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Sciatica(11 posts)

May 25, 2001 12:32 PM
I don't know how many other people have had this ailment, but my doc says it is pretty common in men (Muscle pressure on your sciatic nerve makes your butt and leg hurt or other similar symtoms). Anyway, if you've had it, have you had trouble with it coming back after hard rides? Any suggestions for relief? I have a pretty squishy gel saddle and I have to keep my hamstrings well stretched out to keep the pain away. But lately, my rides have been longer and my muscles are getting tighter between rides. Any suggestions?
You must first get a proper diagnosis.J.S.
May 25, 2001 12:54 PM
Sciatica is a serious issue, nerves can actually be destroyed resulting in the inability to use a leg. If this pain is persistent you should get an MRI, this will allow an orthopaedist to properly diagnos the problem and prescribe a treatment.
re: Could be a ruptured disc.....WCC
May 25, 2001 12:59 PM
....or herniated. If it persists, i would see a spine doc.
Try thismoneyman
May 25, 2001 1:39 PM

Really. Been there. Done that. This works. And this is very low risk. I am pretty certain that there will be a number of posts telling you that A)I don't know what I am talking about and B)The orthopedic surgeon/chiropractor/neurosurgeon is the only way to go. I do, and they are not. Before you subject yourself to the pain, expense and misery of the MD, DC route, give my suggestion a try.

A year ago I wondered if I would ever ride a bike again. My pain was the worst pain I have ever felt. I have ridden two metric centuries in the last six weeks, have a century to ride in one week, a MTB race in two weeks, and my first ever road race in a month. I am living proof that you can ride a bike again, and you can do it without epidural steroid injections or surgery. Good luck.

link problemHank
May 25, 2001 2:44 PM
I assume you meant this - the Sarno book

Sarno fixed me, too.
May 25, 2001 3:03 PM
That's what I meant.

re: Sciaticajp2
May 25, 2001 2:24 PM
treatment depends on the cause of the problem. it could be back related or it could be piriformis(sp) syndrome. i had the latter. basically you have to get rid of the probelm for the latter and then get a good stretching routine. getting rid of the problem will probablt require some pt. elbow digging into the glute, very pleasant.
re: SciaticaFloorTiger
May 25, 2001 2:34 PM
I hurt my back hauling mulch around the garden and along with that my sciatica. I had a tingling sensation down my left leg that lasted for almost a week. My doc did an MRI to make sure it wasn't super serious (it wasn't) but told me to do exercises and strengthen my stomach muscles. I haven't done a good job rehabilitating it since it went away, but I know it could come back. My old tennis partner had it so bad he almost considered surgery, but solved it with exercises and streches. Good luck
It can be many thingsMeDotOrg
May 25, 2001 3:04 PM
Some people get Sciatica from standing too long, some people get it from sitting to long. It actually helps my sciatica to ride.

The point is that sciatica is a symptom, not a cause. It could be a lot of different things. Probably should see a doctor.
re: SciaticaJohnG
May 25, 2001 7:19 PM
Search the RBR archives. Lots of posts on this subject can be found. Oh, stay the Hell away from orthopedic surgeons.

My 2 cents.... rest, anti inflammatories, stretch, strengthen.... in that order. Plenty of info on the web about all of this.

good luck!
re: SciaticaMel Erickson
May 25, 2001 7:59 PM
Boy, have the opinions been all over the map or what? Proof that everyone's different and the cure, if there is one, will be as individual as you are. I have a bulging disc with accompanying sciatica. Had it for about 7 years. Sometimes riding helps, sometimes it hurts. Right now I'm in a good spell. What has helped me alot is a stretching/strengthening program using the Pilates method and weight training (I use a Soloflex because I got it cheap. I wouldn't use free weights because of the risk). I've done most everything, epidurals helped relieve the symptoms and get me started back to a normal routine. They aren't a cure and I won't have any more. I've had enough and am concerned about the long term side effects. Chiropractic didn't help, neither did acupuncture or yoga. Eventually physical therapy helped, after my third therapist. You really need to find one who will spend the time working with you and your individual problems/needs. I almost went under the knife. Neurosurgeons are not ogres. I have several friends who have had very successful surgery. They were much worse than me and I think they made the right decision. I decided I would have to be really laid up in alot of pain for a long time before surgery. So far, so good. I did suffer one episode where I collapsed, couldn't move my legs, ultra severe pain. Ambulance ride, afternoon in hospital, drugs, evening at home. Up and around the next day. Go figure! None of us here are qualified to give you advice. You need to see someone qualified who you trust for a good work up and diagnosis. Then, with their advice, set a course for yourself that YOU think is right. There will probably be blind alleys til you find what works. Good luck.