Heff saidSo I have had this condition for 2 years, I have finally found acupuncture that helps relieve the pain. but my situation is that I am having issues of getting a good burn from a cardio. I'm limited and it's frustrating that i can't run or do the eliptical. I can swim but i dont feel like i get the same feel of when i used to run.
In addition i need help figuring out a plan that would maximize my exercising without effecting my nerve.
So if any of you have advice or plans that u can sugget that would be great.
I have your problem as well. I suggest you get some x-rays and head over to a good chiropractor. No really, I know it sounds insane but ultimately that's what saved me.
REwind back to Dec 2007, by that time I had gotten used to random sciatic nerve pain resulting from any elliptical, stair climber, or lunges type of activities. The problem had started when I was 27 and gotten worse and worse in the last 7 years. I used to get one inflammation a year, then it became a few and then it became monthly, finally in the last year I was having at least one day of the week spent in pain. But I had somehow gotten used to it. I was training around it etc.
Then came Jan, I took 20 days off of the gym, and went abroad. When I came back from my transatlantic flight something was off. i had traveled in a really nice first class seat, I should not be this sore but I was. The next morning I figured I should go to the gym do my stretches and the sauna (that usually made the pain go away at any other time) Well when I got out of the gym strangely walking was very difficult. I drove myself home, and it was excruciating to get out of the car. I threw myself into bed and pretty much kind of passed out. When I woke up I could not turn in the bed without getting a feeling of thousands of BBs fired inside my hip joint. It hurt so much. I can not describe the feeling. It was like someone hardwired a cable into my hip joint and any time my legs moved in or out sideways it hurt like hell.
Even vicodin could not dull the pain. The next day I went to my PCP only get stupid skelaxin and some other dumb ass pain killer prescribed. By the third day I was crawling on the floor, I could simply not take a step forward even with assistance.
As a last resort I went to a local chiropractor. It was my first time ever because I thought chiropractors were hokey and not real doctors etc. Well he put me through something awful but when he was done, I could walk again, after the very first session. It hurt but I could suddenly walk. With every following session things got better until the pain was completely gone in 2-3 weeks.
I never had to go again. My lower back and neck have never felt better. And I have a Pars Defect (fractured L5) so I have many many lower back complications and pain usually but NOT SINCE I went to the chiropractor. It is almost magic, I feel like 25 again, it is wonderful to wake up without back pain in the morning.
So I definitely suggest looking into chiropractic care. Also if you do not have any specific injuries that you know of, I would have back x-rays, and possibly hip xrays done, and also see a physical therapist to identify possible muscle imbalances in lower back, legs, and hips. A lot of people go through pain for no reason because of strange imbalances in these awfully complex regions.
Finally, check your bed, your office seat, your posture, your diet, your sleeping habits. These all have be aligned just so (no pun intended). You can not sleep on a 10 year old spring mattress and hope for a healthy back. Same thing with your office chair, your posture and other variables.