• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

$*@%!%& Sciatica !!!!!!

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • $*@%!%& Sciatica !!!!!!

    Today I was getting dressed to go to ride, started pulling on my britches and there it went, crippling me making me scream. It's hurt before in the past but today it is the worst it has ever been. Usually it goes away after I walk it out but today, it is not that easy. It's been over 8 hours now and I can't bend over or sit. I haven't ridden in a week and usually riding helps. I was going to try to ride through it but I couldn't even get up on the mounting block.
    I don't have health insurance so I am hoping that my naprosin, bigeloil, heating pad and massager help me through this. I hate to work tomorrow!

    Does anyone have any advice that I can try?

  • #2
    Yes! There is a stretch you can do, I really can't describe it but I bet you can google/youtube it. That will alleviate some of the tension.

    I haven't been able to stand on one leg to pull on pants since I had my kids :\. It does suck!
    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
    Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
    Need You Now Equine


    • Original Poster

      Oh yeah. I have been trying to do those stretches all afternoon. Not working at all!


      • #4
        Booze and lots of it?
        Maybe with a few pain killers?

        Ugh, I totally know what you're going through, I have yet to find anything that really works except time.
        "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
        Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
        Need You Now Equine


        • Original Poster

          I wish I had some alcohol but I do have some tylenol pm I might take. Got my icy hot my heating pad and some naposin that will hopefully get me through the night. Hopefully...


          • Original Poster

            Oh BTW, don't feel so bad about not being able to get your pants on . My DD had to undress mo tonight...half chaps, paddocks and britches. And they had an argument over who gets to take care of me when I'm old. They're gonna hire a nurse lol


            • #7
              spinal decompression (teeter table) works a charm on my sciatica when all else fails.

              I HATE sciatic pain, its so sneaky and debilitating

              Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


              • #8
                I'm not a sufferer, but I love to play matchmaker.

                Here's a relevant recent thread:

                2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                A helmet saved my life.


                • Original Poster

                  so a hospital stay, some pain killers and a week and some change later.

                  I'm still in pain. Xrays showed no fractures, hernias, slipped disc or spinal compression. What they did find is that I am missing a complete vertebrae in my lower back but the drs said it shouldn't be causiy pain. At 37 years old any issues would have surfaced long before now. It's not sciatica but inexplicable lower back pain. The drs feel it will resolve itselfwurh time and I am slowly getting better but sitting is the worst. Driving cramps me up and all the meds do is make me sleepy. Walking helps and I hope to start riding again soon but I don't want to overdo it. Sigh...I'm sitting in the ring watching my horse freely gallop and jump and it is beautiful out today. Wish I could speed up the healing :'(


                  • #10
                    Oh, x-rays don't show that much usually. (I work in the field). An x-ray won't show you a disc herniation or bulge. You'd need an MR to see what's going on.

                    Do feel better.


                    • #11
                      Try acupuncture!! I'm not woowoo, but I was uncomfortable enough that I tried acupuncture on my lower back/sciatica. A friend had told me that it had actually helped him (doctor recommended) when he had had sciatica. I figured what the heck? In two visits, the acupuncture took a great deal of the pain away and allowed me to heal. Since then, I have heard of others who have had positive experiences with sciatica and acupuncture. And it's not invasive! I would also try working in some very low impact yoga stretching and the like.


                      • #12
                        Can you get your hands on some Prednisone? With the Nsaids (or something stronger - like Oxycodone) that would help ALOT! Have you tried ice instead of heat? I had a bad episode and that is what helped me alot. I have a Teeter table and do love it! I have bulging discs throughout my lumbar area with degeneration and damage from a fracture and the sciatica acts up from all of that. Ice helps me more than heat. You want to get the swelling down and ice is your friend. You have my sympathy and prayers -- horrible pain -- I hope you can get some relief!


                        • #13
                          Ditto TKR- ICE, ice, baby!! Get rid of the inflammation that's causing the nerve to be pressed of pinched.


                          • Original Poster

                            Lol Pred made me dangerous when I had Bell's Palsy. Seriously. No steroids for me. I'm on Oxycodone now and gave up alternating heat and ice. Now just doing ice. I am getting there slowly. I noticed I am getting quicker when I get up and my range of motion has increased. Still got a ways to go before I ride sadly...


                            • #15
                              Another sciatic nerve sufferer here. I bought a neopreme thing (wide thing with pouch in back for a large ice pack that straps around your body in the hips/lower back area). The ice pack is a HUGE blue gel pack that you put in the freezer.

                              I wear this a lot these days and it does help quite a bit.
                              Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


                              • #16
                                find a good chiropractor

                                one who does active release. I am pain free for the past 10 years. the treatments were not fun.
                                A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton


                                • #17
                                  Jingles for you to feel better soon ~

                                  Jingles for you to feel better soon ~~~

                                  Time ```` coupled with meds and ice and heat therapy ** and and more time ~

                                  Jingles and AO ``` You are back in the saddle soon ```
                                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                                  • #18
                                    Has anyone ever worked on your piriformis muscle which runs deep to your glutes? That helps a LOT on my clients who suffer from sciatica.

                                    I hope you feel better tres soon!


                                    • #19
                                      What sort of therapist would know to do that, Judy?


                                      • #20
                                        No one has mentioned trying

                                        a chiropractor. I had the same problem, couldn't walk or sit without pain. A friend suggested her chiropractor. ONE treatment and the pain was cut to almost nothing. I continued treatments for about 3 months, twice a week to start and have had no serious troubles since. I hope this information helps!