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    I've been plagued for the last several weeks with Sciatica. I'm basing this description on visits to both Osteopath and a Medical Doctor. Plagued is the right word as it is intermittently incredibly painful. As there are many ex-rugby players posting here, I was wondering if any others suffer with this and how they may have dealt with it. At present I have zero back pain however symptoms alternate from severe pain in the ankle region to pins and needles in foot and toes, this can also be interspersed with a deep ache in the same side buttock and pain in the rear thigh area and calf. I have had 2 visits to a normally very good Osteopath who has helped me out with previous incarnations of back/hip trouble. But after 2 visits without any real change, I went to see my Doc, so now I'm on Cataflam and Solpodol without any real effect either. A relative game me some Tradol (which I think are some kind of opiate as they are quite strong) & that definitely takes the edge off of it. But have had lots of conflicting advice from walking is good, to walking is bad. So other experiences with this would be appreciated. I can manage most times but on occasion such as last night at work, went down the stairs at 2.20am with no major bother, but on trying to head back up got into some difficulty with searing pain that had me break out in a cold sweat
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    has anyone sent you for an mri?

    i had some bad experiences with sciatica with feelings like electricity down my leg, and all your butt and foot type symptoms. in the end i went to a specialist who gave me MRI, showed that i had a worn disk in my back. after some physio to get rid of a kink in my back (which the physio copped that the mri didnt/couldnt) i had years without major issue. only flared up again when i let my weight go badly but once i lost it again it settled
    "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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      #3
      No, basically the doc, whom I have great faith in for many years with good cause. Said the MRI was really only an option if you wanted to go down the surgery route. He feels it is also a problem from one of the discs, he does think it (The Sciatic pain) will alleviate over time. I've no doubt in my case that increase in weight has also played it's part (almost 15 stone at 5'10) However the pain is now playing a part in preventing getting it back down. He described the Elec shock thingy as 'sparking' which I felt was a very apt description
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        #4
        i dont want to get into specific docs names here so I'll pm...
        "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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          Cheers HR
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            #6
            I get some as well.
            Pretty much exactly as you describe.
            I wouldn't say I'm in major pain but I do have days where it is just nagging at me all day.
            At night sleeping with a pillow between my knees can help and prevent the worst calf cramps I ever experienced in all my life. I didn't know my muscles could twist like that.
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              #7
              You say that this is a recent thing but have you previously had it or anything similar, and if you don't mind may I ask what age range you fall into.
              Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                #8
                Originally posted by cornerboy View Post
                You say that this is a recent thing but have you previously had it or anything similar, and if you don't mind may I ask what age range you fall into.
                45. Previously had bouts of the pelvic joint muscles contracting with a result that one leg contracts which makes you lean to one side. That would happen at least once a year, the Osteopath literally straightens me out. Has Sciatica pain too in recent years but never lasted to long and none as bad as this. Job involves lot of lifting and dragging so over the years it has taken its toll
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                  #9
                  My wife suffers on/off with it Val. She has been fine for last couple of years, thankfully, but when it flares up she finds a local chiropractor very good. Can pm details if Waterford is an option for you. I'm sure there are good chiropractors in the mid-West/Cork/Argentina too
                  "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                  Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                  Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Valencia View Post
                    I've been plagued for the last several weeks with Sciatica. I'm basing this description on visits to both Osteopath and a Medical Doctor. Plagued is the right word as it is intermittently incredibly painful. As there are many ex-rugby players posting here, I was wondering if any others suffer with this and how they may have dealt with it. At present I have zero back pain however symptoms alternate from severe pain in the ankle region to pins and needles in foot and toes, this can also be interspersed with a deep ache in the same side buttock and pain in the rear thigh area and calf. I have had 2 visits to a normally very good Osteopath who has helped me out with previous incarnations of back/hip trouble. But after 2 visits without any real change, I went to see my Doc, so now I'm on Cataflam and Solpodol without any real effect either. A relative game me some Tradol (which I think are some kind of opiate as they are quite strong) & that definitely takes the edge off of it. But have had lots of conflicting advice from walking is good, to walking is bad. So other experiences with this would be appreciated. I can manage most times but on occasion such as last night at work, went down the stairs at 2.20am with no major bother, but on trying to head back up got into some difficulty with searing pain that had me break out in a cold sweat
                    Not sure if this will help ,get a MRI ASAP ,x-ray will show nothing .don't sleep on a couch ever it will make it worst.
                    when it hurts do you try to continue normal activity if so stop and rest your body.if pain is shooting down to feet it's lower back L4,L5 disc ,if pain is shooting upwards it upper/ middle back area between shoulder blades
                    take b12 helps with nerve ending
                    weight doesn't help ,walk as much as possible great for joints including lower back and helps loosing muscle up
                    take anti-inflammatory med it does relieve pain
                    Chiropractor are good,but don't over use or you end up in hospital
                    rest is the key for at least 1 day when sciatica ( it on a couch )
                    employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings,so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. "socrates"
                    beware the barrenness of a busy life, "socrates "
                    who are you to judge the life i live? I know i'm not perfect-and i don't live to be-but before you start pointing fingers...make sure you hands are clean." BOB MARLEY
                    we are what we repeatedly do.excellance,then,is not an act,but a habit ''aristotle''

