Sciatic Recovery

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    Aug 14, 2014 8:27 AM GMT
    I'm currently 4 weeks in my recovery from severe sciatic nerve damage in my entire left leg (from the glute all the way down to my foot). It has been an excruciating experience to say the least. The nerve was damaged so much that some muscle in my leg atrophied as a result, and while I've been given strict measures of do's and don't's during my recovery process I am desperate to find suitable seating so I can sit upright and without pain so I can create at my work station. I'm a digital artist and my livelihood is at stake. LOL

    Can anyone here recommend anything I can look into to make sitting less painful and distracting for me?
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    Aug 14, 2014 9:30 AM GMT
    I was off work two months with the exact same thing. I bought a bean bag to "sit" on (err, lay on); and I setup my computer desk where I could stand up to use it since sitting was excruciating.

    After several docs, a couple quack chiropractors, and an expensive neurologist, I finally got an MRI and was referred to a GOOD chiropractor who knew how to fix me up. He did traction on my back, taught me some core exercises specifically designed to strengthen the muscles around the L 4 & 5, and I was at work again two weeks later and haven't had a problem since. That was in 2011, this month in fact.
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    Aug 14, 2014 9:34 AM GMT
    Oh and don't worry about the atrophy in your leg. That happened to me, too. I started mountain biking about a year after my injury, and now I do some light BMX and ride a bicycle as primary transportation (by choice). No more leg atrophy...they're freakin huge now. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 15, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    Thanks, Paul!
    I'm not used to not moving/being active so this is torture for me!
    I am healing and getting better, thankfully. Just not as quickly as I'd like.
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    Aug 15, 2014 1:53 AM GMT
    A beanbag wouldn't work unfortunately, since I use a Cintiq (a 24 inch HD digital tablet) that is far too heavy and broad for any comfortable mobility of adjusting while I work. : /
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    Aug 15, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    MuscledGent saidA beanbag wouldn't work unfortunately, since I use a Cintiq (a 24 inch HD digital tablet) that is far too heavy and broad for any comfortable mobility of adjusting while I work. : /
    Lay on your front and put the tablet on the floor. Just an idea. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 13, 2014 8:24 AM GMT
    Go to whole foods and get arnicare.
    Go to Life Extension magazine lef.org and look up nerve damage and sciatica. See if they have anything. (I had combination joint pain and sciatica. The October 2013 issue, article: "Prevent Exercise-Induced Joint Pain." It included info about UC-II.)

    I needed to get out of shoes with any sort of heel. My worn-out Nike Free 3 tennis shoes contributed to the sciatica. I'm reluctant to wear the new pair: Nike Free 5. I bought a pair of flat tennis shoes. They got rid of the sciatica.

    I'm still not confident I have the right shoes with which to exercise. Other problems can occur with not quite the right shoes.

    I'm so glad I'm off 200 mg of ibuprophen--for more than one day, I needed it three times a day. I took glucosamine to try to combat the dangers of NSAIDs.
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    Sep 14, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
    Im going to school to be a Chiropractor. Yes, there are quacks, but most sciatica cases (not all) are due to the nerve touching the spine for 1 of a few possible reasons.

    Go get 4 or 5 straight(all in one week) drop table adjustments on the lower back, combined with some nice movement&a successful Gonstead style adjustment(ask for it). If either side can get good movement (even the non-painful side) it should really alleviate alot of that sharp pain..possibly the 1st time, but you need more than 1 time. Getting movement on both sides is ideal tho. (Temember, ask for Gonstead technique in sciatica treatment).

    Once those are done, make sure to have your leg lengths evened out(legs are usually uneven with sciatica symptoms)&ask to see if either hip is rotated. If so have them gently put back in place via stretch or gentle pull.

    Now, in some cases the Atlas in the C-spine (neck) can be the sole reason for sciatica symptoms! So be sure to ask to have that checked out&also adjusted if need be. Remember that!

    Add stim, &you can add heat/ice at home&be sure to stretch on your own to keep it from returning. That may help for a while. Once you feel better get monthly or so tune-ups to re-train the muscles. But it also may depend on what the real issue is.

