Does sciatica make your joints swell ????

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Two weeks ago, mega pain in lower leg, calf, Taken to hospital had a scan for Deep vein thrombosis No clots., Given a painkiller and sent home. I WALKED out of the hospital . Two days later ,back again, this time diagnosed with sciatica, which had now moved up to my hips, Walking extremely painful. Hobbled out. Two days later could not walk at all, another ambulance this time I was wheel chaired out. The pain was so intense, it made me cry,,not something I do very often. The doctor carried on with the Sciatica as being the reason,But chose to ignore a flat lump that was  growing  mid calf. sent home ,Now, my ankle has swollen ,and a six inch long and one inch wide swelling is growing upwards from the ankle, Quite concerned about this Dare not ring for an ambulance, again, as I was told before that I was not in a life threatening situation. I am in really excruciating pain, and it took half an hour to get to the bathroom. pain killer doing nothing . Surgery's all closed . 

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    Ring 111 if in uk

    I had very very similar Xmas eve. First you have call centre. Then an admin rings you, Or it may have been a doc. Anyway, a doctor came to house. Prescribed strong painkillers - tramadol. Every 6 hours. Saw my own Physio on the Tuesday at my home as still wondering how to progress. Was doing ok, then a few days later, pulled a plug out of the wall.

    Our local hospital is brilliant. 999 sent paramedic who called ambulance whilst he gave me intravenous morphine and actually left his car and accompanied me to hospital. A&E x-ray raised concerns about trapped spinal nerve and/or fracture so sent in ambulance to Salford Royal for an MRI scan. Result- no surgery but will follow up in 6-8 weeks. Back here ( Wythenshawe, Manchester) in another ambulance. Am still in hospital getting pain under control until I can get mobile.

    Keep going at NHS, you mustn't be afraid to. 

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    I'm not at all surprised with the way you have been treated, if a condition is not life threatening they send you off with pills etc, The NHS is getting to the point where its not fit for purpose, Consultants, hospital. directors, Managers & GP's are paid huge saleries, & they are being told by the government to cut back on referrals, surgery, & expensive prescriptions...so basically these medical professionals are being paid their huge salaries to fob us all off....unless its a life threatening situation & then I guess it all depends on your age & condition & cost to treat you as to whether or not you are worth saving... its Absolutely disgraceful.

    I have been neglected recently in the same way as you Jacky, I have had excruciating sciatica for over 3 months now in both legs, left side buttock & upper thigh pains shooting down to my foot, right side buttock pain & calf pain...after taking loads of herbal meds including Turmeric + CBD [cannibals extract] the pain has settled a bit but I am still worried that I will have to continue trying to cope with this for the rest of my retirement, after grafting hard at work & being very active all my life.   This is the worst pain I have ever had to cope with & as said above the real worry is for me there is no light at the end of the tunnel .

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      Hello again ..last visit ,I waited two hours for the pills to appear, they didn't. asked for a porter to wheel chair me to the entrance ,to get a taxi. As I was in more pain leaving ,than when I arrived. 

      I take Bromelain for pain, very good, used by sufferers of arthritis, use Magnesium .and,,,, Tiger Balm to rub on the hurting bits. I am most concerned that I won't be able to drive, haven' been out since before Xmas.

      A&E  I would compare to a conveyor belt. Depending who takes you foo, sometimes I get a really good doctor who really helps ,,and listens ..The last one,,  gave text book replies to my questions. so I went back onto the moving belt and taken to a "Waiting area ".to return home. 

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      Hello,, thought I might cheer you up a bit,,, and myself.. just been talking to a friend of mine, who had Sciatica and she said that it WILL GO AWAY ,,but it won't be straight away, so,,, that made me feel a lot better, as, like yourself, a lifetime,, or what's left of it, of such pain,staying indoors, which is my worst nightmare, I would prefer to die. Everything has been thrown at me over the past couple of years, all incurable of course, !!! with no follow up  on some, but one consultant ,who is an absolute gem. So Greebo,, where on earth did you pick that handle from. ???? There is a light at the end of this god awful situation we are in. so we have to be positive now.  O.K.????

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      Quote:- where on earth did you pick that handle from. ????

      What handle ?  have I misunderstood you ?

      So we have to grin and bare it for now, its good job my pain as eased a bit today, I have had continuous dreadful pain for 4 months now & because my sciatica is due to a slightly herniated disc & lumber stenosis I cant see the pain disappearing on its own

       

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      Hello,, thought you had done a runner.!!!!

      Handle,,,,,, the name you are using to hide your identity,,,, you srely were not christened with the name Greebo64???

      Do you drive. ??? I haven't used the car for 11 days, feel like I will be housebound for ever. Good job there is plenty of food, but in saying that, my appetite has totally disappeared, in fact I kept feeling quite sick .pain or tabs,, not sure. Glad you are having a better--ish day.

      Answer the question ....DO YOU DRIVE,,, and if you do, ,,is it better than walking. ??? 

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