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The 3 stages of sciatica recovery

The 3 stages of sciatica recovery

The 3 stages of sciatica recovery

Sciatica pain is rarely a constant problem for sufferers, rather it comes in bouts. These can be more or less severe, sometimes only causing mild discomfort, other times leading to serious pain and impaired mobility. The road to sciatica recovery comes in three stages.

Stage 1: Sitting and lying

When suffering from a debilitating and painful bout of sciatica, advice to ‘keep active’ can seem far-fetched, if you are currently doubled over with back pain only the gentlest of movements are even possible. So you must look instead at your sedentary habits. Many sufferers find that the worst pain comes while seated. It is a good idea to temporarily avoid sofas and soft armchairs at this stage, and replace them with hard, straight-backed chairs. If the mattress you sleep on is very soft, consider replacing it with a firmer one.

Stage 2: Gentle exercise

Sciatica symptoms almost always subsides after a period of time, especially if the stage 1 advice above is followed. But if you return immediately to your former lifestyle without making any changes, sciatica is very likely to return. So here you must capitalise on this pain-free window by introducing some gentle exercise into your routine. Swimming is a great low-impact all-round exercise but can be a hassle depending on your access to a pool. Walking is also an excellent option and is much more accessible for most people. Whatever form of exercise you choose, there’s no need to overdo it, just moving on a regular basis will suffice for now.

Stage 3: Mobility exercise

Once you are walking, swimming or doing some other form of gentle exercise on a regular basis, this alone helps a lot to prevent the return of sciatica. But since you are doing so well, why not look into something a bit more advanced? Regular training in an activity designed to increase strength and flexibility, if done properly, is your best option for preventing sciatica returning. The options for this type of training are vast, ranging from yoga to weight lifting. Find something you like the sound of, and give it a try!


  1. Peter on May 22, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Hi there,

    I’m a 26 year old male with a very tall lean build, I do not exercise other than normal day to day activities and I had no preexisting conditions. I was in a very bad rollover car accident last year, after getting an MRI of my lower back to pursue treatment there was a small discovery of arthritis as well as a slight curvature of my spine. I completed most of my treatment with my chiropractor at the time but was not able to complete my physical therapy before moving out of state. Before and after moving I experienced symptoms of sciatica including primarily of muscle spasms in my left glute and thigh with shooting sharp pain in the same area for about 9 consecutive months. It would hurt to bend over, sitting certain ways and when I would stand up off the couch at times was so bad I thought my leg would give out. It was in either January or February that the pain subsided and I haven’t been experiencing it really at all. A little over a month ago while at work my foot fell asleep which lasted some time. It really raised concern when I woke up the next day and my foot was still asleep. It’s been a little over a month now and my foot drop is progressively getting worse. I cannot move my toes, ankle or foot upward toward my knee at all and I feel like I’m grasping at straws when it comes to what’s causing this. I don’t understand what’s happening, I understand foot drop is a symptom of sciatica but why would I start developing a new symptom when the old ones are not longer present. I’m not uninsured in a different state and I’m doing plenty of research but can’t conclude on a diagnosis. After reaching out I was advised by a medical professional in my home state to get an MRI of my lumbar spine. I was able to find a semi affordable out of pocket MRI in another county close to mine and at getting it done this Monday. My concern is that if what’s causing this isn’t found in the MRI that I will have to get more imaging which I just really can’t afford. I know the only true and accurate answer to what’s going on is going to be found by a medical diagnosis but I’m worried that if I’m not able to take care of this financially I’m going to be left immobile. I’m willing and asking for any advice, recommendations and knowledge on this situation.

    Thank you so much,

    • SPRC on May 22, 2022 at 6:38 pm

      Hello Peter,
      Foot drop is typically caused by damage to the peroneal nerve, which is a branch nerve of the sciatic nerve. If you get an MRI scan and they do not pick up any lower back nerve root irritation this will help in the process of elimination in terms of what is the root cause of your symptoms, i.e., is it from the lower back or local to where the symptoms are being experienced. It is worthwhile remembering that a scan is only one part of the diagnosis. A physical examination and history of the symptoms is probably more important. A medical professional with good experience of these issues will be able to help you. Best wishes.

  2. Avinash ks on May 4, 2022 at 3:10 am

    I am suffering from heavy pain on my lower back and same time, if pain becomes severe huge pain will come inside knee as well. This is either on left or right. Never occurred on both sides together. I am suffering from this from last many years. Nobody could help me. I have no numbness or other issues. When pain increases I won’t be able to bend down or anything. Full leg and back become stiff so that if I try to bend the pain will kill me.

    Kindly help me

    • SPRC on May 4, 2022 at 8:02 pm

      Dear Avinash, You need to find a healthcare professional that can see you in person and full assess you and give you a diagnosis. You will then be able to plan a way forward to recovery. Pain on the inside of the knee does not sound like a sciatic nerve issue and more like a femoral nerve issue. You need a medical professional to help you find out what is causing your symptoms. Best wishes.

    • Penny on May 10, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      My mother got sciatica when I was a child, she had it for 10 years really badly. The doctor finally said to lay down for 48 hours and do not get out of a laying down position, except to go to the bathroom. He gave her pain pills and i think anti-inflamatories. She did it and it was gone! After 10 years of hell, it worked. The doctor said the sciatica is inflamed and irritated and you have to give it total rest for 48 hours. She had just slight flare ups over the years, but its mainly been gone for 40 years now.

  3. Gabe on March 4, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    I started feeling tightness in my hip abductors – I’m an active person who goes to the gym and stretches every day, however my job is sedentary and I sit all day. A week after feeling that tightness, I noticed my buttock would feel achey if I tightned the muscle and I also noticed it sitting on my couch. The next. week it progressed to me not being able to walk, sharp shooting pains going from my glutes, hips and down the side of my leg. It hurt to stand, walk and lay down.

    My MRIs and Xrays are fine.

    I started Physical therapy 2 weeks ago. I have been walking and standing fine 95% of the time. Sitting is a challenge depending on the surface and for how long. Car rides are difficult.

    I started feeling that initial tightness 5 weeks ago. How long will this last on average? I am at the point where I need to stretch every day, don’t feel pain usually when standing or walking, but gets aggravated from sitting or intense workouts.

    • SPRC on March 5, 2022 at 1:07 pm

      If the lower back can be ruled out as the cause of the symptoms then the investigations need to rule out deep gluteal syndrome more commonly referred to as piriformis syndrome. It is difficult to predict how long something like this will last. Depends on the individual and the interventions employed. Sounds like you are doing the right things and you are physically active so hopefully not too long. Best wishes.

