• Sciatica nerve pain?

    Asked by SandiA on Monday, April 16, 2018

    Sciatica nerve pain?

    Hi! I have had some horrible pains in my right butt cheek. Right about in the middle that go down my right leg. Today mostly in the front of my right leg. I assume sciatica nerve pain. Had it a couple weeks ago and it got better and started up again today. I am currently on pain meds and sitting on a heating pad afraid to move. Last time I got up to work on laundry the pain was unbearable. Has anyone had to deal with this? Any tips or advise would be much appreciated.

    21 Answers from the Community

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    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      Sciatica Pain Therapy Fast Dissolving Tablets - 70 Ea at Walmart has helped my wife and buddy from work hope it helps you...marven

      over 1 year ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      Could also be piriformis syndrome. It's a muscle, deep in buttock, a real painful experience. Had this and it radiated down the leg around to the front and terminated in the big toe which felt like it would explode. Muscle twitching deep in buttock. I used to place a tennis ball on 'the spot' and it served as a deep massage but, finding a medical masseuse would be much better so you don't suffer tissue damage. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      That sounds terrible. I had both arms hurt so badly I could barely stand it. Turned out to be a nerve in my neck causing issues. I got a steroid injection that cured the problem for now.

      over 1 year ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      LWC, I hope your problem is solved for good, not being able to use your arms, wow, that's just awful.

      over 1 year ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      SandiA,
      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and what you are feeling is the piriform muscle compressing the sciatic nerve. What you need is a Medrol dose pack from your doctor along with a muscle relaxer. There is a cushion you can buy for sciatica. I use it all the time. I agree... It is the most uncomfortable pain. Best of luck to you.

      over 1 year ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Thank you everyone. I looked up pirirform muscle pain and it really makes sense. The first day it started I was sitting at my kitchen chair for hours visiting with friends. It started after I got up and cleaned up. It was better but yesterday I was at church for hours in a very comfortable hard chair. I have an appointment with my orthopedic oncologist Wednesday so may wait to see him if I can’t I will go see my PCP. Carm, do you know if I can take medrol and muscle relaxers on eliquis?

      over 1 year ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar
      DoreenLouise

      I have had pririformis syndrome for about 2 years. 4 weeks ago I fractured my ankle and foot. My pain has been less severe. I can only think of 2 reasons, one the stretching/reaching that I do to grab an object rather than moving and sleeping with the foot of my bed elevated. I did not take pain pills, other than aspirin or Motrin, which I took sparingly and do not feel that it was enough to help decrease the pain.

      over 1 year ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      SandiA,
      There is no drug interaction between liquid and prednisone (Medrol dose pack). I am not sure about the muscle relaxer...but the Medrol is the most effective of the two. I hope this helps answer your question.

      over 1 year ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      I get a flare-up of sciatic pain from a sports injury years ago, I sit on an ice pack followed by heat and a couple of Advils and I'm good to go.

      over 1 year ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I get down on my hands and knees, I lift a leg-stick it straight out and hold it for the count of 5. I put the leg back, and I lift the other leg. I really stretch those legs out. start at 3 reps and slowly build up.

      My doctor lectured me on how I lifted things. I bend over and straighten up. NO, No-- squat- and lift. He made me promise. I went home, and I squatted down and grabbed a few ounces of kindly to revive the wood heater fire. I stood up. and my muscles sounded like ripping cloth. My daughter asked if my jeans ripped. Oh, it hurt. It set off sciatica---and everything else. I couldn't wear jeans. My family had to put my socks on and off. I needed someone to pull me out of the bath tub.

