12:56 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 12:56 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 12:56 PM
    you might find an orthopedic matress a bit of help because they are firm your body does not get into a curved shape in the night,
    and as said before an osteopath can be a great help or a chiropractor can be of help aswell.
  • tattoed bum
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    • 14th Apr 09, 1:22 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 1:22 PM
    i also have it and my sympathies go out to you ,
    i have tried accupunture that seemed to make it worse .
    i am also on the morphine based pain killers these just take the edge of but dont help fully .
    but what i have found helps loads is the tens machine i use this for about an hour before bedtime and it helps me get a sleep of sorts
    • mumoftwins
    • By mumoftwins 14th Apr 09, 10:39 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:39 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:39 PM
    Hi,

    Thanks for all the replies.

    I have had sciatica before many years ago, and have also suffered from a bad back (2 degenerative discs) for many, many years and also have trochanteric bursitis, but the sciatica seems to be winning in the pain stakes at the moment.

    I have used a chiropractor for 14 years but it is only in the last few months that I have had to stop due to finances and it now really shows that I am having no treatment.

    I am due for an MRI scan on May 22nd and then back to see the Consultant soon after, but in the meantime I just need to be able to cope with the pain. I think a Tens machine may well be a good idea, I saw them in Boots today and believe that Lloyds Chemist do one too which is cheaper.

    Where did you get yours from tenacioust123 and tattoed bum please? Is there anything in particular that it should have that makes it better than another version?
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:47 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:47 PM
    Hi,

    Thanks for all the replies.

    I have had sciatica before many years ago, and have also suffered from a bad back (2 degenerative discs) for many, many years and also have trochanteric bursitis, but the sciatica seems to be winning in the pain stakes at the moment.

    I have used a chiropractor for 14 years but it is only in the last few months that I have had to stop due to finances and it now really shows that I am having no treatment.

    I am due for an MRI scan on May 22nd and then back to see the Consultant soon after, but in the meantime I just need to be able to cope with the pain. I think a Tens machine may well be a good idea, I saw them in Boots today and believe that Lloyds Chemist do one too which is cheaper.

    Where did you get yours from tenacioust123 and tattoed bum please? Is there anything in particular that it should have that makes it better than another version?
    Originally posted by mumoftwins
    I tried one from the pain clinic, sadly it didn't work for me as I have metal in my back. Thats the good thing about pain clinics you can try things out before you lay out a cost. If you know anyone that has one ask if you can try it out for a while. Or like I said earlier have a word with your Doc to get refered to a pain clinic.

    Good luck
    • PolishBigSpender
    • By PolishBigSpender 14th Apr 09, 11:15 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:15 PM
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    Just a quick note to say that although I don't have any advice, you have my utmost sympathy for suffering with such a condition.
    From Poland...with love.

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    • mumoftwins
    • By mumoftwins 15th Apr 09, 5:08 AM
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    I tried one from the pain clinic, sadly it didn't work for me as I have metal in my back. Thats the good thing about pain clinics you can try things out before you lay out a cost. If you know anyone that has one ask if you can try it out for a while. Or like I said earlier have a word with your Doc to get refered to a pain clinic.

    Good luck
    Originally posted by tenacioust123
    My GP referred me to the Pain Clinic but they just referred me straight onto a back specialist at the local hospital!

    Got myself some of those pain relief heat pads yesterday, so got into bed ready to put one on for the night and the instructions said 'do not use whilst sleeping' - sprayed Deep Heat on instead! Still didn't help me sleep through

    I'm back at work today (p/t) so hopefully things will be a bit better as I will pottering around all morning - as tenacioust123 says it is easier when I keep moving just so damned painful when trying to rest/watch tv or suchlike.
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  • tattoed bum
    hi , i had mine from lloyds i would say spend that little extra and get a 4 pad one i think they are about 15 .
    i found the heat pads and heat rub made mine worse ,the cold one was really painful to put on but seemed to work a little better
  • tenacioust123
    My GP referred me to the Pain Clinic but they just referred me straight onto a back specialist at the local hospital!

