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What can I do to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

By October 24, 2010 - 4:39pm
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I have degenerative disc in my spine but am not a good candidate for back surgery and I've know some when the surgery didn't help anyway. It is so painful and goes all down my leg to my foot.

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I had childhood polio.and now post polio syndrome.ive had 15 operations im 59.ive always had problems but after about 35yrs.old my life changed forever.just because my mother didnt want me and wouldnt have me vaccinated.ive had serve mucsle pain in my lt.hip for along time.now its siactric.nerve thats killing me.it goes from hip to my back of heel.the muscles in my lt.leg are drawed up from polio is smaller.i just had an epduual shot in l-5.painfull.next day it hurt worse.my doctor talked to me about putting leads in my spine with a pain thing put in my hip.i have a hand held device when pain gets worse i push a button go.up on the current thats blocking the pain im still thinking about it.im eat up from head to toe with arthritis..rt.knee replacement 3 surgerys on rt.knee and a heommeged.about bleed to death.infection got into leg.but they got it out.knee ie runied forever 4 bulging disc.double sliolosis.o/a in spine to.cant hardly walk anymore.thats all i know to do with the nerve.mines killing me i have to either have surgery which i dont know if i can do.or the wires up the spine hope it works but want stop it from getting worse.i wish you alot of luck god bless

July 21, 2018 - 2:15pm
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A friend just fell on her back and X-rays show a slipped disc. What treatment should she get?

April 11, 2018 - 3:00pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

We cannot recommend treatment based on a friend's "slipped disc" - she may need surgery or physical therapy but she will need to follow the recommendations of her doctor. This is a painful condition - we wish her a speedy recovery.

April 11, 2018 - 3:57pm

I am glad you found EmpowHER..we have a great deal of information on sciatica, and I hope you find some relief soon from your chronic pain.

- EmpowHER Reference: Sciatica
Treatment: The goal of treatment is to reduce sciatic nerve irritation.
Treatment options include:
Limited Physical Activity
Prolonged bedrest is usually not advised. However, your doctor may recommend resting in bed for 1-2 days. Too much bed rest can weaken muscles and slow healing. Doctors generally recommend staying active within the limits of your pain and avoiding activities that worsen back pain.

* Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen , aspirin , or ibuprofen
* Muscle relaxers for muscle spasm
* Cortisone pills or injections where the sciatic nerve comes out of the spine
* Antidepressants for chronic pain

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy may be done at home or at work. It may include the following:
* Hot or cold packs
* Stretching and strengthening exercises
* Massage
* Ultrasound treatments
* Electrical stimulation

Alternative Therapies
These therapies have not been proven by scientific studies to have an effect on sciatica. However, some people may find some pain relief from the following:
* Biofeedback
* Acupuncture

Surgery may be done to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. This is performed in emergency situations or if conservative treatments fail. Common surgical procedures are microdiskectomy and lumbar laminectomy .

Talk to your doctor about the right treatment plan for you. For example, a study found that after one year, there was little difference between patients that had microdisketomy and those that had conservative treatment (such as rest, physical therapy, and medications). But, people that had surgery did report faster recovery time. *

Sciatica tends to recur. The following steps may help keep it from coming back or, in some cases, from happening in the first place:
* Lose weight. Being overweight increases the risk of sciatica as well as other back, bone, and joint problems. The greater the weight problem, the greater the risk.
* When lifting, hold the object close to your chest, maintain a straight back, and use your leg muscles to slowly rise.
* Practice good posture to reduce pressure on your spine.
* Sleep on a firm mattress.
* Exercise regularly , at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Good choices include: walking, swimming, or exercises recommended by your doctor or physical therapist. Exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles will also help by supporting the back.
* If possible, avoid sitting or standing in one position for prolonged periods.
* Use a low back support during prolonged sitting. Rest one foot on a low stool if standing for long periods.
* Consider job retraining if your work requires a lot of heavy lifting or sitting.
* If you smoke, quit. Smoking can damage your sciatic nerve.

Other articles related to sciatica:
- In her own words: Living with Sciatica
- What is Sciatica, expert video
- Sciatica, cause and effect
- List of Sciatica treatment articles

Other resources:
- Sciatica.org: http://www.sciatica.org/

I know this is a lot of information, but I hope you find something that works for you! Please let us know how you are doing!

October 24, 2010 - 8:12pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

I have the same problems with my back i'm on medicines mucles relaxers steroids pain pills it puts me to sleep but i work and continue to hurt for three months trying to find a good Doctor Can u help?

September 2, 2018 - 2:29pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Alison thanks for the info.its alot to take in but im doing alot of reading up on it.i try to stay up beat but for the past couple of weeks i got where i dont even want to get up.tup.thats bad thanking.but ive hurt for years i worked long hrs.hot hard work building road tractors under a union for almost thirty yrs.i could have only done it by the grace and helping hand from my lord and saver jesus christ.besides all the surgers ive had meunnigtis viral which i beleived came from polio in the spine fluild.ive been shot and almost lost my life from a bullet broke a lt.rib bearly missing heart went throw a lung and now behind lt.kidney.this is only the beginning.thanks rdr

July 21, 2018 - 2:30pm
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