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Sciatica - What's The General Opinion?


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#1 kittty

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:40 AM

I've never had sciatica before, but the last two times I was glutened (Monday being the last time) I've had this sharp pain in my lower back that extends down my leg. This time it was worse in my knee. I went to see a doctor this morning (not my usual doctor), and he made sure it wasn't back-bone related. He said it was due to inflammation of the lower back pressing on the sciatic nerve. When I asked him if it could be celiac related, he said "no way".

I'm not buying that answer. I've read about so many people on here who have had celiac-related sciatica. Can anyone explain to me how being glutened can cause this problem? And, what's the best way to relieve it?

Thanks!
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:05 AM

I've never had sciatica before, but the last two times I was glutened (Monday being the last time) I've had this sharp pain in my lower back that extends down my leg. This time it was worse in my knee. I went to see a doctor this morning (not my usual doctor), and he made sure it wasn't back-bone related. He said it was due to inflammation of the lower back pressing on the sciatic nerve. When I asked him if it could be celiac related, he said "no way".

I'm not buying that answer. I've read about so many people on here who have had celiac-related sciatica. Can anyone explain to me how being glutened can cause this problem? And, what's the best way to relieve it?

Thanks!

To be honest with you, I don't know if Celiac has an impact on Sciatica. I can share my experience, which is that before going gluten-free (I was undiagnosed, but sick for 20+ years prior), I had several episodes of Sciatica. One in particular was so bad I was all but bedridden for days. It would start as a twinge in my hip and move downward while the pain was getting worse. I had to watch how I sat--crossing my leg a certain way (ankle on top of other knee) would sometimes trigger it. Other times, it just happened out of nowhere.

Since I've been gluten-free (7 years), I haven't had any full-blown episodes. If I feel a twinge, I immediately do an exercise suggested by a doctor at the time. It's pretty simple, just stand and use a chair or countertop or something to keep steady and lift a hip and slowly swing your leg across in front of you (from left to right, not front to back). Repeat with other leg. Do as often as you need.
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

Can anyone explain to me how being glutened can cause this problem? And, what's the best way to relieve it?

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Celiac causes inflammation. Your doctor IMHO is wrong. For me the only thing that gets rid of gluten induced inflammatory pain is time although I do find asprin to be helpful. I hope your painfree soon.
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:22 PM

I've had sciatic pain for almost 20 years but I doubt it is caused by celiac. Celiac disease might exacerbate it but I don't think it caused it... I don't know. I do know my back gets worse with stress, menstration, and pregnancy. I've been gluten-free for 3months and have not yet noticed any difference.
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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:13 PM

I struggled with sciatica for years, once I went to the emergency room because it had gotten so bad. Getting glutened causes inflammation in my legs and joints and I've noticed that since going gluten free, I cant remember when my last sciatica "attack" was. Is it a coincidence or related? Not sure, but I'm much happier without it!!!!
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 05:26 PM

I have a great deal of inflammation. Doctors do not know why, but suggest I take meds. How can I tell if it is gluten?
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