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I'm really trying to think positive, and not get depressed here. I've had very bad sciatic pain for going on 4 weeks now. It is not the first time, but it has not gotten this severe before. I'm 33, female, and not overweight. I actually use the gym and ride my bike regularly. Since the pain got so bad (to where I could barely walk or work for a few days, and it is still very painful to get out of bed daily) I've been to my chiropractor multiple times, which worked immediately the first time this happened, over 6 years ago.
I've also used heat patches, epsom salt baths, muscle relaxer. The only thing that is helping me, and making me able to get around, is going to the gym daily, and also taking yoga classes 4-5 times a week. I feel great for working out so much more, and finding something that helps. But, I still have to pretty much start fresh EVERY morning! I keep thinking "this will be the morning I can roll right out of bed, and put my shoes on easily, and move freely". Nope. Is this just a matter of patience, or is there something I can do to help while I sleep?? I'm so stiff in the morning, and I can barely think of other things in my life. (Sorry to be so long-winded).
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replied June 19th, 2008
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It sounds like what you're describing is soft tissue injuries, which can become worse over time and lead to sciatica as well. Given the severity of your pain and the functional limitations it's now placing on you, it probably is time to consult with a physician.

Treatment options vary depending on the degree of sciatica and the findings or symptoms of your physical examination. There are situations where intensive acupuncture would be recommended before any another type of nonsurgical treatment.

Good luck!
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replied June 24th, 2008
Thank you for the advice
I've posted a newer subject regarding my situation, and having now had x-rays. If you are able to take a look, any response is welcome. I'm just so frustrated with this taking up my every thought, and impairing my abilities to work, walk my dog, get out of bed... it is getting harder to stay positive and not be overly emotional!
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replied July 5th, 2008
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Hi Mohara

Just read your notice. Tell me, what does your yoga teacher say? It seems that he/she is aware of your condition, what do they suggest?

Please get back to me, I may be able to help.

Regards
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replied July 5th, 2008
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Hello Mohara,

Please do seek the advice of a spinal surgeon/neurosurgeon. I'm glad you have had x-rays. I would suggest that you also have MRI images taken as they show so much more information.

My daughter, and daughter-in-law are really into yoga. My daughter suggested that I go to yoga for my back pain. My response to her was "Thank you, but I will take the advice of spinal doctors". One must be very careful not to do some movement that will cause more injury. Yes, exercise is important to strengthen muscles, etc. However, in my opinion that should be done under the care of a physical therapist if the spinal surgeon so directs.

RichT



Take care.

RichT
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replied July 18th, 2008
Hey!

I had 'mysterious' back pain (that extended into my hip) that actually worsened if I tried hard to stand straight or exercise (the wrong way)!!

It was really an eye opener for me!!

On another site I also heard this book recommended: Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief, along with a few others...

Additionally Magnesium is super-important, both for emotional wellbeing & spine health, along with Calcium etc)

Also, occasionally EFT has helped me both on the emotional & the back front.

& yeah, go see & ask advice from a specialist!! both on 'okay exercise' and bed, chair,... This was really helpful for me too!! (I now have a softer bed & sit on an inflatable ball, & it helps!!)

Also, what kind of food are you eating? salted dried pork or sweets or stuff with additives or white flour etc can be bad... Are you taking any supplements, & which ones?
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