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I am new to this forum, but not to the sciatica ordeal.
I had my first bout of sciatica when I was 31 years old. It was a horrendous experience, when every time I moved my fingers I would feel a shooting pain in my butt and leg. I had to sleep on the wooden dining table extension. To get off the bed, I had to crawl out of the bed on my knees and my husband would pick me up from the floor and take me to the bathroom. I couldn't sit, couldn't sleep, couldn't walk. Couldn't function, period. The neurologist gave me Rx for Tylenol/Codeine (Tylenol 3) and a muscle relaxer. Don't remember how long it took for the pain to go away, but it did.
Fast forward. I am 71 years young now. Over the years, I had a few flare-ups. Fortunately, nothing to compare to the first one. I always kept my Tylenol 3 with me and, as soon as I felt that the another episode is coming on (for me it's ALWAYS nagging pain on the side of my leg, from hip to ankle), I'd take my magic pill, add muscle relaxer and in less than a week or so I would be up and running.
Ten years ago my husband and I moved from NYC to Kiev (Ukraine), my home town.
Our son still lives in the States. We visit US every year and my friend would get me fresh prescription for Tylenol 3.
About two weeks ago, on the plain from Spain, I felt, ever so familiar, nagging pain. When I reached for my pills, I realized that the last time I refilled prescription was 3(!)
years ago. Stupid me! Of course, as soon as I got home, I had full blown sciatica flare-up episode. Pain was horrendous. Walking was a torture. In the supermarket I had to hold on to shopping cart to be able to walk. Because I can't get prescription for codeine containing medication here, I started to look for OTC pain relievers and muscle relaxers. Fortunately for many-many people, the are lots of them here. Unfortunately for me, they all shoot my blood pressure through the roof. I started to use Traumeel C gel which helped tremendously. I can walk now. It's painful, but, at least, I don't have to hold on the walls or furniture while moving from room to room. Some days are better, some days are worse. But I feel, at least, about 70% better than I felt when it started two weeks ago.
I know that using gel alone, will take me loooong time to get rid of the pain. This is the reason I decided to join discussion on this forum. Maybe somebody, among the fellow sufferers, knows about pain relievers and/or muscle relaxers that don't raise blood pressure.
Sorry for the long post and thanks for listening.
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