Does an Epidural work for Sciatica

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Hi...have had Sciatica for a few months...went to the golf driving range..not for long,,,the next day it trebled in its itensity ! Can barely walk now..on Tramadol/Morphine gabapentin and diclofenc...Have had an MRI and still waiting on the NHS to see a consultant after been cancelled once! The leg pain is crap a friend who's a chiropractor said just rest but another friend says try some exercises.......Would paying private speed up things...but do Epidurals Work ?

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    I ended up going private for an mri and paying for an epidural.

    I too tried a multitude of pain killers and felt the doctors just wanted me to leave on many occasions as I felt they were not helping. The epidural took for me 3 weeks to take effect and I'm still having issues. The issue is you could pay for epidural but there is no guarantee it would work. Also no one can tell you how long it will last if successful xx

    Hope that information works xx

    Hope your pain-free soon.

    Take care

    Sazzie42 x

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      Hi,,,Thxs,,Did it lower your pain levels ? I've got a date for the NHS in 3 weeks, its just the cost of going private....will it work........opposed to waiting for the NHS.........But I want to see where/what state my back is after the MRI.....My GPs were very vague...saying you've got a date with a consultant !!!..........Thanxs once again x

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      On the nhs I had a consultation who then put me on the waiting list which was over 20 weeks in my area. I was in so much pain and immobile I borrowed the money. As I said before no-one can give a definite for how long and if it would work. I saw the same private consultant who I had the mri through ( who had written to my gp to suggest an epidural) but gp took a further 2 months to even consider it. I saw him again and he was disgusted with gp as I had got worse and had an epidural within 48 hours x if the waiting list for you on nhs is not too long and you can manage the pain - one question to ask oneself? I hope your pain-free soon and you have better luck with your gp and nhs in your area x

      Sazzie42 x

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    hi Dave,

     absolutely  going private will speed things up. I have said in another email I went through 'choose and book' which is a system through  your GP which gives you choices of where to have your treatment etc. The point is to get waiting lists down. In my case the choices are other NHS hospitals but in there should be some private choices which means you are a NHS patient but the care is through a private hospital , you just need to go through the list , I think there are 5 or 6 choices ( there was for me) . I have done this twice now but once you are under the consultant in the private hospital you stay within that hospital so my 3rd microdisectomy was in March 2016 and my sciatic pain is back I saw the consultant at the Nuffield last Thursday and my Mri scan came through the post on Saturday with a date for 30th June , you can't get quicker than that ! 

    i can't tell you how fantastic the system is going through as a NHS patient but using private hospitals , when you are in so much pain you need quick referrals and treatment and I can't recommend it enough . I had my first microdisectomys in 2012 after having steroid injections and analgesic injections but I never had any relief so then had disectomy unfortunately it went again later that year so I had another disectomy l4/l5 and a revision of l5/s1 I then had a period of being really well until late 2013 so had injections but no relief and had my 3rd disectomy in March this year . Hope this information is helpful and you get some help soon. 

    regards

    Julie

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      Hi Julie......Did you just pay private for the consultation....then use the NHS for everything else ? Have had an MRI and just sorting going private.....I've got an appointment with the NHS but they've cancelled once already....I've just spent all morning trying to sort out going private !!!       THXS Dave

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      Hi dave

      no it was all under NHS. I initially saw my gp who then goes into the 'choose and book ' system and comes up with 5 or 6 hospitals in there re NHS and private hospitals , it's up to you to go through the list and choose which you want to go with , if I remember rightly it gives you an Idea of how long you will have to wait but of course with me choosing private it was so quick in comparison the only downside the first time was distance , so I chose an excellent BMI hospital in Cheshire which was an over an hours journey so each consultation and treatments meant you have to be prepared to spend time journeying to and fro but it was worth it. 

      Regards

      julie

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      Hi Dave

      sorry to hear that, I think I have been very fortunate from what I am reading , it seems so u fair that things can be so different just because where you live. I am suprised your chiropractor friend told you to rest , I know you have to be careful but over the years I have found exercises are the best way as they strengthen your core muscles I,have found when I attended a pain management pilot study the exercises were quite intense but over aperiod of 6 Weeks there was a marked difference in my pain , it was markedly better so I personally feel resting isn't the best option but that's my opinion .

      i hope you start moving forward soon and find some relief 

      regards

      julie x

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      Hello Julie, so it still works that you go to the dr and you pick and choose from WHO HE wants you to go to or the PCT wants you to go to.  So it hasn't altered over the past 6 years.

