Oh, man, I am so sorry for you. I can't imagine coping with that terrible pain for so long. Yes, the severity of mine went away, but only after also taking Flexeril and lying in bed for a week. I still have to be real careful what I do as bending wrong will bring it all back and has become a chronic problem. And yes, taking meds can be tricky as it gives us a false sense of what we are capable of and end up re-injuring. I also have pain at the SI joint.
You sound grossly tight - this has been going on so long for you. Of course I would suggest and MRI, but you've been through that. Have you tried getting massages? Physical Therapy? Use a heating pad? Maybe even a med like Neurontin or Lyrica seeing that it's your sciatic NERVE being effected?
Hi there. I know exactly what your saying as I have had several episodes of Sciatica in the last 6mos with excruciating pain - unable to bend, put on pants, shoes, cross leg, etc. In my experience, it is a mistake to keep trying to do what your body is screaming not to. I too, thought if I kept walking, doing chores; just staying on the move would loosen things up but ultimately, what helped the most was muscle relaxants and Rest. Total rest!
Feel better. It's a painful, miserable feeling.
walking actually makes me feel better overall. I didn't the total rest thing too and it is still the same. Sorry you went through this too. Did yours go away then? I haven't been able to put my pants etc. on for a year and half. I have to wait for my husband to get home to take a shower and I hate being dependant. I was on Flexeril for 9 months to no avail. It helped at first but then I still kept hurting myself because I was so doped up on it and sleep walked and bent (ouch). I have pain near the SI joint but I have pain or very tight muscle going down the back of my leg too. It isn't on the side then the back and doesn;t feel like a nerve pain. They think it is myofascial pain. How do you being to bend again, do you try wall squats or once the pain goes away you can do it? I am afraid to try again.
Hi and thanks for your thoughts. I havent' been told it is my sciatica just myofascial pain. Yes it has been difficult. I was on Tramadol for a month. then tried Neurontin and Skelaxin for two months (Skelaxin worked a little but Neurontin not at all). Then I was on Flexeril and you have that story. I tried lidocaine pathces (didn't work at all). I have tried TENS, accupunture (once in a while relief for a day or two), biofeedback helped with anxiety, and I use Voltaren gel (helps very short term). I also tried Ketamine topical but it gave me some systemic side effects and I had to get off. It worked a little. I stopped getting all the little tweeks which set me back all the time but I still have moderate pain. I started out two years ago not too bad and was able to do anything. But then, a PT injured me by doing a manual adjustment (because he thought I had SI joint ) on the opposite side and then I had major pain and sat for a month and got weak from no exercise and the pain. I went to another PT and made some improvements but then he pulled muscles a couple of times by making do things I wasn't ready for and he bruised my ribs by trying to do traction. Both of these PT's had a Ph.D. from good schools. I then hurt myself by laying on my back with knees bent and for some reason got distracted and let my left knee fall out to the left side. I felt a tear but don't know if there was an actual tear. I got a hip xray after that and that was normal. But since that injury I haven't been able to cross that leg right. I haven't had another MRI since that injury. Also, right after this injury I couldn't lift my foot up enough to get into the shower (there is slight step) or to get outside for two months. It was sooo depressing. I then went to an integrative medicine pain doctor for a year. He told me to start walking and finally when I started hills and got to 1 hour my tweeks have gone away but the pain is still there and I"m still stuck (stiff). I have one other PT who I trust but I am afraid to do anything with them now. The doctor is leaving it up to me as to whether or not to do PT again since I am getting better. I think the leg is frozen because of scar tissue. I don't know what to do next and can't get any real good opinion. Massage worked on it to start with but now I'm even afraid to go back to that PT. I don't know.
p.s. Yes I use a heating pack on my bad days and it helps. The pain isn't as bad as it was to start with and varies every other day from low to moderate pain.
I am so sorry! It sounds like you have tried anything and everything. I will never ever complain about my issue again after reading all you've been through. I was given that Voltaren gel for the tops of my feet that are arthritic. Works pretty good for the short term.
I guess the only other thing to try would be another MRI. You know, my lumbar MRI's were coming out negative too...except the last one. It showed I have a number of subchondrial cysts (don't ask me what those are.lol) in the femoral head that answers why all this popping and clicking in my SI area and I assume, all the pain. My point of telling you this, is there must be *something* wrong somewhere that is causing all your pain, you just have to keep searching. Isn't that the most frustrating being told your MRI is *clear* when you hurt so badly?
Take care and I wish you luck!!!