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Sciatica pain advise

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Bettahm
Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,439 Disability Gamechanger
Think I have it again this time in my left leg. First felt in nerve under foot and going into 4th toe. Now in front of knee, and i have tingling in that leg. Dizziness too, tho that may be the scoliosis in general. 
Is there a quick fix?
I get a lot of upper body pain now from the scoliosis, not had leg pain since 2011 and it feels different now too.

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  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,439 Disability Gamechanger
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    Bettahm said:
    Think I have it again this time in my left leg. First felt in nerve under foot and going into 4th toe. Now in front of knee, and i have tingling in that leg. Dizziness too, tho that may be the scoliosis in general. 
    Is there a quick fix?
    I get a lot of upper body pain now from the scoliosis, not had leg pain since 2011 and it feels different now too.

    Also coping with scoliosis in general. Curve on spine, twisted neck, pelvis and ribcage. Get a lot of pain in back, flanks, shoulders, neck, arms, head etc and dizziness (vertigo), acid reflux and tinnitus, tingling in legs...
    Pain management clinic sent me a letter saying they tried to get in touch about an appointment but couldn't so have referred back to gp!!! I cant believe all this, there has been nothing from them except this letter! I have emailed them but no response. 
    My mental health is bad and I've had enough of all this c**p from the nhs. 
  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,213 Scope online community team
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    Really sorry that's happened to you @Bettahm, I know this isn't the first time you've struggled to get the care you need. It's not much comfort, but perhaps they'll email back after the New Year. You'd hope there would be people looking after the services over the holidays, but it could be that there's a back up and they haven't got to your email yet.

    I don't think there's any quick fixes for sciatica that I've heard of, unfortunately. Frustrating as it is, perhaps taking each individual symptom and seeing what you can do for it may help. In the past I've found some relief from just treating each little thing as it comes and seeing if I can at least reduce some of my suffering bit by bit.

    Have you found heat or ice therapies useful in the past for pain? Things like hot or cold water bottles or patches?

    Sorry that I can't offer more help, but we are always here to listen if you need to rant about things. Perhaps some of our members will have some tips too :)
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  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,439 Disability Gamechanger
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    Really sorry that's happened to you @Bettahm, I know this isn't the first time you've struggled to get the care you need. It's not much comfort, but perhaps they'll email back after the New Year. You'd hope there would be people looking after the services over the holidays, but it could be that there's a back up and they haven't got to your email yet.

    I don't think there's any quick fixes for sciatica that I've heard of, unfortunately. Frustrating as it is, perhaps taking each individual symptom and seeing what you can do for it may help. In the past I've found some relief from just treating each little thing as it comes and seeing if I can at least reduce some of my suffering bit by bit.

    Have you found heat or ice therapies useful in the past for pain? Things like hot or cold water bottles or patches?

    Sorry that I can't offer more help, but we are always here to listen if you need to rant about things. Perhaps some of our members will have some tips too :)
    The thing with pain management happened at the end of November I just hadn't mentioned it here because of all the ongoing problems with cmht.
    So they have had plenty of time. 
    I still think the nhs is just in a total decline.

  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,213 Scope online community team
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    @Bettahm Ah I see, sorry to hear that. It's a really hard time to have chronic health problems, they are just so overstretched and it's the patients that are suffering the worst of it. It's not an easy thing to deal with at all.
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 50,342 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Bettahm I find heat helps my back a water bottle or shower, but it's not same for everyone, are you taking anti imflamitries 
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,439 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Bettahm Ah I see, sorry to hear that. It's a really hard time to have chronic health problems, they are just so overstretched and it's the patients that are suffering the worst of it. It's not an easy thing to deal with at all.
    It's not going to happen the letter I emailed them about referred me back to my useless gp 
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,439 Disability Gamechanger
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    Sandy_123 said:
    @Bettahm I find heat helps my back a water bottle or shower, but it's not same for everyone, are you taking anti imflamitries 
    When I first injured it in 1984 the physio at the hospital used heat lamps and they relaxed it ready for him to massage then it was the traction table. They wanted to operate said I would be in hospital six months. So it was no to that so they discharged me. Three years later following the physios advise swimming and walking gradually building up supporting muscle it didnt heal but I was mobile again. Now my ribcage has twisted too and forty years on.....
    Nothing so far works.
    Thanks for answering me.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 50,342 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's a shame I hope your gp refers you back to someone and you quickly get seen, would you opt for the operation now
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,439 Disability Gamechanger
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    No way, no surgery!
    Doubt if they would do it these days
  • wanderer
    wanderer Community member Posts: 14 Courageous
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    Sciatica is one of the things i suffer from. The only thing that help(if i get of my backside and actually do them) is regular stretching, yoga/tai chi and cold water dips. Cold water is the only thing that takes all my pains away. It may only be for a couple of hours after getting out, but it is wonderful just for a short time.
    I hope this helps. 

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