      • Gabe on March 31, 2022 at 2:41 pm

        Thank you. I still have it but its been a lot better. I am struggling with getting pins and needles sensation and some numbing in my feet when I wake up every morning as my main symptoms now. No pain though. If anyone has any tips on relieving the feet symptoms, please let me know.

        • Jamie on April 2, 2022 at 1:35 pm

          Any updates? I’m at your point with waking up with some numbing sensation in my foot.

          • Binu mol on May 18, 2022 at 4:08 am

            From my experience you need complete rest on lying position. I am taking treatment ayurveda.
            Ayurveda try to treat cause. Please give a try.. I am feeling almost recovered after taking medication, oil application etc

        • Thal on May 2, 2022 at 5:29 pm

          I’m having issues with numbness, tingling and balance. I’ve been down 5 weeks now. This is an emotional roller coaster and I’m just ready to get back to my normal life and duties.

          • Shikha on May 11, 2022 at 4:06 pm

            I have been diagnosed with sciatica one year back. I have a constant numbness feeling in right leg and numbness in right foot. What is the cure please help?

      • Franny on April 19, 2022 at 9:04 pm

        Hi! I’ve been suffering for years I have pain in my left flank area and in the waist area goes to my hip groin and down the fron t of my thigh also pain under left rib. I have prolly a million dollars in test and no one can find anything wrong sometimes it effects my belly. Going back to my orthopedic in may any suggestions? I have been a hairdresser since 1987

        • SPRC on April 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm

          Hi Franny,
          Sounds like you have had a torrid time. Based on what you have described it would be very difficult to say what you have. A full medical examination and history are required for accurate diagnosis. The symptoms you describe do not sound like sciatica. Frequently pain in the groin area and front of the thigh are eventually traced to some kind of hip pathology. Hope you find out what is is soon. Best wishes.

        • JaeH on April 24, 2022 at 8:15 pm

          Franny, we are living parallel lives! I’m a cosmetologist of 35 years, graduated cosmetology school in ’87 as well and am very recently dealing with sciatica. After weeks of continuing degradation, seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist, I visited my doc and was prescribed an anti inflammatory and muscle relaxers. While I’ve gotten a bit of relief, I’m now looking into ways to find relief non-medical which led me here. Thanks to the author of the article and comments with replies! Here’s hoping we all feel better quickly as this has been quite an uncomfortable journey!

    • Rachel on March 13, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      Hi im 49 years old and ive been suffering from sciatica for 19 mths now 24/7. Ive been bedbound for 4 months during that time which was horrific. Ive been privately seen having 2 deep route nerve injections which didn’t help. Then had to swap to nhs luckily with same orthopedic surgeon. Had another injection and again nothing. Ive been on the waiting list for what seems like forever for a discectomy.
      I worry because ive been taking 27 painkillers everyday for so long.
      Ive tried acupuncture, PT, chiropractor, exercises and nothing helps. Ive had to cope also during this time with two other perdonal traumas in my life. To say i am at breaking point is an understatement. I have no quality of life, my fantastic daughter is slowly becoming my carer. I returned to work obviously nowhere near fully able to do my job but luckily they are very understanding, last Easter after having 6 months off sick. Im now off again. I worry that the longer this goes on the more depressed i will become. I also worry about there being any long term nerve damage as I’ve had it so bad for so long.

      • SPRC on March 13, 2022 at 10:17 pm

        Unresolved trauma can sometimes affect how pain is experienced in the body. We hope you are feeling better soon.

        • Nichelle on March 14, 2022 at 11:41 pm

          Hello. I found this site while researching my symptoms.I’m 36 with a sedentary part time job. Back in November, I bought this “pressure point cushion” for my desk chair. It was a really hard foam but it had great reviews so I sat it in for one shift for around 7 hours. I froze up the next day. Everything in my butt and thighs were screaming and spasming.. I had to take a few days off work. Then I started feeling ok around January, I tried to sit a little longer for a 5 hour shift (not with the cushion, just my recliner) and everything spasmed again. This time, I took 6 weeks off work to try to heal and went to PT. I asked for an MRI from my dr but he was dismissive twice, saying it was a muscle spasm and to take muscle relaxers for a few weeks and go to PT. The muscle relaxers didn’t touch it. I have improved with PT but I’m only able to work 2 hours a day spaced out through the whole day because I can’t sit for long. Does this sound like it could be sciatica ? I’m at my wits end and nobody will listen to me that something is wrong. I don’t have a diagnosis. I’m afraid I’m not going to get better, as it’s been 2 months now and I’m still hurting. I just want a diagnosis so I know what I need to do.

          • SPRC on March 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

            Sorry to hear about this Nichelle. It is hard to say whether it is sciatica from what you have described. This blog may help you An experienced Doctor or physiotherapist should be able to establish whether you have sciatica symptoms quite easily. Diagnosing the root cause can be more difficult. We hope you make progress soon.

      • Lorrs on March 28, 2022 at 2:11 am

        Hi I’m 45 and identify with your experience. I have had a herniated disc after an incident at work 18 months ago. I returned to work to a different job six months later with physio and opioid painkillers. 4 weeks ago for no reason it flared up again I couldn’t move and then I experienced unbearable sciatica. I have been stuck in bed most of the time but I do try and do physiotherapy exercises and get up to shower even though I have been unable to walk at times. It seems that a slipped disc and sciatica is played down and even my own family seem cynical as some days I can get up and walk around and others I can hardly get to the bathroom. I’m trying to stay positive but surgery seems like the most obvious solution even though I hate the thought. I hope you feel better or if an old post got better as it’s so debilitating and no one understands unless they have had it.

      • Kevin on April 6, 2022 at 6:18 am

        Hey Rachel, I’m going through my second bout with bad sciatic pain. First time 10 years ago where I went 18 months before finally getting surgery. This time I’ve had it for 3 months and finally I am getting some relief with chiro but I fell back into the depression I remember from that time 10 years ago. If your symptoms haven’t improved, do everything you can to get the surgery, it will get rid of the pain so you can go back to a “normal” life. Post operation make sure to do your rehab and get strong again and stay strong. It’s no way to live and the chiros will tell you to never do surgery, just do it. Tiger Woods had had 5 back surgeries and he’s still out there with no pain trying to compete.

