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sciatica down left side
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:57:55 AM »

for about a month ive had what feels like a leg,knee,foot and backside full of water, very odd feeling

so went to the chiropractor who said  have sciatica down the left side, anyone else had this and did it go away with exercise?

im doing hamstring stretches every evening which seems to be helping.
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2018, 08:23:55 AM »

Have you tried sticking a pin in yourself?
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2018, 08:34:25 AM »

Hi Carlo My wife had it it was debilitating caused by moving heavy furniture  nerve pain down lower back and into leg the  nerve became compressed she brought a thigh support it's designed  to  support the soft tissue around the sciatic nerve and prevent the inflammation of the sensitive areas.
Exercise was sitting down  putting leg over knee and holding  it  there.
Lasted about a month.
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2018, 10:03:12 AM »

What?  She put her leg over her knee and held it there for a MONTH!!!!!!
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2018, 11:30:05 PM »

Had it for years and had surgery on it this year. Microdiscectomy, best thing I did. Fairly common procedure now and I was up walking an hour after surgery and back to work after 4 weeks. I also now do yoga everyday and that has been a god send especially for tight hamstrings which make back pain worse.
Before that, anti-inflams with pain killers helped but never stopped the pain completely.
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2018, 10:34:09 AM »

I've had it on and off for years. Barely played this season  as I was getting significant pain across my lower back and down my left leg. Doctor suggested straight into physio or an MRI (I also regularly see a chiro) so went for the MRI as I wanted to see what the cause was. Turns out the bottom 2 disks in my spine had herniated and deteriorated hence the nerve pain. 6 months on and I'm still getting back pain but no longer nerve pain (touch wood), can see it being 12 months before all the pain goes.

If you have persistent pain/numbness/loss of feeling in that left side, go to the docs asap. Try and get an MRI to see if that shows anything and stretch regularly, work on flexibility try and sit with good posture
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2018, 10:40:53 AM »

thanks maverick. It is easeing slightly with strectching every night but may well plan a docs trip as you suggest. its been a month now for me with pain but you seen to of had it pretty bad. I can cope with it but wouldn't want it getting any worse from here

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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2018, 03:39:46 PM »

I would highly recommend a back, neck and shoulder massage... you will ache like heck the next day but it is so worth it!
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2018, 08:13:43 AM »

I had this for about a year when I first suffered from a herniated disc - could barely walk for about 4 weeks and after some pretty intense stretching and medication routines I now get by without much discomfort.

Best thing you can do is look into some pilates or yoga to make you more flexible, and try to increase core strength as having strong muscles around your core will help support your back. Strong core's also great for cricketing as you can hold your batting stance more comfortably.

Stretch, stretch, stretch. I do 15 minutes every morning and evening and make sure before any exercise i'm stretching loads, you'll feel better after a few weeks.

Surgery's another option if it's leg pain - they didn't offer it to me because they said it's only useful for relieving the leg pain but as I didn't really have that it wouldn't have done me any good - the pain was solely in my back. But if leg is your only discomfort it might be an option, but hopefully it won't get to that.
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2018, 01:07:42 AM »

I  agree 100% with @CasualSpinner .  I suffered for about 12 years after a car accident (which probably weakened something) and soon after a sneeze as I tried to do my shoelaces I kid you not.  I tried painkillers, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, whinging, feng shui, heat pads, cool pads the works.  Nothing helped.  And probably just made me more suspicious of the snake oil treatments.  They wouldn't do a back operation because I was "too young".

Until I came across a physio who listened, looked and thought about it for a couple of weeks.  He came up with a plan to improve my core strength, worked abs, kegels, obliques on one of those giant bouncy balls.  After about 3 weeks (well 1 visit per week and home exercise, the pain was 75% gone.  After a month no more pain.  That was about 15 years ago.  I had a couple of instances where it returned where I'd had an extended time in the office moving papers from one side to the other with sh*t posture.  But back on the bouncy ball, same exercises, and it lasted for a day each time.

Made a huge difference to my life.  No longer grumpy.  Well......less grumpy.



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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2018, 12:21:02 PM »

Short note of thanks to forum members tips on stretching excercises, three weeks of hamstring and general stretching every evening for 15 mins is making a significant difference

It's still there but much less painful, I would say it's 50 per cent better

I would think  these excercises are permanent for me now


Thanks and Hope this thread has helped others with the same problem
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2018, 09:30:18 AM »

Great to hear it's easing!

It's a really good habit to get into as you get older anyway, just 15 minutes of stretching a day can help keep you more flexible.
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Re: sciatica down left side
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2018, 03:11:45 PM »

Had a similar issue recently, was dealt with through assistance from a chiropractor. Did anyone experience any recurring problem once the acute symptom goes away?
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