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singer1 07-04-2005 02:55 PM

What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
Hello to all! :wave:

Does you feel pain after getting up after sitting in the back of the knee or calf? I can not figure out why I have to stand for a few seconds before I start walking because of this pain somewhere behind my leg/or calf. It's like I can not straiten out my leg after sitting until I wait a few seconds. Is this Sciatica?

taape 07-04-2005 06:39 PM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
The Sciatica pain I've had goes through my hips and feels like lightening bolts hitting. It's very painful. I'v also had pain in my calfs,legs, and feet that feel like that. Some the pain feels like burning pain. I'm not able to sit on my knees and calfs anymore so I"m not sure if your stiff from sitting in that position or what.

TexasWildRose04 07-04-2005 07:09 PM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
[QUOTE=singer1]Hello to all! :wave:

Does you feel pain after getting up after sitting in the back of the knee or calf? I can not figure out why I have to stand for a few seconds before I start walking because of this pain somewhere behind my leg/or calf. It's like I can not straiten out my leg after sitting until I wait a few seconds. Is this Sciatica?[/QUOTE]

Do you have pain in any other part of your legs, back, buttocks, anywhere other then the back of your knee or calf? I have severe sciatica, and mine starts in my lower back, down into my hips, then a terrible pain in my buttocks right about at the point where your wallet would hit you on your buttocks... feels like someone is just twisting the heck out of that muscle or nerve... runs down into my legs calf and feet... can be a shooting, sharp pain, a throbbing aching pain, or a burning pain like your leg are on fire.... also sometime you can get a feeling like bugs are crawling on or inside your legs....I also have a very hard time after I get up from sitting that I have to wait a few seconds before I start to walk, usually this is due to a spasm from sciatica. Sitting is also very very painful for me.

Have you had any kind of testing done, have you been told you have any kind of disc problems in your back or anything?? A little more info as far as your condition goes would be a bit more helpful....

Hope this helps some.

TRose

singer1 07-05-2005 07:42 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
I have had testing done on my back and they said that I have some minor problems, but nothing big. I do have chronic low back pain and sometimes I do have it in my hip at times. when I stand after sitting, it hurts to straiten my knees and when I sit on my legs, it also hurts! This suddenly came on about 2 months ago or so and noticed it when I had gotten out of our car. I don't even know what kind of dr. to see for this one!

singer1 07-05-2005 07:43 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
I have had testing done on my back and they said that I have some minor problems, but nothing big. I do have chronic low back pain and sometimes I do have it in my hip at times. when I stand after sitting, it hurts to straiten my knees and when I sit on my legs, it also hurts! This suddenly came on about 2 months ago or so and noticed it when I had gotten out of our car. I don't even know what kind of dr. to see for this one!

DaVinci 07-05-2005 09:27 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
Try a chiropractor.....I know, I know...never believed in them before either, but being in excruicating pain, I decided what the heck! As a city bus driver I got stuck with a particularily bumpy route....bumpy roads in a old bus, therefore even more bumpy and to top it off the time schedule was tight so I was going the speed limit all the time, which makes it even more bumpy!
Never been to a chiro before, but doing this particular route made me go twice, what a relief....it's like years of having a compressed spine lifted and sciatica gone....made worse by driving a large vehicle with air brakes(they are very stiff!). 60 for the initial visit and 30 every visit afterwards, worth every penny. Also recommend a total nutrition turnaround. :)

TexasWildRose04 07-05-2005 10:08 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
[QUOTE=singer1]I have had testing done on my back and they said that I have some minor problems, but nothing big. I do have chronic low back pain and sometimes I do have it in my hip at times. when I stand after sitting, it hurts to straiten my knees and when I sit on my legs, it also hurts! This suddenly came on about 2 months ago or so and noticed it when I had gotten out of our car. I don't even know what kind of dr. to see for this one![/QUOTE]

What kind of testing? MRI? What you have described sounds like Sciatica, and if you have disc problems in your lower back that are causing this, My suggestion is, seek the attention of a Spine Specialist, I Went to a Orthopedic Surgeon first, then he referred me to a Neurosurgeon, who specialized in the Spine.... The pain you talk about when getting up or out of the car, is EXACTLY the type of pain I experienced, before my surgery.... and even now alot.

