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I am a 35 y/o female. I have had issues with sciatica several times in the past. A few of those times I had a sharp pain that sometimes brought me down to my knees but after a few minutes, it would subside and I was able to move around...sore but nothing unbearable. Other times, after bending or twisting, I would get a sharp pain going down my leg when walking. Again, it would subside and just tenderness would remain. 

Fast forward to 4 days ago...I had been cooking most of the morning, no back pain whatsoever. No tenderness. No ache. Nothing. I opened the oven door and held it down and stooped over enough to grab a small casserole dish out of the oven. As soon as it was in my hand, I felt an excruciating pain across my lower back and I went straight down to my knees and then onto the floor face first. I had no control over my legs for a few minutes. My back went into spasms and I was sobbing and yelling while laying in the floor. Every time I attempted to move at all, even my finger, the spasm would start again with severe pain. I tried for around 15 minutes to roll onto my back or side and was unable to do so because of the pain. Thankfully, I was at my grandmothers house and she was able to call a friend of mine who is a nurse to come over and see if she could help me at all. When she and another nurse got there, it took more than 20 minutes for them to help me get onto my back. They tried to help me sit up because I didn’t want to have to go to the ER. They each took one of my arms and tried to sit me up while supporting me but again, the pain was so bad, I felt like I was going to pass out. The decision was made to call an ambulance to transport me 30 minutes away to the closest ER. The 2 EMT’s had to physically pick me up and place me onto the stretcher. The spasms became much more intense and every small bump we hit or curve we went around, the worse the spasms got. My blood pressure was very high due to the pain. The bottom number was 127 at one point. Once I was in the ER, an iv was started and I was given solumedrol, dilaudid and zofran. All this did was make me groggy...the spasms were almost constant. I was taken to radiology and an LSpine X-ray was taken. The ER dr came into the room shortly after I was back from X-ray and told me the films showed no abnormality. He diagnosed it as “back pain with sciatica”. Gave me a morphine injection and then released me to go home. The pain had eased enough that I was able to get into the car with the help of 3 different people. I was prescribed prednisone and hydrocodone. I have a pacemaker and am unable to have an MRI. He mentioned that if I didn’t get any better, I should see a specialist to have a myelogram done. I am still having spasms, they don’t last as long and they are not as excruciating but I am still very limited on what I can do. 


Has anyone else had something similar happen? If so, what ended up being your diagnosis and what treatment have you gone through? I’m sorry this is so long but I wanted to give a detailed description. 


Thanks in advance! 

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Comments

  • Welcome nikkiporter we’re glad you’re here!

    Muscle spasms and sciatica are very painful and if this has been an ongoing thing then a spine specialist would be a very good idea, there are many treatment that can be useful for spasms and sciatica.

    While you’re waiting for a reply to your first post, please take a few moments to review the Code of Conduct and FAQ section, located under Forum Tools. There you will find important information about posting in the forum and helpful tips for new members.

    Also, you should take a look at the Sciatica Health Center on Spine-health. It has a number of informative articles and videos about common causes and treatment options for sciatica; from first aid tips to stretches you can perform to relieve painful sciatica symptoms. It’s a very helpful resource for those with sciatica.

    Again, welcome to the Veritas Health Forum.

    Chip 

    Veritas Health Forum Moderator

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,161

    nikkiporter

    I am so sorry you had to go through this. Sciatica can be very painful and debilitating. I agree with your doctor, and as Chip suggested above, to see a specialist. There are several options that may help get you out of pain. I am also dealing with a sciatica flare up so I know how you feel. The one thing that helps me the most is Prednisone, which I believe you are taking. Has it helped any?

    Take care and please let us know how you are doing.
    Sandra
    Veritas Health Forum Moderator


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  • I am taking prednisone but it hasn’t helped much yet. I’m still moving very slowly. Now, it almost feels like my back isn’t stable. It feels weak. Thank you for responding!

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,161

    We have to try sometimes to remedy things on our own. Have you tried the exercises? A few things that help me out during the day are stretches, walking, ice and heating pad.

    I just came back from my pain doctor and he put me on another Medrol Pack instead of injections, they just don't work on me. I hope you are taking the predisone exactly as prescribed, that way it may work. Let's hope so!!!

    Sandra

  • I haven’t tried the exercises yet. I think I have been afraid it was going to happen again and I may be making the situation worse by not moving as much as I probably should. I did 5 days of prednisone, 2 pills per day. Steroids have never seemed to work for me for anything in the past. I have been alternating heat and ice. Thank you so much for responding to me. 

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,161

    You may be surprised at how the exercises do help. I know just raising my leg sends me thru the roof but after a few times it gets better. No pain, no gain!! But only if you feel comfortable doing them.

    Sandra

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