Main Article on Sciatica Question: Please describe your experience with sciatica. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Lesley, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05 My sciatica pain started at the end of September. I am on naproxen and gabapentin and have just been given 3 days of diazepam. I also take steroids for asthma. Nothing seems to be improving the pain in my left buttock and left leg. I’m using 2 crutches to get around but the pain is so bad after walking. No one seems to understand the pain I’m in. I don’t know what to do. Comment from: david, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 03 My sciatica pain was so bad running from my hip side of my buttock on the right side. I could not get up out of bed, and I had a real sharp burning in my foot. It’s been a month, I am doing better, and able to get up. The burning is gone, but I still have foot pain hip pain, swelling in foot and toes, and I feel weird. Comment from: John Killer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 28 I got sciatica from a herniated disc at L4-L5 along with osteophyte formation around the same area. I was prescribed Celebrex which did little except numbing the pain for a while. I could barely walk the length of my living room before crashing down on the ground. I would often brush my teeth sitting on my toilet seat. Three sessions of physiotherapy made the pain go to a whole new level. Finally I decided against using more anti-inflammatory drugs and switched to homeopathy with some success. Comment from: Shaz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26 It started with a sharp shooting pain. I kept going to the doctors, but nothing was found. Then I went for an MRI scan after about a year, and they told me I have sciatica, offered physiotherapy, etc., but nothing helped. It’s been nearly 5 years now I am just popping painkillers and exercising. I’m just so fed up, it’s so painful at times to even roll over at night and to get out of bed in the morning. Comment from: karl, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 22 I am a 50 year old male with semi-active lifestyle. I have an awful pain in my buttock and the back of my left leg from sciatica. Nothing worked, and I could not walk, sleep, work or anything. I was basically a cripple, until I tried this: icepacks on the painful area, ibuprofen every 2 hours, paracetamol again every 2 hours, cannabis oil (500 mg) twice a day (1 full pipette at a time), and finally a groin support harness that fastens around the waist and also around the affected leg. Wow, it is like night and day, I can function again. Comment from: Jeys, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 22 I’ve been dealing with sciatica for over 6 months now. I have tried taking anti-inflammatory and pain reliever medicines, doing sciatica stretches and chiropractic adjustment, but none of these really helped. I can’t afford surgery, steroid injection, or even an MRI, so I'm relying on its resolving on its own. Wonder if that is possible. I am worried it might result in permanent nerve damage if I just wait. I’m not sure I should continue doing stretching and light exercises even if it hurts more after. Comment from: Dave, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 20 Gardening, I got a pinched nerve and sciatica. I tried all drugs Celebrex, pregabalin and tramadol with mild relief. I was in and out hospital for 2 days. I was on crutches for 2 weeks, with leg pain, foot pain, hip pain, and right shoulder pain. I’ve had Nerve injection, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy (hurt like crazy) and chiropractic treatment, and nothing amazing but kept stretching and doing mild exercises. Week 6, I am back on tramadol and pregabalin, my shoulder hurts terribly and hip and foot; debilitating. I also have brachialgia that they incorrectly blamed on crutches. I will beat this though, fight on. Comment from: Maureen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15 I have been told I have sciatica. The pain in my right knee and leg keeps me awake. My general physician has given me codeine tablets to take, but my right leg pain just keeps me awake, and I don’t know what to do. Comment from: Michael, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 08 Since my job has been loading and unloading construction materials every day for 10 years, it’s no wonder I have problems with sciatica. At first I didn’t pay too much attention to it, which was my biggest mistake. Instead I should have gone straight to the doctor who eventually told me the problem was sciatica and a pinched nerve. The pain was unbearable and unfortunately it was not possible to stop working. I went to a physiotherapist, and massaged the painful area with Acuraflex cream which helped. Comment from: deb1978, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01 I had sciatica for 20 months, had physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy, and acupuncture for 10 trips. I have had circulation problems for 22 months, and blocked colon for 10 months, I wonder what now. QUESTION Nearly everyone has low back pain at some time during their life. See Answer Comment from: dave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 18 My sciatica started up 4 months ago, so I went to a chiropractor. The results were a complete waste of time and money. I suspect they knew at the outset they couldn't help me but took my money anyway. The adjustments and exercises were actually making it worse. I went to my family doctor and he prescribed a muscle relaxer and ant-inflammatory medication. Within 2 weeks the pain went away. Tense muscles and spasms in the lower back were pinching the sciatica nerve. My 4 month nightmare is over. Comment from: rob, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17 I am disabled for many reasons, one being congenital spinal stenosis. I have numbness from mid-calf down; feels almost like I have boots on. I have bilateral sciatica that hurts 24/7. I have been dealing with this for over 10 years. Doctors say I need multi-level laminectomy and spinal fusion with a cage. I have given up as I can’t afford surgery. I can’t even afford insulin. The health care system in America is only geared towards referrals and making money. Nobody cares, just push you on to the next doctor. Comment from: Dave, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 17 My sciatica is back after laminectomy and discectomy 2.5 years ago. My