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Help with Sciatica.....please

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
Hi, my mum was diagnosed with Sciatica Aug 08, she has never suffered with anything like this before, has always been fit and healthy. Since August my mum has got worse, the last few weeks she is getting really bad, using walking sticks to help her walk, her left leg is very pain ful and from her calf to her foot is numb. The last few days she is tending to fall quite frequently, the worse being yesterday when she thought she had broken her ankle (just sprained thankfully)...does anyone know of anything i can do to help her..
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Your poor mum, she must be in alot of pain.

Sorry I don't have any practical advice, but I'm sure you'll get some replies soon.

My dad had severed sciatica a few years ago - where he could'nt get out of bed for nearly 2 weeks. I'm glad to say though he has not had such a severe attack since then, and though he has bad days, he actually seems a bit better this last year ... I must ask him whether it's medication that has helped him!
#2
Butterflies
Your poor mum, she must be in alot of pain.

Sorry I don't have any practical advice, but I'm sure you'll get some replies soon.

My dad had severed sciatica a few years ago - where he could'nt get out of bed for nearly 2 weeks. I'm glad to say though he has not had such a severe attack since then, and though he has bad days, he actually seems a bit better this last year ... I must ask him whether it's medication that has helped him!


Ive been reading up on it on the www to see if there is anything else we can try that we are not already doing...thanks xx
#3
Has the doc not given her physio appointment,I think thats the best for it,My 12yr old son had it last year and was in lots of pain but hes fine now
#4
First it is truly sad and frustrating when family members suffer and I would say take heart and research as much info as you can.Sciatica is not uncommon therefore there will be support groups and discussion forums.Western medicine will be largely chemical based i.e medicines of one kind or another.You could look into Ayurvedic and chinese therapies.The home of Indian Ayurvedic medicine is in Kerala India and many clinics will be contactable for advice over the net.Should they recommend any medication it will ne natural and they can post,usually a good clinic direct in India will not be expensive..Similarly there is a large chinese community in the uk and maybe you could source info from them.
Finally you can research which consultants clinic in your accessible area has a specialist and ask your GP to refer her.Best wishes:thumbsup:.
#5
The best thing is to keep mobile and do gentle exercises, I know is painful but if she doesnt move she will stiffen up even more. i have a very good document about it if you want me to e-mail it to you please pm me
I suffered from this and I know is very unplesant I hope she gets better soon
#6
don't skimp on the painkillers...they will help her stay mobile which in turn will help the pain.
1 Like #7
my mum has had a bad back - osteoporosis and osteoarthritis for years
until recently
she was prescribed pain patches - they are amazing, doctors dont tell you about these things, well they didnt tell my mum until she went to a clinic and they prescribed, - one patch every week and she is a different person, not sure but I think they are morphine based, but they certainly work
#8
[QUOTE=Bikebarbie]The best thing is to keep mobile and do gentle exercises, I know is painful but if she doesnt move she will stiffen up even more. /QUOTE


Absolutely crucial.advice.:thumbsup:
#9
octobergirl
my mum has had a bad back - osteoporosit and osteoarthritis for years
until recently
she was prescribed pain patches - they are amazing, doctors dont tell you about these things, well they didnt tell my mum until she went to a clinic and they prescribed, - one patch every week and she is a different person, not sure but I think they are morphine based, but they certainly work


really??? My mum was taking upto 18 painkillers a day and now shes on slow release stuff. she says it's better but not much. I've never heard about patches. She's off to see her consultant tomorrow. I'll have to let her know.
#10
I'm sorry to hear about your mum suffering from sciatica, it is painful to endure!

My advice is for your mother to see her GP, especially whilst suffering and only if she physically can. This way the GP can prescribe the appropriate medication and in many cases it is of a type that one is unable to purchase (over the counter drugs); probably a controlled drug and she may require physiotherapy too to relieve/alleviate the trapped sciatic nerve. If pain is still present then she may need to be referred to a specialist, if she hasn't already?

I wish you luck and your mum a speedy recovery!
#11
take painkillers to numb the pain, generally the sciatica pain will lessen over time by itself but to speed it up do light physio work on the leg
the first few weeks are the worst, u cant really do anything but lie down and not move too much
doctors will only prescribe u painkillers or in very servere sciatica cases have an operation so its basically sit tight and wait for pain to ease, then do light physio and take painkillers
#12
I suffered from Sciatica a few years back and boy was that a hard time.
I had to undergo physio every week (through work) and was on some pretty powerfull medication for a while.

I found that investing in a godd supportive bed like a memory foam one helps a lot!


Assuming she has already seen a GP (obviously otherwise she wouldn't know she has sciatica lol).
#13
Hiya. I have had Sciatica on and off for years, in fact I can't remember when I was last without it, you do learn to live with it :-D. I have a regime of daily excercises suggested by my GP I do to stretch the sciatic nerve and to maintain flexibility in my spine and as long as I do them it minimises the pain. When it is really bad, I take the maximum dose of Ibuprofen every 4 hours until it subsides ( which for me can be weeks ) and keeping mobile and active is better than sitting down and stiffening up I find. A good supportive bed and chair are essential, I bought a couple of lumbar support rolls ( the McKenzie type ) for my computer chair and car seat which help to keep the correct posture.

If the pain is unbearable, get the GP to prescribe something such as Codeine which will also help with sleeping.

Having Sciatica is a horrible horrible experience, so give her as much support as possible, she will need it :thumbsup:
1 Like #14
She should certainly have been referred for an MRI scan by now.

