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    I Learned This Tip From A Physical Therapist
    aprilrose9 posted:
    TRS 1960—Sorry to hear your pain level is up. Two weeks can feel like a lifetime, when pain rears its ugly head. Hopefully, the office staff at your physician's office can squeeze you in or call you if there is a cancellation.
    Apologize for all of the errors I have made in my communication. Had a very minor surgery yesterday to have the battery changed on my spinal cord stimulator. The thing was put in before the earth's crust cooled. So, was feeling a bit foggy this A.M. But, truth be told, I make embarrassing mistakes quite frequently. At least I give people a laugh.
    Hope you feel better.

    I learned this from a Physical Therapist
    After reading your symptoms, I believe one of the other responses correctly identified that your muscle is indeed impinging on the nerve and needs to be released in order for you to obtain some relief. There are two approaches:
    1. Take ankle weights, the strap on style, and place one or two on the affected side. Of course, if both sides hurt, you need to do the left and then the right.
    Stand on the bottom step. Stand facing the banister, hold onto the rail for balance and allow the leg with the weights attached to hang freely. You need to stand with your leg hanging down for at least a few minutes. This should release the muscle.
    2. This second approach is more complicated to explain and I hope I can explain it correctly. You will need help with this one. Lay on a bed on your back. Move so your feet JUST so your feet are over the edge. Your ankles will be touching the edge of the mattress. Consider laying on the bed with your feet and legs together to be considered midline. Now move the affected leg 45 degrees from midline. If your arms were outstretched, move your leg half way between midline and your outstretched arm. Have your helper pick up your foot just a couple of inches off of the mattress. With their hand grasping the top of your foot, up near but not on your ankle, then placing their second hand behind your ankle above your heel.
    You want your helper to do a slow, but steady pull on your foot and leg to release the muscle from your sciatic nerve. Do NOT have them pull so hard, that they are pulling you off the bed. You are after a slow and steady pull lasting at least 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.
    I have a similar problem. Some will refer to it as sacroiliac pain. I hope this helps. Just takes a little practice.
    Good luck to you. You never appreciate the beauty of a good night sleep until it is gone. AprilRose9
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    aprilrose9 responded:
    As you can see the posting to TRS1960,the first two paragraphs do not belong here. I got up to let the dog in and my husband skrewed it up. AprilRose9
    trs1960 responded:
    Good guess, but I need to tell you more. My spinal cord and nerves ( ganglion and peripheral ) are miraculously inI good condition. My spine was crushed when a tree fell on me and literally crushed my spine 3-4 inches. Each disc rupture and bone fractures have been posterior leaving the spinal cord unharmed. I also incurred a subdural hematoma, broke 8 ribs and crushed my right lung.

    Long term the 3-4 inches removed from my spine has rearranged the thoracic muscles and attachment points. Now my muscles and spine don't agree with each other. My spine has an artificial curve and muscles are trying to straighten it up. This creates a mix of problems from crushed bone and discs that are completely gone to muscles in constant spasms. The good news is I have no peripheral nerve damage. I am fused from T4-L3 so I'm a bit on the stiff side and my balance is not all that great.

    aprilrose9 replied to trs1960's response:
    To TSR1960--Boy do you have a story to tell. Very sorry to hear what happened to you and what you have had to endure as a result of the incident/accident.
    The info was meant for someone, who c/o pain only when horizontal in bed at night and unable to sleep. She sounded as though her symptoms were R/T SI joint pain. Since the tip was in the wrong place, my tip must have seemed ridiculous.
    I used to use a computer for work and school at one time. After being bedridden for so many years, I forgot so much and my husband has just tried to reintroduce me to some basics. I know it sounds crazy, but when you are unable to sit, you stop diong so many tasks. Anyway, I won't be trying to post further, until I am at a point where I can get up to speed.
    Looking foreward to getting my book. Wanted an old fashioned paperback, so I can lend it to my next door neighbor. He is 20yrs. older, struggling with pain issues, and likes to read books.
    Thank you for your help and kindness. Will come back to the site when I get up to speed. Take Care, AprilRose9
    trs1960 replied to aprilrose9's response:
    You are up to speed. We all have our own pace and we all need to look out for each other. I never begrudge help or advise. I just wanted to share more info with you. The "story" is how it happened. Long story and I'm on the run, but please keep posting. He'll I was going to recommend you be a moderator. You have such great knowledge to share.

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