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oldbanger

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2,592 posts

123 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
There isn't much pain, certainly nothing unbearable, and the worst pain is specific to my hip or radiating out of it, particularly in certain positions, hence the possibility of damage to that hip needs to be ruled out. That's why I'd been told I'll be going for an x-ray, then possibly a musculo-skeletal referral after.

I'd also started trying to conciously improve my posture when sitting which is when I started to experience pins and needles and pain right across my lower back, but apparently it's not an emergency unless I'm incontinent which is actually a relief. I have now also been told I'm getting a referral for physio and that the physiotherapists can refer me on for further treatment/investigsation themselves if required.

The tripping - my foot isn't slapping around or anything, but it does seem to be maybe 5mm out from where I think it is, if that makes sense, meaning changes in the ground level are a bit harder than they used to be.

I've also now been taking Mg supplements , which I'd stopped a while ago due to laziness, as Mg is required for Mg repair/function.

Thanks for all of the advice and similar stories. They really help.

Edited by oldbanger on Tuesday 9th October 20:14

dreamer75

1,038 posts

113 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Careful of yoga - I'm hypermobile and yoga just made things a whole lot worse (prolapsed disc eventually resulted on the bones resting directly on each other and a fusion earlier this year).

It's a process to go through, to get the right diagnosis - just own it yourself (nobody else will), be prepared to push them every step of the way, and research what diagnostics should be done so they don't fob you off.

Conservative treatment (physio) is the normal thing, even for prolapsed discs, which can resolve themselves over time. Surgery is seen as the last resort and generally (in my lay person's opinion) rightly so. My first surgeyr was a microdiscectomy which is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, but the 2nd surgery (originally planned for disc replacement but due to bone damage from the rubbing it had to be a fusion) - has caused further damage and in terms of the oirignal issue I'm just about back where I started (rather than any better) and that was in Jan. With the added bonus of a stomach scar and extra leg pain and feet issues. Which is nice.

So don't stress too much if they start you off with gentle stuff, as long as it's part of a programme/process.


arguti

718 posts

71 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
If you are getting foot drop from sciatica which it sounds like, your gp should get you an urgent MRI scan - as others have said, it sounds like nerve root impingement which may require treat,ent

sparkyhx

2,299 posts

89 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
I had sciatica for a year, had physio, chiropractor, osteopathy.

Eventualy went private and the consultant immediately asked, when I entered the room, why was I limping? I didn't actually know and hadn't noticed. He then got me to stand on my tiptoes one foot at a time. I could no longer lift myself up on the leg. Up to a few years earlier I could calf raise 500lb.

I eventually had surgery on the disc, but have been left with permanent nerve damage and can't feel the right hand side of the foot

The moral is get it sorted

davhill

940 posts

69 months

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Sunday 14th October 2012 quote quote all
The initial onset of my sciatica was fast. I described it to the docs as 'feeling like a dislocated hip' 'cos it felt exactly like what I imagine such a dislocation would feel like.

Too long a story for detail but it was four ops leading to successful implantation of a spinal cord stimulator. Helps a bit but the pain is still there and can be bad.

Just FYI, at one point the physioterrorists thought I had a hip issue and X-rayed both my hips - just a little socket wear/attrition to be expected in a(then)55-year-old.

The MRIs showed a textbook prolapse of the lowest lumbar disc (L5/S1). You need an MRI.
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Jonboy_t

3,106 posts

68 months

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Sunday 14th October 2012 quote quote all
davhill said:
The MRIs showed a textbook prolapse of the lowest lumbar disc (L5/S1). You need an MRI.
This! Had an MRI last week, should get the results back in a couple of weeks, but without it, there is no sure fire way of diagnosing if it is sciatica or something more sinister (not that sciatica isn't nasty!).


oldbanger

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2,592 posts

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Just a little update.

Hip x-ray came back normal, but I got referred for physio.

Physio says there's nothing they can do and to do leg lifts. Byeeee...

Pain has receeded a lot, just a niggle now. Still can't sit cross-legged for more than about a minute though, but I stopped falling after the first 3 weeks.
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