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    Sciatic Nerve

    It has been made apparent that my back problem isnt muscular but a "sciatic nerve" problem.

    A 'chiro' took my legs and pulled them to see if my legs were aligned and he said one was shorter than the other. He says this causes this nerve to be pinched resulting in this 'pinched' pain.

    Truth is, I havent done any lower body work in over 2 months. I have stretched through some lower back pain that is now gone completely, BUT this sciatic nerve shit is worse than ever!

    My question is, how can I see my way through it? Keep stretching? I do self-myofacial release on my lower back, hams, glutes, and IT band. I stretch my hams, glutes, lower back, and hip flexors (actively and static-ly).

    This doesnt seem to be helping. I can keep getting adjusted by the chiro, but it adds up in $$.

    Anyone conquered this problem before?
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    what is the reason that your legs get out of alignment and why is one longer then the other? I don't trust most Chiro's.....most treat the symptom and not the problem..."yea, just come in every week for an adjustment." ...
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    Well, he didnt recommend to keep coming in, he basically just said I was fuckign up somewhere in my routine.

    The big thing is that I dont do any lower body work and havent for quite some time. My overhead presses are now limited as well. During this time I havent seen any dr until Monday. So thats 2 months of rest, stretching, SMR, advil, and no "adjustments."

    The only thing I can think of whats causing this is my sleep? This is all brand new to me and I am lost with this shit.
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    When types of activities cause you sciatic nerve to become irritated?

    How do you sleep? (Back, side, stomach)
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    So no alignment problems with your spine. I would think the problem with alignment would lead back to the pelvis.

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    I had sciatic pain. I talked to two nurses before seeing a doctor and then saw a doctor. All 3 gave me the same thing to try...

    800 mg Ibuprofen (Advil is good but you probably aren't doing 800 mg) every 8 hours for 4 days. It is an anti-inflammatory. Once the internal swelling around the nerve is gone, it should allow the area to heal.

    In my case it didn't work... so they did MRI and found I had a herniated disk. He put me in physical therapy. That pretty much consisted of core strength exercises on an exercise ball and traction. At the end of it, the pain was still there but gradually went away over the next few months.

    From what I read about sciatic pain, it usually goes away on its own... but it usually takes at least a year for that to happen.

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    find a specialist.....A good physical therapist will be able to give you something to do.
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    I highly recommend an MRI to make sure nothing else is going on in there, i.e. a disc problem.

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    Yeah, a disc problem is nothing to fuck around with. Herniated discs causing sciatica are pretty common really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilPearson View Post
    I had sciatic pain. I talked to two nurses before seeing a doctor and then saw a doctor. All 3 gave me the same thing to try...

    800 mg Ibuprofen (Advil is good but you probably aren't doing 800 mg) every 8 hours for 4 days. It is an anti-inflammatory. Once the internal swelling around the nerve is gone, it should allow the area to heal.

    In my case it didn't work... so they did MRI and found I had a herniated disk. He put me in physical therapy. That pretty much consisted of core strength exercises on an exercise ball and traction. At the end of it, the pain was still there but gradually went away over the next few months.

    From what I read about sciatic pain, it usually goes away on its own... but it usually takes at least a year for that to happen.

    No I dont take that much as of now. I take 400mg 3 times a day. I can try to increase it for a while to test it out.

    A herniated disk? Oh shit. Thats not good. I dont have insurance and not a lot of money so an MRI is kinda tough right now. I dont want to half-ass this, but I really dont have a choice right now, so I am exploring my options.

    Did physical therapy come after...SURGERY?
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    Sciatica is often a problem with the piriformis being too tight. I would highly doubt if you have a disc herniation - you would know if it was that severe. Possibly a bulged disc.

    Try this: Lie on your back and bring your knee (the bad side) towards your chest until it is pointed towards the ceiling. Then gently pull it across your body to stretch the piriformis (should feel a pull in the side of your butt). It should help relieve symptoms if you keep at it.

    I also suggest using a foam roller/medicine ball to release any trigger points in your glute area. Also google a technique called nerve flossing - once your symptoms have subsided it can help keep the nerve from getting bound up and irritated again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
    Sciatica is often a problem with the piriformis being too tight. I would highly doubt if you have a disc herniation - you would know if it was that severe. Possibly a bulged disc.

