[a note to mods: I am seeing and am under the “care” of my primary care physician and a pain specialist. So this is mere a plea for anecdotal things dopers have found that relieves the pain - not seeking medical advise, per se]
[note to dopers: I’ve searched the other threads. The best one looks like it’s from ‘06. So I’m hoping for a bit newer help]
TLDR VERSION: I have severe sciatica pain. Seeking anecdotal remedies.
I have debilitating sciatica. I can only lay in bed. I can’t walk, sit or stand. It is absolutely excruciating. There is no position that will relive the pain.
Background of sorts… I know pain. I’ve broken bones (most notably my collarbone), I’ve fractured my pelvis and it became infected, I had a skull fracture from a bike/car incident also got infected. I’ve been in major car accidents (car totaled - I wasn’t driving). And so on. I say these things so you don’t assume I’m just being a wuss.
I’ve had sciatica twice. One about 8 years ago and another time about 4 years before that. Both extremely painful but I was able to get around, even worked at my job as a handyman.
But this… this another whole level. I can only walk about 20 feet until the pain drops me. I can’t sit for more than a few seconds.
The pain doc gave me norco. It doesn’t help that much. Just makes me woozy. In desperation I doubled the dose. It didn’t help the pain that much but I did spend the next 1/2 day throwing up. I’m alternating heat and ice and doing prone stretching when I can.
My primary gave me gabapentin. It helps a little - mostly sleeping but when I wake up the pain is always back.
I need to be up because I know laying around will make it worse but with this pain there is just no way.
Seeking advise on anything that has helped any of you. Thanks for reading.