pain has been getting worse for 2 months. Now it’s really bad. I am trying to stay active, but no more walks now. I am doing press ups lying down on my stomach. The pain goes away when I sit. So I assume the canal is opening when I sit, and closing when I’m upright. But it is taking longer to subside when sitting now. Gabapentin and opioids don’t work when it’s bad. TENS unit buzzes and masks a bit. NeuroMD unit is nice and masks better. Comment from: Duck, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 15 I've had shooting pain down my left leg since July but the last two or three weeks, the sciatica has been unbearable. I can lie on my back (sometimes) and right side if I keep taking Advil, but I can no longer sit up for more than 2 or 3 minutes or stand for more than 5, and I can’t drive. My calf burns, my ankle burns, my thigh burns, and my toes are numb. I do stretches every day and if it is helping at all it's by so little I can’t tell. Hubby is a germaphobe who begs me not to see a chiropractor but I kind of give up. Comment from: Paincrazy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09 I had sciatica twice, one left and one right, and both were disc bulges. I had microdiscectomy surgery which fixed everything up in a week and feeling great. That was one in 2014 and the other side in 2015. Now I have it on the left side again and thinking of trying shots. Comment from: crow woman1, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 09 I am suffering so much from sciatica. I had a back injury when 25 years old, then suffered for 15 years, so my back has always been weak and prone to more injury. Well, just a week ago I had a fridge freezer delivery. After they went, I bent over to sort things out and bang, the pain was a lightning streak down the small of my back. I have damaged the sciatic nerve. I live alone and can hardly move. The pain is all in my left hip and down the leg. I also have a swollen right foot and ankle from a previous injury. Comment from: Achyls, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 01 I was 20 years old when I started to have a lower back pain since March 2019. I went to the doctor in December and took sciatica therapy for a month. I practice yoga non-stop and never forget to take pills. But until today, the pain never goes away. There is not a single day when I feel no pain on my lower back, buttocks and my right leg up to my ankle. It gets worse when the weather is bad, maybe it's because I'm feeling cold. I really wish I don't live all my life with this pain. Comment from: Jacqui, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 01 I started with severe sciatic pain in December 2019, and nearly nine months on I am in even worse agony. I can’t walk, sit, lie down or sleep. I have had nerve blocks and now on Oramorph. Due to the COVID lockdown I have been unable to have an MRI. I have resorted to a private referral for one. All I can say is, it is torture and life is unbearable. Comment from: Phil, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 31 I've had lower right back pain for 10 years or so now and used to living in pain but this sciatic nerve pain in my right groin, buttock cheek and hip I've had for 3 days now, I swear in my life I've never felt pain like it. It's such an intense sharp pain that makes me cry out in agony and cripples me. I can barely walk, bend, lie, sit or even move my foot inwards as it's gone to the side, without being in absolute agony. This is the worst thing I've ever had ever! SLIDESHOW Back Pain: 16 Back Pain Truths and Myths See Slideshow Comment from: Martin , 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 28 I have suffered with severe sciatica for 3 months now. I tried decompression belt, back stretcher sciatica device, and none of these made any difference. Weekly visits to chiropractor haven't helped either. Up to 3 months ago I was a keen runner doing 40 miles each week. Now I am barely able to walk 100 meters. I would appreciate any advice on how to get relief from this terrible pain. I have tried all different painkillers and nothing worked so far. Comment from: MoCo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 25 I have been suffering from sciatica pain for a few years. When I get up in the morning I have agonizing pain in both calves. As the day progresses the pain gets better. By bedtime the pain is ok. I sleep ok but the next morning the pain in my calves returns. Wonder if anyone has had similar experiences. Comment from: MJW94, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 24 I am 26 now. Three years ago, my back had seized up, I couldn't bend and could hardly walk. A few days after, I woke up to excruciating pain I wouldn't wish on anyone. Legs would give out and I was using a walking frame for 5 weeks until able to get a CT scan. I had a herniated degenerative disc 11 mm protruding. Yes, 11 mm. Pinching my sciatic nerve. For 6 months I walked like a penguin with a pain down the right side of my back to my toes. After a spinal injection I was back to my old self, until it flared up this week. Comment from: Tastywaves , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 24 I had sciatica pain about 4 years ago and it lasted about a month. I also had bursitis that was hurting bad. They stuck a needle in the left bursa and a day later I felt great! I went to physical therapy for about a month also. Four years later, it's back now, as of 8 days ago. It bothers me on and off throughout the day. I have been squatting down, bending forward and stretching the left side for 10 second reps, and then that gives me relief. If I'm sitting down or lying down I'm OK. This is awful! Comment from: Rdavis, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 19 Since 2002, I have sciatica from herniated discs L4, L5, S1, and I also have herniated C3 in cervical spine. That's 18 years! I refuse to not work, thank goodness, my wife is literally my boss. Getting a doctor to even begin to comprehend is so hard. Now I can only work 25 hours a week; and not really working that. Finding help is a joke. Good luck. Comment from: goray b, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 18 I have been suffering from herniated disc pain and impinged nerve sciatica on the left leg. My pain starts from my back down to the hamstring, knee joint down to my ankle. It is a burning sensation, excruciating pain, and my left foot is numb constantly, it is chronic. I can’t walk long distances, not even