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Thursday, May 06, 2010

It's been a nice bounce back with the steroid (Medrol) I've been taking. I'm not making the assumption that I'm CURED by no means, but the pain relief has been striking. The first day of having this sciatica I could not even walk upstairs to our 2nd floor. By the end of the next day I had gone up & down the stairs without a problem several times. Today I mowed our lawn with our reel (non-powered) mower. Feeling some twinges tonight as I've probably pushed myself a bit too far. I'll be quizzing the physical therapist BIGTIME tomorrow as I'd like to know what activities I can pursue, what to avoid. I'm fearing the bike may be problematic given the sciatic nerve that seems most affected runs from my *buttock* (hello sit-bone!) down my leg.

At least I was able to attain some speedy relief!

Now if only Mother Nature wouldn't tease me with some mighty fine biking weather...! :-)


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COLOURFULME 5/9/2010 5:38AM

    Hope you ae feeling much better after a few day! I know it is terrible. It can take up to months before it heals. Hope it will be much sooner for you!!! Take care as I have written before!!! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 5/8/2010 11:44AM

    Don! Sorry to hear about the sciatica but glad to hear you're healing well. (Just now checking blogs that have back-logged since Tuesday!) Have a happy, healthy weekend in spite of this setback - I know it won't slow you down for long!


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JCORYCMA 5/8/2010 12:51AM

    Having had sciatic pain and finally herniated disk surgery I can sympathize! A pack of frozen peas on the back sure helped as the cold worked wonders on the inflammation. Take it easy! I'm sorry I missed your earlier posts. For some reason, I don't always get e-mailed notifications of the blogs I subscribe to!
Keep us posted on your recovery.

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LUREAH21 5/7/2010 2:59PM

    Hope you can get back on the bike again sometime soon!

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LADYGWEN25 5/7/2010 12:49PM

    glad you're feeling better too Don... I have sciatica as well...lying down verses sitting helps ALOT... so when i'm watching TV.. i no longer sit in the recliner but stretch out on the couch....i know there are stretches that help relieve it... alot are yoga related.. and since i've started doing yoga daily...nary a twinge.. But make sure you heal first...Glad you're on the mend. :)

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2010 12:08PM

    glad things are looking up and you have an asnwer to get better soon..........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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FRECKS96 5/7/2010 9:51AM

    Glad you're feeling better and I hope it continues!

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    So glad that the meds are helping. It is good that they are helping and not doing nadda. YEAH. Yup I probably would hold off on the biking bit until you get the green light. I know as "painful" as it is to be sitting idle while nature is saying come bike out here with me, it is far better to wait a short time than to exacerbate the problem to bigger proportions.

Take care and hope you can go biking sooner than later.

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SATYAGRAHA 5/7/2010 8:35AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better, but I definitely thing quizzing the PT is a must. You don't want to push yourself too hard!

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HOPE2BE 5/7/2010 8:02AM

    I've never found relief from sciatic pain unless I go to the chiropractor. I'm glad you found relief. The medicine is nice to get rid of the pain but I would still ask the Dr. what you can or can't do.

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FERRETLOVER1 5/7/2010 7:45AM

    Thank goodness for medicine! Now just take it easy, okay? Be sure you are okay before you try to ride that bike again!

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AMABILE75 5/7/2010 7:36AM

    I'm so glad you were able to get some relief from the pain. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you can get back to that bike soon. :)


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CARRIE1948 5/7/2010 7:25AM

    Don't you just love medral? It's mu drug of choice.

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MIZZSB 5/7/2010 4:21AM

    Im glad to hear that your pain is getting less...

take your rest!!

ps. i saw you on the video thats on sparkguy's blog last september ...;)

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DRASADAF 5/7/2010 2:51AM

    wow,thats great...have a great day

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TRAINOF4 5/7/2010 1:16AM

    Blech - sciatica. Can relate. Hope you can get the problem under control quickly & off the meds - they aren't any fun for the long term (can you say "FEED ME"?)

Mine makes my foot itch. Totally annoying. Hope the physical therapist can provide you with good stretches & exercises to help control the problem.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/6/2010 11:50PM

    Hmmmm...I never let the sciatica stop me *much*...slow down a bit for a few days (never took any meds regardless of the pain levels) and I have always found it to be fast-healing, assuming I allowed it to heal.

I always found yoga asana VERY helpful, e.g.:

Speedy recovery, dear Don!

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