I had a strong sciatic nerve pain in my left leg all day yesterday. I tried to calm down the nerve pain with ice, it worked by the afternoon. I also had severe balance problems in the afternoon,numbness to the neck and head. I couldn't talk for a good 10 seconds. I just waited until the buzzing sound stopped. The rest of the day/night I was dealing with the sciatica. Fortunately I have a doctors appointment on Thursday,tomorrow. I hope to get some answers. John/ NY
Fitness Minutes: (40,111) Posts: 25,362 6/14/12 6:38 A
Has anyone ever heard of the" Nana chair " ? it has two "slings" for each leg and a padded lumbar support. The slings hold your legs together and pulls away from your body for lumbar support, I think their email is www.nadachair.com . It helps to support the luimbar greatly. I use it when I'm sitting down at my computer and at breakfast,lunch,and dinner table. John
Slimmer - Thanks for the suggestion. I went to the website and looked at their products. While I would love to have something in the car, there isn't room. I already have the seat as far back as it can go and am only inches from the steering column. I've tried using another product in the car, and it made it impossible for me to steer accurately (and in my opinion safely) because I'm so close. I too have a problem sitting in chairs and have unfortunately mostly stopped going places because of it. I'm supposed to be meeting with a neurosurgeon soon and am hoping that a surgery will provide some relief. I have completely exhausted all other avenues and refuse to take neurontin (it has TERRIBLE side effects) so I have no other option at this point. I'm hopeful that I will see results soon.
Fitness Minutes: (40,111) Posts: 25,362 6/3/12 6:04 P
ANDILH - I have a really good back and bum support - two different units. They are Obus Form. They are really good because they hold you in the right position and the lumbar support for the back rest is adjustable to YOUR body. I found that reduced the pain considerably when in the car. I even used the back support in my armchair until I got a better armchair, and at times when I was having to go to a Psychologist and sit for a fair while, I would take that with me, too, because it helped tremendously because the chairs on offer, altho' padded, were just the basic waiting room chair.
Hello. I completely sympathize with your pain. My pain has gone both legs and is only getting progressively worse. How far you push depends a lot on how much pain you have. Driving hurts me a lot, but I work 40 minutes from home as a nanny with a lot of required driving so I suck it up, but there are other things that I don't do - I walk as little as possible, I can't sit on the floor, I can't climb stairs.. Nerve pain is not something to be messed around with. If it lasts for too long it can cause permanent damage to your nerve and will only get worse in the future. Since I haven't found a pain medication that helps treat the nerve pain, I have been hounding my PM&R doctor. I'm waiting for a neurosurgeon to call me tomorrow to decide on a day for a discectomy since I've had enough waiting and trying things. I have tried every possible solution and nothing has worked for me. Good luck to you. I hope you can find a solution.
I know you can't walk it off. If you have an orthopedist he/she can send you to physical therapy or you could try some chiropractic adjustments. Sciatic nerve pain is a pain in the butt literally as you know. That's about all I know about sciatica. I am sure there are others who will find your post and have more personal experiences with it who can help you more. This is a very knowledgeable group.
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Fitness Minutes: (40,111) Posts: 25,362 8/9/11 7:11 P
I have this on occasion. I got to Pilates and my Pilates instructor (a qualified physiotherapist) has told me that there are some basic exercises to be avoided (pelvic tilts being one, but the part where you rock your spine so your bum is sticking out) I would be inclined to ask for a referral to a Physiotherapist so that your entire skeletal condition can be taken into account. Because of scoliosis there are some exercises which would generally be good, would have the opposite effect on me. THEN because of arthritis in the spine, it adds another stumbling block to the mix. Hope you see what I mean.
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