Hello and thank you in advance. About 4-5 months ago I noticed
a sharp pain in my left leg starting in my buttocks and working
down the back of my leg sometimes all the way to my foot, but
most of the time just down the back of my leg down to the lower
part of my leg directly behind my left knee. In the past 1 1/2
months the pain is now on both sides.
I have been to my doctor 3 times now, have received x-rays
which turned out negative, am now seeing a chiropractor (3 visits
so far), and the pain continues. My doctor prescribed Bextra and
I take it first thing in the morning and the pain subsides throughout
the day and begins around 9 pm.
Now the funny thing is that when I go to bed at night the
pain is relieved when I lay in bed, but when I wake in the morning
and stand up, the pain is so bad that I can't even bend over.
After taking a Bextra, about an hour later I can walk, bend, etc.,
like nothing was wrong. I don't want to live like this forever,
so I'm asking for any help that you may recommend. Thank you again
for your time.
Bextra is an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. What you describe
sounds like sciatica- or piriformis syndrome- there's a muscle
under the gluteus maximus (your major buttock muscle) that can
spasm and put pressure on the sciatic nerve- acupuncture into
the motor point of the piriformis resets the muscle's normal resting
tone and takes pressure off the nerve. That's better than taking
Of course, you need to see an acupuncturist one on one for a
proper diagnosis and targeted treatment.
They say Bextra doesn't cause COX-1 problems like ibuprofen does
(stomach lining problems, gastric bleeds), but, for me, all new
drugs are suspect. Further research and patient use often reveals
dangers unknown at the time of the drug's debut. Plus, some of
the newer anti-inflammatories have been touted to not obstruct
COX-1 pathways, but nonetheless have caused stomach problems.
Regardless, see a pain specialist - nothing against GP's, but
specialists are less likely to miss diagnoses. Some MDs just grab
their prescription pad right away without diagnosing the problem
- Don't settle for that. Ask them what's causing the problem-
what muscles, what nerve, etc., and if they know of other solutions
besides drugs. Gauge their grasp of your problem. If they don't
have time for your questions, get another doctor.
All the best!