a short distance without the medication, inflammation tablets and pain killer tablets. I take them every day, been sick and off work for 2 months. I was asked to go back to work after a welfare check for 8 months; restricted duties. Comment from: Backpain4life, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 18 I was in a small car accident but when the car hit I felt my lower body shift a little. Everyone told me I’d be okay after a while but one day I just reached down and came back up and my legs gave out. I was stuck in the fetal position. I went to the emergency room and told them my situation. They touched my back and told me I have sciatica and I should rest and would be okay in a couple weeks. It’s been 2 years and the pain has never left. I don’t know what to do. It happened when I was 26 and it is ruining my life. Comment from: PainPainGoAway, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13 I’ve had pain shooting down my left side since May, sometimes in the left buttock to the ankle. Some days the sciatica pain is so bad I can’t get out of bed. When I can get out of bed it sometimes causes me to limp. My left leg is weaker than my right. I have cramps 4 to 5 times in my left thigh and calf nightly. The pain never goes away. I’ve been on steroids, naproxen and I’ve started physical therapy. Comment from: JP jerry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 11 I am 74 and in great health. I am 5’ 7”, weigh 160 lb., and vegetarian for the most part. I am only affected by sciatica when I sleep; the pain is horrendous. Once out of bed there is no pain. I have a small dose of ibuprofen at night which does little to help, and one in the morning if needed. I do not know what else to do! My average blood pressure every morning is 135 over 50 or 60. Comment from: CWYakubec, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 04 I have had pain from sciatica for over 20 years. I have had injections every 3 months for some 6 years, but the shots no longer work. I had a spinal stimulator put in, in November of last year, it helped for the first month and relieved about 75 percent of my pain. Then one of the wire leads moved away from where it was inserted and all my pain was back again. So I have been waiting since March to get it redone but because of the COVID it has been on hold. Now, I have it on both sides and waiting to have it done. Comment from: Diesel man, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 30 I’m a diesel mechanic. In 2015 I got injured and had MRI. I got annular tear and bulging discs on L4 and L5 discs. I had minor sciatica in the past, but bearable. But a month ago I got unbearable pain, couldn’t walk, move or sleep. I felt like I was dying of the pain. I was doing sciatica nerve exercises, but they worked very little. Five weeks in, I finally went to the emergency, because I couldn’t take it anymore, felt like I was going crazy. I got a shot in the buttocks called ketorolac, and this took away all the pain from 5 weeks. Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 28 My sciatic pain first started in March, was mild at first, and gone in about 2 weeks. My second bout of sciatica now has been almost 2 weeks and the pain was so severe I could barely get out of bed. I have seen my doctor once and have been on meloxicam for about a week. I have some slight relief but still have issues. It hurts so bad it is depressing. Since I can’t function like this, I am seeing an orthopedic specialist this week. Comment from: Siobhan, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 21 I am experiencing this bout of sciatica for four months, along with a sprained ankle, which, I was initially told by the doctor, is a side effect of sciatica. After an x-ray, it showed the ankle was sprained. Sciatic pain is debilitating, preventing me from doing daily living activities. Ibuprofen 400 mg and Solpadol help, but then I do more and suffer later! A physiotherapist caused more pain in my hip. I have booked a physical therapist soon and hope this helps. A private MRI is Euro 275, which I can't afford! Comment from: Oldrocker, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 20 I have had very painful sciatica finally easing up after 4 years. I had 16 shots of cortisone and nerve burning, and none of them had any effect at all. My last shot was about a year ago. I’ve had to use a scooter the last couple years. About a month ago I noticed it was feeling a little better. Now I’m slowly walking into big stores and doing okay. Comment from: SunnyFi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 14 I got sciatica in April 2020. I did 2 sessions with my craniosacral therapist but my body couldn’t hold the adjustments. Next I had x-ray, MRI and 4 steroid injections on the 1st visit. I am on meloxicam and tramadol. Steroid injections break down your tissues. On Monday I am doing round 3 of prolotherapy treatment combined with a treatment from the chiropractor. I am in pain every day. I may have to opt for surgery because I can’t live with this pain. Comment from: Hlinka, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 14 I've had sciatica in general for over 25 years, but in the past 5 years I started having bilateral sciatica. On my right side my bouts aren't as frequent as my left side, but the pain used to be more intense. On the left side, my last 2 toes, and right side of my foot are numb. On my left side I would usually get sciatic pain lasting a few weeks every month, but in the past 6 months the weeks have been adding up. Right now, this episode is going on 6 weeks, and it is the worst pain I've ever experienced. Comment from: Tina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 I've been experiencing some severe sciatic nerve pain for two weeks. It is so bad in my right leg on the back part, down my thigh and into my calves. Well, I got up yesterday and it suddenly started hurting more in the front of my left leg so bad, I could barely walk. Now, with every step I'm hearing a pop in my ears; my spine I think. I've had bulging discs in my neck and back for years. I'm afraid. I'm uninsured. Comment from: Glynis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08 I had sciatic pain that manifested in different ways over the years, first a dull ache that no matter what position I tried, stayed. I went to osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists, and they did do some good. However, the last time, it showed up in the form of a shooting