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Old 05-16-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
Mathieu Corriveau
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Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Hi,
I have been training for close to 2 years now.
I started to have lower back pain 2 months ago.
I stopped the training but kept playing hockey 3 times a week...I am a goalie and it was playoff time, so I "had" to play.

I went to see a Chiro 8 times over 4 weeks, without any progress.
Last week, lower back pain completely disappear, but a pretty nasty sciatic pain took his place.
Never had that before, holly hell it is nasty, I have a hard time sleeping at night.
Morning is the worst, takes me a few hours to get up.
Shooting pain in the butt, knee, calf, ankle and toes tingling
My doc prescribe me a pretty good pills cocktail, but I still feel the pain.

I am getting a TACO done tomorrow night so i will no more about the injury.

Any of you has any input about that ?
I don't know if the training resulted in the injuries or years of prior abuse.
All my CrossFitters haters friends are having a good time reminding me that CrossFit will lead to injuries...
I still don't believe that.

What is troubling me is that the back pain is totally gone...

Thanks for any input
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Was there a single incident that started to give you the pain?

What is your quadricep/anterior hip flexibility like?

I dealt with a lot of lower back pain due to hyperlordosis, it took years for me to discover this diagnosis and to resolve the issue. I would have pain for a few weeks then the sciatic pain would kick in and stay for awhile. Eventually it would go away and I would train again, then it would come back. Icing the area helped with the sciatic pain as it decreased the swelling around the nerve. If you are hyperlordotic the prescription for improving it is to strengthen the hamstrings, glutes, and lower abdominals. Improve mobility/flexibility in the lower back, quads and anterior hip.

Try to focus on setting your pelvis (by squeezing your butt), then bracing your spine with your core before every movement.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #3
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Check this thread:

http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=81238

From personal experience:
If it's a herniated disc, there's not much you can do except physical therapy, and use a Mackenzie roll, etc. If you want it to heal you have to stop doing what aggravates it.

Pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds didn't help me. I've never been to a chiropractor, so I don't know if they can help.

It can take months and months to subside.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:08 AM   #4
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Problem is that I dont have a moment where I felt that I hurt my back.
My last WOD was pushup and DU.
Next morning I woke up with a lower back pain.

2 months later, back pain is gone, sciatica pain appears, overnight.

I did a lot of mcKenzie press-up while I had lower back pain.
I stop since the sciatica started.

I see a lot of streching for pain relief, but the problem is that it hurts if I try them.
Should I do some streching even if it hurts while I am doing the strech ?

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Old 05-18-2013, 05:01 AM   #5
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

The advice I got from the PT was, "If it hurts, don't do it." They specifically told me not to do any hamstring stretches in the beginning. In my case, the only stretch that didn't hurt was the press up. I was Dx with herniated discs.

One more thing: Woke up one morning and had sciatic pain that got worse over time. There was no particular exercise, routine, WOD that I could pin it on. And no back pain at all.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:29 AM   #6
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

"Problem is that I dont have a moment where I felt that I hurt my back."

That's the sneaky thing about backs. They are usually a progressive issue and the back tries to work at 100% until it can't.

I'm not a professional, just someone with lots of self-knowledge from my own back issues.

My guess is that something was wrong for maybe a long time, and it finally pressed on and pinched a nerve.

Have you had an MRI of your spine? I recommend consulting your doctor about getting one.
My suspicion is that you have a herniated disc.

The pain stopping in your back and starting in your glutes or leg could be a sign of a worsening condition, ie., sciatica. I say, don't rely on medications, but get a rehabilitation program going. Work with a knowledgeable professional who will know what movements you should and should NOT do.

By the way, if the pain stops in your legs and returns to your back, that is often a good sign that your condition is improving.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:22 AM   #7
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Hi,
Here is the result of my scan.
L5-S1 is compress on the right hand side, thus compressing the disc to the left.
You can observe a mild herniation on the left.

I should hear from my Doc this week.
Not sure where I should go from here...
Chiro ? Ostheo ? PT ?
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #8
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Not sure where I should go from here...
Chiro ? Ostheo ? PT ?


I would start by asking for referrals. Your doctor should be a good place to start. People at your gym may have someone they like or have heard of.

I personally like a massage therapist and chiropractor who will work as a team.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #9
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

After looking at the images you look to be hyperlordotic (same issue I had) I would suggest stretching hip flexor, psoas, and quads. Great stretch for them is the couch stretch that you can find on mobilitywod.com. Strengthen hamstrings and lower abdominals.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:21 AM   #10
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

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Chiro ? Ostheo ? PT ?
PT.

Talk to your doc first, but I got good results from PT.

Pain meds hardly helped me, while a McKenzie lumbar roll was miraculous.
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