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Valencia View Post
                      I've been plagued for the last several weeks with Sciatica. I'm basing this description on visits to both Osteopath and a Medical Doctor. Plagued is the right word as it is intermittently incredibly painful. As there are many ex-rugby players posting here, I was wondering if any others suffer with this and how they may have dealt with it. At present I have zero back pain however symptoms alternate from severe pain in the ankle region to pins and needles in foot and toes, this can also be interspersed with a deep ache in the same side buttock and pain in the rear thigh area and calf. I have had 2 visits to a normally very good Osteopath who has helped me out with previous incarnations of back/hip trouble. But after 2 visits without any real change, I went to see my Doc, so now I'm on Cataflam and Solpodol without any real effect either. A relative game me some Tradol (which I think are some kind of opiate as they are quite strong) & that definitely takes the edge off of it. But have had lots of conflicting advice from walking is good, to walking is bad. So other experiences with this would be appreciated. I can manage most times but on occasion such as last night at work, went down the stairs at 2.20am with no major bother, but on trying to head back up got into some difficulty with searing pain that had me break out in a cold sweat
                      I can PM you the guy i go to when mine flares up 5 mins and you'll be right as rain.
                      He has people coming to him from all over the country and does it in his own home in the evenings.
                      West limerick area.
                      Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief, they kill for inspiration then sing about their grief...

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                        #12
                        There may be some issues with chiropractic posters should make themselves aware of. Linkage
                        Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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                          #13
                          I was advised by my physio to buy an Inversion table, and after trying it at her clinic I think I may just do that. They work with gravity to eleviate any compression in the lower back, she had trouble getting me off the tableClick image for larger version

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                            #14
                            Folks thanks so much for all the suggestions. A poster has put me in contact with someone who may be a good fit for me. Really appreciate all the advice as this thing has been a total bugger lately. Inversion table also looks interesting Trixie
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                              #15
                              When it's sorted, Val, you might consider Pilates to keep it away. Or "core strengthening" if Pilates is too girly for ya

                              Our Pilates instructor is an orthopeadic nurse and she has helped numerous back-pain/sciatica sufferers.

                              Yoga too. My brother was nearly killed/crippled a couple of years ago after being hit in the back with one of those huge steel girders. Took a few years rehab, etc., but now does a few basic yoga exercises everyday and has little or no issues. Even finds flying ok (lives in NY) and before that was torture plus a day lying immobile on the floor when he arrived.

                              I think we can all wait a little too long for stuff to go wrong and then try and fix it instead of prevention, which is easier so my advice fwiw is to get the necessary MRI, etc., get sorted and then go into prevention mode.
                              The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man - George Bernard Shaw


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