If not PM me for specific advice
#15
iglimpse
She should certainly have been referred for an MRI scan by now.

If not PM me for specific advice


I can't PM you, your inbox is full x Hi, thanks for your help on this matter, my mum has requested a scan, not received an appt yet though, the doctors don't seem to be doing a great deal for her at all. She requested a scan last Thursday, if nothing is recd next week, i think contact the doctors myself.
#16
Butterflies
Your poor mum, she must be in alot of pain.

Sorry I don't have any practical advice, but I'm sure you'll get some replies soon.

My dad had severed sciatica a few years ago - where he could'nt get out of bed for nearly 2 weeks. I'm glad to say though he has not had such a severe attack since then, and though he has bad days, he actually seems a bit better this last year ... I must ask him whether it's medication that has helped him!


xx thanks xx
#17
ettam123
Has the doc not given her physio appointment,I think thats the best for it,My 12yr old son had it last year and was in lots of pain but hes fine now


She has just started Physio, she should have gone for her fourth session today but due to fall on Tuesday and weather she couldn't make it,.
#18
rkmayar
First it is truly sad and frustrating when family members suffer and I would say take heart and research as much info as you can.Sciatica is not uncommon therefore there will be support groups and discussion forums.Western medicine will be largely chemical based i.e medicines of one kind or another.You could look into Ayurvedic and chinese therapies.The home of Indian Ayurvedic medicine is in Kerala India and many clinics will be contactable for advice over the net.Should they recommend any medication it will ne natural and they can post,usually a good clinic direct in India will not be expensive..Similarly there is a large chinese community in the uk and maybe you could source info from them.
Finally you can research which consultants clinic in your accessible area has a specialist and ask your GP to refer her.Best wishes:thumbsup:.




Thanks
#19
bellabonkers
don't skimp on the painkillers...they will help her stay mobile which in turn will help the pain.


she is taking them as often as she is allowed, thanks xx
#20
octobergirl
my mum has had a bad back - osteoporosit and osteoarthritis for years
until recently
she was prescribed pain patches - they are amazing, doctors dont tell you about these things, well they didnt tell my mum until she went to a clinic and they prescribed, - one patch every week and she is a different person, not sure but I think they are morphine based, but they certainly work


Any idea what they are called?
#21
Nash
I'm sorry to hear about your mum suffering from sciatica, it is painful to endure!

My advice is for your mother to see her GP, especially whilst suffering and only if she physically can. This way the GP can prescribe the appropriate medication and in many cases it is of a type that one is unable to purchase (over the counter drugs); probably a controlled drug and she may require physiotherapy too to relieve/alleviate the trapped sciatic nerve. If pain is still present then she may need to be referred to a specialist, if she hasn't already?

I wish you luck and your mum a speedy recovery!


thanks xx
#22
j3d1
I suffered from Sciatica a few years back and boy was that a hard time.
I had to undergo physio every week (through work) and was on some pretty powerfull medication for a while.

I found that investing in a godd supportive bed like a memory foam one helps a lot!


Assuming she has already seen a GP (obviously otherwise she wouldn't know she has sciatica lol).


thanks, (and yes she's seen a GP, lol) xx
#23
MrGrumpyman
Hiya. I have had Sciatica on and off for years, in fact I can't remember when I was last without it, you do learn to live with it :-D. I have a regime of daily excercises suggested by my GP I do to stretch the sciatic nerve and to maintain flexibility in my spine and as long as I do them it minimises the pain. When it is really bad, I take the maximum dose of Ibuprofen every 4 hours until it subsides ( which for me can be weeks ) and keeping mobile and active is better than sitting down and stiffening up I find. A good supportive bed and chair are essential, I bought a couple of lumbar support rolls ( the McKenzie type ) for my computer chair and car seat which help to keep the correct posture.

If the pain is unbearable, get the GP to prescribe something such as Codeine which will also help with sleeping.

Having Sciatica is a horrible horrible experience, so give her as much support as possible, she will need it :thumbsup:


Thanks for advice, i know she isn't taking Codeine as i went through her medication the other day, i am helping as much as i can, it is the numbness that she is finding the hardest. She is falling quite frequently now and because my dad is disabled he is unable to help really, she has to wait where she has fallen until we can get to her xx
#24
rkmayar;4287325
First it is truly sad and frustrating when family members suffer and I would say take heart and research as much info as you can.Sciatica is not uncommon therefore there will be support groups and discussion forums.Western medicine will be largely chemical based i.e medicines of one kind or another.You could look into Ayurvedic and chinese therapies.The home of Indian Ayurvedic medicine is in Kerala India and many clinics will be contactable for advice over the net.Should they recommend any medication it will ne natural and they can post,usually a good clinic direct in India will not be expensive..Similarly there is a large chinese community in the uk and maybe you could source info from them. Finally you can research which consultants clinic in your accessible area has a specialist and ask your GP to refer her.Best wishes:thumbsup:.


Complete tosh.

If only life were that simple.........natural good, chemicals bad. :roll:

Seems you can convince anyone to part with money if it has anything "natural".........advertisers dream
#25
Sorry to hear about your mum. I've had sciatica for a while now and the one thing that really really helps is this excercise. I lie on the floor and raise my legs onto a chair so my knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Its hard to explain but I hope you understand what I mean. I stay in this position for ten minutes three times a day and it really helps. Maybe you can help your mum try it.
Good luck.

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