Diagnosing Sciatica in Philippines
Paying a doctor 10 dollars per conversation here in the Philippines has convinced me that Medical Tourism is a great idea if you are already coming on vacation to the Philippine. It would be hard to justify a trip here just to talk to a Filipino Doctor. I think if you have already been diagnosed in the USA or Europe, then coming here to have expensive medical treatment is also a good idea. Then again, the Doctors in Thailand or Panama may be able to do treatment better, but not able to diagnose..
Hehehe confusion is great, something about the genetic pool.
Hmm, I think talking to 5-10 doctors makes sense to a few people, a great way to be confused and dangerous to many people.
Well, Sciatica is a sharp nerve pain that goes shooting that goes down your leg and stops a person from walking normal.
Bauang or San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Sunday, August 16, 2009
As best I understand today, a person can have two types of Sciatic nerve problems.
1. One is caused because a disc in the spine is pushing against the spinal column.
2. The second is caused because the Piriformis muscle is squeezing the nerve.
I paid about 180 dollars to have a MRI done here in the Lorma Hospital in San Fernando, La Union. The MRI says I have a bulge that is pushing against my nerve, so I do have a spinal column problem.
However, one of the orthopedic doctors in Lorma Hospital says,
“If you can do all these movements, then you do not have spinal problem, the person with true spinal problems cannot do that.”
JD a friend from Baguio sent me this link on Piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome. JD I think has pointed me at the solution.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Hmm, this is a trip to confusion, then I learn the bottom line, at the end of the day whether I have a disc problem or this piriformis muscle problem, the solutions are about he the same, the doctors pointed me at a Physical Therapist. I have pointed myself at many YouTube Videos… hehehe and will also do the Physical Therapy at the Lorma Hospital proving the women therapist is friendly and pretty.
(I am going to find a Chiropractor also, I hope… 500 Pesos per trip, this 2000 for Motley is a lot of cash.)
Education to some people is hazardous to their health, then for some people it can save their life.
This is truly a confusing subject, but I think the bottom line is this, you may just want to skip to the solutions if you have shooting pain that does down one of your legs.
SOLUTONS to PAIN
Call is what you want, there is the solution somewhere here, short of paying to have surgery, this is where I am starting.
You need to stretch both your spinal column and your piriformis muscle.
Then you need to exercise your Gluteus medius muscle, and think Sciatic nerve, be the nerve.
I am sure I need to exercise many muscles, but this seems to the priority number one muscle to point at.
If you have a shooting pain in your leg, first watch this video, then click below and then maybe click on this link with a collection of many videos.
hi andy, firstly, sorry to here about your back problem but interesting also. i have had two spinal operations but still have the pain. i was taken aback to read of piriformis syndrone. ive never heard of it and its never been mentioned to me or suggested by doctors after 6 years of my back problems.so thankyou for this information, not something i thought i would be picking up from following your travels!......and andy ...another photo of you on your blog!! two now in as many weeks! what does this all mean??
I would not call this affordable, it is affordable to a person from the USA, however not affordable to the people who live in the Philippines.
I am an extremely wealthy and rich man in the Philippines.
I cannot afford medical treatment in my own country, the USA.
We are entering an age of global economics which will probably turn rich countries into poor countries, and poor countries into rich. Truly the price of medical care in the developed world is overpriced.
Andy, I had pain in my spine from nerve pressure. A Physical Therapist I worked with showed me how to use the door frame or any door opening to stretch my spine to help relieve the pressure. After a week of this stretching my pain was much relieved.
I had issues with leg pain etc similar to what you describe. No back pain though. This started after getting a cramp in what I later found out was the piriformis muscle due to some minor physical trauma. I was on a bike at the time and had to push throught the cramp. I felt the muscle *give* and everything was fine. Except I ended up with numbness, and various other issues. Nothing major in my case, but a serious anoyance.
Stretching, similar to what was in the video helped a lot. Over the years, the problems have mostly gone away, other than some numness on the skin of my leg in a few places, one small patch in which the hair all fell out. I dont know if the stretching helped cure the problem, but it definitely reduced the symptoms. I found that almost any stretch that I could feel in the periformis muscle helped. I also sometimes used a tennis ball to masage the muscle if it felt tight. I can even use a hard chair to massage it.
I dont know if you have this other problem, but I sometimes get serious pain in the muscle behind the shoulder blade. I was shown by a physical therapist that if you put a tennis ball in a sock (just to hold it, not necessary) and either lean against a wall or lay on it, you can use it to massage the muscle. Works wonders for me. I suppose this method could be used for any hard to reach place that needs massaging.
I was in a motorcycle accident 30 years ago, I broke my Fermur in four places and have had small numbness in the left side ever since.
I am 100 percent sure this is exacerbating my sciatica nerve problems and also causes me a headache with the doctors. For some reason they refuse to touch the problem areas and will not feel to the huge knot in my femur.
I forced the Physical therapist hand on the nodule or cycst yesterday because she could not find it..
The doctors are not collecting information well, it was impossible in the Thailand language to force them to do their job. However, here in the Philippines I can force them through their mental gaps.
Yes, an extremely bad accident that broke my femur is effecting this sitution.