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Old 03-02-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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Boyfriend possible sciatica?

Hi, my boyfriend has suffered from a severe pain inside his left buttock on and off for years but it is worse than ever now. he can barely walk. ive looked around online it seems like he does have sciatica however he does not have pain in his back or leg just his left buttock and sometimes his knees too. the doctor only ever gives him anti inflammatorys. its really causing him alot of stress and we dont really know what to do could someone please give us any tips on wether it does sound like it is sciatica and what excersise etc would be best effective. thank you

 
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Re: Boyfriend possible sciatica?

This is the sister site to Healthboards so I can post a link. This will give you some basic information on treating sciatic pain.

http://www.*****.com/back-pain/guide/sciatica-pain-relief-options

You might also want to read up on "piriformis syndrome." These symptoms from piriformis issues are similar to sciatica.

True sciatic pain does not run below the knee.

Have you kept a journal so you might be able to see a pattern of when the symptoms come on, what your BF was doing that aggravated the pain or caused it to come back, etc.

It seems like most people get sciatica at some point in their life. For most people the issues will resolve on their own...but, it can be stubborn and take awhile. There is lots of information online, including little videos of appropriate exercise, etc.

Sciatica hurts like mad, but it's never fatal...so hang in there. If he doesn't get relief after about ten days or so, you may have to take him to a doctor. In the meantime, you can have him use ice or a cold gel pack for pain...15-20 minutes at a time every hour, being careful not to freeze the skin.

 
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Re: Boyfriend possible sciatica?

Hi thanks for the reply will look on this site now. i did look into piriformis syndrome and it sounds like exactly what he is experiencing. He got it badly a few months ago in the freezing cold weather and this time it seems to have triggered from playing tag with the kids in the park. any kind of physical activity seems to trigger it. hopefully the doctor will refer him for physio this time

 
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Re: Boyfriend possible sciatica?

Has he undergone any scans?

I'd recommend he at least undergo some sort of scan before getting hands on physical treatment. Especially as this is a recurring problem.

 
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Re: Boyfriend possible sciatica?

Get him to go to a specialist. Too often GP's treat conditions with anti inflammatories when they should send him to see a specialist since this is a long ongoing problem. I saw a Dr for almost a year before I finally asked to see a specialist. I spent a miserable two years before I finally saw the right Dr who discovered my problem. Don't let him suffer that long.

 
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Re: Boyfriend possible sciatica?

try a chiropractor. I get sciatica occassionally and the chiropractor always helps

 
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