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CBeeN
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Hello I'm Claire & I'm glad I've found this forum.

My husband developed sciatica about 6/7 weeks ago and it's progressivly got worse.
He's been given serveral types of meds by the doc and has got an appointment fro an MRI this thursday.

I've never seen him in so much pain, it's frightening, it was that bad I've seen him crying and the only time i've seen him cry was when our sons were born and his freind died last week. πŸ™

The pain is unbearable and he has aged before my eyes.

Over the past 6 weeks the GP has perscribed him gabapentin 300mg then raised it to 600mg, diazapam, co-codamol, diclofenec, naproxen. We've also bought over the counter medicens too but nothing seamed to give him any amount of decent relief. πŸ™

We ended up in A&E on sunday morning because he was so desperate he said he couldn't carry on anymore and he didn't know what to do. In A&E he was given some liquid morphine and given some Tramadol.

I'm getting the impression sciatica is all about pain management and living with it until it goes πŸ™ which is really depressing as he is so imobile and is on crutches)

So the question is you guys with really pain sciatica, what meds combinations do you take?

Him and me are at our witts end, I'm like his mini-helper now as he can't do silly things like tie his shoe laces, put socks on, reach into the cupboard to get something, get dressed.
Financially I'm bricking it as i don't know what the future holds.

I need to see some light at the end of the tunnel and at the moment it's looking black as night.

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Hello I'm Claire & I'm glad I've found this forum.

My husband developed sciatica about 6/7 weeks ago and it's progressivly got worse.
He's been given serveral types of meds by the doc and has got an appointment fro an MRI this thursday.

I've never seen him in so much pain, it's frightening, it was that bad I've seen him crying and the only time i've seen him cry was when our sons were born and his freind died last week. πŸ™

The pain is unbearable and he has aged before my eyes.

Over the past 6 weeks the GP has perscribed him gabapentin 300mg then raised it to 600mg, diazapam, co-codamol, diclofenec, naproxen. We've also bought over the counter medicens too but nothing seamed to give him any amount of decent relief. πŸ™

We ended up in A&E on sunday morning because he was so desperate he said he couldn't carry on anymore and he didn't know what to do. In A&E he was given some liquid morphine and given some Tramadol.

I'm getting the impression sciatica is all about pain management and living with it until it goes πŸ™ which is really depressing as he is so imobile and is on crutches)

So the question is you guys with really pain sciatica, what meds combinations do you take?

Him and me are at our witts end, I'm like his mini-helper now as he can't do silly things like tie his shoe laces, put socks on, reach into the cupboard to get something, get dressed.
Financially I'm bricking it as i don't know what the future holds.

I need to see some light at the end of the tunnel and at the moment it's looking black as night.

Hi Claire .

Google cayenne peppers and pain relief / sciatica / inflammation .

x daz x

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CBeeN
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Hi Claire .

Google cayenne peppers and pain relief / sciatica / inflammation .

x daz x

LOL Thats what I added to dinner last night!! πŸ˜€

I will look it up though, thankyou. x

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sallyjane
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Have you thought about acupuncture?

I personally find acupuncture brilliant:-)

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microsuccess
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Hi

I appreciate it is a nightmare. Unless you have it its difficult to understand how painful nerve pain is. Unlike other pain it goes up and down with no apparent reason and after weeks with it it starts mentally breaking you down. The first months are the worst as your body adjusts to tolerating the pain and drugs and lifestyle adjustments do help.

Prior to my accident I had one friend who had sciatic pain after a car accident. He's had it 6 years. As his MRI showed no nerve compression he is a case of management over quick relief.

His Medication: Mambron (its a 100mg tramadol that is slow release over 8hrs). Amitriptyline (specific nerve drug) and ibuprofen. I was put on this regime after a year on an allsortment of others and worked well.

If its sciatic pain going down the left leg? then from personal experience get a bandage and from the left ankle upto below the knee wrap it tight. The S1 nerve descends to the ankle level and compressing it sometimes relieves the pain. If he finds the pain slightly reduces then try ice/peas at the base of the spine where the S1 starts. The combination works to nerve and reduce irritation.

