Sciatica Support Group

Sciatica is a term meaning pain that originates from compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest and largest nerve in the body. If the sciatic nerve is pinched or compressed (perhaps by a bulging disc in the low back) a patient may experience leg pain--the classic symptom of sciatica.

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  • youngandinpain

    New to sciatica

    I just started experiencing sciatic pain in about 3 weeks ago. After about a week I thought it was getting better, but it has definitely gotten worse and now I experience periods of numbness (especially in my butt and back of leg) between the pain. The pain in my back is dull but constant. I'm only 21, and I do yoga regularly. I've been told that sciatica can go away with time, and that the yoga...
  • Sandra72

    Is there hope?

    Hi all, I've had sciatica now for about 2 yrs, it's just recently got unbearable. The pain is excruciating. Doctor has given me Naproxen and codiene but it's still agony. I've tried ice and heat, various stretches (which seem to make it worse the next day) and rest, but nothing is helping. I'm waiting for a physio app, but typical NHS, god knows how long that'll be. I'm off work sick at the...
  • JuiceBox

    Advice Please! Intense Sciatica!

    I am now in week 9 of this condition. It started out as a sore right butt pain that crept into my right thigh (just the back). I had had this feeling back when I was 25, but it only lasted a week. So...being a google dr. I researched my pain and guessed Sciatica. It seemed like most people that suffer Sciatica just sucked it up for 5-6 weeks and it resolved itself. Mine is just getting worse! It...
  • deleted_user

    My miracle cure

    I first got Sciatica 3 years ago and have suffered quite a lot of pain over the years. Just this week I was symptom free when I was loading firewood into my garage. Reaching for some wood on the ground my left leg gave out and I crumpled to a heap on the driveway. I was almost in tears with the pain and knew what it meant... weeks or even months of slow recovery. We were planning on going camping...
  • MrAk


    I have had sciatosis for several years. Been to several doctors and they have only shrugged and gave me opiates. Is there a way to lessen the pain and coping with this?.
  • deleted_user

    Piriformis Syndrome

    My husband has been in constant pain in his leg (deep buttock/hip socket) area and lumbar (although not so much lumbar anymore) for about 9 months. He has tried physical therapy, chiropractor, structural masseuse, daily stretching and continuous use of anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) all to no avail.We've been doing a lot of research and the condition that sounds EXACTLY like...
  • marie32

    No help

    Hi all my pain that bad I can walk far yes am over weight but that's because I can't move far this pain is to much the doc won't help me just said pain killers lose weight but am trying am under weight management can anyone help me to stop this pain thankyou hugs
  • itney

    care aid with sciatica

    I thought I had pulled a muscle, but turns out it's Sciatica, I worked three weeks through the pain...I'm a care aid and work in complex care, so a lot of heavy work, pushing and pulling, bending etc. So far I have missed one week of work, and will find out tomorrow if I can go back, but I"m still in a lot of pain, like I can't bend over or get into a car without it spazing. I'm having a hard...
  • PinkAnything09

    Piriformis Syndrome - Pain in my butt!

    So I went to my PM doctor yesterday, and also met with the Medtronic rep for my device... had to do some reprogramming because it was stimulating the front of my leg, not the back side. So I was told by both my dr & medtronic man... that where the leeds were placed, is where my scoliosis apexes... it's a bad curvature, but where the leeds needed to be. SO having said that, I will have to get...
  • violetmist

    Sciatica is back with a vengeance

    I had sciatica almost a yr ago and it went away. Now is back and I am in horrific pain. I have had it about 2 months this time. I also have low back pain. I did have an epidural, steroid shot and it didn't help. I will be seeing my Dr. but it is slow to get an appt. What can you do at home to help this? I cannot go on in this kind of pain. I cannot even finish washing dishes let alone clean my...
  • starynight19

    MS and Sciatica

    Hello,I have MS. Dx 2008Have struggled with it but fighting it all the way. Recently I have had more trouble walking. I couldn't for the life of me figure out if it was MS or something else. With tend too, as do Neuros, to blame whatever is wrong on horrible MS ( on top of which I have Ovarian Cancer but in remission-early catch).So....I found the only thing that helps this pain that is...
  • Hi!My sciatica developed after I tore my hamstring tendon, and the sciatic nerve is compressed at the performs muscle, not from the back (L5 - S1). I think after my hamstring injury my body tried compensating and as a result I developed performs syndrome/sciatica. I have had this problem for 3+ years and it has seriously affected my life. Imaging (ultrasound, CT and MRI show that my proximal...
  • DaniRae8808

    Helpful Hints?

    Hi All! I have suffered off and on with sciatica for years. After my 3rd child was born, I was very overweight and rather sedentary and I suffered horribly for about 6 months. It then resolved and hasn't been back... until this weekend. Since that time, I have lots tons of weight, I workout 5-6 days per week (I am a part time fitness instructor) and stay active.So when it started Saturday, I...
  • sandi149

    My mom is in terrible pain from sciatica, nothing

    Hi,My mother woke up with sciatica about 10 days ago and is in terrible pain when she walks. I took her to the doctor and they gave her a cortisone shot which did nothing. They also took an x-ray which showed no herniated disk and then they gave her a Medrol prednisone pack and two types of painkillers (tylenol with codeine and Vicodin) all which have done nothing! She has been so tired from the...
  • clara2015

    Laser therapy???

    I started chiropractic treatments a few weeks ago to treat my bulging disk sciatica consisting of spinal manipulation, TENS, and spinal decompression table. I have had 7 sessions so far and found a little relief, nothing significant. My chiro now feels I need hot laser therapy to reduce the pain and inflammation in my back and speed up my progress. He has a custom made class IV hot laser (no name...