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9/26/18 9:02 A

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Ugh, I'm so sorry! I didn't realize I had it, until my neighbor opened a yoga studio and I had to sit cross legged for 5 minutes... plus all of the yoga moves. I was in agony for a couple of months, but one weekend, I remembered I had a muscle roller and I used it and it took the ache out of my leg immediately. It didn't make the sciatica go away... but it took that sharp pain away. There is one on Amazon that has plastic spiky balls and they are the best, but Go Fit makes one that you can find at Target and it's good. Just get one with ridges, not smooth. Also the yoga has just about cured mine. It's still there if I don't go, but wow, I am so much better. Also Do-Terra makes a Muscle Rub cream and that really helped too. Called Deep Blue Muscle Rub.

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9/6/18 2:43 P

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I have been suffering from sciatica for 15 years. I had back surgery which helped a lot, but I am left with nerve damage in my left foot, tingling also. When I have an attack, luckily the last severe one was 4 years ago, I generally need 8-12 weeks of rest. Than I can slowly start with walking, stationary bike, water walking and back stroke swimming. My physicall therapist perscribed a set of excercises to strenght en a domina and back muscle as well as leg muscles. If I do these daily, they take cca 15 minutes and really help.
Please, make sure you listen to your doctor and have physicall therapist show you how to do the exercises properly.

8/31/18 1:05 A

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So sorry to hear about your sciatica. I have had my sciatica condition since 2003. I had steroid shots, chiropractic and decompression/heat therapy attempts. All were only temporary for the pain I was dealing with. It would calm down for a couple months and then start back up. I had several out of control episodes of sciatica over the years to where i just wanted to die. I had back surgery in 2009 because my first painful episodes were due to several ruptured compressed disks. The worse they've seen. Sciatic of course is always the result of another issue in the spine. Maybe weight issues or just wear and tear from activity. My last major episode was in 2103. I had to quit my job as a child care worker, which is how my back wore out over the years. It took weeks of lying around along with pain meds, for my last major episode to finally calm down. Luckily I didn't need another surgery. Since then I just have a slight lingering sensation in my left leg and nerve issues in my foot by my outer toes, that comes and goes. I just always try to take it slow, when the leg and buttock sensations start to feel agitated. I am super careful not to bend down much. Thats what set mine off and caused long term wear and tear caring for infants and toddlers at my job. I don't know if you have had any x rays or even better an MRI, but that would tell you why you are having sciatica issues, at least. Some would be against this and some would be for it, but depending on how bad your sciatica is and how many severe episodes you have had in the past, surgery could be an option. It worked wonders for me back in 2009. I would have died without it, because of the severity of my problem. I had zero issues from my surgery. As far as helping it, walking only made mine worse and more agitated when I was having an episode. I always tried to rest lying down in certain positions. Sometimes it takes a while for it to calm down and I know many of us have to work. It sucks

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8/23/18 11:49 P

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I was going through the worst of that a few months ago. Lower back pain, sciatica, and a lot of pain in my SI joint. Epidurals did nothing, but SI joint injections and aquatic therapy helped to ease some of the pain. Are you seeing a specialist? I hope it eases for you soon!

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7/21/18 8:32 P

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Do you have access to a pool? If not, could your doctor order aquatic therapy for you?

Pool walking would burn more calories and reduce the pull of gravity on your joints, so that would probably be a really good option for you.

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7/19/18 7:41 P

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It's definitely frustrating when a problem like sciatica interferes with your normal exercise routine. But if your doctor says you can walk now, and you've spent a lot of time in bed over the past seven weeks, I think you might find that walking might be just what you need to tone up those muscles you've haven't been using much during that time. That's what happened for me. I was routinely doing about two hours of hiking up and down some mountain trails in our local mountain park when I broke an ankle and had to stop for a couple months. I couldn't make it halfway up the smaller hills without taking a breather when I got back to regular hiking--it took about a month of reconditioning myself to get back to where I was when I had to stop. So, don't assume that walking won't be effective--give it a try and see what happens.

Maybe some kind of interval walking routine, where you alternate between faster and slower paces, and focus on making the fast intervals longer and the slow intervals shorter as you go along, will be a good way to get back close to where you were before the sciatica got in the way, If you can find some stairs or uphill routes, that could get your intensity level up pretty high, as well. But start with what you can do now, and build up from there--don't focus too much on what you were able to do before the sciatica interfered. And if you have any problems with the sciatica as you go along, be sure to check in with your doctor.

Hope this helps.

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7/19/18 11:39 A

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I had issues 8 years ago. My entire leg went numb.. I was dragging it. Was off work for 8 weeks during the summer. Same as you.. told not to do anything! Was very hard! But.. you can do it!
I watched my calories very close and walked when I could.. I felt it was at least something.
I know how frustrating it is but.. know.. this is temporary. you will get back to your old self!
Hang in!

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7/19/18 10:33 A

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I have just spent over 7 weeks in bed with dibilitating sciatica.
My doctor told me not to do anything until I'm better and in no more pain. Fine I understand that but I have put on weight lying down with no way to burn off the calories I was eating.
I feel flabby again and I hate that. I want to start to excercise but don't know where to start. I'm afraid of my sciatica relapsing again if I work out. I can't just walk for excercise (my doctor suggested walking) that won't be enough to tone.
Has anyone dealt with a similar situation? If so please tell me what you did. Or anyone with other suggestions I would appreciate it. Please don't tell me not to do anything because I don't know how long I can wait. Thanks everyone.

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