electric shock pain that would cause my leg would give way. This time I went to a man who practiced bio-dynamic osteopathy which is probably the same as craniosacral therapist. Like a miracle it has never come back. Comment from: Corina , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 30 On October 1, 2018 I had emergency surgery, and woke up from surgery with excruciating back pain. I am a plus size women. I went from doctor to doctor who said it was my weight, and if I lose the weight all the back pain will go away. In May I got the call that I have a herniated disk L4, L5 and S1. Also, my sciatic nerve is compressed. I’ve tried naproxen, Celebrex, gabapentin, methocarbamol, marijuana... and not much has worked. Lidocaine patches did work for some time but I ran out. Comment from: Kristina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26 My sciatica pain started in late February. I worked 2 warehouse jobs through the holiday season, which may have been a factor. COVID-19 didn't help because in March we shut down and it was extremely difficult to see any doctor at that point. I finally saw a chiropractor, did physical therapy, took all kinds of medicines, and even though it was better, the pain still remained. However I knew before massage was my answer. But due to COVID, massages were not available. Today I got a massage. No more pain; need I say more! Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 23 My leg has become weak from sciatica. I tried all the exercises, none works. I'm lucky this time, I don't get the electric shocks, but when I get up to walk, I get pain down my leg. I have to use arm crutches to walk. Seeing an osteopath, hope they can help me walk again. I find medicinal cannabis works a treat. Comment from: Gordo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 23 My sciatica is nowhere as bad as a lot of these comments, mine was like a dull toothache. I would stretch but it did not seem to help for very long until I started holding my stretch for 4 to 5 minutes at a time instead of just 30 seconds to a minute, and within a few days I feel 100 percent better. I just did it on my left leg that had the pain and concentrated on that leg. Comment from: CA Sunshine, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 23 I am experiencing my 2nd flare up with sciatica. The 1st time in 2016, and now in 2020. The 1st time I was off my feet for 4 months, and so far I have been off for 3 1/2. MRI revealed herniated discs in L4-L5 (4 mm) and L5-S1 (5 mm) pressing on my nerve. I can’t work, sleep, walk, drive, sit, stand, etc. I’ve had 1 injection, Aleve, Advil, tramadol, and Flexeril. All I can say is cannabis helped. For most there is a light at the end of what is usually a 6 months tunnel. Stay positive and numb, my friends. Comment from: Mariellie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 23 I’ve had chronic sciatica for 4 years, on the left side. I can’t sit for longer than 5 minutes, less pain when walking, most pain when sitting or lying down. Most of the pain is in the sitting bones and the back of my thigh. I tried steroid injections and every exercise regimen, nothing worked. I just started amitriptyline 10 mg, slight improvement so far. Really exhausted, and unable to enjoy life. Comment from: Radhika , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 15 In 2019, I had sciatica in my right leg. Since 2020 April my has sciatica moved to the left. The pain starts with some uneasiness in the left buttock and then radiates to the toe. For the past two months I was not able to walk, turn to the left and sleep, or sit. It is this week, after almost 2 months, I can see a little improvement. During the start of the day, if I have pain, it would stay the entire day and I am unable to do anything. A few days I am lucky and I don’t have pain. I’m still on medicines. Comment from: Jay, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 09 There is no cure and in many situations no relief from sciatica. I have had 4 or 5 bouts of it, and luckily enough it goes after a few weeks, but every time it comes, it stays longer. I had all the injections and tablets, all to no avail. I have often felt suicidal because of the relentless pain and sleepless nights. The only thing for me when it goes this time, is to make sure it never comes back and if that means quitting work and becoming unhealthy, so be it. Comment from: Diane , 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 04 I've had sciatica for 3 months. I have pain in my left buttock down my leg and into the ankle. Pain level is moderate at first to excruciating. It’s even hard at times to go to toilet. It has improved but at night I have a dull painful ache in my leg which stops me from sleeping. I tried painkillers but don't want to use these all the time. I tried natural tablets, but not convinced they worked. I am taking glucosamine sulphate now for nearly 3 weeks. It appears this is working. Never felt pain like this before, it's awful having sciatica. Comment from: Lorrie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02 I was diagnosed at 30 with sciatica. I’ve been less and less active over the years because of severe pain. I am now 50 and mostly bedridden. I have DDD (degenerative disc disease) and DJD (degenerative joint disease) and my back has collapsed on the nerve on my left side. I have pain that radiates all the way down to my left foot. Recently my left leg has begun to give out when I walk very far, and I fall down. It has been suggested that I get a spinal fusion, with no guarantee it will relieve the pain. Probable permanent nerve damage too. Ugh! Comment from: Courtney, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02 I have been dealing with back pain for almost a year. When sciatica first started my doctor didn’t really look into it. Then after about 7 months she finally did an x-ray. That showed disc narrowing and arthritis. I’m 28 years old. She didn’t really do much to help me so I switched doctors. I ended up in the emergency room in March because I couldn’t walk. CT scan was done and showed 1 bulging disc. In the month of April I got an MRI and I have 3 bulging discs and one is in my lower back touching my sciatic nerve. Comment from: Jamie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26 I have suffered with severe sciatica for over 10 years. It shoots down my leg, I can barely walk at times, and I have severe burning, numbness and pain that goes into my toes. My