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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Went to the doctor this morning, explained my symptoms, he stretched my legs, asked me to touch my toes etc, and then turned to me and said, "Yeah, it looks like you've pinched your sciatic nerve. Of course this probably has something to do with your weight - are you doing something about that? (Yeah, I said, I'm actively doing something to lose weight, but the back pain's stopping me from exercising right now.) - I can give you some anti-convulsants to help with it. Take these tablets for the next week, and if it's still sore, come back and we'll see what else we can do."

So after 6 years of severe and sometimes debilitating back pain, I finally have a diagnosis, and tablets to help me with it. I'm going to look out my MegaYoga book and see if there are any poses I can try to help gently stretch my back, and keep up with the swimming.

And once again, to all other SparkPeople who have commented and sent me such good messages, so many good thoughts in my direction: thank you. I hope that these tablets help - although they are making me very sleepy! - and by the end of this week of meds that I can go back to my aerobics.

Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)
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  • SANDY5882
    I'm glad you have a diagnosis - that's always the first step to finding a cure and goes a long way toward easing the mind. Take it easy, though, and follow the dr.'s directions so you can heal.
    3052 days ago
  • STMUELLER
    I also suffer from sciatica and sacro-illiac displacement, horribly painful both! I am so impressed with your swimming workout, swimming is great work but doesn't hurt the back too much, fantastic job finding ways to work around the pain!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3052 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2010 10:47:59 PM
  • NEWMOON
    I knew it was sciatica!! I cannot believe you've had to deal with these 'doctors' for all this time that didn't diagnose that.

    Please be careful with the stretches. There are a million theories on the internet...some will say stretch it and some will say don't.

    Before you start stretching, you need to heal. The inflammation that's causing the pinching needs time to recede.

    If the pills are making you sleepy, then sleep. Sleep helps our body heal. If you push this before you are 100% you can do more damage.

    There is a great article at this link...it's about what foods to avoid when you have inflammation, and what foods you should eat to reduce inflammation...

    http://nutri
    tion.about.com/od/dietsformedic
    aldisorders/a/antiinflamfood.ht
    m

    And here's a list of foods to help.

    http://www.dlife.com/d
    Life/do/ShowContent/food_and_nu
    trition/top_10_anti_inflammator
    y_foods.html

    Be gentle with yourself.
    emoticon
    3052 days ago
  • CELEST
    Glad you're feeling better. And I've got everything that can cross, crossed for you. :)
    3053 days ago
  • JULIEIRENE
    sciatic warrior! i love it! seriously, i am so glad to hear you got a diagnosis and some steps of treatment. i am sending positive vibes your way!
    3053 days ago
  • MRSMAGOO03
    hey you are a sciatic warrior.....hope you feel better soon. emoticon
    3053 days ago
  • POLK-A-DOTS
    fingers and toes crossed......One step at a time!!!
    3053 days ago
  • ANGELSANDYBABY
    I'm glad you finally have a diagnosis.
    Take care and feel better soon! emoticon
    3053 days ago
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