Sciatica is usually a result of a slipped disc. It occurs when the disc presses on a nerve in the spinal column resulting in a sharp pain which will then be felt down the leg and through the buttocks. A slipped disc is usually occurs during a normal working activity or lifting. Symptoms include:
An intense pain that radiates through the buttocks and down the back of the thigh and leg and usually to the foot.
Sciatica is pressure on a sciatic nerve and a slipped disc is often the cause of it, although there are a number of other causes - muscle strain, poor posture, obesity, and pregnancy. The sciatic nerve could also be inflamed because of arthritis.
Taking high doses of magnesium and calcium at bedtime with vitamin C can be helpful. A Vitamin B6 supplement taken 3 times daily for one week may also be beneficial. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.
These remedies have been found to help reduce pain. Apply an ice pack to the affected area, get plenty of rest and put a hard board under your mattress for more support, relax in a warm bath for 25 minutes with your favorite aromatherapy oils, ones that are beneficial are marjoram, peppermint and lavender, during periods of acute pain try not to pick up anything heavy and if you do bend your knees so the weight is not on your back.
Make sure that your chair has a firm back support and try not to slouch and make sure that your feet are flat on the floor, try to also sleep on a firm mattress on your back or side and not on your stomach.
When to seek further professional advice
If the pain is intense and it does not respond to any over the counter analgesics or if the pain persists for more than 3-4 days.
A herbal tea made from meadowsweet or white willow bark might help ease joint pain. Black choosy can be used for muscle spasms. Other herbs which have been found to be useful in relieving sciatica are Jamaican dogwood, yarrow, St. John’s worth and calendula. If the pain is intense rub in an ointment containing rue on the affected areas 3 times daily. Homeopaths recommend using Rhus toxicodendron if the stiffness is worse in the morning and at night but improves with heat. Bryonia can be used if there is severe shooting pain which extends from the lower back to the ankles and worsens with motion. Professional advice is needed before trying any of these treatments.
Your doctor will probably recommend a pain killer that helps with this type of problem.
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