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#1393637 Thu Jan 21 2021 05:50 PM
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We b OLD, I can always depend on you to make me laugh or just be happy. I have been ordered down ( didn't take much, can't stand or sit ), All kinds of tests over a 21 day period. See a specialist Monday. it is very, very painful in my left calf, #10, I have only had a # 10 pain three times in my life and it was for brief periods of time. Former D.O.D. Police, shot once, kidney stone and jumping out of a perfectly good plane. Is there anyone out there that can advise me. Please, Doc.


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Doc.Hall #1393649 Thu Jan 21 2021 07:04 PM
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Doc what I have found that helped me when my sciatic nerve pain kicks in was to do deep hard long stretches. Either sit in the edge of a chair with your legs spread apart a bit and bend towards & down to the leg that is hurting. OR have the wife or who ever pick the leg up as if you were doing straight leg raises & stretch it hard. I would hold mine & do them so hard & deep that I would almost cry. What this does is cause your own body to release its own endorphins (chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain. They work similarly to a class of drugs called opioids) No type of drugs or injections helped me more then doing these stretches. I use to live with really bad sciatic & leg cramps all the time, they'd hurt like h*ll & at times would cause muscle cramps to the point I'd get bruises. I started researching what type of therapies there were & tried a few. NONE worked as well as doing the above. I "MIGHT" have one or two episodes a year now & when they hit I just do the stretches for a few days && I'm good for a long while.. Hope this helps you....joe

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Doc.Hall #1393679 Thu Jan 21 2021 10:54 PM
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I know when you having #10 pain the last thing you think of doing is exercise. I've been dealing with sciatic for years and decided that I wouldn't go the pain meds, and found that just a few simple stretches can do wonders. I walk 2-3 miles every day and do some warm up stretches before I go out. Hang in there, hope it improves for you.

Doc.Hall #1393717 Fri Jan 22 2021 03:15 AM
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You sure it is sciatica? I thought sciatica affected the hip/thigh region. Have you been tested for blood clots?

52Carl #1393724 Fri Jan 22 2021 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by 52Carl
You sure it is sciatica? I thought sciatica affected the hip/thigh region. Have you been tested for blood clots?

Mine normally will run down through my butt, down the inside of the back of my thighs & into back of my calf's....joe


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Doc.Hall #1393951 Sat Jan 23 2021 11:43 PM
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52 Carl I had a Ultra sound to rule out a deep vein thromboses. Thank you for your question. Thanks TooMany 2count and Yakamabowtie I'm doing your suggestions now. I will let you know, as bad as it is it couldn't hurt more. Almost passed out from the pain yesterday. With all the crazy things I did over the years I shouldn't complain, if only I would have known. Bless your hearts. Doc.


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Doc.Hall #1394387 Tue Jan 26 2021 12:58 PM
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Got back from Neurologist yesterday afternoon. I was T-boned by a drunk with no license or insurance 3 years ago and splitting wood a month ago caused severe damage in L7. Ordered to stay down for 10 to 12 weeks then back surgery. Your above mentioned therapy's help a great deal. But as we all know there are people we know that have worse health problems. Just have to figure out how to stay busy on my back. Doc.


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Doc.Hall #1394601 Wed Jan 27 2021 06:53 PM
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Stretching is excellent. If you are standing for a while (doing dishes?) put a 2x4 under the toes of both feet. It helps.
I had what I thought was sciatica but it turned out to be spinal stenosis. I discovered acupuncture. It is not an overnight cure. It took me six months of weekly visits and I have been pan free for over 6 years. But as I said do not expect an overnight cure.


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Doc.Hall #1394605 Wed Jan 27 2021 07:51 PM
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Doc,
There is no L7. If your neurologist really told you that I would check his credentials, LOL! So what you are telling us it isn't sciatica but rather a nerve root problem, either protruding disc or spinal stenosis?
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