surgeon with sciatica

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surgeon with sciatica

Postby broken dr » Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:34 pm

I have never blogged and I often felt blogging was for people that don't have a hope of getting better (ever). I'm a urologist (a kidney/prostate surgeon) - yes a real doctor, MD, specialist and all that.

Still, I'm lying on the marble floor of a condo in Maui with free internet listening to the waves at age 37 b/c my sciatica won't let me do much of anything.

this isn't my first time to Maui or to have sciatica. last time in 2005 I was moving house when it flared up. This time I was getting out of the way of my puppy's kiss b/c she had just eaten something disgusting. A quick turn of the upper body in the crouch position and I felt the pull. Nothing horrible but then continued to take down blinds, clean them in a bathtub and rehang them. Cooked dinner for 10 and operated doing a tough surgery from 8 pm to 1 am on a sunday then long story short, 26 other surgeries in 3 days (we work hard in Canada). I then was in bad shape, classic C position and went to see a Chiropractor (thought some active release might help) - wrong!! I think it made me worse - flew on airplane that day and then it started, right leg, buttocks pain - knife like. Couldn't sit, walk, stand - just lie down with heat.

so 10 days later in Maui, a few excruciating drives in the car, horrible attempts to "sit thru a meal", I'm blogging. I originally set out to see if inversion tables might help. Got to the "trueback" site and then googled to see if that was total crap and ended up with RYB.

I haven't ordered the book yet b/c I was thinking I want a paper copy so I don't have to lug my computer around when I want to exercise. I'll wait until home I think. One long excruciating flight tomorrow

I know I'll get better. I can walk short distance. I self started Lyrica this time to see if it helps (don't recommend self starting medications but it's the doctor in me and I have access). I would say it has quietened down the nerve pain at times and I look forward to the next dose. I've tried morphine before and flexeril with mixed reports. My hot water bottle is my best friend as it seems to help as well as living in a hot bath. I will inform the site if I think Lyrica is a miracle drug.

I have to work next week and will find a way to get thru it. One time my wife had to lift my legs into the car.

My surgeon friends in ortho and spine say "stay away" from us. So at least you know in Canada we don't cut everything that moves.

I believe this site is very supportive and well put together. I credit Dean with a very clear overview in his articles. I like him clearing the air about garbage that I hear every day "slipped disc" etc.

As a surgeon I would love to get this cut out and be better, but we have an old saying that works here, "operate for pain, get pain". Of course with kidney stones that doesn't hold true but for chronic pain issues it often does.

I may try and keep you posted. Right now i have to figure out between wife, young son, puppy training, and an incredibly busy work practice how I will make this a priority. Oh yeah, i can't get off the floor so it just rose to the top of the pile.
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Postby randolph 2 » Thu May 21, 2009 8:19 am

Dear broken dr

You've got some tough choices to make. I don't envy your position AT ALL ... as much as I respect and deify doctors (which is ALOT)

Hope you've been able to read Dean's May 18 blog on microdiscectomy, and heat/ice pain relief therapy. You mentioned how helpful heat therapy has been for you ... maybe you haven't tried alternating with ice (worked for me during my horrible acute sciatica episodes).

In a more perfect world, Dean's recommendations against having operations (that he probably rightly calls "amputations") would be helpful to you. They were for me ... but I had the months of time to rehab without working, and when back to work, I could make accommodations with my work space to allow me to work as the healing continued until I was 100% again. Took me over a year to recover.

But you don't seem to be in the position to be down for whoknowshowlong. Maybe Phil Mikkelson can take off indefinitely to be with his wife during her cancer crisis because he's got the choice to do so, and I can take off because I've got a rainy-day fund to fall back on and do a job any dumbass can do .... but what REAL choices do you have?

One of the high-profile docs (Dr. Nieca Goldberg - also author of tremendous books on women's health) on XM-Sirius radio's Doctor Radio channel was in your position ... and last January opted for microdiscectomy. She's was up and operating and doing her radio show within a month. Seems to have worked for her ... short term anyway. Long term? Who knows?

I do hope you'll keep us posted how you handle your unique, but not uncommon situation: what do you do when you don't have the time to use physical therapy to rehab from severe sciatica?

Good luck, Randolph
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Re: surgeon with sciatica

Postby harmon » Sun May 24, 2009 11:00 pm

broken dr wrote:I have never blogged and I often felt blogging was for people that don't have a hope of getting better (ever). I'm a urologist (a kidney/prostate surgeon) - yes a real doctor, MD, specialist and all that.

Still, I'm lying on the marble floor of a condo in Maui with free internet listening to the waves at age 37 b/c my sciatica won't let me do much of anything.

this isn't my first time to Maui or to have sciatica. last time in 2005 I was moving house when it flared up. This time I was getting out of the way of my puppy's kiss b/c she had just eaten something disgusting. A quick turn of the upper body in the crouch position and I felt the pull. Nothing horrible but then continued to take down blinds, clean them in a bathtub and rehang them. Cooked dinner for 10 and operated doing a tough surgery from 8 pm to 1 am on a sunday then long story short, 26 other surgeries in 3 days (we work hard in Canada). I then was in bad shape, classic C position and went to see a Chiropractor (thought some active release might help) - wrong!! I think it made me worse - flew on airplane that day and then it started, right leg, buttocks pain - knife like. Couldn't sit, walk, stand - just lie down with heat.

so 10 days later in Maui, a few excruciating drives in the car, horrible attempts to "sit thru a meal", I'm blogging. I originally set out to see if inversion tables might help. Got to the "trueback" site and then googled to see if that was total crap and ended up with RYB.

I haven't ordered the book yet b/c I was thinking I want a paper copy so I don't have to lug my computer around when I want to exercise. I'll wait until home I think. One long excruciating flight tomorrow

I know I'll get better. I can walk short distance. I self started Lyrica this time to see if it helps (don't recommend self starting medications but it's the doctor in me and I have access). I would say it has quietened down the nerve pain at times and I look forward to the next dose. I've tried morphine before and flexeril with mixed reports. My hot water bottle is my best friend as it seems to help as well as living in a hot bath. I will inform the site if I think Lyrica is a miracle drug.

I have to work next week and will find a way to get thru it. One time my wife had to lift my legs into the car.

My surgeon friends in ortho and spine say "stay away" from us. So at least you know in Canada we don't cut everything that moves.

I believe this site is very supportive and well put together. I credit Dean with a very clear overview in his articles. I like him clearing the air about garbage that I hear every day "slipped disc" etc.

As a surgeon I would love to get this cut out and be better, but we have an old saying that works here, "operate for pain, get pain". Of course with kidney stones that doesn't hold true but for chronic pain issues it often does.

I may try and keep you posted. Right now i have to figure out between wife, young son, puppy training, and an incredibly busy work practice how I will make this a priority. Oh yeah, i can't get off the floor so it just rose to the top of the pile.


Hi Doc, did you have an MRI...what is your age? phyisical condition?
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