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Sciatica, The pain feels like a knife

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On Monday morning I fell down the stairs and my lower right side of my back slammed on the stairs and knocked the wind out of me. I went to the ER when I realized I could stand straight up without being in a lot of pain. When I went their, they gave me pain meds and sent me on my way. Said I have sciatica and didn't take X-rays. The pain is bad, and I couldn't sit without being in pain, couldn't stand straight up and it hurt very bad to lay, move, anything. When I am laying or sitting, it's very painful to scoot to the left or right, and couldn't lay on either side. Today I am getting around better but when have to get p from sitting, or move my right leg out of the car, I have a horrible shooting pain in lower right back area. Takes my breath away and hurts sooooo bad. I also can feel pain in that area when I take a deep breath. I work out everyday until this happened. The pain is bad enough still almost a week later that I want to take something. How long til it gets better and when should I workout again. The pain feels like a knife, and hurts when bending over, having to get up from sitting, laying on either side, or if I am standing and pick something up, or if I leave lower body in one spot and then pivet my upper body to turn a light off or anything of the sort. Please help.
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replied June 1st, 2012
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Go to a doctor and at least get x rays done they may not show anything but they should rule out a serious fracture. I don't know how they can confirm its sciatica without an MRI or other tests.

Your pain could be caused by a number of things an MRI would help give you a better picture of what is going on but they are expensive and doctors wait a while to see if the pain goes away before they order one.

Don't let your condition be dissmissed for too long. If a doctor is not taking you seriously then you need to change doctors.
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replied June 1st, 2012
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When this pain starts up, try laying down and relaxing your body...I have found that I am able to defeat the Sciatica by not letting it take hold...I am careful when I bend...Read up on google on Sciatica and it will help...Take care...

Caroline
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replied June 6th, 2012
I agree with rollar64. You have to visit a specialist. You needed to take an x-ray that first visit to your doctor after the fall. I hope not but you could have damaged a bone. You need to get that ruled out. Don't delay this anymore.
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replied June 10th, 2012
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You should get an X-Ray to be sure you have no broken disc and next, you most likely have some pinched and dislocated nerves in you back and they need to be reset soonest. I know as I have been a healer for more than 14 years. Very very few people are able to do this.
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