It’s a pain in the butt!

What is?  Sciatica. I have been really suffering for the last two weeks. I didn’t lift anything or move suddenly. I woke up in pain and it hasn’t left. I went to the doctor, and he gave me some anti-inflammatory meds and some muscle relaxants. I am not sure if they are helping as the muscle relaxants put me into a fog of fatigue and sleepiness. The pain that shoots down my leg is horrible – it’s like electric shocks from my butt to my toes. Over and over and over.

Many people have suggested chiropractors and osteopaths and relexologists – but I am not even sure if I believe in them – paying out of pocket for something you aren’t convinced will help you seems an exercise in futility if you ask me.

So for the meantime I am resting up as much as I can, the KoD is spoiling me rotten and not letting me lift a finger. I had a list a mile long of things I wanted to accomplish this week with the boys not being here. I guess it will have to wait.

Sigh. Where’s my heating pad?

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  1. mrsmelissasg says:

    So glad you have the KoD and all his awesomeness.

    All I will say on the alternative therapies is that Chiropractic care saved my life. I would be happy to chat with you more about it if you want, your call.

  2. Kim says:

    I love going to the chiropractor. I have so much back pain, and feel so much better after my visits. I don’t know anything about the other types of alternative therapies. Hope you feel better!

  3. Hadass Eviatar says:

    So sorry Hadassah – feel better soon!

  4. have you considered acupuncture? I totally did not believe in it until my father in law had a “frozen” shoulder for a few months which was totally fixed by a few sessions of acupuncture (and he didn’t believe in it either, he was just out of other options). Pretty sure it’s commonly used for sciatica too. Here’s his blog posts about it:

    http://jimallen-lungcancerhappens.blogspot.com/2008/07/acupunture.html
    http://jimallen-lungcancerhappens.blogspot.com/2008/08/acupuncture.html

  5. mekubal says:

    Sciatic is generally speaking, 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.

    It can be brought on by various lower back issues. I thought you had said in the past that you had issues with your back, so that could be part of it.

    A Chiropractor could help, even if your insurance doesn’t cover it. So if it persists you may want to give that a try.

    I feel for you Mrs. mekubal has sciatic in relation to her latest pregnancy, so I know it can be debilitating.

  6. Rachel says:

    My husband and I have both gotten relief from sciatica with the use of acupuncture. I’d highly recommend that you give it a try.

  7. evolvingjew says:

    Whenever I throw out my back, the first thing I do is go swimming. Just being immersed in water does wonders. If you can’t go swimming, try a warm bath.

  8. Conservative apikoris says:

    Have you considered a physical therapist?

    I had a real nasty case back when I was in my late 20s, one neurologist thought I had disk problems and was ready to recommend surgery. I saw a sports medicine specialist who decided it was just that I needed to stretch my muscles. I did several months of weekly sessions with the physical therapist, he did some ultrasound heat treatments that I don’t know whether they worked and recommended a bunch of stretching exercise that did.

    Anyway, it went away, and never came back, and that was 30 years ago.

  9. Danny says:

    Nurofen

  10. Rabbi's Wife says:

    If you want the cheaper coping mechanisims, feel free to email me. They won’t give me anything but paramol to help mine, since I’m pregnant.
    I also hate taking muscle relaxers because they make me feel so icky. But we don’t have the $$ for chiropractors, acupuncture, P/T, etc. I can honestly say, “I feel your pain” and your numbness, prickles, etc.

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