    Got myself some of those pain relief heat pads yesterday, so got into bed ready to put one on for the night and the instructions said 'do not use whilst sleeping' - sprayed Deep Heat on instead! Still didn't help me sleep through

    I'm back at work today (p/t) so hopefully things will be a bit better as I will pottering around all morning - as tenacioust123 says it is easier when I keep moving just so damned painful when trying to rest/watch tv or suchlike.
    Originally posted by mumoftwins
    Try a good old fashioned hot water bottle, I love mine
    • jenhug
    • By jenhug 15th Apr 09, 5:28 PM
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    try a chiropractor and ask your gp for a low dose of amitryptilene. in low doses it relaxes muscles and aids sleep. (its actually an anti depressant.) I take it in the evening for my fibromyalgia.

    A friend has sciatica and he recommends a 2ltr coke bottle filled with hot water, sit in a chair with bare feet and roll your feet back and forth over the bottle for about 10 mins, he swears by it for relief.
  • Shomac
    Ive had sciatica for 9 years now & im on morphine based medication.

    I have a heating pad which is great for the pain or a hot water bottle.

    Its a horrible thing sciatica, so you have my deepest sympathies.
    • baccyman
    • By baccyman 15th Apr 09, 10:28 PM
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    my partner has a wheaty and she puts that in the microwave to heat it up and uses that on her neck and shoulders, one of those might help and in the long run it would be cheaper than buying heat packs.
    • Shapeshifter
    • By Shapeshifter 15th Apr 09, 10:42 PM
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    I've suffered on/off with sciatica for years, but was always told to not use heat on back but cold packs has this reduces any inflamation, where as heat expands your muscles causing more pain.
    • mumoftwins
    • By mumoftwins 16th Apr 09, 5:07 AM
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    I've suffered on/off with sciatica for years, but was always told to not use heat on back but cold packs has this reduces any inflamation, where as heat expands your muscles causing more pain.
    Originally posted by Shapeshifter
    This is a confusion as when I could afford the Chiropractor I was told to use heat for one thing and cold packs for another and I can't remember which is which .

    Here I am again up just after 4am after approx 4.5hrs sleep, roll on tomorrow when I have some money come in I'm going to buy a Tens machine!

    What sort of chairs do you sit on when watching tv? Do any of you use extra support whilst sitting down?

    Tattoo, where do you put the 4 pads whilst using the Tens machine?

    Jenhug, will give the coke bottle thing a try too - thanks!

    I will try and get an appt with GP again for this afternoon and see if he can recommend anything else - I just want to be able to sleep for 8 hours straight through :confused:

    Thanks all for your help, its nice to know I'm not alone.
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  • mazza111
    For those of you who can afford to, I would recommend a visit to a good chiropractor. For those of you can't afford to, try and scrape the money together for a couple of sessions. He worked wonders on my friend's sciatica. So much so that she was out walking 5 miles the day after her first treatment.
    • tanith
    • By tanith 16th Apr 09, 10:37 AM
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    Sciatica has a cause and those of you that have it need to get your GP to investigate whats causing it if it continues for more than a couple of weeks, nerve compression can be the culprit and can be eased if the root cause is treated... mine was caused by nerve impingement at L4 L5 and although I had all the usual treatments , physio, pain management, chiropractor, acupuncture eventually I had a small op to remove the pressure on the nerve and I have not suffered with that leg since.... now I have arthritis in the other hip its starting down the same twingeing route ...
    Please ask your doc for a referal to seek out the cause , having sciatica for 9yrs is crazy when it can possibly be fixed
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    • mumoftwins
    • By mumoftwins 17th Apr 09, 5:32 AM
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    For those of you who can afford to, I would recommend a visit to a good chiropractor. For those of you can't afford to, try and scrape the money together for a couple of sessions. He worked wonders on my friend's sciatica. So much so that she was out walking 5 miles the day after her first treatment.
    Originally posted by mazza111
    After being completely at breaking point yesterday, I have made an appointment to see a local Chiropractor at 2pm today - lets hope she can make some real difference and I can get a full nights sleep
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