reply to post by TDawgRex
I will beg you with everything in my heart and soul, do NOT go to a chiropractor.
Sciatica is almost always caused by a bulging or already herniated disc. Manipulation of the spine WILL worsen that damage. In a lot of cases, if it
is herniation, the healing can take months. The pain is not only cause by pressure on the nerve from the contents of the disc, but the disc material
itself is noxious and aggrivating to the nerve tissue.
If you have not done so, research a good pain clinic in your area. By good, I mean one that does injections by flouroscope, not by feel. They have
much less risk, much higher success rate. Also, having one doctor guide your pain treatment is best, and that way, you will not be accused of drug
seeking. After finding a good facility, ask your primary care for a referral, most reputable pain clinics only take new patients by referral. Please
do not go to a fly by night place in a strip mall.
A pain clinic will, if necessary, also sign your affidavit in the instance you become disabled or handicapped. Having all of your records in one
facility will be extremely beneficial in this case.
In the meantime, you can look into getting a tens unit prescribed from the physical therapist, and also look for a neurosurgeon, not an orthopedic
surgeon. You will only switch later.
That's my advice for now.
Take it or don't.