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Sciatic pain for 4 years

Hello, so like the title says, I've had sciatic pain for 4 years now. It started in my senior year of high school. I'm only 21 years old and I am male. I suspect it was from weightlifting but it could've also been from years of sitting on my computer all day. 

Anyway, I was diagnosed with chronic sciatica by my doctor but he has no idea what is causing it. So, he sent me to some specialist who thought I had piriformis syndrome and then he sent me to get physical therapy for a few months but I don't really feel relief. 

I feel pain in my right leg starting from the middle of my back into the front of the hip and in the knee and down to the foot. I, also, get a sharp pain in my knee when i walk down the stairs in the morning. I have no idea what to do because nobody seems to figure out how to fix me and this constant uncomfortable feeling is driving me insane. I cannot sit comfortably or stand comfortable or bend which is something that I constantly do at work and it really irritates it. I really don't know what to do so This is why I'm here. Also, I've gotten and MRI of my lumbar spine but it apparently looks fine. Please help me. 



  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 699

    I'll just throw it out there that I had it for two years less than you. Hope yours isn't off the charts pain level! As far as placing blame, let me first ask "Do you lift weights more than you sit at the computer?" Our bodies are a reflection of what we do most of the time, so my best guess would be the sitting is the root cause, and the weight lifting exacerbated or accelerated, the muscle imbalances you now have. 

    Did you also have an xray of your spine and pelvis? Personally, I think the MRIs focus too narrowly rather than looking at the broad spectrum. Remember, the body is a whole unit so what is happening in one area may be due to something going on elsewhere. Looking at an xray you would want to find out if you are misaligned. 

    If all your positions are uncomfortable, sitting/standing/etc, you really have no choice but to keep changing your position until you find one with no or little pain, and deal with that position until you have to find a new position. It could be a day, or a few minutes. Only you will know. Obviously this is not the permanent fix, that will take time, this is just a quick something you can do now exercise. Also make sure you are breathing with your diaphragm, and getting plenty of hydration through the day. Especially do breathing exercises when pain flares occur. 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,443

    hello jensel21
    welcome to spine-health

    very good advice from marwin. i would have asked the same question, have you had any x-rays?
    and when you talk about weightlifting, are you talking about power lifting or dead lifting, or just lifting as much as your body allows? 
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