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sciatic nerve pain right leg has anyone had this problem ? thinking maybe after market seat could help or reworking oem seat has anyone tried reworking oem seat and did it help? if it helped what did you do to it?
 

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I have had some success doing that. Didn't have the problem you have but felt my tail bone was carring too much of my weight. Took my seat to a nearby auto/boat upholsterer and explained what I thought I needed. I asked for more padding on the outer portions (sides) of the seat to get more support under the outside of my butt to carry more weight there. He was able to do that with the existing cover without any additional cover material. That was last fall and I haven't had a chance to really test it with a long ride yet but from what I have ridden, I think it's going to help a lot. Cost was about $100 - $120.
 
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sciatic nerve pain right leg has anyone had this problem ? thinking maybe after market seat could help or reworking oem seat has anyone tried reworking oem seat and did it help? if it helped what did you do to it?
Yes I have had that problem. And when my doctor got pissed off at my insurance company for nonpayment and refused to treat me I treated myself. I went out and I walked and I walked and I walked some more. Couple miles per day at least. It took a few weeks but I accomplished what a foolish doctor wouldn't. That was years ago and I haven't had sciatic since. I did however go out and buy a treadmill and it stands ready for those occasional other back problems I have.
 

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I'm a FIRM believer that walking (jogging if you can) is one of the best things you can do for your health. I've been doing both for over 30 years and will keep going as long as I possibly can.
 

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Take your wallet out of your back pocket also. I find on the bike or in a car my right leg start to ache after awhile. Started to take my wallet out of my back pocket and it helped.
 

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What's the symtom of this problem? My left leg is causing big problems for me. I can barely lift it off the ground to the peg, then it's like I'm sitting stretching it wrong most the time I'm riding, but the discomfort comes and goes. Putting the leg back down after a while at a stop is near impossible. This has been going on since last summer. I don't do doctors, so if I have to live another 40 yrs this way so be it, but curious none the less.
 

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I don't think anything you do with the bike will help. As has been stated either walk it out or get your back fixed as I had to do. It would be better to get if fixed before you lose the use of your leg. Nerves don't come back, when they're damaged they stay damaged. I waited until I had lost approx 10% of my nerves in one leg. The Doc said @ 25% you limp & @ 50% plus you get to ride around in a wheel chair. Good luck:?
 

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I went out and I walked and I walked and I walked some more. Couple miles per day at least.

I did however go out and buy a treadmill and it stands ready for those occasional other back problems I have.
:agree::eek:4:

Sciatica is a pain the runs down through your hip, through the outside of the back of the thigh, past the knee and can sometimes involve the calf. It is best described as a "hot wire" running down inside your leg. It's caused by a pinched sciatica nerve. There are more than one cause, so a good looksee with an x-ray at least is called for to determine if it's arthritis or a bad disc. Mine was cured as Steve's was. I suffered for five years and walked with a cane. One day I just said, "F*** it! I put the cane in the corner and walked as far as I could the first day. Walked as far as I could the second.... etc etc etc.... bloody blisters and sleepless nights, but I have NEVER TAKEN that cane from the corner and it stands there still as a reminder to NOT be a couch potato ever again!

BUT, don't take this as medical advice. You can do much damage to your sciatic nerve if you have an arthritis spur or a bum disc. Check first. If the x-rays show nothing of that kind, get off your a** and walk.

Second thoughts on the treadmill. I ruined my knees on a treadmill. I never use it and instead haunt the neighborhood in good weather and the mall in bad.

What's the symtom of this problem? My left leg is causing big problems for me. I can barely lift it off the ground to the peg, then it's like I'm sitting stretching it wrong most the time I'm riding, but the discomfort comes and goes. Putting the leg back down after a while at a stop is near impossible. This has been going on since last summer. I don't do doctors, so if I have to live another 40 yrs this way so be it, but curious none the less.
That's not sciatica but could be a pinched nerve or a sprained back. You should do a doctor at least once to get a professional opinion.
 

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Two things Which May Help

I have sciatica in a big way from back problems which are incureable. I am unable to walk much as it causes much agony to my back. I have found I can ride my wing much longer than I am able drive my pickup or Jeep Grand Cherokee. My comfort on the Wing has been increased greatly since I added a set of highway pegs (had to try several positions before getting them just right) and a Kyryakyn back rest. The Backrest allows a fair amount of back support for me and with the pegs I can stretch my legs now and then and also change my leg position. But most of all you need to go to a doctor and find out what is the cause of the sciatica, my diagnosis was put off for six years and I would have been much better off if I had had an earlier diagnosis. Unfortunately I was dealing with the Royal Canadian Navy medical system. Good luck!!
 

