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Sciatica

Posted on 08/29/2015 7:18:38 PM PDT by Maine Mariner

Some medical advice from Freepers is sorely needed.

About two weeks ago I twisted my lower back and the result sciatica. I have been taking 3 200mg of Advil and 2 300 mg Tylenol every six hours plus alternating between an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) and a hot water bottle. I have also been doing some exercises several times a day as recommended by my physical therapist. So here it is Saturday evening and I am in a lot of pain. What is so discouraging was today at about 2 pm for a couple of hours, I was pain free. Any suggestions will be appreciated.


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1 posted on 08/29/2015 7:18:38 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Maine Mariner

Sounds to me like you are doing all that can be done. Except I take Motrin. If you can get your doc to prescribe the really good ones...they work.

Some days are better than other with this stuff.


2 posted on 08/29/2015 7:23:55 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Maine Mariner

Mail...


3 posted on 08/29/2015 7:25:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.)
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To: Maine Mariner
Take a lot of drugs except between 2 and 4 PM Saturdays


I honestly don't know ... sciatica is a damaged nerve of some sort or a disc (as best as I can remember)

Drugging it is temporary and does not fix the problem

MY particular LB pain is the result of sitting for too many hours every day ... now so painful, excersize (much needed) is painful to accomplish

I take no meds, just try to correct the cause and strengthen what's left of a 67 year old abused back

Good luck ... I'll try to follow this thread

4 posted on 08/29/2015 7:26:54 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Maine Mariner

Whatever else you do:
Lay on your back on a rug, relax and do simple exercises to stretch your back and related muscles.

Pull your legs up one at a time, together; pull your torso up by your neck; twist one way and the other- all while lying relaxed on your back. Don’t force any movement.

Once or twice a day- every day. It’s more a maintenance than a repair routine but it serves for both.


5 posted on 08/29/2015 7:27:15 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: Maine Mariner

my advice to you is to quit asking medical questions on a political forum, and go see a doctor.


6 posted on 08/29/2015 7:27:19 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Maine Mariner

It lasted for about two-three weeks when I suffered with it, slowly improving, so you may be out of the woods soon.
Yeah, it hurts.


7 posted on 08/29/2015 7:28:21 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: Maine Mariner

I had sciatica for a long while. After going to a chiropractor a couple times a month for a few months, it was totally gone. I think I have had pain 3 times in over 10 years. Just my experience.

PS All those pills are going to screw up your stomach and who knows what else.


8 posted on 08/29/2015 7:28:27 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: Maine Mariner

Stay away from the opiates; they’re easy to get addicted to. I was for a year (2010) in combination with vodka, and had to go thru detox. Oxycontin and vodka killed the pain 100%, but it almost killed me. Clean and dry since 1/9/11, now.


9 posted on 08/29/2015 7:28:28 PM PDT by carriage_hill (If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.)
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To: Maine Mariner

ok.. this sounds crazy but worked for me even as I doubted it would.

Method 1: If you can, lay flat on your back on floor. Twist at hip and bring your straight leg up crossing to other side. This would only turn your hip. Hold then the other side.

Method 2: If you are having a big flare up. don’t stretch using above exercise.

I had to go to E.R. to get a prescription for valium a muscle relaxer. (The body puts your muscles in spasm to try to protect the injured/pinched nerve so this relazes them.) I was given steroid shot & steroid pills to reduce swelling along with valium. I did not take pain pill although given prn. I have had to have a neve block in my back twice.. but suggest you try to avoid that using the above methods.


10 posted on 08/29/2015 7:28:32 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: Maine Mariner

I don’t think it’s recommended to take Advil and Tylenol together for more than a few days.
All I can tell you is that neither one, no matter how strong the dosage, touched my sciatica in any way. A specialist prescribed some other type of pain medication—all I know is that it was strong, but not oxytocin—and the problem was solved. (I didn’t even have to use the entire prescription. After controlling the pain for a few days, I eased off the meds and was still fine.)


11 posted on 08/29/2015 7:29:29 PM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: berdie

Be careful with doing the exercises too soon. Give your back time to heal, then go at the re-strengthening the lower back muscles at a pace that you can tolerate. Always a good rule of thumb is, let your body tell you what you can tolerate.


12 posted on 08/29/2015 7:29:30 PM PDT by kagnew
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To: Maine Mariner

“Any suggestions will be appreciated.”

See a doctor.


13 posted on 08/29/2015 7:29:36 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Maine Mariner

Icy Hot is my friend.


14 posted on 08/29/2015 7:30:02 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Maine Mariner
Learn exercises to strengthen your lower back, there are many to be done including stretching, just lying on the floor with hands touching toes, too many to enumerate here. Pain medicine is not the answer, it is a never ending cycle.
15 posted on 08/29/2015 7:30:33 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Maine Mariner

I understand dealing with the pain, but get off the pain meds as soon as you can. Liver damage.


16 posted on 08/29/2015 7:31:13 PM PDT by onona (something pithy this way comes)
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To: Fantasywriter

Ok, I totally misspelled oxycontin. Actually, auto-correct did it, but whatever.


17 posted on 08/29/2015 7:31:44 PM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: tumblindice

My doc showed me some stretches that really helped mine.
Those Tylynol and Advil are liver and kidney destroyers.
Try to get this treated with less pills if you can.


18 posted on 08/29/2015 7:31:52 PM PDT by right way right (May we remain sober over mere men, for God really is our one and only true hope.)
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To: JohnBrowdie; Maine Mariner

“my advice to you is to quit asking medical questions on a political forum, and go see a doctor.”

Ditto that. He has diagnosed it as Sciatica but doesn’t say where the pain is. Sciatica usually has an underlying cause which can be aggravated by injury.


19 posted on 08/29/2015 7:31:53 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Maine Mariner

I went through a spell with a kidney stone. Went to the emergency room and they drugged me up. They released me with a bottle of drugs that kept me souped up. I don’t like opiates and switched to Aleve. They had the same pain relief without the druggy feeling.


20 posted on 08/29/2015 7:32:18 PM PDT by Shamrock-DW
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