      The worst got over, but I still had pain. My daughter brought home a magazine that had this exercise for sciatica-- It worked--a few years later it flared up. So I asked my doctor to see a PT because of that. He offered PAIN KILLERS--I won the fight and got PT. I think that military PTs are better than most civilians. I still bend over--

      I'd take pain killer- if you can't get on your knees- lie down and stretch each leg out- it does help.That's all I could do when I had Whooping Cough last year.

      over 1 year ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      I have had it for years, Yoga & exercise makes it even worse. I've tried every thing, even having the nerves surgically burnt-- but I think the dr. got the wrong one. I also have been to many drs. and they are no help at all.
      I have tried P.T., back braces, various drugs, whatever.
      The salve that Geekling mentions is a help, it relaxes & warms the area as do the over the counter skin meds like Ben Gay type stuff. But my pain always returns. I wish I could be more help as this is a horrible condition.
      Tomorrow I try a chiropracter.

      over 1 year ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Good luck Molly- have you tried acupuncture. I wasn't thinking of that- It helps my son--

      over 1 year ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I did the Medrol dosepak and a muscle relaxer. I forget which one, but it was something I could take during the day and still be at work w/out crawling under my desk to nap...

      over 1 year ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72 (Best Answer!)

      Yes, acupuncture was only a temporary fix, unfortunately. I'm afraid of strong pain meds
      since this is a chronic pain for me, and I just wonder if something else is to blame.
      Anyone know if a Neurologist works on problems like this?

      over 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Get a referral to a neurologist. I am on 2400mgs of gabapentin It helps somewhat. I am putting off going to my PCP to get another appointment with the neurologist but I need go get a pain blocker.

      over 1 year ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Molly-yes they do. They generally do a scan to look for something causing this--they also their mainline test is to hook you up to electrodes- then they give a very light electric stimulation to a nerve-and see how it reacts-- through their different diagnostic tests, they can recommend and implement different treatments.

      I had a horrible nerve problem- I was finally sent to a neurologist. She ran the tests, and nothing came up. This sounds so stupid-but she ran a vitamin panel- I had a vitamin B6 and B 12 deficiency. The B 12 is supposed to make a person anemic- I wasn't anemic. 2 weeks of over the counter-run of the mill-B 6 and 12 vitamins mostly removed my pain-it seemed like almost every major nerve was screaming a protest- -allowed me to walk in a straight-remember things-sound logical-stay awake- even my eyeballs quit hurting-

      over 1 year ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar
      DoreenLouise

      I also took epsom salt baths every 2 to 3 days; took a vitamin containing Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc and increased my daily dairy intake and Vitamin D vitamin. On some days I took Vitamin from a Cod Liver source.

      over 1 year ago
    • Lundmusik's Avatar
      Lundmusik

      Hope you are feeling better! My wife ha severe sciatic nerve pain from time to time. I can generally get it to go away with hand pressure and massage, but she has muscle relaxant as well.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Years ago a physical therapist told me to lie on my back, lift my leg a few inches, and point toes toward my head and hold it, which stretches the muscle/nerve in your lower back. Sorry, it's been so long I've forgotten how many times to repeat. She suggested even doing it in bed every morning as a preventive to keep the muscle/nerve loose. It feels good, and I think it stretches your hamstring to relieve walking pain from sciatica.

      Have you ever seen people put one foot on a car bumper and bend towards their feet? That stretches your hamstring, too.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      SandiA,
      Sorry, I forgot to reply to your question! I'm sorry you're in pain. I've had sciatica for many years. My doctors always prescribed muscle relaxers, because the muscles around the joint spasm and they need to relax, which helps immediately. I also got prescription anti-inflammatories, and one time I got a cortisone injection. Physical therapy can help long-term. Last time after bending and doing laundry at my parents' house, my whole leg went numb, and I went to Urgent Care. (I've never used heat or narcotics for SI pain. Narcotics don't make you well. They only mask pain.)

      If you can't get medicine or an appointment with your doctor, I would go to the ER or Urgent Care. Let us know what happens. Wishing you the best!

      over 1 year ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Thank you all very much! I really appreciate it. It did get better. I used heat and then a doctor suggested ice too so I tried that and I tried some of the stretching exercises you guys suggested. It really helped. The last time it got this bad I was outlet shopping and trying to stretch in a dressing room. Really hope there were no security cameras or I gave someone a good laugh. You would think after all we have gone through something like sciatica nerve pain wouldn’t bring you to your knees but it did. Glad it is gone for now and appreciate you all taking time to help me. Hope everyone has a great day!

      over 1 year ago

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