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Date: 05.12.2009
From: Chris

Subject: Arthritis and Sciatcia

Recently I have been suffering from lots of pains in my leg. (usually lower, sometimes the side of my hip and side/top of my right buttock. I also sometimes get numbness/tingling/discomfort in my foot) All signs point to my Sciatic nerve being aggrivated. I'm seeing a consultant on Tuesday about my Arthritis so will obviously check with him but does anyone on here know if Arthritis can affect it?

Chris.
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Date: 05.12.2009
From: Angela

Subject: Re: Arthritis and Sciatcia

Hiya Chris,Funnily enough just this last week or two,I have been having a sudden sharp stabbing pain in my left hip, and it feels like it is going through my groin right into the middle of my buttock.It really makes me yell when I walk, then stops as quick as it starts.
I have had sciatica in the past, and it does feel like that. I have read of a few people getting trapped nerves with our conditions so maybe it can affect the sciatic nerve to.
It will be interesting to let us know what your consultant says.
I have RA by the way.
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Date: 05.12.2009
From: Chris

Subject: Re: Arthritis and Sciatcia

Hi Angela, it sounds like your sciatic nerve could be getting some grief. I dont get enough pain to make me yell, fortunately. But I do get very sore and uncomfortable wether i'm sitting or standing. I've read that plenty of exercise helps allieviate the symptoms of Sciatica but just being on my feet for a while can aggravate my Arthritis. It's a viscious circle. I'll defintely post how I get on and hopefully spread some help your way, too ;-)

Chris.
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Date: 07.12.2009
From: Jaydn

Subject: Re: Arthritis and Sciatcia

Hi all,

yes, arthritis in the spine, can lead to sciatic pain. Firstly, it's great that you are going to see a consultant to get an accurate diagnosis, as sciatic pain can have other causes as well. The gold standard assessment would be an MRI scan to look at disc space and height as well as adjacent nerve roots.

If they find that you have a severe loss in disc height causing "pinching" of a nerve in your spine, leading to sciatic pain there are a number of options, including physio, medication, surgery, strengthening exercises and supplementation.

If you want to look at natural alternatives to drugs and surgery, have a look at my site:

www.jointpainhelpnow.co.uk

Jaydn Nixon
Joint Pain Specialist
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Date: 07.12.2009
From: Chris

Subject: Re: Arthritis and Sciatcia

Hi Jaydn,

I have no spine probs but I do have Progressive Osteo Arthritis in my right knee. Recently I have been getting extra grief, as mentioned above and I think the sciatic nerve has been aggravated, possibly through posture adjustment. I'm seeing the consultant about the Arthritis and will tell him about the latest developments.

Regards.

Chris.
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Date: 08.12.2009
From: Chris.

Subject: Re: Arthritis and Sciatcia

So, saw the consultant today. Very young and hurried chap, who tried to be 'cool' and 'down with it.' Lol. He asked some questions, pulled my legs about a bit and said i was to come back in new year for a scan of my arthritis and also of my back, as he thinks (like me) that i have trapped a nerve.

Chris.
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Date: 09.12.2009
From: Jill

Subject: Re: Arthritis and Sciatcia

deffo coming from ya back..... nasty that is... mri wld be good x
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