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    Help for sciatica issues

    Hi all,

    I'm having severe sciatica in my left hip and leg. I do a lot of yoga, but it doesn't seem to be helping. Any suggestions?

    Marian
    28 year old female, 68T and 43L degree curves considering surgery

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    Hi Marian...

    I found that the only things that made a difference in terms of sciatica were pain medication and time. A lot of people have had success with neurontin, which is actually a medication for epilepsy.

    If you've had sciatica for more than a few weeks, and it's not going away, I'd recommend that you see your scoliosis specialist. I've heard that nerve pain can become permanent.

    Regards,
    Linda

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    i had severe sciatica 9 years ago after the birth of my son. chiropractic and an epidural injection of cortisone did the trick for me. be careful not to confuse pain from a pinched nerve with sciatica like i did 7 years later...i nearly did permanent damage to the nerves in my left leg by thinking i had sciatica again and that it would eventually go away again. i still can't believe i limped around for 2 years thinking i'd feel better any day...i'm good at denial i guess!
    Sue


    Milwaukee Brace from ages 8 - 16
    T36 degrees/L56 degrees Pre-Op
    Fused T3 - S1
    Surgery done Sept. 15, 2004
    Dr. Robert G. Viere
    North Texas Spine Care @ Baylor

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    Thanks Linda and Sue. It has actually gotten better since I rested from all activity for 5 days..I've returned to yoga without any problems so far.
    28 year old female, 68T and 43L degree curves considering surgery

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