Sciatic pain

barbara12
barbara12 Member Posts: 21,274
edited 1. Mar 2011, 14:15 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi everyone...I do hope you are all wellish
For a few weeks now I have had a sought of sciatic pain coming on, yesterday was horrendous, and today I can hardly walk, has some of may know my consultant needs to know how much pain I am having from my back before he will give me a THR,
Dose anyone know if you can get this from your hips or is it defiantly my back
Thanks in advance...none of my meds are touching the sciatica
.Love
Barbara xx

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,924
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I don't think I can be much help, Barbara, but for what it's worth.....

    My understanding is that hip pain is felt in two areas - (a)in your back, just over your bottom at the side of the affected hip and (b)in the relevant groin. That certainly applied to me before my last hip replacement. I only ever had sciatica when about 8 months pregnant when my younger son decided my sciatic nerve was a comfy place to lie. That pain was down the top back of my leg.

    I hope someone else can manage something a bit more helpful for you.
  • elnafinn
    elnafinn Member Posts: 7,412
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Dear Barbara

    I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from sciatica. I cannot help with your questions but having had that kind of pain on walking only a very short distance (it was ok pottering around the house/garden) I can truly sympathise. After one year it was fantiastic for the pain to go on having injections in my lower back by xray direction. As you say, no meds touch that pain.

    Hugs
    Elna x
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,274
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi stickywicket and Elna and thankyou
    SW I get more confused by the min,,,I have had pain everywhere apart form my hip...the pain that made them suspect my hip was in my knee..the xrays show my hips has bone on bone...I just wonder if this pain is coming from my back...but striking down my hip and leg...
    Elna...I am sorry you suffered with it.....the pain is ..well chronic really ...going right down into my ankle....I so wish things were more straight forward then I could get something done....good luck with your foot.
    Love
    Barbara xx
  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi barbara
    Sounds as if you are in agony. I can't help you with your question but I do hope the pain eases soon. A funny thing pain isn't it...You think it is one part of your body when really it's another.....So confusing for us...thankgoodness for xrays to put us right eh?
    Take care
    Juliepf x
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,924
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh dear, Barbara, it's a funny business, isn't it? (ie funny peculiar: definitely not haha). All I can add to what I wrote earlier is that bone on bone isn't necessarily incredibly painful and also that I can personally often create a pain in one area by trying to 'spare' a joint somewhere else. I do hope they can sort something out for you quickl.
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 27,843
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi brbara

    l think it is very difficult to be sure which pain coms from which source really.

    Sounds like that may well be back, but make a note of it for your doc ready and remember this was painful!

    Hope you can get comfortable and find some releif.

    Love

    toni xx
  • ironic
    ironic Member Posts: 2,361
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh Barbara,
    That sounds awful flower. I only had it once and it was agony. I could only move crab wise (not an elegant way to walk into a room). All you can do now is rest up and hope the pain killers decide to kick in soon.
    Gentle hugs,
    Ix
  • rugbygirl
    rugbygirl Member Posts: 691
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Barbara,

    I have had problems with my back since August and recently been diagnosed with OA in my back. I have suffered with Sciatica throughout and I have been told that it is because of one of the discs is trapping the sciatic nerve at the same time.

    I have had problems with the lower part of my leg including numbness and that is the reasoning behind it. (I finally had that explained by my doctor today).

    It might be worth talking to your GP/ consultant about it.

    Hope you find the answers soon and get the pain sorted
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,274
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Can I just say Thankyou to Julie, Stickywicket, Toni, Ironic and Jaki...
    I went back to my GP today...he has told me to take more gabapentin.....do you get the feeling that this is all they do now....give you more meds
    I asked to see a back specialist and he said that the consultant that is treating my hips will see to my back....I am going round in circles....
    Thankyou again
    Love
    Barbara who is fed up with them all...
    xxx
  • rugbygirl
    rugbygirl Member Posts: 691
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I know how you feel about going round in circles but my pain specialist has told me that Gabapentin and Amotriptoline is good for sciatic pain. They work well together and they will make things easier if taken together.

    I can understand how you feel with taking pills all the time and the GP just increasing them.

    Hopefully the pills will help the pain and you will start to feel better soon
  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    oh barbara
    you must feel dizzy going round in circles...
    I hope then , when you see the hip specialist he can also help with your back. (but me being daft thought tou would have had to see a back specialist)
    Well I hope the extra tabs you have been given help you for the time being.
    Take care
    Thinking of you
    Juliepf x
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 27,843
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Barbara

    I think the orthopeadic person might be able to deal with both....but if not he will refer you for sure....here (staffs) we have some docs who are better with hips say and some knees etc.

    When do you see the hipman??

    Love

    toni xx
  • sullivt56
    sullivt56 Member Posts: 33
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi All,
    Had flare up in August which laid me out for 6 weeks. It felt like an extreme case of sciatica but later was diagnosed by my Rhemu as Bilateral Sacroiliitis. Everywhere you look for info tells you the same thing...It is extremely painful and the pain unmanageable. I was prescribed Gabapentim by a stand in GP. Not sure if it helped seeing as a Morphine injection, Bottle of liguid Paracetamol intravenously, max dose of Co Codomol didnt touch it for 4 whole days. Visted my regular GP who said throw them away they be no use and prescribed Tramadol to take with CoCodomal.
    Had no sleep for 4 contimnuous days, two ambulances and two visits to A&e in one night. Eventually collapsed with exhaustion waking up nearly 24 hours later with some pain relief which was the start of recovery. I was incapacitated for three weeks. When got to see Rhemu was given a steroid injection which helped a lot.....now on Enbrel as a result of the flare up.

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