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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:09 pm    Post subject: Sciatica Reply with quote

Does anyone else suffer from this?

I have suffered with mild sciatica for nearly 10 years now. Nothing too bad that a few painkillers now and then and stretching excercises from my GP cant help.

The last 12 to 18 months have really been a struggle though. Not much cycling and time off work due to constant back ache and pains in ass cheeks down to my knees getting worse. A trip to A+E in an ambulance after collapsing while out fishing recently has really got me down.

GP is not much use, just keeps prescribing pain killers, physio etc. Have been taking these on and off for 10 years now.

Do any of you guy suffer with this and how do you manage the pain or get on with cycling?

Getting to the point now where I'm thinking of selling my bikes and fishing gear as it is just so painful during and especialy after a decent ride out.

Shoudnt my GP be looking into at what is causing this after so long rather than just giving me painkillers all the time

Please dont think this is just me whinging and moaning.... I'm just getting frustrated now as it is holding me back in a lot of things that I enjoy. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same situation for me mate. I've got Scoliosis and Sclerosis. My back is slowly disintegrating and there's nothing that can be done about it. I've had to give up my career in landscaping and forestry as I physically can't do it any more. I now only work part time as a delivery driver for a supermarket which obviously isn't doing my back any favours either. I haven't been to work at all for the last 4 weeks because my legs gave way and I collapsed whilst trying to load my van up. I take morphine, codeine, diclofenac, pregabalin and other stuff for the pain. They still don't work properly to kill the pain and I'm permanently off my tits! Confused
I'm currently waiting for an appointment to go into hospital and have an epidural. I thought this was for childbirth but apparently I can have it too. They've said that if it works, it could last up to 6 months and I won't have to take as many painkillers which will mean I'll be a bit more "with it".
I've got extensive stretching and core strength exercises to do 3 times a day.

Basically, I'm in complete agony about 75% of the time.

But f*ck it. There's one thing I can do where I'm totally pain free.

Cycling.

According to my physio, the angle I sit on a bike stretches open the vertebrae, so that there is no nerve pinching or bone grinding and wearing.

I could quite easily get really depressed about it, but I've been told to stay off work and go out mountain biking every day if I can manage it.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have constant back pain and i'm fed up with being given painkillers by the docs. I wont go into stories of pains, as you guys clearly know that. My first ride at Glentress, i couldn't drive home. I was in too much pain. I've not decided not to let it get to my fun. If i'm sore after biking, tough. I can't bend over. I have to hold onto my leg with one hand. Shocked

No words of encouragement or advice i'm afraid, but you're not alone.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for the encouragement and advice peeps.... I have since made a few adjustments to my bike.. stem length, height and new saddle on advice from my LBS..... so bike should "fit" me better. Going to try a commute to work tomorrow with detour over the clent hills after work.

Gonna see how I get on and try not to let it hold me back.... failing that I will simply stick to the canals.... nice easy and flat Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi After years of suffering with Sciatica, I was introduced to a guy called Don Gatherer, he is a genius regarding back problems. He currently works with the Red Bull F1 team and the GB RUGBY & ATHLETICS TEAM & his best mate is Del Boy! (David Jason) he is a great guy ! He has a lovely house in Aylesbury where he sees sufferers and he does not charge a fortune a genuine spot on guy who will fix your problem for less than a few beers! 01296 395969
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ness wrote:

I'm currently waiting for an appointment to go into hospital and have an epidural.



I had an epidural about 8 years ago, and my chronic sciatica was cured within hours!!!

I still get the occasional backpain, but it usually only lasts a few days, altho, this last month, it's been back with a vengance... No sciatica yet, but I worry about it coming back ( I have two herniated disks and degenerative spine thingymewotsit)
I suffered the sciatica for 6 months, then couldn't stand it any longer.
In order to get the epidural, I had to go private to get an MRI (NHS was 18 months waiting time back then!!!) and see a private specialist (total around £1200) , who then, gave me the epidural on the NHS!!!

