Sciatica- non medical options

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Posted 1/29/2013 by saraheliza19 in NSBR Board


PeaNut 565,879
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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:16:55 PM
I have had nearly unbearable pain on my rt side for three weeks. I do not have health insurance, so medical treatment is not really an option. I have tried everything that has been suggested, and I have found no relief yet. I have tried yoga stretches(couldn't get off the floor, and the dog kept throwing toys at me) creams/rubs, heat and ice, tiger balm( short term relief). I was hoping that there was a pea out there that could suggest something, anything that can help me find some relief.
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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:24:42 PM
See a doctor.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:31:36 PM
I'd echo seeing a doctor...they may be able to work a payment plan for you.

I've had surgery twice, so I can totally relate to the pain you are going through.

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PeaNut 51,689
October 2002
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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:48:02 PM
I don't know how much medical treatment would cost you over there. I pay about $50 for a physio appointment. They usually treat my sciatica with heat treatment then massage. I take anti inflammatory tablets for the pain before I go to the physio, it's the only thing that stops the pain. But you can't possibly take anti inflammatories for 3 weeks!

I read somewhere (or did my physio tell me?) that you need to be careful with what exercises and stretches etc that you are doing. There are lots of different causes of sciatica, and you could actually do more harm than good depending on your particular problem. It's always best to get it checked out properly.


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December 2003
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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:19:24 PM
When I get sciatic nerve pain, two things seem to help a little: alternating hot and cold on the site of the pain and stretching. The stretch that helps most is to lie flat on the floor (or bed if you're in too much pain to get down there). Bring knees up to chest (or wherever you can get them to without causing too much more pain) then bring them to one side while twisting your torso and reaching with your arms to the opposite side. Alternate sides and repeat.

I also have a few different manual and electric massagers that I use on the lower back, butt cheeks, and down the legs.

I've taken OTC things like Advil and they do nothing. Keep stretching.

I don't normally see a doc for this pain though I had talked with my primary about it, but I did visit a chiropractor as needed years ago when it was at its worst (like when I was prg).

Good luck and feel better.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:39:31 AM
What usually helps me is walking, I know it sounds odd, but once I get moving the pain subsides and when I stop it's not as bad.

I know how awful you feel, hope you're better soon


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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:05:16 AM
You need to see a chiropractor/physio that has been recommended to you.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:30:45 AM
I echo the advice of seeing a chiropractor or physician. My chiropractor used to have a "give back" Saturday once a month where they would do consults/adjustments for people with no insurance at a reduced rate. I'm sure that dr.'s will work with you on a payment plan. Our church has a clinic for people who are working with no insurance. Maybe you can check your area to see if a church in your area sponsors a clinic such as this. I wish you back to good health really soon!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:44:35 AM
Have you been diagnosed with sciatica? If not, I would be headed to the doctor whether I could afford it or not. It could be something else like gall bladder, appendix, or kidney stones. Or, even worse than that with a tumor/cyst pressing on something else.

I hope you feel better soon!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:59:35 PM
Thanks for the advice. I did go to the chiropractor today and have a treatment plan in place. Now if I can figure out what I did to hurt myself so that I don't do it again!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:30:02 PM

See a doctor. You have to find out the cause and get the appropriate treatment for YOU. Do NOT do exercises that are recommended here or on the Internet.

THIS!!!! Times 1000!!

I can't tell you how important it is that you seek treatment for YOUR specific issues. Nowadays, everyone's mother/uncle/hairdresser/mail carrier has had "that same thing happen". Please see your doctor - Not all leg/back/butt pain is sciatica. As a PT, I've had licensed doctors (reputable ones) get that diagnosis wrong. Please don't rely on the internet to diagnose your issues.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:38:45 PM
I'm going to agree with not following the exercises posted here. Mostly because they are all different than the ones that I was given and that give me relief. You need to see someone at least so that thay can find out where your pain is coming from. YOu can ask them for suggestions on exercises and explain that you don't have health insurance and can't afford the PT.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:23:57 PM
Chiropractor and massage at his/her office. That's what always does it for me. I'm not into taking meds, so the chiropractor is my best option. I, too, did not have insurance.

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