        • Tina on May 15, 2022 at 2:30 pm

          Maybe you need another mri. Your symptoms sound like mine when I had a herniated disc which pinched my sciatic nerve. Pins and needles in foot is symptom of pinched sciatic nerve. I also had weird pains in my buttocks; sitting during car rides was the worst. I never had pain running up and down leg which is common and dr was surprised I didn’t have that. A cortisone injection in the spine relieved my pain.

          • Aiyana Burnell on May 21, 2022 at 1:09 pm

            This is exactly what I’m going through and nothing helps me. Sitting in my car is the worst pain I’ve ever felt and it’s all in one leg sometimes I have to put my legs in different positions after some time it starts tingling again

      • Clive on April 26, 2022 at 4:33 am

        Sorry to hear of your pain issues. I really sympathise. Mine only started 3 weeks ago on holiday in Malaysia from UK. I’ve been icing my back 6 to 8 times a day which gives temporary relief and taking many anti inflammatory drugs daily together with physio therapy and acupuncture, but has steadily got worse to the point 3 days ago could not walk more than a few steps without severe pain in hip and down left leg. Sleeping is broken. Had to delay return flight as so painful to travel. The doctor I’m seeing is suggesting epidural steroid injection to relieve inflammation and nerve pain.

        • Clive on April 26, 2022 at 4:38 am

          I had mri which determined herniated disc at L4/5 and L5/S1 with mild to moderate stenosis of the spine

    • Krystal on March 28, 2022 at 12:24 am

      Hi I’m 28 years old and I’ve been suffering with sciatica for 5 months. I do stretches and swimming, other exercises everyday. I literally tried everything I can to help fight this pain, even see a chiropractor almost every week, but I feel like the pain is the same, won’t go away. It mostly hurts when I sit or lay down, mostly on car rides. I forced myself get out of bed everyday trying to do a lot of standing and walking to stretch my leg before I workout or stretch, but my left hip and buttocks will hurt while standing and walking. Has anyone else have this problem? I’m trying everything I can get better, would like to hear more tips what to do to help this pain go away.

      • Constance on April 2, 2022 at 10:10 pm

        I have the same pain areas. I found that walking, even hiking, helps eliminate the pain temporarily. I’m hoping it goes away permanently. It has been about 4 weeks now.

      • Tina on May 15, 2022 at 2:33 pm

        When I had a pinched sciatic nerve from a herniated disc, I was given a cortisone injection and it took all pain away.

    • Joyce Smith on April 12, 2022 at 11:30 am

      The pain is excruciating. I can’t feel my toes on my right foot. Pain is now concentrated in my calf. I had this in 2014, with stenosis then cauda equina syndrome and emergency spine surgery with fusion in lumbar L3-L5. The cauda equina can return according to the surgeon. Permanent nerve damage from surgery. I use a cane & walker. Sitting is crazy and now they want me for jury duty! I have heavy duty prednisone, ibprophen @600mgs, muscle relaxers, etc. Most miserable feeling ever. Soaking in warm water helps and I force myself to walk as much as possible.

    • kevin smith on April 18, 2022 at 5:10 am

      Praying that moves fast through and out. Great look into what I have. You’re the 1st I’ve read. It’s serious in my left hip into butt down leg in back and started after a 3500 mile drive so I know what caused it and see that week 2 of trying not to lay down. I’ll take your advice but standing intensifies the pain. I have plantar in the feet too so no fun. I’ll let ya know how long it lasts.

  4. Diego on February 25, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Hi I’m 28 years old. I’ve been dealing with this since around mid December 2021. Happened after I injured my adductors and apparently my SI joint while hiking. My pain at the beginning was constant but now I’m catching more breaks during the day. Still getting a constant tingling feeling that sometimes becomes a burning pain in my calves and feet and some twitching. While the adductors are recovering graciously and fast, the SI joint will be addressed next week with a steroid injection and some PT. My PT wants to work the sciatica symptoms which she thinks are more a nerve irritation due to the inflammation of SI joint than compression of a nerve root so that could explain why I haven’t experienced actual loss of feeling or any sign of clinical weakness. Had an MRI today to rule out bulging discs. My PT and ortho surgeon say I’m highly likely to experience full recovery soon (around one or two months) once we start addressing the issue. I’m kinda scared because I got this pain once like 5 years ago after another strenuous exercise routine. That time my symptoms lasted way more time because nobody suspected I got sciatica bc of my age and thought it was something systemic so I suffered for around 5 months until full recovery with no treatment at all, just more movement. I don’t wanna replicate that awful experience and I wanna address this issue asap because it’s affecting my social life, mental health and productivity at work.

    • SPRC on February 27, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      Sounds like you are on the right path to recovery Diego. All the best.

  5. SA on February 24, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Good Evening,
    I am 38 years old & for the past 2 years, it’s my 2nd time to have unbearable Sciatica pain (roughly 18 months apart). The pain is sudden and on both incidents it was while sitting on a chair, I encounter a severe electric-like pain from my lower back down the left leg, where I end up in bed unable to stand up for 2-3 days until I start walking slowly again. It took 4-6 weeks to fully recover.

    Usually I spend 5 days a week sitting (mostly wrong posture) in a chair for 9 hours & my only exercise is walking once a week. I have seen a doctor and he advised to start physical therapy, improve my life style, & sitting posture.

    Any advice from you will be highly appreciated. I am really worried for the recurrence to be more frequent. Any tips on how to ease the electric-like pain & speed up the recovery incase of recurrence? Is it possible to start walking slowly on the same day even though the pain is unbearable and feels like I am going to faint? Thank you

    • SPRC on February 27, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      Generally it unwise to push through unbearable pain. Pain is a signal to our bodies to change something. Physical activity is good for recovery, but where pain is excessive then modifications should be made to reduce pain. Where back pain is concerned there tends to be a lot of talk about ‘good and bad’ posture. We are all different so what is good for you may be bad for me. Perhaps you should consider a stand up – sitting desk so you can alternate between sitting and standing so you you do not have to spend hours sitting. Best wishes.

  6. Parinitha Bhargav on February 23, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Sciatica is a pain that sucks the body with pain. The stages are so very well explained. Thank you for the great and helpful information.

  7. Rachael Holdsworth on February 22, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Hello, I’m 19 years old and began suffering from sciatic pain after picking heavy boxes up wrong while at work. I have been suffering from this for almost 6 months now with little to no relief. I tried going to the chiropractor for about 6 weeks, which helped the intensity, but it’s getting to the point where it is draining me mentally. Would surgery be in my best interest?