I hope this helps in someway.

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CBeeN
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Hi thanks, i sent you a message BTW.

His pain was down his left leg (how did you know??! πŸ˜€ )

but it has now gone back up and into his pelvic/buttock region, don't know what that means?

So today the drugs have been different, it's now 2 x 50mg tramadol four times a day, 500mg naproxen (ibuprofen) three times a day and gabapentin 300mg twice a day.

He was given 600mg of gabapentin but he wants to scale them down as they are making him clumsy and non coherrant and all over the shop, and to be honest i don't think they are doing a hell of a lot, I do think though the tramadol are making a big difference to his pain.:)

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jigsum
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This can help

In order to get long-term relief from back pain you have to start at the beginning, and that’s with the muscle imbalances. This means you have to identify the muscle imbalances that you have and then work towards correcting and improving them. There is a 3-step formula:1. Identify the cause,2. Treat the Symptoms,3. Treat the cause and condition. Grab the free e-book and find out more on how to use this three steps formula, please visit: www.todaybackpaincure.com

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frmeital
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I don't believe any condition should be treated with pain management and waiting...But that's just me maybe... There is a root cause for any health problem and the best way to really eliminate it for good is finding that root cause and treating it.

As for sciatica, the root cause of it is usually a disc problem, and the root cause for that is muscle imbalances. Anyway, as for managing pain, if you are at all interested in alternatives to the dangerous medication, I would suggest an infrared heating pad (pain relief for 6 hours without medication...), natural anti-inflammatory supplement and this excellent stretch:

[DLMURL="http://www.natural-alternative-therapies.com/sciatic-pain-relief/"]Sciatic pain relief | Natural Alternative Therapies[/DLMURL]

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Mtbw
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Hello I'm Claire & I'm glad I've found this forum.

My husband developed sciatica about 6/7 weeks ago and it's progressivly got worse.
He's been given serveral types of meds by the doc and has got an appointment fro an MRI this thursday.

I've never seen him in so much pain, it's frightening, it was that bad I've seen him crying and the only time i've seen him cry was when our sons were born and his freind died last week. πŸ™

The pain is unbearable and he has aged before my eyes.

Over the past 6 weeks the GP has perscribed him gabapentin 300mg then raised it to 600mg, diazapam, co-codamol, diclofenec, naproxen. We've also bought over the counter medicens too but nothing seamed to give him any amount of decent relief. πŸ™

We ended up in A&E on sunday morning because he was so desperate he said he couldn't carry on anymore and he didn't know what to do. In A&E he was given some liquid morphine and given some Tramadol.

I'm getting the impression sciatica is all about pain management and living with it until it goes πŸ™ which is really depressing as he is so imobile and is on crutches)

So the question is you guys with really pain sciatica, what meds combinations do you take?

Him and me are at our witts end, I'm like his mini-helper now as he can't do silly things like tie his shoe laces, put socks on, reach into the cupboard to get something, get dressed.
Financially I'm bricking it as i don't know what the future holds.

I need to see some light at the end of the tunnel and at the moment it's looking black as night.

If it is true sciatica nerve pain or Piriformis syndrome?
Does he has a history of herniated discs?

I had a couple of such cases for the last month.... really sorry for his pain, it is really hard in all aspects...

From my experience:
1. Check his sacrum alignment and correct it
2. Remove inflammation (cold, biofreeze, nsaid). It creates pressure on nerve tissue so it must be reduced.
3. Do not release tension of muscles completely. It is protective spasm.i usually reduce 50% of muscular tension at once.
4. Release Piriformis.
5. Cayenne has contraindications and interact with some medications. And it is local anaesthetic, warming (so, for inflammation is not the best solution)
6. After pain is reduced he needs to stretch muscles (to balance then so they do not create antalgic postural changes in spine and body)

In any way, better first make a proper assessment and understanding what it is and work precisely.

If you added in food cayenne ))))) this is good, light analgesic effect too))))

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