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Old 06-26-2022, 11:58 AM
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My brother has been dealing with sciatica nerve issues for 2 months. He has been on pain medication, but it doesn't seem to. He has lost a lot of weight in the past two months and is now walking with a cane. Does anyone have any suggestions of what can help him ?


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Old 06-26-2022, 12:21 PM
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It's terrible and truly debilitating.

My sister is doing some type of stretch therapy. They've actually started down in her feet and working up focusing on connective tissues and stretching.

She just started a few weeks ago, but feels like it's going to help.
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Old 06-26-2022, 12:25 PM
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Agony. DH found an inversion table on Craig’s List and it helped him a lot. I see they’re not too expensive at Amazon.
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Old 06-26-2022, 12:27 PM
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When I had some severe sciatica years ago, two things helped me.

The first time, I was sent for physical therapy. It was quite effective and perhaps would have solved the problem permanently if I had kept up with exercises after PT ended. But I was feeling better, busy, and lazy, so the exercising tapered off.

When the pain recurred several months later, my doctor prescribed a short dose of steroids. I think it might have been a tapering dose over about a week. I have never had a recurrence of severe pain. A slight, but annoying, pain or discomfort does recur.
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Old 06-26-2022, 12:43 PM
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I have lower back pain and my PCP wants me to go to physical therapy. I start on Tuesday. Ice helps me and walking eases some of my pain. Does ice or a heating pad help your brother? Does he do any PT or stretching exercises?


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Old 06-26-2022, 01:01 PM
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A friend had surgery.
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Old 06-26-2022, 04:21 PM
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Who is treating him? Have they done an MRI to look for compressed nerves, damaged disc, tumor? I agree with trying a steroid trial. I was able to have PT in a heated pool. It helped so much!!!
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:19 PM
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Some people are helped by this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OTVahoa_8c

I suffered through 2 months of sciatica pain and was helped by water exercise, ice, decompression, better body mechanics, cobra pose, and anti-inflammation tea and diet. If anything hurts, don't do it! Further aggravating the nerve should be avoided at all costs.
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Old 06-26-2022, 10:09 PM
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My chiropractor helps with it. Also, i have gotten shots, as well as started taking a prescription anti inflammatory. I also stretch a lot.
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