    Massage&keeping the muscles calm helps get better adjustments &if you have someone to massage the area after adjustment ask them to do so. Enjoy (;

    In most cases this will fix the actual issue at least for a while until you repeat what caused it in 1st place.

    Another way to simply ease the symptom until you can get it worked on, is ask your Primary Care Physician for up to 3 'Lidocaine trigger point injection(s)' in the specific area of pain. That will ease the symptoms until you can get it actually worked on.

    Watch your form when lifting! Use ur core&keep ur posture in check icon_cool.gif

    Good luck&FEEL BETTER GUYS!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 18, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    Get Lidocaine patches if it is that painful. See a Doctor or really good chiropractor!
    Feel better!
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    Sep 18, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidGet Lidocaine patches if it is that painful. See a Doctor or really good chiropractor!
    Feel better!


    icon_idea.gif Good point. (:
    Yeah,
    the patches are convenient to have around for some releif when pain pops back up DURING TREATMENT (hopefully not in its place).
    Its the same stuff in the injections, only slowly released over 12 hrs instead of all going in immediately&at once.
    If you do get patches, I recommend Lidoderm 5%. They come in boxes of 30 patches.

    They can be quite expensive depending on your insurance plan.. good insurance the average co-pay is $50 USD per box of 30 patches.

    Again, watch ur form, &stay healthy guys! Good luck!
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    Sep 22, 2014 2:35 AM GMT
    SCIATICA

    Why do you get sciatica? Two main reasons:

    1. Pressure on the sciatic nerve formed by lumbar nerves (travelling from your low back all the way to your big toe) caused by misalignment of the pelvic bones, the lumbar vertebrae, the cervical vertebrae or ALL THREE (trickiest to correct).

    2. Pressure from a herniated disc caused by allowing the first problem to go on for too long.

    SOLUTION:

    1. Find a good chiropractor who TAKES X-RAYS of the entire spine (and doesn't
    "Feel" where the misalignments are and "feel" how to correct them.) Why, because if you had a misaligned car frame would you want the mechanic to feel it or put a laser on it to measure the misalignment? Also, misalignment of neck vertebrae (and I bet you're having neck pain too) can cause low back (sciatic) pain and vice versa.

    The procedures that have been PROVEN to correct neck spinal misalignment are: Atlas Orthogonal, NUCCA and Othospinology. Those for the lumbar spine are Gonstead and Thompson. I recommend you get both areas checked. Find out who practices these techniques by calling the chiropractic office and talking the the DOCTOR and ask HIM. If he says anything but one of these techniques first, move on. I recommend getting your neck corrected first because (strange as it sounds) it's the easiest to overlook, hardest to correct, AND can actually cause most of your sciatic problem.

    2. Find a good Physical Therapist who can guide you(along with your chiropractor) on rehabilitating your spine and keep these problems from returning.

    In my office we use all the disciplines including chiro, and PT to get you well. You should be able to find one like ours if you just do a little research.

    As always, questions may be directed to me personally on my page.

    Dr. Randy
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    Sep 22, 2014 6:07 AM GMT
    Dr. Randy,
    As a Chiropractic student, I find Nucca to be very limited in focusing ONLY on the axis&ONLY dealing with the axis. To use your style metaphor, would you only want the gasoline checked if you could be out of oil or both?

    I do agree the Gonstead side posture Lumbar adjustment, from posterior to anterior is very effective in treating sciatica.

    But again, the entire body is connected, needs to be worked on&evaluated from all angles&good habits formed, bad eliminated.

    But, i think we are very much in agreement.

    All the best
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    Sep 23, 2014 9:56 PM GMT
    When I was in physical therapy for sciatic, not chiropractic therapy, they used electric stimulation covered by a ice cold pack and message, try Yoga to maintain your sciatic condition from flair ups, get an exercise ball and use that for a chair and for bouncing, bouncing while sitting helps keep the spinal disks from bulging and touching nerves. Ever since physical therapy taught me how to maintain, I have been able to keep my sciatic in check without the need for surgery or chiropractic adjustments, so far

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