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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-14-2006, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else get Sciatica from riding Ducati?

What did you do about it that worked? Seriously, it's severely painful.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-14-2006, 06:07 AM
 
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I started to get sciatica after riding my bike. Tried back excercises and went to a chiropracter. This went on for a couple of years, but nothing helped. Finally I got my regular physician to refer me to a back specialist.

X-rays of my spine were taken, nothing wrong was visible. Then I had an MRI of my back. The problem was clearly visible, a herniated lumbar disk.
After starting to think that it was all in my head, it was reasuring to find a cause.

I have gone through a couple of rounds of epidural steroid injection, but they have made no difference. Now, I have to decide if the pain is enough to warrant an operation. I just can't afford to take the time off from work for the recovery period.

My recommendation is to get a back specialist to have it checked out asap,
the longer you wait, the more serious the problem can get.

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Sounds like a lawsuit in the making For those that are in America of course.
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I have had Sciatica pain on and off for years - but not from riding, a helicopter crash 34 yrs. back. This last week has been pure hell, and I am going to have to get something done. Don't really want a back operation, any other ideas?
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I had sciatica in the late 90's, for maybe a year. Not bike related. Thought I was going to be in pain often the rest of my life. Saw a physical therapist. She was clueless. Saw my GP and was ready to schedule an MRI. He suggested seeing a different PT for a second opinion. This one worked for a sports and rehab clinic. Saw him and he asked a few questions. He confirmed it was sciatica and then he said with confidence "We can take care of that."

He told me the solution was to stretch the nerve of the backside of the leg where there is shooting pain. He said it will hurt, but while seated place your chin on your chest, lift with your hands and extend the hurting leg/nerve. Straight out. Ouch. And hold it for 30 seconds. Then down. Lift again. Repeat three times. This stretches the nerve. Do this daily. Within one week I was better and in 2-3 weeks, the sciatica was gone.

Not that this will help you, but for my case of sciatica, with pain down the backside of my left leg, it was a great cure.
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I have a 748 and with the stock seat my lower back would hurt first then the pain would increase up the spine and into my shoulders. I put a seargent seat on and it changed my seating position where those pains are gone and I could consentrate on the other pains. The seat is higher in the back (wich pushes me forward to where the pad is thiker and it squishes my nuts, one of the other pains).
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He told me the solution was to stretch the nerve of the backside of the leg where there is shooting pain. He said it will hurt, but while seated place your chin on your chest, lift with your hands and extend the hurting leg/nerve. Straight out. Ouch. And hold it for 30 seconds. Then down. Lift again. Repeat three times. This stretches the nerve. Do this daily. Within one week I was better and in 2-3 weeks, the sciatica was gone.

Not that this will help you, but for my case of sciatica, with pain down the backside of my left leg, it was a great cure.

Here's what my Doc told me to do ( she great looking too ) stand with my back to the wall , bring the knee( the side that hurts ) up to a 45 deg and push down with your hand ( s ) while pushing up with your leg . hold for 15 to 20 seconds , rest for 30 sec then repeat x3 , untill you feel comfortable . 4 to 5 times a day ,, she said that it will strengthen the leg and strecth the nerve .
my pain was in the inner thigh , behind the knee and upper glutius

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wow... i have the same problem *pinched nerve*... ive had it for awhile but the past couple of months have been the worst times... went to a trackday and after 2 sessions, i couldn't even lift my leg up on to the peg (left leg)... i went to a PT, didn't work... im trying accupuncture right now (done it like 3 times already) and so far, its ok... i've also been stretching alot - doing lunges, squats, leg lifts (straight up or knees to my chest)... just warming up my leg and lower back - i've noticed that ever since i've stopped playing alot of sports, my legs (thighs, hamstrings, calves) and lower back have been tight from not being exercised or stretched...
hopefully, what i'm doing will help get rid of the pain coz i dont really want to give up riding...
any other suggestions?
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04749S and SFARSON gave some really good advice, thanks. I've been doing the extensions, and I can tell it is working better than the Chiropractor that I tried for 2 months. Thanks

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What did you do about it that worked? Seriously, it's severely painful.
damn, 2 749s! you're a glutton for punishment.

i'm 41 and every time i ride my 999, i fall in love/hate with it all over again. wish it wan't so painful to ride, kills my lower back and wrists. and thats with cycle cat bars adjusted to "old man" height.
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I had a bout with it two years ago.

