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Old 05-25-2013, 06:37 AM   #11
Mathieu Corriveau
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Thanks for the reply's.
Sciatica pain has reduce a bit, always tougher at around 4AM.
I have to get up and walk around a bit to get the pain away so I can go back to bed.
Morning is tough too, I cant stand for much longer then a minute.

The rest of the day is "not that bad".
I am still on Anti-Inflammatory, but not on any pain killer or muscle relaxant.
I don't feel like I need to, small victory there I guess.

I should hear from my Doc early next week.
I haven't got the result of the scan yet. Until then, I don't want to do any stretching since I am unsure of my condition.

I will update this post when I receive the result from my Doc.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:13 PM   #12
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Got news from my Doc yesterday.
I need to do a MRI, SCAN was not conclusive enough.
They think that I might have a sequestrated disc, which, by the sounds of it, is the nastiest type.
It means that part of the disc has rupture and is floating around in the nerve canal.

Not stoked at all about that... I am getting a bad feeling about all this...

Weird things is that I feel better then I was last week.
Sciatica is now "mild".
I can sleep much better now and it doesn't really bother in my daily chores.
Morning is also much better, I can wake up and cook breakfast without sitting down.
I walk with a bit of limp, but it is not really painful.
Of course, I am not doing any kind of training or rehab, since I am still unsure of my condition.

If you have information about a sequestrated disc, please share!

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:50 AM   #13
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

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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.

It can take months and months to subside.
Symptoms down your leg like that does sound like it may be from a disc issue. As alluded to earlier, I would look into McKenzie exercises. Most appropriate thing would be to see a therapist or chiro.

Discs usually start feeling better by 6 weeks. Sitting usually makes it worse (hence the roll to help) and walking feels better and could be a good treatment.

Back pain is difficult, I would try to see a professional.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:02 AM   #14
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If you have information about a sequestrated disc, please share!

Thanks
Never heard of it. Sounds bad.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:56 PM   #15
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Mathieu,
I see you're from Quebec... Are you in Qc city or montreal area? I have had back problems for over a year now and have been working with a great PT in montreal, if you'd like the reference just PM me I will give you his info. Also, look into Stuart McGill books, especially "Low back Disorders", it is great to give you some knowledge on back conditions and exercices/stretches to get started on until you get a good rehab program going with your PT. It does sound like a disc issue, in that case be very careful because sometimes a movement will not hurt while you're doing it but the inflammation kicks in a but later. I would take it VERY easy until you get a clear diagnosis or input from a knowledgeable PT. Are you doing the MRI in the public sector? If yes, expect a couple of months at leat for results (this is what happened with me), especially since it is summer time now.
Best of luck and stay strong!
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:59 PM   #16
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

I had a similar situation in late 2010 with my back. I had therapy with a spine therapy clinic for 3 months with little relief. I had bad sciatica and the left side of my left foot was getting numb. MRI indicated a similar result as yours. My spine doctor took one look and recommended surgery. He doesn't typically recommend surgery and many of my friends that see him want to know what I did to get him to recommend the knife so fast, so I don't think he recommends surgery much. He said I'd have nerve damage if I didn't have it corrected. I had a microdiscectomy in April 2011 and haven't looked back. Since doing CF my symptoms have completely disappeared. The procedure is not very invasive and my recovery was maybe 6 months total.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:53 AM   #17
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Hi had my MRI done last Friday.
Pretty nasty result, but it is no surprise.
I have a massive hernia L5-S1.
On the second picture, you can see that part of the gel the came out has migrated towards the bottom, which indicate that the hernia is at a "sequestered" or "extruded" phase.

This is my interpretation of the result since I ask for the CD.
I am seeing a specialist Wednesday, so I will no more then, but it doesn't look good.

Pain wise, everything is under control.
I have really minor tingling in my toes, but it is much better then 2 weeks ago.
My leg pain is gone, pain has now crawled back to the butt cheek.
But on a scale of 10, i might be at a 2 or 3.
But I am still on Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID - Naproxen), don't know if I stop taking them, the pain will come back...

I hope I can go without surgery...
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:10 AM   #18
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

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My leg pain is gone, pain has now crawled back to the butt cheek.
But on a scale of 10, i might be at a 2 or 3.
That's a good sign.

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But I am still on Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID - Naproxen), don't know if I stop taking them, the pain will come back...

I hope I can go without surgery...
Pain meds didn't help me much. It didn't get worse without them.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #19
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

Hi,
Got the result for ther MRI.
L3-L4, D11-D12, D12-L1, L1-L2, L2-L3 are on the verge of not being normal.
L4-L5 and L5-S1 as degenerative disc disease.
L4-L5 as tear in the disc (annulus fibrosus), but no hernia.

The hernia in L5-S1 is 15.6mm X 10mm.
It reach 20mm cephalocaudal.

Sounds like my spine is totally f***ed
My symptoms are getting better thought.
Pain is minimal, but I can see myself running, box jump or anything like that.
I am still on NSAID, try quitting last week but the pain came back after 2 days.

I am 5'9'' @ 165lbs, probably in the best shape of my life...which is ironic...
So, where should I go from here ?
Which specialist could help me recover from that ?
Will I be able to lift again one day ?

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:03 PM   #20
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Re: Low back pain followed with a hell of a sciatic

I mean that I cant see myself running, box jump or anything like that.
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