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Hi all

I'm really sorry to hear some of your stories I don't think mine has been as bad but here goes...

I woke up one Saturday morning about three weeks ago and couldn't get out of bed it got progressively worse over the weekend to the extent that I got an emergency appointment on the Sunday with diagnosis of sciatica and  A prescription for Co-Codamol

by Wednesday I had a telephone consultation with my GP and she prescribed me more Medication, the following week she signed me off work for two weeks and prescribed stronger medication.

via work I had physio arranged, Company health insurance, and also a telephone conference with occupational health

sorry for my long winded account but just wanted to say do you see your GP I'm very lucky mine is kind and understanding I'm also fortunate to work for a great company who are quick to arrange help and support

I do hope you all get the help you need and wish you all a speedy recovery

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    Sciatica?  No doc, no pills. Read the sciatica section...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-tkr-experience-or-wish-i-had-another-kidney-stone--524499

    This is very common because we change our gait to avoid pain, throwing out lower back, hips or pelvis, or locking up the SI joints (my problem).  Have to literally "roll" out of bed to avoid more pain.   Chiropractor...took a few weeks to correct the problem.  Try some Voltaren Gel (RX in the US) as a topical anti-inflammatory.

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      Hi there,

      yes, have some prescription gel which is particularly effective on the left thigh, have some impressive bruising from my Physio too!

      i have to say I'm not one for taking medication normally but it really does help, even if it's just to get some sleep. 

      I'm in the UK and am immensely proud of my NHS, my GP works two days but has been so helpful and empathetic, I've been very lucky when I read some other accounts!

      wish you well. 

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      Always check for interactions but a simple, OTC med to help you get to sleep is diphenhydramine.  This is generic Benadryl and a lot cheaper.  It's also the extra ingredient in all the "PM" products.  Two 25mg tabs 1/2 hour before bedtime.  It's a simple antihistamine that makes you drowsy. 

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      Thank you for that Chico

      i will have a look in the chemist tomorrow. 

      I was on 5mg diazepam but only been taking it when really needed, haven't used it in the last few nights, and getting around seven hours of sleep, which is so much better for my mental state!

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      That's generic Valium.  Tranquilizers like that and Xanax can be habit-forming.  I'd ditch those as soon as you are able.  Some lavender oil in a diffuser, dim lights, read a book, get drowsy.  Natural sleep is the best.

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