That was when I was able to work, and had money in the bank... now I'm screwed as I've not been able to work for two years due to a different health issue!

But... the epidural thing is a "miracle cure" I couldn't beleive how quick and effective it was... unbeleivable

This recent episode, I have not been to see GP yet, as you just get a scrip for Ibuprophen and "have you been doing your exerciss"... but I am now wondering that if it doesn't go away, looking into surgery
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have suffered with bil;ateral sciatica since I was 21 (nearly 40 now), the only thing that I have found that works is Acupuncture.

I had tried all kinds of pills, pain killers including diclofenac, cocodamoletc), I was referred for physio - Lumbar traction - this worked for a few hours/days then wore off, I have tried core stability exercises - had to stop these at he time as they were making it worse, and eventually I was referred for physio again Oct 2011 and I had to see a locum physio who was covering for our surgery. He was a qualified acupuncturist and when I explained all the other treatments I had tried, he suggested that we try acupuncture. I have had no further treatment since then and have had hardly any twinges, even after a hard, technical ride with lumpy rocky descents.

I would recommend it to ANYONE - generally if you cannot get through NHS, you may be able to get through a sports physio, prices start from about £25 per session and I think I had 6 sessions.

May be worth a shot Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AxeGrinder wrote:
Ness wrote:

I'm currently waiting for an appointment to go into hospital and have an epidural.



I had an epidural about 8 years ago, and my chronic sciatica was cured within hours!!!

I still get the occasional backpain, but it usually only lasts a few days, altho, this last month, it's been back with a vengance... No sciatica yet, but I worry about it coming back ( I have two herniated disks and degenerative spine thingymewotsit)
I suffered the sciatica for 6 months, then couldn't stand it any longer.
In order to get the epidural, I had to go private to get an MRI (NHS was 18 months waiting time back then!!!) and see a private specialist (total around £1200) , who then, gave me the epidural on the NHS!!!

That was when I was able to work, and had money in the bank... now I'm screwed as I've not been able to work for two years due to a different health issue!

But... the epidural thing is a "miracle cure" I couldn't beleive how quick and effective it was... unbeleivable

This recent episode, I have not been to see GP yet, as you just get a scrip for Ibuprophen and "have you been doing your exerciss"... but I am now wondering that if it doesn't go away, looking into surgery


It never happened. They stopped doing it at my local hospital but no one bothered to tell me. I hadn't heard anything after 2 months so I chased it up. I got a few lame excuses as to why I wasn't kept informed and told that if I still wanted it done, I would have to be referred to the health trust in the next county. Starting from scratch and, like you say, probably having to wait yet another 18 months.

The NHS is an absolutely abysmal shower of shite.

I'm relatively pain free at the moment but I'm taking so much morphine that I haven't got the energy or enthusiasm to get out much any more. So much for training to do the Brecon Beast in September.

I'd love to be able to go private, but having been off work since March, funds are a little tight.

I might have to try what Kitty said and look at the acupuncture!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ness wrote:

It never happened. They stopped doing it at my local hospital but no one bothered to tell me. I hadn't heard anything after 2 months so I chased it up. I got a few lame excuses as to why I wasn't kept informed and told that if I still wanted it done, I would have to be referred to the health trust in the next county. Starting from scratch and, like you say, probably having to wait yet another 18 months.

The NHS is an absolutely abysmal shower of shite.

I'm relatively pain free at the moment but I'm taking so much morphine that I haven't got the energy or enthusiasm to get out much any more. So much for training to do the Brecon Beast in September.

I'd love to be able to go private, but having been off work since March, funds are a little tight.

I might have to try what Kitty said and look at the acupuncture!!


Same here re: funds/jobless situation! So private is out for me too...

I'd heard that things have changed in the NHS, and that MRI's are a lot quicker to get these days... not sure about that, but it's what I've been told... may be worth trying, just in case...

