Skip to content


    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place:

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page:

    2. Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3. Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at

    Sciatica pain came back
    painesha36 posted:
    Back in November of 2013 I was diagnosed with a large herniated disc pressing on my sciatic nerve. My neurologist wanted to do surgery but by the time I actually saw him for my appointment I had been pain free (due to acupuncture). He decided to send me to pt to strengthen my foot and leg. After 6 weeks of therapy I was doing great! No pain, my numbness was going away, my gait was regular and my foot was much stronger! Enter back to back snowstorms! I fell twice on some ice and my sciatica came back with a vengeance. This time I felt like surgery was my only option. I'm scheduled for 3/7. I pray I'm making the right decision. In the meantime, I'm home from work because whenever I try to walk it feels like my legs are breaking! The last time I had the symptoms it seemed like I was able to walk again aftera week. Why is it still so painful for me to walk?
    davedsel2 responded:
    Hello and welcome.

    I am sorry you are in so much pain and fully understand.

    Surgery should be your last resort and you should get several opinions if that is one of your options. Success rates average 50-60% for pain relief and up to 80% for functionality.

    It is best to consult with spine specialist such as spinal orthopedic surgeons or spinal neurosurgeons when dealing with issues such as yours (and most of ours here). The spinal specialist will review your latest MRI or CT scan and may want a new one. They will then develop and recommend an effective treatment plan for you.

    After you have seen the spinal specialist, the next step would be a pain management specialist that is a physiatrist. These doctors go deeper and offer a wide variety of treatment. Here is a link to an article on that explains what this specialist is and does:

    Keep doing your research. Here are links to good websites that have information about spinal problems and solutions:

    WebMD Back Pain Health Center:



    Keep moving as much as possible. Keep a positive attitude.

    Please keep us updated and let us know how you are doing. Come any time to ask questions or just to vent. Again, I think it would be best for you to get at least one more opinion from a spine specialist before having surgery.

    I pray you can find answers and relief soon.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.


    painesha36 replied to davedsel2's response:
    Thank you Dave. I really wish I would have joined this forum before I scheduled my surgery. I feel like I'm bed ridden because walking is pretty much impossible at this point. I'm actually looking forward to surgery because I feel like at least it will get me back to walking. I am going to look at the information you sent me. Thank you. I appreciate it!
    polaferriere responded:
    P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; }You should supplement the healing process with exercises and stretches in order to stimulate blood flow frequently. A standard part of that therapy would be to stimulate blood flow, because the more we promote blood flow, the faster we will heal. And even after healing, you should keep it up as to prevent further injury. Your body continues to heal itself long after the pain has disappeared. It is very common for the full healing process to continue for 2 years or longer, even for rather minor injuries. I wish you the best in your recovery. I suffered from a tight piriformis muscle which caused pressure on my sciatic nerve. I thought that pain was intense. Pray you will have relief soon.
    thomaswoo45 responded:
    Hi sorry to hear that you have to go through surgery. had gone through 2 back surgery the latest one had my L4/L5 fused in 2012. I took me 4 months of rehab and would still have the issue of soreness and sciatica pain once in awhile. I decided to try out acupressure mat, i work great even help relax so I can actually fall asleep. Try out the acupressure mat after surgery, I think it will help you with your rehab after your surgery. It mat is called Bed of Nails.


    Helpful Tips

    Try water therapy
    I also have had surgery for L5S1,protruding disc for sciatic pain. Everything was fine for a year. Then the pain came back and the doctor ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    22 of 32 found this helpful

    Helpful Resources

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center