    • SPRC on February 22, 2022 at 6:57 pm

      Hello Rachael,
      Many people would be able to empathise with you on the mental draining aspect of your experience. Your healthcare providers (doctor, physio) should advise you on the options available to you and what is in your best interest. It is rare for people your age to require surgery, but everyone is different. Surgery is not without risk and it is not guaranteed to work so it is usually the very last resort. We hope you are feeling better soon.

    • Eric on February 25, 2022 at 10:48 am

      First and foremost you should realise that sciatica is a name that is used to describe the nerve that mainly runs from your pelvis or hip region down both of your legs. There are also segments of this sciatic nerve in the lower parts of your spine. You need to find the underlying condition of your pain, if you lifted a heavy object you may have caused some inflammation of your spine and this in turn irritated the sciatic nerve that is located near that area of your back.. If you have pain radiating down your back to your buttocks and leg and, foot, sciatica typically occurs on one side but can be both legs you need to find the origin of your pain, either by an MRI of your spine or in rare circumstances your piriformis muscle located below your hip on the affected leg. If an MRI report is not possible then you can start by using ice on the back if there’s an area that is painful, also with NSAID’s (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs), and over the counter pain relievers. If you can you should seek the help of a physical therapist ASAP, to vet you squared away with an icing / heating schedule and stretching exercises for your back or leg.
      The longer you wait it can hamper your recovery time. There are many articles online that describe sciatica in detail. It usually goes away within a short period of time with ice/anti-inflammatory meds that combine with pain relievers. If you have a back issue you may need to get a scan and report and consult with either a knowledgeable physical therapist or an orthopedist. If your problem persists there are epidural injections for back pain too. Surgery for sciatica pain is not common unless it becomes chronic or, if the underlying condition is a back injury, herniated disc, stenosis et al. Best..

      • Rachael Holdsworth on April 8, 2022 at 3:54 pm

        Thank you for clarifying some information for me, I have recently been going to physical therapy and been taking muscle relaxers alongside naproxen. There has been slight relief, but sometimes I still wake up in the middle of the night. But there seems to be less constant pain in my ankle area, is this a sign that I’m slowly recovering? I was reading that the pain retreats back up the leg when it is healing.

  8. James on February 22, 2022 at 5:23 am

    Hello, I am 29 years old. I’ve had sciatic-like pain for years, but it was always just an annoyance until September 2021. Then it suddenly got so bad that I couldn’t stand, walk or lie down. Now I can lie down, but standing and walking are still instantly painful. I have been doing physiotherapy for three months with no real progress (I see a physiotherapist once a week and do the exercises at home every day). I’ve been waiting for an MRI for months. My doctor says I need an MRI before I can get steroid injections, which might not help, and surgery is too risky for someone my age. I’m otherwise a healthy person, and I like to be active. I’m scared I will be like this for the rest of my life. I can’t survive like this–not being able to walk, let alone hike or ski or do the things I used to do, and dreading every day because of the pain. Why isn’t my sciatica getting better?

    • SPRC on February 22, 2022 at 6:29 pm

      Hello James,
      Your age and being physically active are big factors that makes it highly unlikely that you will be like this for the rest of your life. When symptoms of sciatica are exacerbated on standing and walking it typically indicates nerve root irritation in the lumbar spine and the symptoms come on because you have more compression in the spine when you are standing compared to lying down. An MRI would confirm that. Whatever is causing nerve root irritation needs to change before the symptoms change. This can happening through natural healing (time) or some medical intervention. Once you have an MRI you and your healthcare providers will have a better idea of what you are dealing with and set you an appropriate care plan. If the MRI needs to be completed before the care plan changes then let them know how severely it is impacting your life and push to get it done as soon as you can. Best wishes.

    • Ilias on February 22, 2022 at 10:40 pm

      Hi James, i am not a doctor but i would like to share with you my experience. I am 26 and I had sciatica for about 3 years and after 1,5 years it started coming up more oftend (about every 6 months with each time getting worse). Before my final sciatica worsening, i was very well, i played tennis i swam, a little basketball and overall i was fine until one day i had the worse sciatica pain of my life. I could hardly walk and i had little sleep everynight for one month until i did surgery. The very same day the pain was gone and i could finally relax, it was amazing. The next day i went to a restaurant and after 10 days i started swimming. Now 3 months later i have progressed a lot and think of starting yoga or pilates to improve more. I want to conclude that if you suffer and you have a doctor that you can trust then you should not be afraid of surgery. For me it worked much better than physio. I hope you get the best solution for you and your suffering stops soon because i know how bad it is.

  9. Mahmoud on February 13, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Hi, i’m 32 male
    i was diagnosed to have sciatica, when the drugs didn’t help, physical therapy and massages were great.
    I feel a lot relieved and painless, but when i play football for example, i feel numbness in my leg the next day
    will the numbness ever go !

    • SPRC on February 13, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Sounds like you are recovering well. Most people your age making good progress make a full recovery and experience no sciatica symptoms.

    • Mary on February 19, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      Hey, my name is Mary I’m 24 years old and I got diagnosed with sciatic pain after I gave birth in January. I was fine then all of a sudden about 3-4 hours after labor I couldn’t walk without being in excruciating pain. Now it’s been over a month and I can barely walk with a walker, I can’t get out of my house due to stairs, and I can barely take care of my daughter (I live with my mom right now so she can help). I’m to the point that I can’t take this any longer. I can barely Hold my daughter without being in tears from the pain, I can’t bend over to pick her up, I can barely get in the shower… I just don’t know what to do anymore…

      • SPRC on February 20, 2022 at 4:50 pm

        Hello Mary, Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. There is never a good time to experience sciatica, but it must be particularly challenging with a new baby. As new mother hopefully you are under the care of a Doctor. At time likes this getting some relief from the pain is the priority so you can get on the road to recovery. Perhaps you should discuss with your Doctor what options are available in terms of pain relief. We hope you’re feeling better soon. Best wishes.

