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    Bald Eagle
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    Anne has been having bad pains down her left buttock and thigh. Having gone through it myself a few years ago you don’t need to be a specialist to recognise sciatica. All I had was the most powerful non-prescription pain killers going. So today I bought some paracetamol, codeine and caffeine capsules and after only two the pain is now manageable. I didn’t realise how much she did around the house!!!  ;-)   Plus she knows where everything is at the supermarket. I wandered up and down just looking for grapes until a young lady took pity on my doleful expression and led me to them!  :-)

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    Hope Ann gets better soon. Know the pain as I have sciatica too plus have torn the muscles in my back when I fell down the stairs weeks ago sadly as have diabetese and asthma cannot take all the things you have given Ann so still in agony with a roll on pure essentials muscle and articulation pain killer of sorts. The pain specialist has been useless too.

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    So sorry to hear that BE………Sciatica is a very painful condition as you say.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. :rose:

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    Very painful condition. Get well soon all of you.  It’s not good when you cannot take the medication because of other medcation!  :yes:

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    hoping the news is much better today- keeping fingers crossed for a speedy recovery

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    Anne is doing what the Doctors over here have recommended for years now for back pains etc. Take pain killers and keep active. This morning she is doing better than yesterday. Just going to give her a rub down with some liniment before breakfast.

    STOP PRESS……….. it is her RIGHT side not the left! :whistle:

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    Poor Anne, take care of her :rose:

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    Hello Bald Eagle,

    Almost 30 years ago I was suffering exactly the same pain as your good lady is suffering now and the doctors in the UK gave me exactly the same advise as the doctors here are giving your wife, ie, take the pain killers and keep active, and they also told me to carry on working normally.

    But when I’d not improved after 3 years, in desperation I started seeing osteopaths and chiropractors and acupuncturists and the only person that helped me in any way was the fourth osteopath I saw who was a guy called Paul Atherton and he told me that if I’d have got to him within 18 months or so of the problem arising he’d have been able to cure me but with it now being more than 3 years the damage was more than likely permanent and he also told me that the advise to carry on working normally (I was a tanker driver driving 9 hours a day and lifting heavy grids and pipes) had been absolutely the wrong thing to do.

    But some of the best advice he gave me was with regard to how I laid when in bed.

    He told me that if people sleep on their back they should put a pillow under their knees to raise them a little as this would take pressure off the discs in the lower spine and for people who sleep on their side, well because the upper knee tends to move forward over the lower knee and then down towards the mattress this puts a twist in the spine which then puts pressure on the discs and to help prevent this people who sleep on their side should put a pillow between their knees to prevent the upper knee moving forward and down to the mattress.

    But further to this, because the discs in the spine compress during the day he said that when a sufferer goes to bed their partner should take hold of each ankle in turn and spend a few minutes gently but firmly pulling each ankle towards the bottom of the bed, the reason for this being that pulling the ankles down ‘stretches’ the spine and opens the disc spaces which takes pressure off the discs and gives them a chance to return to their natural shape.

    But very importantly, after pulling on the ankles the partner should make sure both legs are of ‘equal length’ because if one leg appears to be shorter than the other this would be because the pelvis isn’t ‘balanced’ (which would put pressure on the discs) and to correct this the shorter leg should be pulled down, which in turn pulls the pelvis in the right direction to balance it.

    I saw Paul Atherton every month and what he did really did help me but after 15 months, by which time I was feeling much better, he told me he couldn’t do anything more to improve me and that I should be careful with my back and go back to see him if I needed to.

    He then told me that if I was careful my back would stay pretty much as it was at that time for the following 2 to 3 years and then for a couple of years after that my back would seem to improve further as the pain diminished due to the disc moving away from the sciatic nerve as it degenerated. But he then went on to tell me that after that couple of years relatively pain free my problems would really begin as the arthritis set in and oh was that man right as the pain from the arthritis is so much worse than the sciatic pain I endured for so long.

    But every cloud has a silver lining because if my back hadn’t been so bad that the Company retired me early on medical grounds I’d have spent the past 12 years driving a tanker in the UK rather than living quietly in the Vendee. C’est la vie.

    But best of luck to you and your good lady.

    Regards,

    John.

     

     

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    Morning or afternoon Bald  Eagle,  I hope Anne is no longer in any pain. Sciatica is such a pain to deal with. Wishing you both well. :rose:

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    Seems to be going now. Famous last words! Just a couple of painkillers a day. :good:

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    I think once you have sciatica it’s always going to be a weak spot so Anne must give her back the respect it needs. I’m afraid I always ask for a dining chair whenever we’re at someone else’s house, as a low sofa or armchair is an absolute no-no. Two hours in a low seated car is my maximum before the need to get out and stretch my back. Tell Anne to think about where and how she sits and to take it easy and hope she feels in less pain soon.  :rose:

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    Thanks to everyone for ALL the useful information. Eight hour drive to Plymouth will now be split up.

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    Safe journey

    Bestest wishes to you both  : )

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    Sounds a good idea, BE.

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    This exercise may help.  I started having sciatic pain and found a simple exercise that has really helped.  Lay flat on the bed, bend one of your knees and pull it as close to your body as you can.  Hold for five seconds and release.  Then do the same with the other knee.  Finally do it with both knees.

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    I tried with the pillow between my knees was too painful to continue!!! Too much pain so hope the pain Dr can help as fed up with limping every where . Dr said I was suffering from a trauma du to being off my feet when I broke my

    leg  but went from having no pain to lots of pain all down my left leg and the pain in my back on my right – like an electric shock to my back . Having diabetes and asthma and a heart problem cannot take all the pain killers so hope Ann finds that she can and so solves her siatica problems

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    Andrea that sounds very painful, I hope you can find some relief soon. :heart:

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