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Reciently my Mom got lower spinal fractures and thought it was sciatica. A neighbor told her about cherry juice and that it's good for relaxing the mucles. She (the neighbor) found it to work for her sciatica. My Mom found out that she has is ostioporisis and the lower spine seems to fracture easy. She can barely walk and after about a month it gets better but then any long walking gives her back problems because of sitting all day. I guess it's no fun getting old. :cry:

I'm doing my best to prevent this by walking, riding a bicycle and resistance excercizes. Just a little every other day.
 

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Sciatica can be caused by a number of things. Some are more severe than others and can be as simple as the Psoas Muscle needing a good streaching up to a Pinched Nerve from a "Blown Disk", Arthritis, Ostioporosis, or even many types of Cancer.

Are you scared yet?

Don't be!

BUT get a proper Diagnosis first to ID the actual cause and take the correct action.

It could be as simple a good Stretching or as complicated as Back Surgery. Been there, done that twice!

I went through a couple of years of various Pain Meds with excercises then a simple surgery at L5-S1. That lasted a few months and the fusion failed. Five years later and way too many Pain Meds along with continuing exercises it got to the point where they went back in again and installed Hardware from L4-S1. That worked very well for about 10 years before the Hardware Broke and the Disk above it ruptured causing similar problems higher up. The point of this diatribe is that Surgery may or may not be the best answer and if you can avoid it by all means do so! However you may have no option depending on the exact cause of your specific case. So get a diagnosis and by all means a SECOND Opinion if you don't get relief fairly soon after starting treatment.

You can check out a few books at the library such as;
1. Your Aching Back, Augustus A. White III, MD
2. Conquering Back Pain, Judylaine, Fine
3. Maggies Back Book, Maggie Lettvin
4. Stretching, Bob Anderson

Read the first one then see the Doc for a Diagnosis, it should help you understand what they find, sift throught the Mumble-Jumble and enable you to ask questions.

If it isn't beyond a simple problem that can be helped by excercises then read the next 3 and follow up with your Doc.

Good luck
 

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I have had cronic siatica for years and had surgery two years ago to relieve pressure off the disc at L5S1. I am able to ride the bike much longer than I can drive my car. I contribute that to being able to move my feet around frequently. I have a custom fitted seat that was done by a local shop and I have a Utopia back rest. I have made my own toe rests and I also have Mic-O-pegs model GF mounted on the vertical crash bar. That gives me three different foot positions and I find that as long as I move my foot position frequently I can ride for hours.
 

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Siatica Pain

Yep, been there. L4-L5. Double herniated disc. Had orthoscopic surgery. Inch and a half scar. When I work up, I was better then when I went in. In six weeks I was swings the short irons (golf clubs). I figure I'm 99%. Haven't had back pain since. Been snow machine riding, golfing and have put on 31K miles on the 07 wing. Not bad for "snowbirds"... Best of luck to you and I can symphatize with you in the pain department. Life is good since I got the back fixed!
 

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Bone chips?

I was having pain down my left leg. Riding in the car was the worse! One night I called my wife while driving home from a long road trip in the car and told her I couldn't stand it anymore, I was going to the emergency room!
The doctor examined me and also did a reflex check on the back of my feet. They hit you with a little hammer on your Achilles heel. My right foot would jump but my left just kinda set there. When he finished the reflex check he told me I had a back problem. “Doc I hate to disagree with you but all my pain is in my left leg, I have not had one pain in my back”!
He sent me to a specialist and this guy did an MRI and told me I had bone chips in my back that was pressing against a nerve. He said it could have been from a hit playing football, falling on my back, any number of things. He said surgery but when you wake up, you'll never have another pain in your leg from this.
Had the surgery to remove the bone chips in Feb 2002 and have not had a pain since!



Good Luck!!!
 

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Hey Kansas... I've had the exact same problem as you since I got the wing. Never had it before.... It took me 3 years to get comfortable. The cure for me was a set of wooden beads from Bead Rider on my seat....It seems to stimulate the area in question (and also helps cool my butt).. I rarely get any discomfort anymore...

Since getting the beads, I've went to California and Florida....with very minor discomfort....

Hope you fix your problem....

Mountainman (Ont. Can)
 

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I was having that problem a few years back (before motorcycle riding) and I got one of those gravity inversion boot thingies...where you hang upside down and use your body weight to stretch out the spine.

It gave me quite a bit of relief.
 

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I jog 3 times per week and no back problems what so ever.
 

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I had a local upholstery shop cut out a layer of foam and install some gel in the cavity. He then replaced the removed foam and re-upholstered the seat.

Cost about $220 as I recall.
 

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Crunches and stretches each morning, bicycle 5 to 10 miles each day helps me. Usually 4 out of 7 days a week I have to take Darvocet before I can do those things but once I'm done I feel good for the day. Of course, it would help if I lost 50 lbs but that doesn't seem likely to happen.
 
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