  10. Kat on February 12, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    I have apparently got sciatica from exercises.
    I am a very thin person, have been exercising for 10+ years now, including exercises to strenghten my back muscles because I know they’re weak (due to me being very thin there).
    I had a small brake (laziness) and after that did a specific exercise (that I’ve been doing before) with too much verve and got a strong back pain (the exercise is where you lift legs backwards in a position with bent out spine – a killer if done wrong). But stupid me, the next day I did exactly the same thing. After that the pain was extreme so I only did “mild” exercises…. needless to say, even that was harmful. Following that I did a brake for a couple of days, then when the pain subsisted, tried again – again resulting in renewed pain. It’s been some 4-5 days since, during which I’ve been wise enough to take a rest. Now the back pain is gone but a strange pain that fits the description of sciatica remains.
    I have never had such problems with my back, just an occasional mild pain when I exercised it too much. I am 42, female.
    My question is: Have I herniated a disc through the exercise (the previous back pain)? If so, is this permanent damage or will it heel and take with it the sciatica?

    • SPRC on February 12, 2022 at 11:05 pm

      Hello Kat,
      When we have symptoms going down our leg then it is likely we have irritated a nerve root in the lumbar spine. This could be a herniated disk or a bulging disk. The only way to no for sure would be through imaging such as an MRI. It is possible to heal and the for the symptoms to subside. This is the usual progression for most people. Best wishes.

      • Kat on February 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

        Thanks a lot for your quick reply, I really appreciate it!!
        I would normally go to a doctor but now I’m leaving my country for 3 weeks so it wouldn’t make much sense. And I hope the issue will be gone after I’m back.
        The problem is,, I have a 3 days seminar now with a lot of sitting and after that a long journey, in seated position too. So that frightened me quite a bit but hopefully I found a solution which I would like to recommend to all fellow sciatica sufferers – exercises, this time good ones:
        Of course there are many more videos on youtube but I just stumbled across this one and decided to stick with it because look at all those enthusiastic comments… I did the full routine for the 1st time today and can feel the back is more relaxed and I definitely haven’t damaged anything there like with my previous routine.
        Very recommended, just give it a try!

  11. Tony Costa on January 22, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Hi, I’m 57 years old male. My pain started 3 weeks ago. I had to move to another place. I was lifting things but not heavy things because of previous back problems. Lots of bending. I also gained 10 lbs in a month. 180 to 190 lbs. The pain was in my lower right side and started traveling to my hips then down my leg. It’s hard to walk sometimes but I try. Sleeping starts out good but after4 hours it starts hurting down my upper leg. The mornings are so painful. The pain comes and goes throughout the day. I’m hoping the pain doesn’t go down to my calf. I don’t want to stretch because I’m afraid it will get worse. I also have upper back pain from a couple of years ago but that’s much better. I’m getting some itching on my leg. Is that a sign of healing? I had this sciatic 4 years ago and it took 4 months to heal. I tried all kinds of pain killers 4 years ago and didn’t work. Next I tried vitamins (A,B12,C, D) Along with turmeric. It seemed to work back then. Back then the pain went down to my calf and ankle. I’m just hoping this time it doesn’t go that far down. The other day I picked up a towel from the floor and the pain was constant for several hours, 8 of 10. Yesterday the pain was a 2 of 10. Today it’s a 5 of 10. It seem like I’m taking one step forward and 1 step backwards. Is this normal for the pain to come and go like this. I hate this pain.Thanks

    • SPRC on January 22, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Tony,
      Sorry to hear about your current situation. Indeed it is common for symptoms to come and go and be variable. Although it can seem random there is usually a pattern of movements or activities that are more likely to trigger symptoms. It is worth taking time to notice what that might be for you. You have recovered previously. Itching can be a good sign that healing is occurring so hopefully you are on the road recovery. Best wishes.

      • Tony Costa on January 23, 2022 at 4:41 pm

        Thanks for the reply

    • Sheila on February 8, 2022 at 2:32 pm

      Over 12 months I’ve had scactica the pain is unbearable like I’d been set on fire I’ve had every pain killer going morphine oral morphine patches pain killers that’s made me feel like a zombie until I went to pain clinic saw a brilliant doctor recommended I have steroid injection had it no pain I can’t believe it after a year pain free so I’d ask your doctor to send you there best thing I had done good luck

  12. Rashawn on October 26, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    About 2 weeks ago is when my sciatic nerve started hurting. My left leg is still feeling heavy. Is this a normal thing or do I need so see a doctor

    • SPRC on October 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Yes, go to see your Doctor. Always best to get a diagnosis from a healthcare professional.

      • Chrystal on December 22, 2021 at 3:28 am

        Hi. I have numbness along my sciatic nerve. As I heal will the feeling come back starting in my toes or glutes? Thanks

        • SPRC on December 22, 2021 at 9:25 pm

          Hi Chrystal,
          The numbness will subside. There is no set pattern where the sensations will start to return it depends on the individual. Best wishes.

  13. Jacqueline Raymond on October 17, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    6 weeks sciatica (piriformis? never had a back issue before
    Thank you for the information here and for being encouraging. I have no back pain but has a sudden buttocks lag pain that gradually left me unable to sit after about a week. Othro said Sciatica and likely the impingement is in the pirifprmis. I have been taking ibuprofen and going to p/t. After 6 weeks it seemed to be a lot better but stuck at a plateau. Still can’t sit in the car for more than 20 minutes I haven’t tried sitting in a chair. Mornings aren’t excruciating anymore. I am getting worried and stressed about how long this typically goes on. I know people are all different, but for a female, 54 ,never had a back issue, probably too immobile due to pandemic and working from home for a year, sitting for long periods. What is the ballpark and must I consider surgery? I really don’t want to.
    I’m getting despondent. I read your blog ..and the info about surgery after 6 weeks is what I’m asking about and ballpark without surgery how long does this take before you can sit? I’m able to walk and sleep and down to 2 doses of 600mg ibuprofen a day. I have periods of normalization then it will just come back. The numbness in my foot is resolving and my foot was itching the last two days which after having shingles last year and I recognize (I hope) as nerve healing. Does having a period or needing to go to the bathroom make the pain more acute?

    • SPRC on October 17, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      Sounds like everything is going in the right direction. Itching is a good sign for healing and if you have times when everything is feeling normal that is a good sign. Hopefully the gap between the ups and downs will get wider and wider until you are fully recovered. Pain is usually more acute when we are tired or stressed so there can be many triggers that can make pain feel worse. Best wishes.

      • Andrea Meadows on October 29, 2021 at 3:46 am

        I am in a very similar situation. 48 years old-no prior back issues & began having pain in my left leg hamstring in late July. By late August I was having more pain-burning, stinging and; electrifying pain from my upper part of my back left leg down to my calf into my foot. 2 visits to the Orthopedic doctor since Mid September, 9 sessions with a PT over 3 weeks, visit to the ER and; a visit with a neurologist. I simply I’m told it’s my sciatic nerve…..and with insurance we must wait in order to have an mri. I am also on ibuprofen and; 2 other pain meds. I am doing daily stretches & exercises, walking & using a heating pad when sitting. I am also feeling there is no end to my pain. The pain in my left leg when standing is excruciating.
        I too am feeling hopeless in recovering since it’s been going on more than 2 months.

