Solutions for sciatica
Finding relief from back pain
- Duration 5:28
- Date Mar 19, 2012
Finding relief from back pain
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-- Hello and welcome to help -- had in a plane and sitting in for Dr.
The pain associated with sciatica can be debilitating symptoms include a burning or tingling feeling down the -- weakness numbness or difficulty.
Moving reflect the shooting pain can make it hard to stand -- even to set.
I guess knows this all too well joining me now is patient advocate and founder of them how hurt dot com -- -- ropes and thank you so much for joining us thank you for having me.
So when did you start suffering from -- about six months ago.
-- and that what what were some of the issues that you were dealing with some of the symptoms we just mention.
I have yes I had pain going from the products on the right side all the way down into my toes.
So it actually is causing numbness in my toes and my arch.
And -- really started to notice that when I was driving because I wasn't able to actually push on the gas pedal like I normally could or the break.
Which is a little scary when you're behind the wheel and you've got precious cargo in -- like your kids right exactly right it's.
So so what did you do like -- she went to the doctor idea that I -- went to the doctor first idea I.
I thought OK at that it'll go away by itself I must have just done something which is what we all things right that you know -- tweaked my back -- something.
But in reality -- IE.
It came and went inside finally went to the doctor and they did of course that normal tasks which is in the you know and as cat scanner and EMT in -- test for that.
Legs and then they also did the and MRI.
Nothing -- It is that typical for sciatica.
I think it depends I think you know -- I -- almost was hoping that there is an infringement in the spine so that you know we can't figure out how to correct it right but then that led me down turn a different path because I -- that couldn't they said -- everything looks great.
It's a different path was lightly and Michelle well I had events search for or what were my options and choices because I was still having pain.
And no one's and you need to -- physical therapists for example or maybe need to try to you know that's so I start doing my own research and and started doing outbound.
Which really helps me started with my posture.
Which really helped me.
And because I started -- -- her one of the things that happen to me as I'm sitting all the time.
So I'm I'm not used to sitting I'm used to running around and and also I'm traveling a lot -- with travel I'm carrying heavy bags so even carrying that bag my briefcase and rolling it behind.
Has not been good for me.
So I had a really look at all those things and say OK what can I do make -- -- so so what have you done I mean I imagine instead of carrying a briefcase you actually have not roller now already feel like I do have an on a roller but I can roll it it's it's just the movement they -- have a rolling at that.
And then I always carry a really heavy -- Which is not good either because it's just it it changes your posture.
And so just some of those very simple things also.
You know getting up from my gas every hour who has the most difficult part of -- -- in this condition what's -- and -- I think it's.
When you suffer from chronic pain like this what happens is it's hard to think it's hard to focus on anything but the pain that you haven't had -- -- get rid of this pain in this is constantly with you.
And people don't understand when they given the pain it's hard to get out of pain.
And it does tend to you know it wears you down and what -- family members and co workers that what they notice that was different about -- they just announced I was standing up a lot I was moving around a lot and I couldn't find a comfortable position.
I'm an an and it also quite frankly can make you irritable because you're paying all the time -- it and and people don't undersea because they are going through it.
Tell us a little bit about why it's so important for you to be -- around advocated situations like like having sat.
Well I think in this case because I have memorize it had me NG everything looked normal.
What's the next next course of treatment I've got to figure out a way to mixture that I can you know.
Negated as best I can one of the things that I did -- was was I created a diary because it would come and go.
So it's interesting to see what I was doing when it started.
And then when I was doing when it's when it subsided.
So things like that you can do is your own advocates really kind of dig down deep to see what you're doing that could possibly be affecting -- Is it she puts it it's what we're doing with her own bodies that's causing the problem yeah.
And that did anybody in your -- that they try to help you with this as well.
And I I don't think that they really knew what and Chris -- look at is the patient advocate got all -- advocate that you need to advocate for yourself.
And and reality was is that -- I mean I start to really kind of study.
What it was what caused it and then what kind of treatments -- could do that were maybe nontraditional.
That would help me and -- an I sting that was just another one that was really great because -- it was inflammation.
Yet it was that -- right.
And rest ice hit it and make -- -- -- that elevation and as well he can't.
It gives you web -- over time it's and how her dot com Michelle thank you so much for your time today thank you.
Well thank you so much everybody at home for joining us if you have a health question make sure you send an email to doctor -- -- at foxnews.com.
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