siatica back problems

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I 50 years old suffering with siatica slipped disc lower back. So I understand how some of you have this and how you feel..I being pushed to go back to work I had 2 surgery and been physio but still never helped me I still suffering and I also taking pain killers still no help getting cramps down my legs and feet. What other help can I get. And do you think I'd right to be pushed back into work when you had this for most of your life. Can't bend dropping items in my hand..I can't sleep and I on depression tablets.

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    Hi Grace

    I hope u feel better.

    Would you please share some info in regard to:

    What type of job u do and what surgery u did and how long u were on sick leave till u went back to work?

    For leg cramps i had after surgery and i took b1 supplment tablets and i restarted my other multivitamins supplements.

    I know that b12/potasuim u can get it from 1 banana daily/D3 deficiencies can cause that.

    Did u give it a try?

    Wish u feel better soon

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      Hello Grace

      Thats normal to reach to the situation where u dont socliaze due to,pain and limted motion then pain and no socialzation might cause the person to reach to depression at least you did good that u take depression medication this way you can deal with pain only until you solve it then you can get yourself out of depression too.

      For my scenario in dealing with pain i had similar situation as yours

      But I kept reading online and go for different opinions, in addition any alternative medicine too.

      For ex i take many supplments to help,with muscles,nerves,muscle cramps,inflammation

      So high dose of magnesium twice a day, b12, vit E, potassium by eating 1 banana a day, high does of omega 3 twice a day which help with inflammation, an i take a multivitamin tablet as well. You need to read online and review what u wat to take with your primary.

      Also i got inversion table which i use it for 5 min daily to help with decompression,

      Then a foam roller with some simple exercises which help with relieving any muscle knot occur due to pain, also i use ice pack if i have so much pain, then i bought tens unit which work on the muscles and help it to relieve it too.

      Also i tried acupuncture for few sessions and it didnt help so i stopped it.

      Then i tried phy therapy and the effect was pretty minor

      Then i tried chiropractic and this one if u find a good one would help super well for me some days i couldnt even walk and when i do the chiropractic sessin the pain get reduced ove 80%.

      The last thing to share with you is going to pain management dr his specially as it name spelled.

      They have many solutions to overcome the pain cycle when it reaches to it max and all the above didnt help much or the pain return in same day.

      Plus what i tried to do is limit my motion and phy activities if i know it might hurt try to come wity diff way to reach to what u want f just admit u cant do it and move on


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    Magnesium is supposed to help cramp. I take quinine sulphate which I think is brilliant, you can drink tonic water which has quinine in it, add some gin and it could be even better. I hate gin and tonic water unfortunately. I also have sciatica caused by an inflamed sacroiliac joint. I have been offered paracetamol, co-codamyl, tramadol and naproxen, all of which I thought a bit of a waste of time. I do go to a brilliant physio who does help and also have been going swimming. Due to the tablets I take, sleep is a problem. I just listen to the World Service and have learnt all sorts of fascinating things.
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    Hi Grace,

    Sorry you are suffering & low, get your head up & move forward, don't look backward, change the future...

    Fact: you have to change your life style & plan exercise into your life for the rest of your days, the sooner you accept this & set about adding it in your back will improve, either do:

    A small daily core specific Pilates work out

    Or, take up cycling 3 times a week (every 2nd or 3rd day)

    Or, go swimming 3 times a week

    Or, join a gym & do a specific work out for stamina to the weak core & back

    Now after nearly 30 years, I finally I accept I have to change my life style (not pretend to do it) to minimise my back condition, to priorities my back health above work, social & relaxation demands, because if I don’t do this, the other 3 demands can’t be met & my quality of life will be a dog pile.

    So if you aren't ready to work, you will just knock yourself to the floor & be off sick again, a vicious cycle...

    Ask if you can revise your hours - slowly build up the hours over 2 months or so, then set the houirs to allow you to go swimming/ gym as part of your daily routine - it works kept me functioning for a few years with little pain.

    hope this helps


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    Hi Grace

    I am so sorry to hear your journey so far.

    I can totally understand where you are coming from. With regards to Work - have occupational health been out to see you? They should go to uour home as they did with me as I could not manage any journey at all.

    There should be a compromise to what work you can return to doing and build up. Maybe a phased return. Occi health will not take sides of the employer (impartial) I worked in a special needs school and will not beable to return and if your still being signed off by doc and been in employment for longer than 5 years I believe- if uour entitled for a period length of time you maybe able to get esa ( employment support allowance) depending on your national insurance contributions.

    As difficult as it is try and see friends at your home.

    I started to push everyone away - it does not help.

    My friends have seen me so low, in tears, angry- you name it( the few that stuck around) always had tissues at the ready. If I did not have that I would have crumbled more.

    Walking is good and I understand the anxiety that this can cause, by trying to go out is a good way to keep mobile. I needed someone to walk with me at first due to anxiety and on really good days I might manage to meet someone down the road- literally within sight but it works and independent in a small way.

    chin up and if it would help you send a message back.


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