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Old 05-11-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question sciatica pain

In 2005, I had cervical stenosis. A titanium plate with screws was inserted into my neck. After surgery, I was left with numbness from my waist all the way down my left leg. Everything was ok--I was walking well until the last year when I began to develop pain in my lower right back and down my right leg. It has become excruciating. I think this is because of the extra stress on my right leg. Dr. pescribed Voltarin which I have been using. I also get periodic injections in my lower back which seem to work temporarily. But I am wondering if anyone else has used Voltarin and what their experience has been. What other remedies have people used? Also, is my doctor's diagnosis correct? He diagnosed "inflamed sciatic nerve" only after I described the pain.[

 
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Have you had an x-ray or MRI of your lower back? If you are experiencing inflammation of the sciatic nerve it could be due to compression of that nerve. This can be caused by disc problem or a slippage of the spine (spondylosis) or all of the above. I'm not familiar with that medication, but it sounds like your doc is treating the symptom and not getting to the cause. A referral to an orthopedic spine doc or neurologist might be warranted.

 
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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Re: sciatica pain

I was just prescribed Voltaren too. 75mgx2/day. I was seen by a Rheumatologist who suspects I have arthritis in my lower back. I had an MRI last Dec. Small disc bulge too, but not big enough to "cause pain" according to Dr. (hmmmmm).

I have shooting pain down my right leg primarily and a little in my left.

The voltaren has not done anything. I can't even tell I'm taking anything. Before this, I had been prescribed Sulindac. Didn't notice any improvement with that either.

Have you noticed any improvement?

 
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Re: sciatica pain

Voltaren (Voltarin) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis and stiffness of the spine).

What people call sciatica can be an irritation or compression of a lower lumbar spinal nerve that is causing pain that radiates down the leg, or it can be an irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve itself, which is located in the back of the leg. Voltaren may bring relief if there is tissue swelling that is irritating the nerve.

Drugs that are typically given for nerve pain are gabapentin, which is the generic name for neurontin or Lyrica.

You might want to see a spine specialist to see if there is a lower lumbar problem or go to a pain management doctor for "nerve" medication.

 
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Re: sciatica pain

Thanks for your reply. It seems like you are taking Voltarin in pill form. I have it as a gel that I apply directly to my back and leg. The nurse told me that I had to use plastic gloves to apply the gel because of its strength, I guess. Ask your dr. if you can have the gel form. It comes in a tube; 100g. Yes, it absolutely does work if I apply it twice a day. In fact, it seems to numb my leg. But I think I really need to get to the root cause of my pain by getting the appropriate tests/diagnosis.

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The best way to get to the bottom of your problem is to go to a fellowship-trained spine specialist, probably have a new MRI and see if the issue is being caused by compression in your cervical spine or if it is nerve compression in the lumbar spine.

 
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