Remedies for sciatica pain
If you regularly wake up from painful back spasms from your upper thighs to feet, then there is a high chance you suffer from sciatica ache. Also known as spinal stenosis or sciatic nerve pain, this condition triggers very painful feelings in the lower back and limbs. The good news is that there are effective medical and natural ways for the treatment for sciatica. Here is some information to help you learn a bit more about symptoms and causes of sciatic nerve pains.
Symptoms and causes of sciatica pain
It is very simple to distinguish lower back pain from sciatic nerve ache. Sciatic pain occurs when the certain back nerves are pinched in the lower spinal area causing intense pain all the way along the sciatic nerve that runs the whole length of the leg. Unlike most kinds of back problems, sciatic nerve pain is annoyingly repetitive and sharp. Sciatica happens in one leg and can be characterized as “very uncomfortable,” resembling a toothache.
About 1-2% of all adults experience sciatic pain at least once during their lives. Spinal decompression of a herniated disc is one of the main reasons for this pain. This is a very common low back problem widespread more among men than women. Also, sciatica is likely to develop in people who are older than 30 years. There is a myth that sciatica occurs only because of prolonged sitting at desk but sciatica is also common among active people/athletes who constantly experience intense physical exercises. Basically, sciatica is a severe back pain caused by pinched lower back nerves and there can be multiple reasons for this pinching.
Among the most common symptoms of sciatica are:
- Shooting pain in the lower back and legs – pain develops in the back and slowly crawls down the buttocks and thighs;
- Tingling in legs;
- Numb limbs;
- Unpleasant sensations during exercises;
- Stiffness in legs;
- It is hard to flex the foot;
- Pain develops during sleeping;
- Inflammation and throbbing around the lower back and thighs when you sit or stand for a long time.
This kind of low back pain can last up to 6 weeks in a row. However, many people who ignore this condition continue to experience chronic sciatic nerve pains in the limbs. Sciatica can go away and re-appear again. Sciatic pain is very strong and often can’t be tolerated for a long time. Never allow sciatic pain to linger – visit a doctor, take medication or follow a natural sciatica treatment.
Medical sciatic nerve treatment: recommended painkillers
If you visit a doctor for sciatica relief, you probably will get a prescription for the short term use of painkillers. Commonly, the use of medications will be supported by a professional massage and physical exercises.
You can also buy over the counter (OTC) oral medications for sciatica pain without visiting a doctor. This is a non-recommended method allowed only for people who have already used certain pills for sciatica and had no side effects.
The most effective OTC painkillers for sciatic nerve pain relief are:
- Aspirin or any other NSAIDs (like Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen or Naproxen);
- Antidepressants for chronic low back pain.
Natural remedies for sciatic nerve relief
Before buying potentially hazardous medications you may want to try natural the following methods of sciatica pain relief. They are affordable for regular use at home.
Hot and cold compresses
One common reason for sciatic pain is inflammation. To reduce lower back pain, you may want to apply hot and/or cold compresses. Heat will relax muscles while the cold compress reduces swelling around the pinched nerve. Also, the cold treatment helps to numb the sciatic ache. You need to start with a hot compress and then replace it with a cold compress. You need to apply each compress for 15-20 minutes. Repeat daily.
Exercise with a sturdy chair
For sciatica cure you can do simple exercises with a chair to get natural relief. Start by sitting on a sturdy chair. Cross your knees, then clutch your top knee with hands. Slowly pull the knee to the opposite shoulder – for example, a right knee towards a left shoulder. Repeat such exercise every time you sit down and the sciatic nerve pain should go away within a week.
Try the sport shoe technique
For almost immediate lower back pain relief you can try another simple exercise with a sports shoe or a ball. You can sit on a semi-firm or firm chair. Place a small ball or sports shoe under the buttocks – the toe part of a shoe should be under the tailbone, the shoe’s back must be faced outwards. The shoe must sit direct ways under the center of the butt. Sit in this pose for 20 minutes and repeat if the pain doesn’t go away. It may hurt a little in the beginning.
Herbal remedies for sciatic nerve pain
Herbal supplements may be helpful when it comes to lower back pain treatment. To benefit from these natural remedies, try these recipes which are based on all-natural foods and herbs:
Turmeric with milk
For back pain relief you should mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 cup of milk and a small amount of cinnamon stick. This mix must be boiled. The taste will be bitter and can be sweetened with honey. Drink such mix 1-2 times per day until the pain goes away. But keep in mind that turmeric is not good for people who use diabetes meds or blood thinners.
Valeria root supplements and teas are good relaxants for muscles and nerves. Mix 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root with 1 cup of hot water. Let the mix steep for 10 minutes. Drink such herbal tea few times per week during 1 month.
Hot bath with Epsom salt
Add to the hot bath two cups of Epsom salt to get a quick back pain treatment at home. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium which is a gentle and natural muscle relaxant. You should make sure that your lower back and legs are fully submerged in the hot water during 20 minutes. Take these baths at least 3 times per week for 1-2 months.
If lower back pain is unbearable and lasts more than 5-6 weeks, seek medical assistance. Sciatica can easily become a chronic condition.