View Full Version : Sciatic Nerve Pain

04-12-2006, 08:04 AM
This is really a question for my dad, not for me and doesn't have anything to do with scoliosis, but I know that many of you have experienced other issues related to your backs and I thought that if anyone might have some answers, it would be my friends here.

For years, Dad has been told that he has bursitus (sp?) in his hips and has been taking Celebrex for the pain. Well, this Winter, the pain had gotten really bad, to the point that he could not walk on the treadmill for more than 2 minutes before major pain set in. Dad has always been very active and fit and never one to complain about pain so when he started telling us that he was in pain, we knew that he had to have it checked out. He saw a bone specialist who couldn't find any signs of bursitus. I'm not sure how it was diagnosed as bursitus to begin with. His doctor then sent him to a spine specialist who did an MRI and found that dad has a herniated disc that is pressing on his sciatic nerve, causing the awful hip pain. Dad says that they are going to start him on shots to help alleviate the pain. I know I've seen a few of you here mention that you have sciatic pain. What have you had done to help with the pain? Is there anything that Dad should be asking his doctor to do or not to do?

Dad is a very outgoing person who usually fills his days with walking, bicycle riding and golfing, but less than a year after losing my mom, I can tell in his voice (I live in a different state) that he is getting depressed because he can't do any of the things he enjoys and is instead, stuck sitting around the house by himself all day long while my brothers and sisters who live in the same town as him are at work. Any suggestions or information that you can pass along to me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

04-12-2006, 08:15 AM

A friend of mine who suffered a herniated disk recovered in a few months by taking an anti-inflammatory and then having gentle physical therapy. I know he had to try a couple of different drugs before they found the right one for him. He also had to rest completely for about a month. What's important is that your dad not do anything that hurts, as frustrating as that is.

Everybody's different though -- this is just what I observed in one case.


04-12-2006, 02:13 PM
Little things like sleeping with a pillow between his knees on the side on under while on his back and getting a good, slightly padded office chair can help too. I know it helped me so much. I also don't try to stretch it too much, it can actually do more harm than good(like bending at the hips or stretching his leg up, for example).

04-12-2006, 09:07 PM
I can only tell you about my experience with siatic nerve pain. Mine started about a year ago. The pain was worse at the top of my left hip and it radiated all the way down the outside of my left leg with the other most painful place just above my ankle bone. It is like the nerve is a huge rubberband stretched to the limit....very uncomfortable.

That is what sent me to the doctor. I was thinking I would get some cortisone shots or something but when they did an Xray, the doctor diagnosed my problem as SPONDYLOLISTHESIS
In my case it will require surgery.

04-17-2006, 02:16 PM
The only thing that ever helped my sciatica was going on a Medrol dose pack. But, if your dad is getting steroid injections they may work just as well. Everyone is different.

I hope he is feeling better soon.