doctor has refused to do anything. I have done physical therapy which made it worse, but she won't get me any help. She keeps trying to push pills on me, which never help. Comment from: Timmy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 26 I had total hip replacement 8 months ago. I have significant pain and weakness from my buttock to the back of knee since. Pain seems worse a day or two after workouts (squats or lunges). This pain is worse than my hip and will definitely impact my quality of life. Still working on getting diagnosed and fixing this problem. Sciatica or piriformis syndrome, not sure yet. Comment from: Sad , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22 I was 25 when my onset of sciatica began (July 2019). It lasted until mid-March of 2020. I went a month with very little pain. Come May 15, 2020, I’m back to where I started. This time it feels worse. I can’t even sleep without pain. The only position I can bear to be in is sitting and even then, I still feel the burning sensation. I read the comments and am scared to have to live with this pain. It’s all I think about day and night. Sleep was my getaway and now I can’t even do that. Comment from: Frances, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22 June 25, 2019 I woke up in such pain I could not stand or even sit up. Since then I've had numerous X-rays and 3 MRIs. The sciatica pain starts at my buttocks and goes all the way down to my toes. I am in constant pain every day... some days are worse than the others. Lately nights are the worst. I toss and turn all night trying not to put any pressure on my right side. I've tried physical therapy, naproxen, meloxicam, gabapentin and Pennsaid gel, steroid shots... nothing has worked to relieve the pain. Comment from: Songirl23, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19 I fell backwards and hit my tailbone almost 5 months ago. At the hospital, the MRI said I fractured my L1 vertebra. That does hurt, but my bruised tailbone is the worst pain. I can't sit straight on my tailbone and sciatica has been nonstop. One doctor wants to inject bone cement into the fracture and another doctor wants to implant a nerve stimulator. Pain medicines are the only reason I'm not crying and can move around. I lost my right leg 3 years ago to bone tumors, but this is worse. Comment from: Tony, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 19 I was diagnosed with L5 sciatica by the physiotherapist. I have a slightly numb buttock cheek and tight hamstring, so thought it was tendonitis at first. After chiropractic and physiotherapy sessions I set about doing all the stretches, but now the whole of my leg is numb, and the ball of my foot is very painful. Also I am getting numbness and tingling in my hand. Comment from: Mush , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 15 I have been suffering from lower back pain and sciatica since last 4 weeks. I have L4-L5 disc degenerative disease as per MRI. I have been bedridden with no mobility for the last 4 weeks, with pregabalin and diclofenac medication. Trying hard to not get depressed, by working from bed. Heard some treatment in India - Ayurveda can provide treatment, but current COVID situation doesn’t help with no flights! Comment from: Lyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13 I have dealt with sciatic pain due to herniated disc for the past 5 years on and off. Lyrica worked wonders one time but not the others and it made me slow. I took Norco, Flexeril etc., to ease pain until I can get steroid back injections, which have always worked to alleviate pain. They may take a few weeks to kick in but then pain is totally gone. Looking at microdiscectomy for final fix! I am an active 67 year old female. Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 12 I have been experiencing chronic sciatic symptoms for 10 weeks now. I have had 2 x-rays, blood work and on the waiting list for MRI. My sciatica started a few weeks before COVID really hit home. I've had back issues before. This was different. It has been debilitating. Basic movement is excruciating. I feel so selfish. I want COVID to stop. Not only for the obvious, but that maybe, hopefully, I can get help faster. All day, every day unyielding pain. So, like many others, I wait patiently for our exhausted health system. Comment from: NJ, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 12 I had sciatica on and off for 15 years but always managed to cope. I work a physical job and enjoy weight training, or did, up until recently. Since my son was born 10 months ago I have had it worse than ever. I’ve been on Co-codamol and ibuprofen just to get me through the day at work, which it has. I hate taking tablets, but needs must to earn a living! Recently I had such an intense pain in my left buttock cheek. It dropped me to the floor and I couldn't move or get up for half an hour, it was that intense. Comment from: AussieL5/s1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 11 I have had sciatica from L5/S1 herniated disc (revealed on CT scan) for 5 weeks now. The onset was gradual but fully fledged in 2 weeks. COVID impacted the diagnosis. Thing I have found good is McKenzie method exercises - amazing relief. Sleeping on my back (not side) means not as bad morning pain (as discs have hydrated and expanded during night). Symptoms get better in the afternoon. Oh my goodness, the pain if I drive because you have to keep hips level or above knees! I am on steroids, paracetamol and nerve pain killer. Comment from: Sro, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07 It's unbelievable how much pain I am in. It's been 3 weeks with sciatica. I felt like I was getting better and then all of a sudden it's like I'm starting all over again. And I feel like I can't get any help. The chiropractor was working but now I can't even move to get there. Comment from: Glornel614 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29 The sciatica pain down my left leg feels like electric jolts when I try to walk. I was very active, working out 4 times a week, and since the flare up I can barely move around my house. Sometimes I don’t even want to get out of bed because the pain is unbearable. I have tried stretches, pain medicines, muscle relaxers, and even lidocaine patches. I’m still in pain! Comment from: Over the pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29 This is now the third round with sciatica, and the first time, I required surgery. I got