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Subject: Sciatic nerve?
Date Posted: 11/25/2007 5:42 PM ET
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My left leg is driving me crazy! It's never been this bad. It used to hurt really bad for two or three hours after I woke up, but now it's all the time. The pain is getting worse, & I can't walk around very much before I start limping & it starts to get intolerable. Does anyone know anything that might help? I'm ready to try anything. I try to clean the house & just can't stand to be up very long, so the house is showing it. I sit down & I'm squirming from the pain. I can't go to the doctor. We don't have insurance & can't afford it anyway. Any good home remedies or should I just cut the darn thing off? ;)
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Date Posted: 11/25/2007 6:30 PM ET
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I had a scaiatic nerve pain a couple of years back, I went to see a chiropractor, and a massage therapist.  The Chiropractor told me to ice it  the first day, then use heat.  Now when it acts up I usually use ice for about 20minutes, then heat, then ice again.

good luck.

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Date Posted: 11/26/2007 10:31 AM ET
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Maria is  right!  Ice and heat helps every time!  Also, when ever I feel my scaiatic acting-up, I take a yoga class ( or just do some of the exercise at home)  The stretches open up the spine and relieves the pain.  My physical therapist tell me that stretching exercises and walking are the best thing to do...  even when it's the last thing we want to do!.........just do it slowly!  Hope you are feeling better soon! 

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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 11:15 PM ET
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Only thing that ever helped my nerve pain is surgery + Neurontin  but I've had back surgery (replaced disc) 4 times  - high dose pain meds will help for awhile but wont stop the pain all the time . beware of chiropractor they can do more damage than good it you have bad disc they can be good for some things but bad for other things ..  I have a pain pump now for my back & kidneys and I take Neurontin 4 times aday for the nerve pain . If you cant see a reg MD go to the ER - ER doc will give you pain meds and maybe do a CT or MRI . Good Luck ..

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Date Posted: 12/3/2007 3:56 PM ET
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I am there for you sista, I am always praying for you sweetie!
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Subject: sciatic
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 2:40 PM ET
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Lay on your bed and hang over the edge.  Bending alittle lower than the bottom of the rib cage. Rest your hands/arms on the floor. Lay there for a couple minutes. This always helps me. My sister taught me, its what she does also. It seems to stretch the back, spinal column out and relieve pressure and pain in the legs and hips. My mom calls it the Pyschcotic Nerve !

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Date Posted: 1/7/2008 3:18 PM ET
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Toni, I don't think I'd go to the extreme and cut off your leg.  :)  What these ladies have told you is correct.  Stretching may help reduce the strain on the sciatic nerve, and ice and heat work as well.  I think I would counsel you more towards ice, as it helps reduce any swelling that might be present.  Are you taking any over the counter anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen or Aleve?  Even Aspirin?  I would be careful taking too much Ibuprofen, that can be really hard on your stomach if taken for a long period of time.  You can alternate Tylenol with whatever anti-inflammatory you take.  Lets use Aleve. (the generic is Naprosyn)  Take the Aleve at 10:00am, take the Tylenol at 12:00pm, the Aleve at 2:00pm, Tylenol at 4:00pm, and continue that process throughout the day.  Don't wake yourself up in the night to do this, your body needs that sleep to help it to heal.

Hope this helps!

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Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:25 AM ET
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i had it with my last pregnancy and felt so much better after seeing a chiropractor. many have sliding scale fees for those without insurance so you may want to call around.  for $25-$50 a visit (if you can find one for that) it may be worth it not to be in so much pain.


one of the thigns that killed me was getting into and out of a car.  i had to make sure both feet were on the ground before getting out of the car...stairs also kill! :(


i hope you find relief soon.



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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I had this with two severely herniated discs about 12 years ago.  I ended up going to a neuro surgeon after messing around with doctors, physical therapy and a couple of steriod injections over a two year period.  We had insurance but is was pretty crappy.  The neurosurgeon ended up taking me in a day surgery center, though he would have prefered at least one hospital overnight.  He fixed me and after my insurance paid a little I never saw a bill.  He knew we couldn't afford it, but I REALLY needed the surgery.  I have some nerve damage, but I can still do everything... just have some wierd numb spots that never go away.

Ibuprophen in large doses helped for awhile - I'm talking 800 mg!    But it doesn tear up the stomach!  Be careful!

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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 4:52 PM ET
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Ice and heat is great and so is stretching.  You might try laying on the bed on your back with your feet flat on the bed.  This should help stretch the lower back.  Then if you can you can cross one leg putting your ankle on your knee.  You can then also lift the raised knee toward your chest to stretch more.  Do this all slowly. 

I had back problems that ended up in surgery.  One thereapy place asked if it helped if I leaned over from the waist and it did.  You might try that to see if it helps.  It's a temporary fix, but could help relieve some pain for a few minutes.

I really like chiropractors and still go to them, but where my disc bulge was, was right behind the nerve and they could never get it to shrink enough to stop the pain.

Most will set up a payment schedule if you are interested.  Also, if you ask other people if they go to a chiropractor there are times around here that the Chiro will give free xrays to a new patient that was referred.  At the very least ask the receptionist.   I worked in an office and we often told people, put down my name as the person who referred you and you can get (I think  it was) free xrays, but it could have been a free adjustment.

Good luck, that pain is hard to live with.


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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 8:47 PM ET
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A tip a physical therapist gave me years ago is very helpful, especially for getting in and out of a car: put a trash bag or other plastic on the seat if you have cloth seats. Makes it much, much easier to kind of swivel in and out.

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