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February 14th, 2010


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10:18 am - Sciatica
Damn. I've got sciatica. Shit, it's horrible. I had it a little bit when I was pregnant, and I thought I knew what it was. But this time I wasn't able to walk. Back-ache is an absurd condition, because it doesn't look like anything, but it totally stops you doing your stuff. I don't think I have ever been sufficiently considerate of people with back-ache. Yes, something bad only becomes fully real to me when I experience it, ridiculously enough.

It's really annoying because I have a week's leave starting now, and I was going to go out walking every day. It is better today than it was yesterday, which is why I can sit up and muck about on the computer. I might go to the pictures today.

If I carry on improving at this rate I might well be up and about in a few days.

I am worried that this has been brought on by having to lug my computer and all my stuff to and from work. I don't want to have to start driving.

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From:emmzzi
Date:February 14th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
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laptop carrying etc? I have a trolley case thingy for laptops that I used when commuting. Now I am not you can have it if it would help.
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From:communicator
Date:February 14th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
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Thanks emmzzi, I think I need a pull-along thing of some sort, is that what you used?

Edited at 2010-02-14 10:35 am (UTC)
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From:katlinel
Date:February 14th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
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I hope your back gets better soon so you can enjoy your week off as much as possible and just not be in pain.
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From:communicator
Date:February 14th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
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So do I, it's so frustrating. I feel like an old crock.
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From:nwhyte
Date:February 14th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
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Much sympathy. It's horrible - hit me badly last June, enough for a week off work, and hasn't completely cleared even yet. The worst of many bad things is that you can't even lie in bed comfortably enough to get an uniterrupted night's sleep.

Hot water bottles, sleeping tablets and eventually professional massage have kept it in check. But I'm conscious it is just a sign of middle age...
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From:communicator
Date:February 14th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
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Massage is a good idea. It looks like my week off work will be my holiday. Which is a bloody annoyance.
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From:archbishopm
Date:February 14th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
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Yes, something bad only becomes fully real to me when I experience it, ridiculously enough.

Lols, makes me think of my mother telling my father and I to suck it up about our sinusitis for 20-30 years till she finally come down for like the first time ever with a wee bit of sinus pain. We in turn may not have been as sympathetic as good people ought to be.
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From:archbishopm
Date:February 14th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
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"my father and me" that is stoopid grammar
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From:matildabj
Date:February 14th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
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As a sciataca-sufferer myself (most noticeable on long train journeys), my advice would be not to lie down too much if you can help it, much as the temptation is to do that. Do go for some little walks, keep moving as much as you can. Get some strong painkillers. And talk to occupational health about getting a decent chair at work, as posture is everything.

You have my sympathies. It's so debilitating.
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From:communicator
Date:February 14th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
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Thank you for that advice, because I lay down yesterday for hours and it got much worse and I managed to really frighten myself. H wants me to go out now for a bit of a walk and I'm all 'No! It hurts!' but I think you are right.
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From:khalinche
Date:February 14th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
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Ow! I'm sorry to hear that, and I hope you feel better soon.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:February 14th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Very sorry, it sounds awful - even if I can't quite imagine that degree of intensity either, I have had some nasty back-pains, thankfully not often; I remember arriving for a Whitecrow once and having to lie on the floor doing exercises prescribed for me by katlinel.

emmzzi's wheely thing sounds like a great idea, and I'm sure we'd all benefit from better posture in chairs (sitting here at a very unwise angle).
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From:pennski
Date:February 14th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
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This is all very wise advice!
I went through a stage of having to stop on the way to and from work to go for a little walk and I also now have a special chair.

A physio really helped me and gave me great exercises to build up my strength gently.

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From:pinkdormouse
Date:February 14th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Feel better soon, you.
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From:sugoll
Date:February 14th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Ouch. That sucks. I'm not familiar with sciatica per se, but back pain is bad. I hope you find ways to mitigate it and keep moving.

Lucky you're an audiobook fan - trying to find a position where you can read books or watch telly can be difficult, even when you are allowing yourself to keep still for a while.
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From:lamentables
Date:February 14th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Take up karate: abrinsky has a collapsed disk which gave him much back pain and sciatica for years. Manipulation, tens machine, epidurals - nothing worked. Started doing karate and it was like a miracle cure (because it strengthens the core muscles).
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From:communicator
Date:February 16th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
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That gives me pause for thought. I would never think I was strong enough to do anything like that, but as you say, it is strengthening in itself.
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From:sallymn
Date:February 14th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Owww. No advice but much sympathy...
From:egretplume
Date:February 14th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Hope you're feeling better soon! *sends healing thoughts*
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From:catalyst42
Date:February 15th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
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OW! sympathy, hope you're feeling better. I have a recurring back problem, as a result of an over-arched back, bad posture and a lack of excercise. Physio helped me, but I'm supposed to do exercises every day for it, and of course I can't be bothered and so it keeps coming back. It wasn't until I was pregnant, and it morphed into Sciatica for a few months that I really understood how much more painful that condition is. My back problems hurt enormously, but with enough medication I can move around, do my exercises and expect to feel a little better; sciatica literally stopped me in my tracks and there wasn't anything that helped. Ruddy agony. I really hope you are improving, and that you can prevent it happening again.
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From:communicator
Date:February 16th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
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You might be interested in what lexica510 has written (linked from the next comment after yours) about coping with sciatica. It frightened me this week, but I am improving a lot today.
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From:lexica510
Date:February 16th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From a former sufferer, much sympathy.

And speaking as a former sufferer, may I pass along a recommendation? Pete Egoscue's book Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain changed my life. I posted about it here at the time, and my other posts about the Egoscue Method can be found here.

Amazing stuff. I have to fight the urge to run up to strangers on the street saying "You look like you're in pain, and I know something that will probably help!"
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From:communicator
Date:February 16th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for that advice. I can tell my experience is not going to be as hard as yours, as I am regaining movement and comfort today, and easing off the painkillers now. However, that is a wonderfully helpful recommendation, and I will definitely turn to it if this develops into something I have to cope with regularly. I can tell already that both movement and my mental attitude to tension and movement are affecting how I feel very strongly.

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