        • SPRC on October 29, 2021 at 3:37 pm

          Hello Andrea,
          The feeling of hopelessness is common and understandable. The continual pain is very wearing. Doing nothing would be even worse and you are doing all the things you need to do, which will eventually pay off. Perhaps you could consider some hot-cold therapy as part of your regime and maybe some temporary support while standing to off-load some weight from your lower back. Hope you are feeling better soon. Best wishes.

          • Omar on November 18, 2021 at 12:30 am

            I am a 26 years young. It’s about 3 or 4 years I have been suffering from sciatica pain in my leg. First it started with my right leg then this year it moved to my left leg. And I feel that my left leg is shorter than the right one. I am looking a solution to get rid of these pain. Does running help ?

            • SPRC on November 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm

              Hello Omar,
              Running is a general form of exercise that can be good for you, but it is not focussed directly on sciatica symptoms and in certain people it can aggravate symptoms. It would be best to seek advice from a physiotherapist for the best exercises for your specific case. Best wishes.

              • Chathz on November 22, 2021 at 7:12 am

                I have L5S1 annualt disc tear. my sciatic pain subsided to a dull pain that feels like muscle pains near hip knee and foot.. no sharp pains after the 3rd month. now I’m in 6th month I have a leg heaviness. specially when seated in correct posture and lying down. when walking the heaviness is not felt that much

        • Amy C. Earl on November 4, 2021 at 4:47 pm

          I am in the same boat as you! Been over two months and have got pt set up, Taking some pain meds, using stretches, heat hot tub, ice, IBU, positive mindset. I have gone to urgent care, seen a few doctors. all say Sciatica. I have been doing exercises, taking walks several times a day, sitting is hard at times, I put a rolled-up towel or pillow behind me for lumbar support and avoid cushy chairs at this point. The has subsided at times, lying down, when using heat or ice, or when asleep. ha! It will get better I keep telling myself. I believe that.
          It will get better for you as well.
          Take care!

        • Justin Crow on February 7, 2022 at 11:33 am

          Hello Andrea, I’m currently dealing with a lot of the pain symptoms that you were, at the time of this writing. I’m just curious as to how you’re doing now? I hope you are well. Thanks, Justin

    • Timothy Davis on December 6, 2021 at 4:24 am

      Yes so it sounds like your piriformis is inflamed now I want you to press deep into your buttock ( does that hurt if the answer is no then you might wanna check higher. See I thought piriformis for some time because I had same symptoms and come to find out it’s actually pretty rare . I ended up have l5 s1 disc herniation which I had microdisectomy on and now feeling better still some pain but I guess two weeks after . My symptoms before were butt and leg pain- can be mistaken for piriformis or high hamstring tendonopathy and what was a dead give away was bottom of foot pain which was so damn insane and little toe numbness. I would have never gotten the surgery if I didn’t have foot pain , I mean it was so bad I felt like my foot was swelling in my shoe which wasn’t the case.

  14. Kristel on October 6, 2021 at 10:13 am

    I have osteoarthritis in my spine which effects my lumbar L1 to L5 and my s1 I also have degenerative nerves and grossly degenerative disk problems in my back I suffer every day with lower back problems and I’m also suffering now with sciatica since June this Year I have had the most erroneous pain whatsoever I’ve been to my gp practice on multiple occasions and they have given me medication now about 6 weeks ago I started feeling a burning sensation numbness in the whole of my left hand side of my leg from my left buttock don’t to my toes but this burning sensation and numbness is leading into my thigh area and the women’s region and is also going up my back now I’m having problems going to pass a bowel movement and it’s taking along time to pass over a good half hr to 45mins just to pass 1 bowel movement now I do think there is more going on has I’m not getting much information when I consult my gp practice I feel like one side of my body is on fire and nobody is really telling me what it is and the burning sensation numbness and tingling sensations in my left side of my body feels like its on fire I also have pain in the foot too also anything that’s cold that touches my leg feels scolding hot please can somebody help me if you can please

    • SPRC on October 6, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      Dear Kristel,
      If you are struggling then it is important to go to or speak with your Doctor. The symptoms affecting your groin area and bowel movements are progressing symptoms. It is important to stress this to your Doctor. We hope you start to see some improvement soon. Best wishes.

      • Greg on October 15, 2021 at 12:14 am

        I’ve had sciatic pain down my left leg for about two years it was eventually found to be piriformis syndrome and is now healing. There is so much information about sciatic pain but none on how it actually feels as it’s healing. I’m having more sensitive feelings in my feet now accompanied by some itching I was wondering if this is normal after such a long time Of having sciatica like pain

        • SPRC on October 15, 2021 at 8:42 am

          Hello Greg,
          Nerves are the slowest healing tissue in the body so it can take a while sometimes. Reduced intensity of symptoms, sensations returning and itching are good signs for nerve healing. Best wishes.

      • Tom Snape on January 26, 2022 at 8:53 pm

        If anyone has sciatica and experience bowel or urinary issues should immediately seek emergency treatment

    • Jack on November 10, 2021 at 7:50 am

      A and E doctor told me to go back if I have trouble with bowel movements. It’s an indication of a serious problem. You need to see a doctor.

    • Timothy Davis on December 6, 2021 at 4:27 am

      You need to go to er and make sure it’s a level one trauma center and tell them you are having saddle amnesia and you are setting yourself and having trouble with bowel movements. They will do an emergency MRI and you will get some answers.

  15. Kat on September 3, 2021 at 3:18 am

    I have had what appears to be sciatica for over a year now. I’m take a large dose of Lyrica but I’m still in a lot of pain, we just upped my dose too. Over the past month I’ve been wondering if it really is sciatica. It presents as it but no treatment is working. I’ve done chiro, heat, ice any over the counter medicine that might help but nothing is. Is it possible something might seem like sciatica but not actually be it? And what could it possibly be? I can’t see my doctor for 2 months to discuss my concerns

    • SPRC on September 5, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Hello Kat,
      It is important to remember that sciatica is a symptom not a condition. There are several things that can cause sciatica symptoms the most common being nerve root irritation of the nerves emanating from the lumbar spine. This root cause accounts for probably 85% of the cases of people experiencing sciatica so tends to be called the condition. If you have any concerns you should try to see your Doctor as soon as practicable. We have a blog that gives some other things that lead to sciatica type symptoms, which is worth a read. There are other things too. Hope you are feeling better soon.

