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Sciatica

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Jan 2012
7:23pm, 25 Jan 2012
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plodding hippo
It could be that
did GP examine you

as in reflexes, sensation, strength of ankle, knee, tc
Jan 2012
7:33pm, 25 Jan 2012
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postieboy
He said the problem could originate from the knee but most likely the back. He tested my ankle strength and seemed happy with it.

How or why it happened is a mystery to me. My leg became numb yesterday afternoon when all I was doing was sitting down having a rest after work. It's still numb 26 hours on.
Jan 2012
7:39pm, 25 Jan 2012
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plodding hippo
yeah, i was thinking the knee too

sounds like he has doe appropriate exam and you get review in a week
Jan 2012
7:44pm, 25 Jan 2012
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postieboy
Thanks for the second opinion PH! :) GP said to cancel appointment if I get the feeling back by next week.

The acid test will be when I run on it tomorrow afternoon. To be honest my leg feels better when I'm active
Jan 2012
7:46pm, 25 Jan 2012
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plodding hippo
that sounds entiirely sensinle
most of these thingies go aay anyway
Jan 2012
3:43pm, 27 Jan 2012
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stuman
Hi postieboy, if you don't get the feeling back by next week I would definately go back next week to the doc, I had very similar felling you are having in my left knee and tingling and numbness in my shin for about 6 months to which my doctor told me it was probably nothing to worry about and it will probably just go away. Found out later on I had a herniated disc bulge in my L5 region which I have just recently had an operation on. I would be very cautious about running and would definately get it checked out by another doctor before you do as you could make things worse. I don't mean to worry you but I carried on running and it made things alot worse for me but then my symptons may be slightly different from yours. Also if things don't get better by next week ask your doctor for and mri scan just to put your mind at rest as this should show up any disc buldges in your back.

One other question does it hurt when you sneeze or cough as I know it hurt like hell when I did, if it does I would recommend you seek medical attention sooner rather than later. Also if you can I would refrain from lifting anything to heavy as I was told by my surgeon this can make things ten times worse if you do have a problem with sciatica.
Jan 2012
9:40pm, 30 Jan 2012
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The Pilotlight
Be very careful indeed and seek more diagnosis if it's not getting better. I've had serious sciatica for 5 months now and it's only starting to go away. I could not walk, sit or drive at one point. At first I struggled through work, but when I was literally lying on the floor due the pain someone said for me to go home... I had 12 weeks off work.

I had 2 physio's, accupuncture, scans and specialists look at me, but all said it was all something different and all the same... trapped sciatic nerve and it will go away given time. however with family and dog duties I reckon I have aggrevated it more and rested it.

core strength is the key, but difficult when the exercises aggrevate the pain. I have slowly, very slowly got into a strengthening routine but it is slow work.

I reckon if I could have lain flat on my back for 2 weeks it would have gone.

as stuman says as well.
Feb 2012
11:56am, 5 Feb 2012
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Barky
Just seen this, and my calf pain looks like it maybe caused by my sciatica. Been to see a biomechanics coach today who did a whole range of tests, lower back, legs, pelvis etc, and there does seem to be some issue, all stemming from the inbalance from the pelvic girdle. Very interesting.

So, I now have a load of exercises to try, which are aimed at correcting the inbalnce and to gently stretch the nerve. I think the next stage after this will be to look at core again, something I did well a few years ago when I was running well.

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