Any one have an issue with the sciatic nerve

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kelly's Landscaping, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    A week ago I did something and my lower back had a dull pain. Like most here you don't even think about that it happens in this trade but then my right rear started to throb. Annoying but livable then came the leg and that feels like an impacted molar. Add in numbness in the foot and I have learned what Sciatica is and I wish I never knew.

    I got to wait another 2 days for a doc appointment and I cannot wait advil and aleve have 0 effect. It's funny last week I was giving stats to a guy that wanted to go 1 man crews and my numbers just blew his out of the water. But what he didn't know was while I was bringing in 800-900 a day on a 2 man cutting crew the whole time I was suffering with this. It sucks getting old so what other delightful new pains wait to be discovered as I get older?
  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can laugh now because in terms of work we do in a week what you do in a day.
    I feel no pain.

    I like things this way.
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yup I know all about it. I pinched mine about 8 years ago lifting our lazer hp out of some mud. I picked the entire back end up and swing it around to drier ground. Took over a month to get 80% better and 2 full months to be back to normal. I had that pain down my leg into my foot. If I sat on the mower for more than 30 minutes at a time my lower back would start aching. It was rough but I worked right through it. Af far as meds go I would think that 800mg motrin (RX version) would be the best bet. Motirn is an anti inflammatory and that is normally what pinches that nerve (inflammations around the nerve).
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just had surgery last OCTOBER..... STILL on pain pills.
  5. Scott's Lawn Maintenance

    Scott's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have been dealing with sciatica for about 9 months now . It has got very painful at times , been to a couple of doctors and recently started seeing a chiropractor. Finally it is starting to feel better,
    be patient with it eventually it will get better .

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  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Standing and walking causes me the pain its sitting and laying down that seems to ease it. Lucky for me my mowers a rider cause I put more then 20 hours a week on my lazer and that's 3 days mowing and that starts tomorrow morning. I had the worse time today I had promised id get to a trimming job today so I had to deal with this for 4 hours today on a hedge trimmer before I let the guys go on to the next job with out me. But I had read that there was different symptoms I'm hoping mines the one that doesn't require surgery. I think I got it over stretching for the foot pedal on my mower the deck cutting heights are higher this time of year and that pulls the pedal further away from me and the seat hasn't been adjustable in years.
  7. bln

    bln LawnSite Senior Member
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    1 word, chiropractor. If it wasnt for him i wouldn't be able to get out of bed in the morning and go to work.
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  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    My leg and foot are permanently partially numb as a result of a bad back, and when it goes out fully, it feels like I just got kicked in the balls, along with the back pain, and leg pain, oh, and the feeling like I have a hernia ..... 24/7. And that is just the lower back. :cry:

    Yes ... I know a little something about back problems.
  9. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've had numerous episodes of sciatica over the years, which range from an annoyance to "man, that hurts". In my case, I've actually found that working often helps. The pain generally shoots down my leg when I bend over, and can be on either side. Sometimes, when I'm working, all of a sudden I realize the pain is gone or diminished. A few times, it has flared to the point where I cannot sleep lying down, because when I stretch out, my leg begin hurting every time it stays in the same position a couple of minutes.

    My grandad was an MD, so I grew up thinking chiropractors were quacks, and I still think a few are, but a good one can often give you immediate relief. Honestly, I'd invest in a couple of chiropractic visits before I'd go the regular doctor route. Good luck.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    See a doctor and get an MRI done. A chiropractor could make things worse if he aggravates a serious problem.

    I have 3 problems all at the L5-S1 joint. Spinal stenosis, my L-5 is slipping off of S-1 and the disc between them is ruptured. I may as well just burn the money by going to a chiropractor.

    I have the same symptoms. Pain in the lower back, pain in the right hip, numbness up and down my right leg and foot, and if I'm on the leg long enough, a weakness in my right leg.

    The ultimate prognosis is for surgery. My doctors and I all agree though that will be a last resort. The chance of success is 50-50. I can still work now but if they do the surgery and it goes bad then I'm done working forever.

    I'm getting spinal epidurals, have a nerve stimulator and a whole host of pain medications including percocet. I also have stretching exercises for when the pain gets unbearable.

    Add in osteoarthritis in both knees and hips and it makes for long days.

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