I had worked for quite a few years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at our local nursing home. I knew there was enormous potential for back and hip injury when doing the lifting and transferring of the patients. I always tried to be careful, and use proper body mechanics while doing patient care.
Imagine my surprise when, as I was bent over a patient’s bed conversing, I felt a slight twinge above my right buttock, and then a shock that went from there to right behind my knee.
As the day wore on I would have shocks that ran down my leg if I twisted, but my right buttock was really starting to ache. It felt as if it was being squeezed really hard. It was really starting to hurt.
Over the counter Ibuprofen gave me some relief, but I didn’t get much sleep that night. Every time I would turn in bed I would have a shock shoot down my leg, and my right bum was aching bad. Not only that, but there was times that it felt as if my foot was starting to fall asleep, and I didn’t understand that. I was lying in bed; my foot should not be tingling and falling asleep.
I went in to Urgent Care the next morning because I could not go to work hurting the way I was, and I also needed to know what was going on with my body. I explained my symptoms to the doctor and he told me that he was almost certain that it was my sciatic nerve that was giving me a problem, but he sent me for an MRI so that we would know exactly where the problem was, and what was causing it.
To make a long story short, I had a slipped disk that was causing pressure on my sciatic nerve, and that was what was giving me shocks down my leg, a very painful right behind and an occasional foot that tried to fall asleep.
I had the next couple of days off which really helped the recovery process. The doctor also prescribed Vicoden just for a couple of days and nights to help me relax and get some sleep; which it did, but he also prescribed a stronger Ibuprofen which really helped a lot. I particularly liked the heating pad to the lower back every two hours or when necessary.
The doctor was very thorough. He took the time to show me how I should get up and down, how to move and do not bend.
It was not just one thing or even two that made me better. The things that helped the most was understanding how my body was injured, and the importance of following the doctor’s help and advice.
The doctor did tell me that he felt it would be easier to have problems with Sciatica again because I had already had problems once, so I did opt to change jobs. It was not something that I wished to repeat.