    • Teresa Everett on September 10, 2021 at 7:48 pm

      I’ve had excellent results with acupuncture (and I hate needles). A good acupuncturist can make your sciatica get better with each visit. Mine took three (but she moved out-of-state).

      • Josh on October 26, 2021 at 1:20 pm

        I totally agree Teresa. My Physiotherapist had 1x Acupuncture session with me and the pain subsided away in the back of my Leg. Unfortunately we went into Lockdown and have not being able to get further treatment for my Sciatica symptoms.

    • Sarah on September 22, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      Hi kat i am in exactly the same situation and i’m really fed up of hearing all the same suggestions about physio and keeping mobile. I’ve had five different physios all giving simialar exercises, i’ve tried acupunture, i’ve had a spinal injection nothing has helped. Even walking aggravates it let alone anything else. The drugs don’t seem to be helping at all. It’s horredous so i feel your pain. I’m going to try one more injection but the waiting list is slow so i’m paying to see a specialist as like you i can’t cope with it.

  16. Kumar S. on August 1, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Hi, I am 30 years old, when I wake up in the morning there is always pain from standing up to even trying to sit on the toilet on the lower right side of my body. The pain is from my buttocks area and heavy in the back of my right thigh. I usually notice that sleeping on my side is a bit more comfortable and sometimes I am able to sleep flat on my back as well. I usually have to sit and stretch in the morning because as soon as I get out of bed there is numbness and tingling and a lot of pain when I stand on my right leg. I tried acupuncture and it left like it helped, I was also looking into chiropractor. Do you think these things will help or if you can guide me in the right direction.

    • SPRC on August 6, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      Dear Sundeep,
      Sorry to hear of your situation. Sounds like you are on the right track by doing things that help alleviate your pain and get you going in the morning. It sounds like compression of the lower spine may trigger your symptoms as you say when you stand your symptoms start. Read our blog on the how to get out of bed in the morning. This routine may help warm you up before you start the day. Best wishes.

  17. Angela on July 29, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Hello! I am 22 female. Last Saturday I fell off of a porch directly on my hip and back. I was told it was only a strained/bruised lower back muscle and nothing was broken. I can walk okay for the most part now. But when I try to get out of bed, I have excruciating pain through my back and butt and my leg. It’s absolutely horrible and it BURNS. It feels like my body is on fire. Once I get standing, I am better for the most part. I know they say bed rest isn’t ideal but I hurt so badly that I just have to lay in bed to relieve any pressure. When I sit in a chair, I have to have my back completely straight otherwise if I don’t, I get the burning feeling when I go to stand up. Is there anything that can help with this?! My doctor refused to order me an MRI and said I was completely fine and just have to rest/move around and continue taking naproxen and muscle relaxer. Idk how much longer I can take this pain. It is the worst thing I’ve ever felt in my life. Please help

    • SPRC on August 1, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Hello Angela,
      Sorry to hear about your accident. The symptoms you describe sound like sciatica symptoms, but it would be good to get confirmation of this from a healthcare professional. You do not necessarily need a scan. A good assessment with a manual therapist such as a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor should be able to determine that for you. Sometimes when people have traumatic events at the lower back hip, this can cause issues at the sacroilliac joint leading to sciatica symptoms. Given your age you will recover fairly quickly so for now just manage your symptoms with some simple modifications so as not to exacerbate them. Once the symptoms start to calm most people can increase their activity levels to help with recovery. Best wishes.

    • Veronica on September 21, 2021 at 10:21 pm

      Hola Angela, I was in your situation, my pain only got worse after weeks of being in excruciating pain, I asked Dr. to order an MRI, and Insurance didn’t want to pay, so I paid for my own, happens that I had Herniation disc L5 S1, I made appointment with Neurologist, I had a test named Nerve conduction to check the damage in my nerves, don’t wait too long, find a Dr who can help you, my Neurologist gave a great Meds helped me with inflammation and that relieved the pain.

      • Sarah on September 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm

        Hi which drugs are you finding work well for you? I am not getting much relief from amitriptyline at the moment

  18. priya Li on July 28, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    I am 36 years old female. I live very healthy life style with proper workout and controlled weight.
    Past 2 months my pain started and gradually increased. Tried acupuncture and home stretches. My doctor prescribed anti -inflammatory tablets for a month, it didn’t work so directed me to Orthopedic.They checked my X-ray and my spine and discs are perfect and directed me to Physical therapy .
    I could’n even walk for a week. Now slowly I am walking, but not sure when back to normal? Not sure what is the cause of this issue? Will it come back again?
    Mornings are fine, towards night pain slowly build up.

    • SPRC on August 1, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      Dear Priya,
      Firstly, you need to ask the healthcare professionals you are working with as to what is causing your symptoms. An orthopaedic doctor and physiotherapist should be able to diagnose your symptooms.
      People experiencing sciatica symptoms in the gluteal area and/or in the leg can be caused by issues in the lower back and if not there it can be caused by issues in the gluteal area giving rise to conditions such as piriformis syndrome or deep gluteal syndrome.
      We hope you find the root cause of your symptoms soon. Best wishes.

      • Shannon Woodburn on August 5, 2021 at 3:17 pm

        Shannon and I am 48 I have been having a sciatic nerve pain in my right leg and a herniated disc in lumbar area I have been not able to walk I have to the hospital like 5 times already the last time I went there they told no surgery after all in my back but go see a spine specialist I have been not even be able to walk for about a month or so I ve been laying down longer than that I barely getting feeling back in my shin and my foot and ankle in my right leg my right knee is getting feeling back little bit but my right thigh still hurts on top all the way to my groin area is that normal

        • SPRC on August 6, 2021 at 10:01 pm

          Hi Shannon,
          Sorry to hear about your current situation. The symptoms you describe sound like they are in the front of your leg (groin, thigh, shin). If this is the case then pain in this area is associated with femoral nerve pain, which is similar to sciatica but not the same. Sciatica symptoms are at the back of the leg. You need to be sure what is causing your symptoms so best to discuss with your doctor. Best wishes.

