Lower back pain aka sciatica
04-28-2010 06:57 PM
Lower back pain aka sciatica
Ice, heating pain, massage and flexeril aren't helping. Anyone else suffer from this and what has helped. I will be looking for a chiropractor soon.
04-28-2010 08:37 PM
Im goin through it as well. First i thiought it was a hamstring tear. radiating pain in both hammies for 3-5 days...bending over was difficult, it felt hammies were cramped. this felt worse in the mornngs..after 5 days came lower back/tailbone pain and pain in the hammies extended down to my left calf. This is when i went to the doctor. He prescribed my muscle relaxers and cortosteroids..no relief. Went back to doc a week later as the pain slowly got worse (lower back/glutes hammies/ left calf)..he sent me for an x-ray 2 days ago...results came back yesterday as a ruptured disc (L5) and arthritis in hips..he rerfered me to an orthopedic surgeon whom i will see next week...i tried it all heat/ice/creams/meds...nothing works...my pain feels sciatic in nature and at times..crippling. Any thoughts or suggestions??? anyone
04-28-2010 08:39 PM
"Sciatica (or sciatic neuritis) is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body."
Have you been officially diagnosed with sciatica, or do you assume you have it based on symptoms?
I myself have saccroiliitis and spinodyliisis so I know a thing or too about lower back pain.
The best thing you can do is lift weights. Your body releases anti-inflamatories after a grueling workout, and actually causes inflamation during your workout. Part of getting big I suppose.
Start off with a regular squat and an empty bar. Ensure you use 100% strict form in 'slow' and controlled movement. Concentrate on your abdominal muscles while performing the exercise, as your main goal is to strengthen the abs while performing a movement which will likely cause sciatica to flare in your day-to-day life.
This way you strengthen the surrounding muscles in a functional way, which will allow you to take the weight off your spine.
I know arthritis is different, but doing DL's, squats and even chins while maintaining my focus on my core, and keeping it tight, has done wonders for my back- AND ABS.
04-28-2010 08:59 PM
good insight samurai, but from what ive been reading "sciatica" is not a diagnosis, but a symptom. Example, a bulged disc(diagnosis) causing sciatica(symptom).
I see you been through this, how bad was the pain? im on 2 weeks of on and off debilitating pain and im trying to still work out, but my mind is on my problem.
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