Chiropractry and exercises he gave me cured it. He called it "horsehair" sciatica.
Very painful.

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My girlfriend is a yoga instructor and taught me a stretch last year called "dead bug". First, you lay on your back and put your arms and legs up in the air like you're a bug on it's back. Next, you reach up with your hands and grab the instep of both feet. The last part is you gently pull down with your hands while you push with equal force using your legs. You gently apply tension and release it while holding this pose for about 30 seconds. Hopefully, I'm describing this effectively. Anyway, I've found it to be one of the best stretches ever for my lower back and upper hamstrings, and I had lower back problems for years. That stretch coupled with some core workouts have really made my riding more comfortable. I think the pose is also called "happy baby", but I like to call it "dead bug". It looks a little odd when you do it, but what the hell!

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I've had it for years. I can trace it to a gymnastics injury from when I was 21 (20 yrs ago) The cause is different for different people. For me, it's not a herniated disc; rather the sciatic nerve seems to be pinched where it comes out of the that hole in your hip (called the sciatic notch!). The nerve is sandwitched between two muscles that also come out of that notch. I'll bet this is pretty common, and that's why stretching really helps. I used to get so bad, at least once a year, that I couldn't even stand up straight for a week. I went to a chiropractor and a medical massage therapist and, after learning the right way to stretch, am rarely plagued by pain or problems any more.

I basically massage the muscles where the sciatic nerves leaves the hip. I lie on the floor and cross the foot from the troubled side of the leg onto my other thigh (sort of like you do when you cross your leg while seated - the "manly" way). Then I place a baseball, one of the softer kind, on the troubled area of the hip and roll around on it for about five minutes. It hurts like hell, but the pressure somehow relaxes the muscles. Between that and stretching the hamstrings EVERY DAY (you know: sitting, legs stretched out in front, keep back straight, lean forward, don't bounce, just keep leaning, eventually so that you're pulling on your feet). Eventually you'll get so limber that your chest can touch your thighs.

Guraranteed to improve the pleasure of riding your ducati.
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The answer: riser bars and rear sets!

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Revived this old thread because of my old body. Putting up a loft shelf in my garage a couple of weeks ago, knew I I had stressed my back but thought it would go away in a few days as it usually does. Stiffness and discomfort only got worse. My first bout with sciatica.

After a week, outside of my left foot was tingly with occasional pain.

By ten days, skin on the back of left leg was more or less numb, as was most of foot. Calf didn't have enough strength to stand on tip toes using only this leg, unlike normal right leg. Entire back of the left leg has little strength, so now I am worried about injurinig it in other ways (such as hyper extension). calf is now strained and sore, at least the muscle that is still working. Extremely uncomfortable to drive or sit for more than a few minutes most of the time.

So now, 15 days later, I can't tell if it is finally starting to get better or if tomorrow I will be limping around and holding onto the railing. Contemplating riding. I have read that the sportbike position actually has benefit as it stretched your back the "right" direction. Just a little nervous I will get on one and then leg will go completely numb, going to be tricky to get off it that happens.

It is really wierd how it comes and goes. Always there for now to some extent, but it varies, semmingly at random, from uncomfortable to unbearable.

This nerve stuff is a bit unsettling.




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Sorry for chiming in a bit late to the discussion, but I really feel like I need to add my 2 cents. You seem to be in a lot of trouble, mate!

I finally found something that works for my sciatica pain!

Registered an account only to say this:

Have you tried Sciatica SOS?

It's a comprehensive program in the form of an ebook that contains all you need to know about sciatica pain, from the causes to the various treatments possible for it.

Iíve used it before to help me get rid of my sciatica pain. In summary, these are what it has that will greatly benefit anyone with sciatica pain.

- Various home treatments that you can use to quickly relieve sciatica pain
- The correct way to sleep to avoid sciatica pain attack in your sleep
- Exercise regime to follow to relieve muscle spasm and strengthen your core muscles

I just did a quick Google search, here's a review I found: nomoresciatica.info/reviews/SciaticaSOS/index.htm

Hope this helps! Good luck in your health journey, I wish you the best!
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