Hi everyone! I'm new here and am very glad that I found this forum! I am a 39 year old male living with this horrid pain in my sciatic nerve. I have actually had it since I was 14 or so by getting thrown from my horse into a very sturdy wooden fence. While i am thankful that it is not a chronic, ongoing pain, I do have some really nasty flare ups. Like right now.
Usually, I can predict the flare ups by a dull shooting pain in my right hip down to my knee. It is like an electrical current that constantly moves up and down. Then a day or so later, the lower back(right where the back and buttocks meet) goes out where I cant stand normally, nor sit comfortably, nor (this is the worst) be able to even sit on the toilet. And I'm just describing the pain, not the spasms! The spasms make me feel like I have lost control over my muscles and I jerk like a rag doll in serious pain. G_D forbid I should cough or sneeze at these times!
About two nights ago I had a different flare up. It started with my right leg falling asleep and taking about 20 minutes for the pins and needles to fade. I really did not think anything of it at the time.....then yesterday I got the pain and spasms in the lower back. Walking was painful that made me feel like a 39 year old going on 69. sleeping was a chore.
Today, I took 3 aspirins and am using a heating pad(as I type this) and the pain has subsided a bit. I am getting up and walking with my back as straight as I can for 15 minute increments. Because I only get this pain like once a year, I have not seen a doctor nor am on any meds. I know, I know....go to the doctor Universal guy...I know
My insurance is just around the corner for that!
Anyhow, is what I am describing a sciatic nerve condition? What kinds of ways do you all try to lessen the pain without narcotics? Will using only heat help or hurt? It seems to be helping me right now, but that could be the combo of aspirin and heat.....
Sorry for the long winded post. I'm just really happy to of found a board with possible answers for me!