New to this. Please help

connorbrowncconnorbrown Grand Rapids MichiganPosts: 3
edited 10/11/2016 - 12:38 PM in New to Pain
Hi, I'm 22 years old and I've worked concrete for the past 2 years. I started getting lower back pain about 6 months ago. Nothing I couldn't handle as far as pain goes. Then about a month ago the pain got really bad. Enough to go Doctor. Then a couple days later the sciatica pain started. Sometimes so bad I couldn't even walk. See the doctor next week for the third time. Says he's going to send me to a specialist. So I've had sciatica for a full month. I can't work. Can't drive. I've been taking anti inflammatory prescription pills from the doctor and done 6 physical therapy sessions. It's not getting any better. I don't think it's getting worse because I know how to handle it now. I've been avoiding anything that hurts. I walk everyday. I did light duty at work a few times. Just wondering if anyone can help. When is this going to go away? I can't sleep and I stand in class for the whole time. I'm going crazy!!!


  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,340
    edited 07/23/2019 - 1:08 PM

    welcome to the spine-health forums.

    i am sorry about your sciatica pain.  have you set up the appointment with a specialist?  that can take a while, so push for it, don't wait for someone to contact you.

    assuming that this clears up, before you return to work you should ask to meet with an occupational therapist, or work with your physical therapist, to ensure that you are lifting and performing other tasks correctly so as to not re-injure yourself.

    please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started with the forums: Welcome to Veritas Health Forum

  • MunkzillaMMunkzilla NYPosts: 154
    edited 10/11/2016 - 11:29 PM
    Hi there, I am very sorry to hear of your suffering from siatiaca. That can be absolutely excrutiating! 

    I hope you get to see a specialist soon. Since non of us are medical professionals we cannot offer treatment for home, but can recommend getting to see a specialist as soon as possible. You do not want to try and preform a daily or work related activity and make things worse. 

    While you may need to preform your work duties, please keep in mind that until you know exactly what is going on inside you do risk causing further damage. Perhaps your Primary Care Physician could write you a light duty  until you see the specialist note so you can take it easier at work? I am not sure where you are from, but in the US it is illegal for an employer to terminate based on medical issues alone. 

    Trust me, you do NOT want to get to injured at work. Comp is a nightmare, plus this is now considered pre-existing making for a bigger problem. 

    I hope you find relief and are on the mend very soon. Until you know the cause of the pain exactly, there is really no telling how long it will last. Plus everyone heals differently. 
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 4,299
    I may have missed it, but not sure if you have had any tests done?

    It seems very good you are going to see specialist.
    My primary doctor tried to work with my spinal issues for two years before referring me to Pain Management/spine specialist.
    He began treatments to relieve my pain immediately as he did tests to find source of my pain.

    It can be a trial,and try again effort to find source...and also to find effective lessening of pain.
    Please continue with very clear communication with doctor re all your symptoms and effective or ineffectiveness of treatments for pain.

    If you click onto FAQs, on right of page, under medical information, you will find helpful information on how to prepare for first pain management appointment. Very helpful!

    Aslo using search, upper right on page, you may be led to current or older discussions re your issues.
    You may be led to medical side with articles and videos. Very informative!

    I find when I search, it helps me formulate my information for doctor and also brings to mind questions that I jot down for doctor.
  • connorbrowncconnorbrown Grand Rapids MichiganPosts: 3
    Hi, sorry for not replying sooner. A big thank you to everyone who replied. Just reading about this and getting some sort of advice helps tremendously. I got an MRI last Friday. Monday morning they told me I have a large disc protrusion at L5-S1. I've had the sciatica pain since 9/12 ish. So almost 2 months. I'm scared that I'm damaging the nerve permanently. No matter how I sleep I'm still in pain. I get maybe 2 hours of sleep a night. I've read up on positions and spine pressure so I think mine is just so bad it doesn't matter how I sleep. Oh and I'm from Grand Rapids Michigan. Anymore advice anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you 
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,416
    Hey connor!! Sorry to hear about the disc but what's the next plan? Are they talking to you about physical therapy, meds, injections? Would really like to know what your options are now.
    Be easy on yourself and keep us posted.
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  • Hi, just wanted to say that when I first started having disc problems (mine is also l5/s1), physical therapy helped me immensely. In fact, my health insurance wouldn'the even approve an MRI until I had tried PT, so knowing what your issue is before you go would be really useful. Good luck!
  • connorbrowncconnorbrown Grand Rapids MichiganPosts: 3
    I've done 10 physical therapy sessions. Twice a week. She doesn't want to see me anymore because it's not getting better. We tried everything. Although the days I did have pt I didn't have as much pain obviously. So now I've been doing all my stretching and stuff on my own for about a week. Seeing a specialist at Mary free bed spine center soon. They're currently reviewing my MRI. So my last question is has anyone ever had episodes where they can't walk (hasn't happened since the pain first started), pain 10/10, no luck with physical therpy, and horrible sciatic pain for 2 months straight ever healed without surgery? 
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