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Posted By: Patti on 2006-02-12
In Reply to: Sciatica pain help - mt

They thought that mine was sciatica and went to PT and so on.  It was my quadriceps and if I do steps and stretches for the quads my hip pain goes away.  I also use either a rolling pin or a tennis ball to roll around on the very sore spots.  I am serious, spent a lot of money when they thought it was the sciatica and went through a lot but once I get the quads stretched out it really helps.  Last night I could barely get out of a chair, did my steps for about 10 to 15 minutes and some stretches on the using one of the PT balls, and today I literally have no pain.  Last month I was convincend I needed a hip replacement as could barely walk or sit but since dong this, it really helps.  I do the core workouts and that has also helped.  But this is just what I found out. 

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Thanks to all of you for your advice about sciatica.  It gives me hope to know that others had it and have gotten better - and I am really happy to know what all the options are for being treated. 

To the person who said this is a result of being a Transcriptionist and sitting so much - is that true???  I never thought about that being a factor.  I normally walk about 4 miles a day (not right now of course) but I guess that doesn't outweigh the loooongg sitting that we do, does it?

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For those of you who have had this, did you have numbness of your leg and/or muscle spasms in the thigh area? I am having both of these, and walking is the hardest thing of all!
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