    Try this: Lie on your back and bring your knee (the bad side) towards your chest until it is pointed towards the ceiling. Then gently pull it across your body to stretch the piriformis (should feel a pull in the side of your butt). It should help relieve symptoms if you keep at it.

    I also suggest using a foam roller/medicine ball to release any trigger points in your glute area. Also google a technique called nerve flossing - once your symptoms have subsided it can help keep the nerve from getting bound up and irritated again.

    Thats actually a newer stretch that I have added into my stretching routine this week and YES it is tight! Very tight! When I do my left leg its not NEARLY as tight as my right. This is good news.

    Ill google nerve flossing when I am at a better computer and I have used the foam roller, but its hard to pin point problems in my glutes. In fact, I thought I did find a problem area during my SMR (SMF?) session one day, but it turned out to be my BONE!

    Oh and CowPimp, I sleep on all sides. I guess I toss and turn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
    Sciatica is often a problem with the piriformis being too tight. I would highly doubt if you have a disc herniation - you would know if it was that severe. Possibly a bulged disc.

    Try this: Lie on your back and bring your knee (the bad side) towards your chest until it is pointed towards the ceiling. Then gently pull it across your body to stretch the piriformis (should feel a pull in the side of your butt). It should help relieve symptoms if you keep at it.

    I also suggest using a foam roller/medicine ball to release any trigger points in your glute area. Also google a technique called nerve flossing - once your symptoms have subsided it can help keep the nerve from getting bound up and irritated again.
    A herniated disk is the same thing as a bulged disk... just a different name for the same thing.

    I never got surgery for my herniated disk. I just did the exercises I was supposed to. I still have the herniated disk... the pain has just went away. I do light squats (around 15-20 reps). I know I herniated mine while doing leg extensions (this is quite common too I found out later)... so I don't do those anymore at all. Now that the pain is gone. A lot of the core exercises they gave were things like crunches on an exercise ball. The one thing consistant with all these exercises is they wanted me to pull up on my abs (actually maybe even lower than the abs) and keep this flexed. It actually took a while to get used to the movement, it was kind of strange. The way he described it was to flex the same muscles you would as if you were trying to stop peeing in mid stream. It is more like pulling your abs up than it is flexing them. He told me that crunches without doing this wouldn't work the muscles that I needed to stabilize my spine in the area that I needed.

    "I would highly doubt if you have a disc herniation - you would know if it was that severe"

    ... I had no idea that I had a herniation. And I now can't tell that I ever had an issue.

    If it is less severe the 800 mg Ibuprofen may fix it up. If not I would try these kind of crunches and any other types of core body strength movements you can think of while flexing with the trying to stop peeing method. If that still doesn't do it, it may just be a matter of time. I know I had a fairly miserable year because of mine.

    Of course if you can afford to see a doctor and get physical therapy... that would be ideal.

    My pain started on the back of my leg, fairly high up and gradually moved down lower and lower.... finally into my calf and eventually just went away.

    Is the pain constant? Where in the leg is it?

    Mine was a shooting pain that only happened when I switched positions from standing to sitting or sitting to standing.

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    They also had me doing nerve flossing which helped.

    Sit down and crouch over hanging your head. Slowly extend your leg while raising the leg. This nerve goes right from your foot to your head. Doing this movement should floss the nerve through the spine.

    Also try stretching it by doing a similar movement. The only difference is you start with your head up and drop it down while you extend the leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
    I would highly doubt if you have a disc herniation - you would know if it was that severe. Possibly a bulged disc.
    not much difference, typically a disc is referred to as a buldge rather than herniated based on the severity, but they are basically the same thing.

    not true, I estimate that I had my herniated disc for at least a year maybe close to two years, I had no clue until I finally went in for an MRI and even my chiropractor was shocked at the severity.

    if you cannot afford the MRI and the pain is tolerable stop putting stress on your back. I would recommend you stop all weight lifting for at least 2 weeks to see if the pain subsides, also 1-2 doses of Advil (800mg's) per day, and ice your back, that really helps.

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