lucky because the surgeon felt I had no quality of life, the nerve slipped, and had to be fished out. Second time, it took about 6 months just for an MRI. That was from a bulging disc. I was told to just call the spine clinic. What a joke, I called, and back to another 6-month wait. One pill after another, and they tell me my pain is not bad enough to call the spine doctor. Comment from: NatS, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 29 I think I’m on the 5th week with sciatica symptoms. The first 3 weeks were bearable, just a slight pain down from my buttocks down the leg into the foot. Now the pain is excruciating, I can only get relief by lying down. I can just about walk to the bathroom upstairs before I want to pass out with the pain. I’m getting worried it could last longer. I’m on highest dose of Co-codamol and ibuprofen. I tried TENS machine, deep heat, no joy so far. Comment from: Nikz, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 17 I suffer with lower back pains from sciatica. One day I came back from work and had to lie down to ease the pain in my lower back. That was it; bed bound for 4 days. I had a massage after day 5 which helped. A few days later it began… chronic sciatica pain. Shooting pains down my leg. It hurts when I walk, sit down and sometimes I can't sleep. I have been doing yoga and physiotherapy exercises. Now after week 7 I find I am a bit mobile but still have the numbness. With the quarantine it's hard to get help. Comment from: Meow, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 09 I am new to this whole sciatica thing but I was diagnosed with it 5 months ago. While it is better now, it is still here; every single day, some days worse than others. Does this ever go away! I am really starting to miss being able to walk normal. I am currently unemployed because my last employer fired me for missing work due to the condition and I wonder if anyone will hire me at this point. Got to love life with sciatica. Lucky us. Comment from: Greg., 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 02 Some mornings and every afternoon I have sciatica pain from my left hip down, the left buttock at times, and now down my left leg. On occasion only it happens on the right but nowhere near as bad as the left. It is very painful, hard to even walk, but I force myself to move. I take Sevredol 10 mg 4 to 6 tablets a day; does not cure, only makes it bearable. Thank you. I am 60. I am fit and healthy. Comment from: Brit, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 02 I have been dealing with sciatica for almost a month now. I lift at work and am used to twisting wrong but this time I guess I pinched my sciatic nerve because I can barely walk, the pain is so bad sometimes. It shoots down my right leg and into my foot (which a lot of the time hurts the worst). The best way to describe it is like my whole leg is full of charley horse cramps. I've taken Norco, Flexeril, naproxen, and prednisone, and nothing is working. I can’t sleep and most nights just lie there crying. Comment from: Barbara, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 02 I have been in excruciating pain from sciatica and at times I feel like I’m going to pass out. Getting out of bed is a process. I have tried different positions for sleeping but nothing helps. My doctor has given me an exercise to do but nothing helps. I have tried painkillers but do not like the way they make me feel. Wonder if going to pain management will help. I thought about going to the hospital but they have an overload of virus cases. I need something to give me some relief. Comment from: Elaine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 30 In 2005 I had a spinal fusion from T5-L5, with titanium rods and instrumentation. I have idiopathic scoliosis and spinal stenosis, at age 54. The past 2 months, I have sciatica, my feet are numb and painful. Now my legs are weak, and I feel like I'm going to fall. The pain is bad. Wondering if I should go to the emergency room. Comment from: Wendy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 24 I have been experiencing this excruciating sciatica pain for almost 3 months now. The pain is from my lower back down to my left buttocks and back of my leg which made standing up and walking really so hard. I already went to the doctor and they gave me pain reliever but it didn't work. I went also to a physiotherapist, it helped a lot, lessening the pain from 10 to 3. But, because there is still pain that doesn't go away I decided to go to a chiropractor and it made the pain worse again. Now sitting, standing up and walking are impossible. Comment from: Jason, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 16 I had problems with sciatica for the past 6 years. Problems started when I was 38. I was working in delivery and had to carry heavy things on daily base. After a while pain grew and I had big issues. Creams helped but the pain still comes and goes. Comment from: Crystal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 06 I have had back surgery years ago for sciatica. I had a spinal fusion done and it relieved the pain. It’s now back. The pain is unbearable. Getting to work is a nightmare. It takes me 3 1/2 hours to get ready for work. I don’t understand how the nerve can be impinged if the back is fused. I’m at my wits’ end. The pain takes my breath away. Comment from: Pretzeliz, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 06 I take a bunch of vitamins B complex, B 12, centrum silver, etc. I research sciatica on the internet and stretch. It hurts so bad I can't sleep. However always remember too much of a lot of vitamins is not good, so space the out and try to get the right combination for you and your body. Now I have sciatica in the left leg from transferring patient(s), and it puts a lot of pressure on the back and legs. Comment from: Gov't Fake Addict, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 27 Four years of sciatica pain, which got worse, and beyond, even after chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture, cortisone shots, then freezing shots, traction, everything. Painkillers stopped working except for anti-inflammatory ones, which are not allowed. Doctors gave me tramadol, which doesn't work anyway, Robaxacet Platinum with an anti-inflammatory medicine works better. Because 2 doctors gave me tramadol, our wonderful government decided that I need to be in rehabilitation with criminal drug addicts. I refuse