As far as going to a Chiropractor, I have been told that if you have herniated disc, that a Chiropractor can cause more harm then good....and you have to be very very careful, if you seek the attention of one of the doctors I mentioned and they say it would be a good idea then perhaps you could try it, but I would not just go do it on my own....thats my personal opinion.... and my experience.... Hope this helped...

Hope you get to the bottom of your pain.

Take Care

TRose

pooby 07-05-2005 11:46 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
Don't think the knee problem sounds like your back. Usually when you get sciatica it is a radiating pain. It can be steady, intermittent, dull, mild or excruitiating it all depends on the amount of inflammation in the nerve. It usually radiates down the back of the leg if it radiates below the knee then possible nerve root involvement is likely. Think perhaps something else is going on perhaps your knees or some type of muscular problem.

AmyNoVA 07-05-2005 06:44 PM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
"Yup" to what everyone else wrote. Mine is mostly intermittent, thankfully. It feels like someone's running an electric current down my right leg, to include the big toe. The one "10" episode I had felt like my leg was on fire. I was driving when it started, though thankfully made it home in one piece. It certainly is not pleasant, that's for sure.

Amy

singer1 07-05-2005 07:47 PM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
It doesn't feel like its on fire or anything like that, but yesterday as I was casually walking, I have this pain at the top of the buttocks and I can feel it all the time. I didn't have this back pain when I have the leg pain (behind the knee) and calf area, and now I do. I may have to find a Neurosugeon. It just hurts for a few seconds when I try to walk after sitting down! So frustrating!! :confused:

Fiona_Jo 07-05-2005 09:33 PM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
[COLOR=Blue]One thing I will say is nerve pain can be tricky (in that depending on the nerve being compressed it can cause varying degrees and types of pain). For instance when I had a herniated disc .. I had pain in my left leg. The weird thing is (and most painful) was I started having pain JUST below my knee in my shin (so I DO BELIEVE a person CAN have bone type pain with nerve compression. The pain I experienced was some of the WORST pain I've EVER experienced and it LITERALLY felt like my shin was BREAKING everytime I took a step (walking would put tears in my eyes.) The MRI revealed nerve compression and a large herniated disc at the L4/L5 level. I would say do whatever you can to get in to see a spinal specialist (either a Neurosurgeon or Othropedic surgeon).[/COLOR]

pooby 07-06-2005 05:30 PM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
My shin pain also has been unbearable. I have no pain in the back of my leg and almost no back pain. The shin pain is the worse but I believe this pain comes from L4 disc or higher.

Fiona_Jo 07-07-2005 03:13 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
[QUOTE=pooby]My shin pain also has been unbearable. I have no pain in the back of my leg and almost no back pain. The shin pain is the worse but I believe this pain comes from L4 disc or higher.[/QUOTE]

I can completely relate!! Before it happened to me I would NEVER have thought pain that felt SO MUCH like BONE pain would be due to nerve compression. As I said, everytime I took a step it felt like my shin was breaking and literally brought tears to my eyes. :eek: It was SO wonderful after the microdiscectomy to NOT have that unbearable pain. :bouncing: I walked better in the hours following the surgery then I had the months prior. It was amazing and such a relief. :angel:

-Jo :wave:

singer1 07-09-2005 08:19 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
Mine really hurt when I try and sit on my legs! OUCH! :nono: Shins don't hurt though.

pooby 07-09-2005 10:18 AM

Re: What does sciatica pain feel like?
 
shin can possibly be not sciatica, maybe femoral nerve.


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