Kitty's thing sounds like a good idea... after resting off the bike for a cpl of weeks, I've been back on it, and the revised geometry of the bike, with the addition of an adjustable bar stem is way more comfortable, and no probs on the bike since... I get the odd twinge off the bike, but nothing major, fingers crossed, altho, I've only been bimbling about town... I'm due a ride to the Moss soon, but think I'll wait for cooler weather!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had it among other things since I was about 13 (29 now) doctors didnt believe me, saw 5 separate Gps in 2 surgeries before anything got done.
Took all the drugs under the sun, dicofenac, tramadol, naproxen and lots of diazepam.

Culminated in epidurals, Physio, chiro, even acupuncture.

Then after collapsing in the Forest of Dean, I got the go ahead for surgery.

I had it in January 2011 spinal fusion at L4/5 and S1 with a bone graft from my hip and a pedical screw rod fixation.
Took about 5 1/2 hours in total and was in hospital a week. Had the next 6 months off work, which was fun.

Sadly it didnt work for me, and I'm pretty much just about the same amount of pain as I always was.. I was getting better, but then some pillock in his chaved up car rammed me off the road in my car and put my recovery back several months.

I still can't run, can't walk very far and I'm in constant pain, sometimes agony.

Still, cycling Should hopefully let me get some exercise without hurting too much.

I wrote a blog before, during and after if anyone is interested. It starts in the November before and goes right through. Its a bit backwards, you need to scroll to the bottom and read up, then scroll to the bottom and click newer posts, and start at the bottom again!

http://tomsspinalsurgery.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-min=2010-01-01T 00:00:00Z&updated-max=2011-01-01T00:00:00Z&max-results=4
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 6:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Sciatica Reply with quote

darren.cox22 wrote:
Does anyone else suffer from this?

I have suffered with mild sciatica for nearly 10 years now. Nothing too bad that a few painkillers now and then and stretching excercises from my GP cant help.

The last 12 to 18 months have really been a struggle though. Not much cycling and time off work due to constant back ache and pains in ass cheeks down to my knees getting worse. A trip to A+E in an ambulance after collapsing while out fishing recently has really got me down.

GP is not much use, just keeps prescribing pain killers, physio etc. Have been taking these on and off for 10 years now.

Do any of you guy suffer with this and how do you manage the pain or get on with cycling?

Getting to the point now where I'm thinking of selling my bikes and fishing gear as it is just so painful during and especialy after a decent ride out.

Shoudnt my GP be looking into at what is causing this after so long rather than just giving me painkillers all the time

Please dont think this is just me whinging and moaning.... I'm just getting frustrated now as it is holding me back in a lot of things that I enjoy. Crying or Very sad


I feel for you don't have this problem, but my partner does and is waiting for an operation at the moment , have you had an MRI scan ? , Ask your Doctor as the problem Julia has is a bugling disc pressing against her sciatic nerve

Just an idea hope this helps and you can get to the bottom of the pain soon

Cheers Ian
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having suffered from this for many years I have finally found some relief in Gravity Boots !

Yes, I know it sounds stupid, but hanging upside down for 10 minutes at the end of the day, and/or after cycling or lifting weights, has virtually eradicated the problem for me.

These are the ones I use -

http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/bodymax-gravity-inversion-boots-bl ue.php

plus the chin-up bar that the site recommends for use with them

If your core strength isn't that good yet - to lift yourself on/off - then I suggest you also buy the straps listed with these

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had sciatica before and thankfully not again since. I suffer with disc detreation and now spasms which as you say just get you down after a while.
I totally agree with cycling easing back pain, it's amazing and a good excuse to get out. Part of my problem is extra weight Embarassed but when I'm in pain I like to comfort eat Evil or Very Mad

Looked at the inversion route before but never come across those boots only tables so I may well give that a try

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