Sciatic pain – Sciatica, occurs off and on with many people. Sometimes it’s mistaken for lower back pain or leg cramps. When it does, the tendency is to stay in bed and gulp down some ibuprofen or other pharmaceutical.
Sciatica is a symptom of another problem that is pinching or creating pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s not a diagnosed condition itself. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body. It runs down each leg from the lower spine all the way to the feet, providing movement, feeling, and strength to either leg.
Sharp painful burning sensations or cramping. Sometimes there can be tingling sensations and numbness in different areas of the buttock, leg or foot. The wording is singular because usually sciatica occurs on one side or the other, not in both legs simultaneously.
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
- Hip pain
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
What Causes Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. (Pain is most often caused by a herniated or slipped disc).
Additional common causes of sciatica include:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
- Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae)
- Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)
- Spinal injury or infection
- Muscle spasm in the back or buttocks
- Back pain
- Being overweight
- Not exercising regularly
- Wearing high heels
- Sleeping on a mattress that is too soft
Although there are many conventional treatments for sciatica, they may only ease the pain temporarily. Plus, most steroid injections can cause serious side effects.You can use some home remedies and natural therapies as well to reduce inflammation and pressure on the irritated sciatic nerve. Note: in most cases, the problem goes away with time (around 6 weeks) and rest.
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Natural Remedies to Fight Sciatica Pain:
Hot/cold compresses can help relieve sciatica pain and inflammation. Heat treatment relaxes tense muscles that may be compressing the sciatic nerve. Cold treatment reduces swelling around the nerve and also numbs the pain.
But, you can also alternate heat and cold, starting with the hot compress and ending with the cold compress. When using heat, use moist heat like a steamed towel as it is more effective. Here’s what you need to do:
- Place a hot or cold pack on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes
Note: do this every few hours until you get relief.
You should apply it on the affected area, where you feel pain.
White willow bark can also be used for long-lasting pain relief. It contains phenolic glycosides with allicin, providing anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. Here’s what you need to do:
- Add 50 grams of bark in
- 1 liter of water and leave it overnight
Then, the next day, you need to boil it for 15 minutes. Leave it until it’s cool enough and then you need to pour it in a glass container. You should drink 3 cups of this drink, every day.
Turmeric is another effective natural remedy for sciatica because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains a compound called curcumin that helps reduce nerve pain and inflammation. Here’s what you need to do – it’s very simple:
- Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- to 1 cup of milk
- add a small cinnamon stick
- Boil the solution. Sweeten this healthy drink with honey and drink it once or twice daily until you see improvement.
Turmeric is not good for those taking blood thinners or diabetes medications. Those suffering from gallstones should also avoid it.
It’s estimated that 1 percent to 2 percent of all adults experience a herniated disc at some point that leads to sciatic nerve pain. Much more common in men than in women, and more likely to develop in people over the age of 30, sciatic nerve pain can affect both athletes/those are who are very active or people who are more sedentary.
Video: 1 Minute Sciatica Exercises