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Sciatica at the age of 24

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Thom_hardy, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. Thom_hardy

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    So I've been suffering on and off for the last year, I'm a big lad, not fat, but not skinny, I've been weight training on and off (due to my back) for the last 2 years and it's a vicious circle! Do weights = sciatica goes away but then my back goes, stop weights = sciatica returns!!! And it's only when I sit down or get into bed

    Any other suffers? Any remedies?!

    I'm at work in 5 hours and can't sleep
     
  2. SteveO

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    My bro uses a chiropractor who has manipulated his spine and joints back into place after a decade of cycling 6000 miles a year - he swears by them although officially I don't think their methods are recognised by a lot of clinical commissioning groups.

    As an aside, I fell in the week and hit my coccyx bone and it's now pressing on a nerve, finding it hard to do anything at the moment, even lie down. :(
     
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    Pilates, really strengthens the core which protects the back. I did it after spinal surgery and recommend both the benefits of core strength and being the only bloke in a room full of young ladies in lycra:D. Wear some baggy pants though otherwise some of the positions get a bit embarrassing.
     
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    Get some cod liver oil in ye:)
     
  5. Trampilot

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    +1 for Core exercises.

    You need to address the cause not just the symptoms. I ripped my gluts a year ago and that pretty much crippled me for a while. Turns out the cause was my hamstrings being too tight. The only cure is to strengthen the core so that the muscle tension is balanced out.

    Planks, dead lifts, farmers walks ... lots of good exercises which don't always need expensive weights.
     
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    Been there, done that. I was the only bloke, it was great :D

    Sounds funny but check your foot ware out. I have a bad back on and off and have been trying to do some running to get fitness levels up. Was getting leg and lower back pains again then someone said how old are your trainers? 7-8 years old I replied and they said get some new ones yours are the problem. I doubted this would help as they looked fine but was willing to try and got some new running shoes and the leg pains went away!
     
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    have u seen a quack? i had a herniated disc, had an op and im great now. few guys on here have had similar
     
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    It's sciatica now caused by what ?.
    i ruptured discs badly at 19 ,suffered every year multiple times .
    at 44 my life changed big time as a result of it giving up all together.
    i couldn't walk ,hold urine ,crap ,get a stiffie .
    had emergency op but it wasn't too sucsessful.

    if I were 19 again IDE ask for an MRI, IDE take great care of my back too than I did.

    core stability is the way to better back health.
    Don't let me worry you , but please take care of your back ,all those nerves pass through it and lead to other problems.
     
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    haha... know what you mean. Got back into running and my feet started to hurt. Thought it was just my feet getting sore. Then one day I was putting my old trainers on and my thumb went through the bottom of it! Oops.

    Yes - do get good footwear - it will make a difference!
     
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    Feel for you mate, not nice at all, I had it years ago and if it's any consolation mine went away for whatever reason, fingers crossed it has not returned, hope your's goes, atb.
     
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    My missus suffers from it badly, she passed out whilst shopping about 10 years ago and landed arse first crushing a disk.
    She has had numerous steroid injections and epidurals but they are only short term remedies, best thing she has done is lose a stone and do light core exercises, now it rarely flares up.

    Dan.
     
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    last year I was off work for best part of a year with this I was walking down my mams front path when the pain struck it was that intense I blacked out landing in a heap on top of my left arm dislocating my shoulder, elbow and breaking my arm just below the elbow that badly I had to have a radial head replacement (plastic elbow joint) . I eventually got back to work and 6 mth later Iam off again with my back Iam going to back exercise classes once a week painful but seems to be working for me . there again it could be the 600mg of gabapentin 4 times a day I refused to go back on the tramadol it turned me into a zombie and I felt like a junkie coming off smack when I tried to stop taking them
     
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    I had a level 2 spinal fusion eight years ago. I still suffer chronic sciatica now on occasion but it's a world away from the pain I suffered pre-op for five years. Get a good surgeon; I had four operations on my spine before this surgeon took over and got it sorted. It really is one of the most miserable situations to be in and I hope you get it sorted op.
     
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    I've had back problems since I was about 17 which to have done nothing but get worse with age. Hope yours is more of a one off, or at least doesn't recur as much as mine does. I've had non specific lower back pain that has caused sciatica in my left leg previously. More recently I've been getting random stabbing pains in my lower back, sometimes triggered by something as simple as stepping on a large stone on a path.

    I've done beginners yoga, exercises from the Mackenzie programme, pilates, just the machine section of the gym. All provided some relief but nothing seems to have ever cured it. Chiropractors and physio are about as effective, some relief but no cure.

    Hope you have better luck than me.
     
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    Thanks everyone! I'm booked into the dr's on Monday and have a consultation with a physio next week through work! Funny as soon as I mentioned bad back my manager went a shade of white and gave me occupational healths number faster than I don't know what!
    (One of the worlds leading engineering company's so don't like claims against them for injuries due to heavy lifting! Not that I ever would mind...)

    So yeah! Hopefully will see what they have to say!

    In the mean time I'm away on holiday with my old man fishing! With no signal of any sort! HEAVEN!

    Atb
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    Had it bad for the last 3 weeks up now with it giving me jip down the left
    leg cant find any soddin relief all the quack gave me last time was a muscle
    relaxent hope you feel better soon bud
     
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    My wife works for a science company and had a training session from an external bod talking about occupational health etc. They said that "depression is the top reason for absence in work." One thing you should never do is tell a scientist something statistical without the data to back it up. The attendees disputed this "fact". By lunchtime they had found the correct data which showed that back pain was the top reason for absenteeism.

    So many people suffer from it and it lasts for years and years. No wonder your boss went pale!
     
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    Sounds similar to what I had a few years back, the Chiropractor helped but it generally came back. I was working in construction so it was just a matter of time before I lifted something the wrong way, or too heavy.

    I'm sorted now, I did a lot of light work with a gym ball & dumbells to build my core & took it from there. I steered clear of any running but consciously did a lot more walking.

    It took about 18 months, I wasn't using heavy dumbells, just enough to know they were there.

    One excercise the chiropractor showed me that helped with the Sciatica, lie completely flat on a hard surface. Pull right foot into groin & pull right knee towards chest as far as is comfortable, hold for 30 seconds. Repeat with left knee.
    Stay completely flat including head & obviously don't do it so hard it hurts, it's just for stretching stuff.
     
  19. Trampilot

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    Just to illustrate how fickle the world of backs can be.... Last Tuesday I had a session with my trainer. Was stiff as I was going a variety of stretchy squat stuff. Finished the sessions stiff but good. Wednesday I played badminton. Felt fine. Then gradually as the days progressed I became worse and worse. This morning felt like I'd been kicked in the neck and back.

    I think its the badminton. I play quite hard and fast so now might be the time to stop!
     
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    Hi I'm 28, been suffering with sciatica since I was 15 (caused by jumping off large bridges into water for fun in summer time) that was the initial cause of the trapped nerve. Doctors do naff all. Best exercise for me is to lay on my back knees up with my heel almost touching my bum and bend my legs to the left as far over as they'll go without moving my torso, then do it to the right. 10 mins of that = instant pain relief for about 2 hours. Failing that try cannabis oil, it works for most.
     

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