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Sciatica pain. I've had it for two weeks now. I've been getting chiropractor adjustments twice a week. As long as I'm up and walking around, the pain is almost gone. Once I sit or lay down, the pain comes back. The pain level at night is a ten.

By Anonymous April 17, 2017 - 1:12am
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..therefore I'm only getting an hour sleep a day. Icing every two hours and taking 500mg Naproxen twice a day. Any suggestions on relief so I can sleep?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad to hear you are getting some relief from therapy, but sorry that at night the pain is so strong. Consider mentioning this to the chiropractor.

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

If the pain becomes unbearable, you might consider speaking with your primary care physician. Medications, steroid injections along with physical therapy and stretching exercises may offer relief.


April 17, 2017 - 8:16am
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