Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The past eight months battling sciatica
One morning in January 2010 I woke up with what felt like a tight muscle in my right thigh. I went to get a massage but it didn't go away. Over the next few months this grew from a sight annoyance to a very severe problem. One that caused me to delay my wedding and other significant life events. It also made it very difficult to attend my college classes. As time went on it became harder for me to sit or stand for any length of time longer than 20 minutes. One night I was out to dinner with my family and the pain was so unbearable I started crying and couldn't finish my meal. I decided I had to see a doctor. The first step I tried was anti-inflammatory medication. It did nothing for me! In fact, while i was on it the problem got worse! I ended up going to another doctor who thought my problem was not that severe which made me very angry. Finally, I found a place that I believed could help me. They had medication and physical therapy as well as a massage therapist and a chiropractor all in the same building! I was thrilled! I did physical therapy three times a week as well as adjustments and pain medication as well as the Vax-D program. Vax-D is a decompression therapy that is perfect for people who have disc problems. Unfortunately, the only thing that worked for me was the medication. After all this failed to work for me I was sent for a nerve and muscle conduction test and then I received a nerve block epidural in my back which was supposed to make the pain lessen for a good couple of months. Well, this did not work for me either. During this time I had also found out that what I was suffering from is know as sciatica. I spent many hours on the internet researching what could be done for this problem. I read that many times sciatica will come and go on its own. My problem was that it was never leaving! I was desperate for anything that might work even if it only worked a little bit. One product I did try is called th saco-wedgy. They make male and female versions of this item because the male and female backs are shaped differently. The sacro-wedgy is just a molded wedgy that you place under your sacrum while you lay down. You use it for about twenty minutes per day. Although I did like the sacro-wedgy I found it more and more difficult to take the 20 minutes each day to use it especially since it is not a "quick fix". There have also been many other products that I have tried over the past eight months but nothing has come even close to fixing me as acupuncture. I recently tried acupuncture on a whim just to see if it would work. I was so desperate I would try anything! So I went to the acupuncturist and he did an intense acupressure massage and then placed the acupuncture needles around my sacrum. I have only had two treatments so far and I already feel an amazing difference!!! There is hope out there for back pain sufferers.. you just have to find what works best for your body!