to sign. Comment from: m, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26 I have been dealing with sciatica for a little over 7 years now and the doctors won’t look into it. Five years ago a doctor told me it was a herniated disc, then the next day they said they made a mistake it wasn't that, and it was anxiety. I have been to multiple hospitals because it got bad. I completely lost function in my left leg and fell, or almost fell. They will only do an x-ray on my hip to see if there are fractures and won’t completely listen to my symptoms. They just give me pills and send me home. Comment from: Lisa Clune, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25 My sciatica pain is so severe at times, just to turn over in the bed is next to impossible, the pain is excruciating! I must slide out of the bed. I found lying on my stomach over the side of the bed and touching the floor about 5 to 10 minutes helps relieve some of the pressure on my spine. Taking my finger in the middle of the palm of my hand and applying pressure for 30 second intervals has changed my life by relieving the pain. Comment from: S avey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25 I have suffered with osteoarthritis in my back for 6 years now. I have 4 herniated discs, sacral pain, coccyx pain, and sciatica flare ups too. I also have nerve pain and it is a feat to walk, bend and sit; standing too. I use crutches to get about every day, so my life has been ruined because of these problems. I am not working due to this and my life has changed so much I even find it painful to play with my 3 gorgeous grandchildren, and this makes me upset. Comment from: Lava, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19 I have had sciatica for 8 years; severe pain in my buttocks, back and legs. The burning is awful. I am constantly tired from the pain, and the only thing that helps is Tylex, but I don't take it every day, for the sake of my health. I take it maybe 3 days a week to allow me to do house chores, shopping, and visiting friends. Then it's bed after doing so. I'm trying everything the book says; drink loads of water, less sitting, stretching, etc. I'm at my wits’ ends. Comment from: Glenys, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19 I am a nurse, and have had lower back pain from sciatica for 5 years. Last week I woke up with the worst pain I have ever had in my back right buttock, thigh, and lower leg. I was shaking all over, the pain was 11 out of 10! I took myself to the hospital, they gave me Endone, and I had no relief. I had an MRI which just showed previous disc bulges, I feel as though they thought I was a sook! It is getting worse instead of better, I'm sure they missed something, you can't have this much pain without a reason. Comment from: Owthepain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 14 I am in constant pain from sciatica and when I walk it is crippling. When I walk on an incline it is burning from the top of my buttock around the front, into my calves, and my feet get numb; painful numb. I sit down and fold my leg up sometimes, it helps taking my shoes off sometimes helps but I have had it for almost 1 year, and it is awful. I am looking for suggestions to deal with the pain. I am on gabapentin, Percocet and Aleve. Comment from: Lili, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 11 Before I start to as everyone says “complain” or “exaggerate” it is essential that I start with saying that experiencing sciatic nerve pain is a physical and mental challenge. Sciatica feels like a constant charley horse throughout my whole leg. The throbbing is unbearable. I have been to chiropractors for treatment, tried ibuprofen/Advil. To this day I wear a back brace every day and a knee brace for some lovely pressure and limp support. It’s been 2 months. Listen; physical therapy only helps. Comment from: MamaBear, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05 January 31, 2020. My sciatica pain started like a pulled muscle in the middle of October 2019. I began to walk and stretch. I went to those who massage your body, then they crack your bones twice. Helped a little but the pain was still there. I even did hot patches that I got allergic to, and ended up with hives on my bottom. I even did ice and hot rub too and Biofreeze rub that I rub all over my hip, leg and calf. It numbs for a while but nothing more. I also started applying ice pack every 20 minutes. Comment from: Eli , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05 I have had sciatica since November last year 2019. This pain is the worst pain I've ever experienced, and have been using a frame to walk, and crawling around on all fours. The doctor has prescribed tramadol, which does nothing at all, codeine phosphate, again nothing, and recently gabapentin and naproxen, which again don't touch the pain. The pain starts in my left buttock all the way down to my foot, with pins and needles. I'm losing the will to live. Comment from: Andreea, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 04 I have had sciatica for the past 6 weeks, the pain keeps moving and evolving but not giving signs of healing. At first, I had shooting pain, numbness and throbbing pain, leaving me unable to sleep in any position. Muscle was affected to the point of limping, I was unable to walk properly. After pain medication (ibuprofen, tramadol, and Minalgin) I was able to move my leg and stretch it but was still limping. Lost muscle strength in my calf muscle. Now the pain keeps moving. Comment from: Dazaq, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 28 It is painful when I sit and lie down. Sometimes the sciatica drops me to the ground, my legs give way on and off. When it's bad it's bad. I felt disabled today and I'm stressing. Comment from: Shekay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13 My doctor diagnosed me with sciatica but I think she is wrong. My pain is on the lower right side of my back. It makes walking difficult but the pain doesn't run down my leg, its concentrated. I had an MRI, which showed degenerative disc disease and 2 herniated discs. I was diagnosed before my MRI. Wonder if I should get a second opinion. They gave me nothing, only offered physiotherapy which I've been through with no relief. Comment from: Pain in the ass, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 09 I have never ever experienced such breathtaking pain as this one from sciatica. I get up and by the time my feet hit