Out of the Blue

After a couple of days of seeming improvement, this sciatica from which I've been suffering flared up last night, and was really bothering me this morning. The good news is that a couple of Advil can provide complete relief. I am not planning on making a habit out of taking analgesics, however, so I'm only going to give this a few more days to clear up on its own before I take the drastic step of seeing a doctor. I'm actually probably at the point when I would do this now under normal circumstances, except we recently changed medical plans, and my old doctor does not accept our new insurance. He's also near our old house, which is not so convenient anymore, but I would make the trip if this was covered. As it stands, seeing a doctor would mean accelerating the search to find one in the first place. We're working on that, and in the meantime, I'll hold out hope this clears up on its own as it is said can often be the case. But, as I say, I'm near the end of my rope.

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Aug 28, 2019, 14:38
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SMITE wrote on Aug 28, 2019, 14:24:
Physical therapy is the only thing that worked for me. My doctor gave me a set of basic stretches and after I did them every day for a week or two, I got better, and this was after I'd been essentially paralyzed from the pain. The trick is, to remember to do them even after you've recovered, because I get lazy and stop and then sooner or later the damn thing comes back again.
You've found the cure.

Physical therapy, massage and proper ergonomics ftw.
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Aug 28, 2019, 14:24
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Aug 28, 2019, 14:24
 
Physical therapy is the only thing that worked for me. My doctor gave me a set of basic stretches and after I did them every day for a week or two, I got better, and this was after I'd been essentially paralyzed from the pain. The trick is, to remember to do them even after you've recovered, because I get lazy and stop and then sooner or later the damn thing comes back again.
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Aug 28, 2019, 07:22
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Cutter wrote on Aug 27, 2019, 14:18:
Enh, I don't trust Chiros as far as I can throw them. I'd say just for for a massage instead. Opening up all those striated muscles and getting blood and oxygen to them makes a world of difference. Wouldn't hurt to be sitting on a heating pad and doing some gentle stretching on your own.


Seconded! A massage therapist with medical training, typically refereed to as a registered osteopath. A physical therapist would also work.
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Re: Out of the Blue RE: Sciatica
Aug 28, 2019, 06:43
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Aug 28, 2019, 06:43
 
FYI Modern medicine has three cards it plays with this malady:

* procedures like blocks, burning the nerves, and invasive things like fusions or plates etc.
* Opioids
* tough it out

Long term sciatica sufferer here, the best treatment I have found in 20 years is acupuncture, even the US Army uses it now.
"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.
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Aug 27, 2019, 22:22
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Aug 27, 2019, 22:22
 
1badmf wrote on Aug 27, 2019, 19:32:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 27, 2019, 14:41:
The lock picker's toolkit is insane. And to think the wnole thing could fit in your pockets.


followup to the lockpick video - he's not ashamed to fall back on .50 BMG as a lockpicking tool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2l4PVJkhzQ


That padlock is nuts. Wish those guys had teamed up with the slo mo guys.

Also, those YouTube comments are hilarious.
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Aug 27, 2019, 19:32
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Aug 27, 2019, 19:32
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 27, 2019, 14:41:
The lock picker's toolkit is insane. And to think the wnole thing could fit in your pockets.


followup to the lockpick video - he's not ashamed to fall back on .50 BMG as a lockpicking tool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2l4PVJkhzQ

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Aug 27, 2019, 14:41
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Aug 27, 2019, 14:41
 

The lock picker's toolkit is insane. And to think the wnole thing could fit in your pockets.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 27, 2019, 14:18
Cutter
 
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Aug 27, 2019, 14:18
 Cutter
 
Enh, I don't trust Chiros as far as I can throw them. I'd say just for for a massage instead. Opening up all those striated muscles and getting blood and oxygen to them makes a world of difference. Wouldn't hurt to be sitting on a heating pad and doing some gentle stretching on your own.

"I like dogs playing poker... because dogs would never bet on things; so it's incongruous. I like incongruity." - Christian Wolff
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Aug 27, 2019, 13:21
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Aug 27, 2019, 13:21
 
Chiropractor? Worked for my sciatica, they do the same routine as my orthopedic guy and my PT place
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Making Coffee....
Aug 27, 2019, 13:01
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Making Coffee.... Aug 27, 2019, 13:01
Aug 27, 2019, 13:01
 
Blue you didn't tell us you made a documentary about your early years in the Blue Tower.

Blue about your medical issues (and to everyone else). I smashed a finger at work about 2 months ago, and my first attempt at sober sex in a long time (Just because someone says are good at oral sex doesn't mean they are GOOD at it), and thought I got a STD. Started Antibiotics, which stripped my gut of good bacteria and ended up being treated for C diff. Between the diarrhea and massive irritation, the doc put me on a travelers diarrhea medication after a month of spending more on toilet paper then I have in the last 2 years. Ended up with intense pain in my upper abdomen.
The pain was so bad, that I went to the hospital that my mom died in 6 years ago today because she was mixing OTC anti-diarrhea and stool softener drugs which lead to gangrene, having surgery to removing her colon and ultimately lead to her death. And here I was in the same fucking hospital to see if I was going through the same thing with prescription meds. Did a CT Scan and turned out to be a gas pocket in my intestines that needed to work itself out.

Moral of the story: DO NOT FUCKING WAIT! I almost waited to go on the 28th because the last place I wanted to be was in that hospital and potentially admitted. We are old, and things start breaking... have it looked at now, so your not suffering later.
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Aug 27, 2019, 12:52
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Aug 27, 2019, 12:52
 
Sentences you only ever read from Americans - 200$

"my old doctor does not accept our new insurance"

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Aug 27, 2019, 11:13
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Aug 27, 2019, 11:13
 
If you weren't in the US I'd have suggested you go visit any doctor immediately. "Toughing it out" is almost never a viable plan for anything causing that kind of pain, delaying a visit and proper treatment is only going to worsen whatever is the cause of your pain.
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