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How to get rid of sciatica nerve pain

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For those that suffer from sciatica nerve pain you know that this pain can be so intolerable and debilitating that you need to spend your day in bed suffering.  You can’t do anything and you can’t enjoy anything when you are like this.  And trying to get up to go even to the bathroom is a painful experience.  You won’t make it to the mailbox – you would be chancing a totally numb hip and leg or have shooting pains in your lower back and through your sciatica.  Every step is painful.  Even trying to rise up out of a chair (if you could even sit with this pain) is extremely painful.  And forget trying to do anything physical – it’s totally out of the question.

Your sciatic nerve runs from the buttocks down the back of your leg.  Sciatic nerve pain is pain that is in the low back, continuing through the buttock and down one leg.  The pain can go past the knee and even as far as the foot.  You can also experience a weakness in your leg muscles.

The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in the body, about the size of your little finger.  They come out of your spinal column low in the back and then go behind the hip joint down the buttock, down the leg and to the foot.  One part of your leg can experience extreme pain while another part of  your leg can be totally numb.

Sciatica is different from other forms of low back pain because you have two sciatic nerves, and the pain is usually on one side.

To describe the pain the work that would best fit it would be “electricity” because is can also burn like fire or tingle so much just like the feeling of your leg going to sleep.  The pain will range from slightly annoying to absolutely unbearable.  Part of the leg can be painful and another part can be numb and/or your foot can be numb as well..

Sciatica is pain that results from an irritation of the sciatic nerve.  Usually it is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc pressing on the nerve.  This usually strikes those between the ages of 30 and 50.   Also this irritation on the nerve can be caused by tumors muscles, internal bleeding, infections or injuries.

If sciatica is caused by a ruptured intervertebral disk, the narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerve is called spinal stenosis.  A pelvic fracture would do the same thing,  During the late stage of pregnancy, a woman may also experience sciatica because of the uterus pressing on the sciatic nerve and/or from the muscular tension and/or vertebral compression consequent to carrying the extra weight of the fetus.

Pseudo-sciatica is caused by the compression of peripheral sections of the nerve – usually from soft tissue tension in the piriformis or related muscles and can mimic sciatic pain.  The sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis muscle (in the buttocks region).  When the muscle shortens or there are spasms due to trauma, it can compress the sciatic nerve.  This is the major cause of sciatic known as piriformis syndrome.

When this nerve get inflamed the pains start.  Sometimes you can place an ice pack on the nerve to cool it down and ease the pains.  It will reduce the swelling and in turn should reduce the pain.  Remember that anything cold will reduce the swelling.

Once you have cooled down the sciatic nerve, place a heating pad or something warm on the nerve to heat it up.  This will help the nerves relax and that will help to reduce the inflammation.

You can try to reverse the symptoms by not sitting on uneven surfaces and removing anything that may be in your back pockets causing you to sit unevenly. 

There are also anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin, Celebrex) and muscle relaxers for a good start.  Many may need a more powerful anti-inflammatory treatment and may have to take oral steroids (such as a Medrol Dose-Pak).  For more severe cases, surgery may be recommended.

Stretching on a daily basis will help to relieve the muscles around the sciatic nerve and can help to prevent inflammation of the sciatic nerve.  Just by simply bending forward from the waist, nice and slowly and trying to touch your toes (holding for 30 seconds) will be beneficial.  Do not bounce, just gently stretch.  Bouncing will aggravate the sciatic nerve.

If you want to do exercises – always start slow and easy.  Be sure your exercise routine is a gentle one.  In time you can work a bit harder at it.

There are several home remedies that may help as well.  The juice of potatoes and celery, when combined, will provide relief.  You need to drink 10 ounces daily.

Making a poultice using horseradish and applying to the area for an hour at a time will stimulate the sciatic nerve and give tremendous relief.

Elderberry juice and elderberry tea is also a muscle relaxant as well as a stimulant.

You need to increase your vitamin B1 and Thiamine – naturally.  Enjoy green peas, spinach, liver, beef, pork, navy beans, nuts, pinto beans, bananas, soybeans, whole-grain cereals, breads, legumes and unpolished rice.

Should you experience a progressive weakness in the leg or an uncontrollable bladder – immediately see your physician.  This is a sign that there is a problem and cannot be ignored.

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August 29th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

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