the floor, it feels like the bone from mid-calf to above my ankle is either on fire, burning; or in a vice and about to be crushed. Neurontin doesn't help. I can’t take opioids. Everyone on here has different remedies. I am either going to go ahead with the surgery or say goodbye to sobriety (from opioids), because I can’t deal with this. Comment from: Mary Ann C, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08 I have a disc pressing on the nerves in my lower back. Pain goes down my buttocks, down the hamstring to the side of my lower leg close to the calf, ankle, foot and toes. I cannot stand for more than 15 minutes without excruciating pain, and at times I feel like I'm being stabbed in the leg. I have tried everything and nothing helps. Comment from: Rhhh, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 07 I have had extreme sciatic pain for 6 weeks. I had 2 steroid injections and am on oral prednisone 4 weeks. I’m dying from the pain and the steroids. Comment from: Bella , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06 I had to do a job of climbing stairs up and down for 8 hours straight with little break in between. I already have sciatic problems but now it’s so painful in the buttocks and down my leg I can barely stand. Comment from: DrMike, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 03 It has been seven months with sciatica and I have struggled with work, a pre-paid trip to Central Europe, driving and sleeping flat. I have had four general cortisone shots, 6 epidurals, two nerve blocks and 2 foramen nerve blocks. Been three times in pain clinic surgery, had one back x-ray, one hip x-ray, one MRI, and a series of physical therapy. Tried gabapentin, CBD cannabis oil and Tylenol. I have to sleep sitting up with a pillow at the small of my back. I am anxious about the future and depressed. Comment from: Omar N, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 31 After the MRI's bulging discs diagnosis I started therapy for sciatica: chiropractor adjustment, electronic muscle stimulation (EMS), physiotherapy (PT) and massages. The pain was diminishing at first but suddenly started to get worse. I ended with a doctor’s suggestion for epidural shot or surgery. I receive the shot to manage the pain in my left leg. My pain level is off the charts and my leg is so weak that if I sit on a car I need to grab my leg with my arms to take it inside the car. I am calling the doctor tomorrow; super afraid of being diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Comment from: Katz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 11 I have had horrible sciatica for eight months. MRI shows disc bulges and stenosis. I have tried physiotherapy and I take anti-inflammatory medicines. I have had cortisone injections into the spine which relieved it for about a month and then it came back. I find walking helps relieve the pain and walk about 6 km a day. Nothing really helped. Recently I discovered the McKenzie method of physiotherapy. It has been very effective. Comment from: Tigbitty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05 Within the past 30 days my sciatica has gotten worse to the point of not being able to walk, sleep lying down, sitting, or stand in one spot. The pain on a scale of 1 to 10 is sometimes a 13; just off the chart pain. In the past week I have turned to prescription drugs which I am dead against using, in hopes of getting some relief, to no avail. Marijuana has helped to relax me so I am not cringing with the pain. A lot of ads I see talks about exercise, but how to exercise when the pain is so intense you want to pass out! Comment from: oldtimejoe, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 04 I've had issues with sciatica for about six months. I have good days and bad days. Most of the pain is localized to the piriformis/deep gluteal area on the right hand side. Confusingly, on some days, that area feels ok but there is discomfort at the sacrum on the same side. I've found improvement has come from doing Pilates and simple exercises on both sides with resistance bands. I wonder why it moves from the piriformis to sacrum. Comment from: Bg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 03 I've only had sciatica for 2 weeks but already I want to cut my leg off! I have bone on bone arthritis in my right knee and this is the side I have sciatica. I am going to see the doctor again tomorrow. So far it's been ice, heat, ibuprofen and stretching exercises. I find the floor comfortable. Can't get to sleep with the pain. If I manage to, it wakes me. Currently I am using heat lamp. Helps a bit. I use it directly after ice. But the pain is truly agonizing. I'd rather give birth! Comment from: Al, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 03 I hurt myself at work 5 years ago, had a herniated disc. I've gone to physiotherapy for my sciatica, which didn't help. Then I got 2 injections and still no relief. Finally after waiting for 2 years I had surgery for L5 S1. Still no relief from sciatic pain shooting and burning down my right leg. I've tried all the drugs oxycodone, naproxen, Lyrica, gabapentin; nothing helps. I don’t know what else to do. Now I think I have permanent nerve damage because it took so long to get surgery. I wonder if I can sue. Comment from: Sally’s , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26 Thank you for your thoughts. My sciatica pain is excruciatingly bad at night; feels so bad having done everything imaginable to ease it. The only thing that has helped is reading your comments. It has to be by far the worst pain in my life and I am nearly 60. Comment from: SolarDog, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 25 I experienced a weight lifting accident 10 years ago that caused my L4-L5-S1 to burst. I have been experiencing extreme sciatica for the past 8 years. The pain is extremely severe in the right buttock, down the outside of my knee, and back into my calf. The worst pain is the outside of my knee, it feels as though I am being stabbed with a steak knife! Lying down is especially bad, causing pain so severe that it actually hits the ceiling of pain recognition. It feels as if I may go into shock! Comment from: Mary p, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21 I had hip replacement 3 years ago. I am experiencing sciatica pain and disc is hurting if I lift my leg. It's a lot of pain, I can't walk that well, and no strength in my leg. Just started last week to be this bad.