      First is to find a surgeon/consultant who is good at what he does and who can give you references. Or punch his name into the web and see what comes up. Don't go to Mr Golash in preston, nor Shackleford in Warrington. They are only interested in private insurance clients. They are not all that good either.   Apparently I read that if you get referred to Walton Pain clinic there are some good surgeons there. Unfortunately I went there many moons ago and I was appalled at the way I was treated by a Dr Wiles but don't think he operates thank God.  If you can read as  much as you can before you go to the drs to choose you will be on top. There is a small list of excellent surgeons on ADRSupportUK web site. Do bear in mind this private insurance malarky. A lot of surgeons now prefer to deal with people with private insurance and some the other way.  Or, you may be like me, think you have sciatica, but I haven't I have 3 prolapsed discs at the bottom and my pain clinic says that I have a nerve messing me about behind the sciatic nerve, don't know how he knows but the pain does not go anywhere near my knee so I believe him. But to operate isn't a good thing, I could end up in a wheel chair there arn't many if any 3 level fusions.  Good luck pm me how you get on.

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    I have had 4 epidural injections all with the nhs each one has had different effects after a recent 2 week stay at a specialist neurosurgery hospital I was referred to pain management at my local hospital, I didn't hold out much hope I was taking oromorph and even that wasn't helping with the pain I couldn't walk properly and at 20 years old I felt like I had no future! oh how was I wrong within 2 weeks I had an appointment to see a consultant and he booked me in for two injections a week apart facite joint, steroid and epidural in each sitting after the first I had about 10% improvement and reduced my oromorph intake and the second about 30% no more oromorph needed just tramadol, codine, naproxen, diazipam, amatriptaline and mst's! I'm at a stage now where I can go out to the shop on my own without anything but a crutch I couldn't walk ten steps before that and am now waiting for a physio to see me next week to help improve that even further! I couldn't recommend the nhs enough for my treatment this time around but my first experience of epidural injections wasn't the best I had horrendous pains after worse than what I had before but after 4 weeks I began to improve this was in 2012 and the second one wasn't much better I think alot of it is down to my home exercise program that I have done this time around to get me on the mend.

    I hope this helps whatever you do try to avoid surgury and attempt pain management first although there is a clear surgical target I wanted to try everything else first and I'm glad I did it may not last forever and I'm aware of that but for now I'm doing what's best for me ??

    All the best

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      Thxs Kadie....Its just the waiting times......Spent an afternoon in AnE a few weeks ago....Got an injection of diclofenec...got discharged in shear agony...ended up being layed in a corridor,with lots of doctors/nurses walking past.....being shunted onto a trolley,then being bundled into a taxi !!......Been trying to sort a conultant this morning !
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    I have now had "sciatica" for 5 weeks....no idea how it happened.... The severe pain has diminished, still sore but more of dead pain and powerless feeling in my left leg. I have had numbness in the left side of my hamstring, calf, heel and two smallest twos that is not drifting. my left leg feels dead.

    I haven't had MRI yet as my GP has advised me that the standard "normal" recovery is 9-12 weeks.

    I was on tramadol etc and it was horrific, side effects, now on very little meds.

    I attend physio weekly, too painful for much physio procedures but they have given me three acupunture treatments, very painful on numb areas, not sure of its effectiveness but I will persevere with expert advice.

    Walking and exercise is exhausting, I hope that's because I have been resting for weeks but it's a strange numb pain in leg and sole of foot and a very strange feeling of weakness and fatigue.

    I can't give you much more at this stage, I am uncertain how this will end but I hope it disappears as quickly and as mysteriously as it appeared.

    I hope this helps

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      Ask doc for gabapebtin or prefab aline...there for nerve pain...tram adolescents doesn't touch with nerves...also I found physio aggravated it...go bck to doc and say you can't cope any more they can bring MRI forward they just hope they don't have to as it's expensive but I found trapped sciatic nerve can last a long time mine was 12mnths b4 surgery on spine and they released nerve at same time...good luck...

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      Hi...Thxs.....I'vehad an MRI but have gotten worse....I was supposed to see an NHS consultant 3 weeks ago but got cancelled....I know I've got a herniated disc and severe pain down my right leg...and numbness in my heel and little toe...have to keep moving but nothing strenous !!!

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