  19. Ashna on July 16, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Hello. I have sciatic pain it has been 2 month now. I want to find out whether i am getting better. The tingling sensation has reduced in my leg but still numb. And compare to before i can walk better now. The pain in my back is worst. I need help.. I just want to feel better from this unbearable pain. Thank you

    • SPRC on July 16, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      Hello Ashna,
      From what you describe you have reducing symptoms, which demonstrates improvement and is a good indicator you are getting better. Unfortunatley the recovery can never come quick enough, but take heart that things are generally going in the right direction. Best wishes.

      • Michelle on July 26, 2021 at 7:57 am

        Hi got bulging disk and root irritation .I have never felt pain like this .I’m on 20 mil of morphine daily and pheagablin 450 .This has changed my life the pain is unreal I have been admitted for five days .I get up in bad pain the family have too do everything. I’ve been referred to pain clinic. Any advice would be great.

        • SPRC on August 1, 2021 at 6:16 pm

          Hi Michelle,
          With the level of pain you are experiencing it is always difficult to imagine getting through this. In this acute phase it is important to focus on the near future when this pain will start to subside, because even though it does not feel like it now it will. When it does you can then focus on doing things to help your recover. For now listen to the healthcare professionals helping you to get those pain levels under control. Best wishes.

          • Arlene on November 4, 2021 at 2:23 am

            I too am experiencing unbelievable pain with sciatica from herniated disc. I too wondered tonight how long will this be? Where is the light at the end of this dark miserable tunnel?
            After reading your one response to someone it gives me hope that I will see it. No matter how it feels right now and that I need to do as dr says and be assured that it will get better.
            Thank you.

  20. vivian on June 14, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    hello.. My pain started 7 months ago…stiffness in my lower back that made it difficult getting in and out of a car. Then the next month, the pain increased (lower back, left hip, thighs and knees). I had difficulty standing up when I sat down for a long time. It was so painful when I cough, sneeze or even when I open my mouth to take food. So painful when I sat down on the toilet bowl. I couldn’t put my pants on on my own. Couldn’t bend down to pick up anything that I just resorted to kicking all fallen stuff to one corner of my room for somebody to pick up later. I dread rising up in the morning because the pain was excruciating once both my feet were already on the floor. I saw a doctor and had x-rays. Told me that I have bone slight degeneration on my lower back. But if it’s so mild why the intense pain? I’ve undergone physio theraphy where they use Electric Machine and TENS on my lower back. The PT also taught me stretching exercises that I can do to manage the pain at home. The pain improved that I already stopped taking pain relievers..But numbness and weakness in both my feet and legs started that makes it so hard to walk. I feel like I’m not in total control of my legs and will fall down anytime.

    My question is how come that just when the pain is finally decreasing, the numbness and weakness in my legs increased? Is this sciatica? I hope you can enlighten me since my doctors are not very accommodating and won’t explain things to me at length. Thank you..

    • SPRC on June 14, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      Hello Vivian, sciatica is a name given to a group of symptoms that affect the sciatic nerve. What the cause of those symptoms are is what your Doctor needs to tell you. What you describe sound like sciatica symptoms. Pain, numbness and muscle weakness are all things that can occur. There is no specific order that these things happen. People can experience one symptom or all. It can be quite random. Try speaking with your Doctor and asking what is the root cause of your sciatica symptoms. Knowing the root cause can help for better management and recovery. Best wishes.

  21. clara on June 8, 2021 at 12:05 am

    i have had sciatica for 3 plus months. I had a MRI done and i am pressing on a nerve in my lower back. I have tired therapy and so far has helped but it comes right back and i feel therapy not helping to get the pain out my leg. what other advice can you give that might be helpful

    • SPRC on June 8, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Hi Clara,
      The best advice would be to continue with the therapy that is helping. It takes a while for nerves to heal but if you are seeing some benefit then there is a good chance you will heal fully. The gaps between going forward and going backwards will get wider and wider. Read the blogs on our site and see if there are any tips that resonate with you. Best wishes.

  22. Arnav Sharma on June 6, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Last year in June, I injured my back while lifting heavy stuff. Later in December, I started playing badminton, I felt some pain in my hip and by March I was unable to walk properly. The doctor diagnosed me with sciatica. I’m 22 years old. Now in June, I am able to do most of my daily tasks normally. But the pain occurs multiple times a day, for some minutes each time. Now that almost 4 months have passed, I’m wondering if I’ll be able to ever completely recover from this pain. Please suggest if there is anything I can do to fasten the recovery process or will I have to live with this for the rest of my life

    • SPRC on June 6, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      Dear Arnav,
      It is hard to tell whether you have sciatica symptoms or not from what you have described so we cannot comment on that. Sciatica symptoms do not usually start at the hip so being absolutely clear on with a diagnosis is key. At 22 you are young so have youth and time on your side for healing. If it is sciatica symptoms you definitely do not have to live with this for the rest of your life. Best wishes.

  23. Soniya on May 20, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Hi I slept on one side and next day in morning I sensed a stretch numbness on left side shoulder to wrist and hip to foot! I thought it to be random nerve pull! There is no pain so I gave MRI or XRAYS a pass! Can you suggest something

    • SPRC on May 20, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      Hello Soniya,
      The numbness in your shoulder and arm does not involve the sciatic nerve. Although you are not experiencing pain if the numbness is still there then we would suggest a visit to the Doctor or a physiotherapist would be a good idea so that you can get to the full and complete diagnosis of what is going on.
      Best wishes.

    • John Glaw on August 4, 2021 at 9:27 am

      Discuss all diagnostics you can with your doctor. Xrays, MRI, Catscan.

  24. Lori on April 12, 2021 at 11:22 am

    I’m a right leg amputee due to bone tumors. I realize my left side has taken quite a beating being off and on crutches in between surgeries to save my leg. My left maybe have been overworked and a bit fatigued, but no real pain to speak of. After TMR surgery last year, I fell backwards in a sitting position and hit the wood part of a couch. I heard bone break. The tailbone pain was instant and shocking. A few days later, my lower back, lower stomach and the outside of left thigh went numb. At the hospital, an MRI showed fracture of L1 and brused tailbone. I had surgery to repair the fracture, but every since that fall, I’ve had constant severe sciatica. It’s always the same with throbbing in lower back, rectal pressure and leg and foot pain as well as bottom of foot numbness. At it’s worse, it feels like someone’s trying to pry my hips apart. A pain mgt doc started me on low dose time released pain meds. They work well for the pain and don’t feel drugged. Problem is I can’t handle the pain without medication. I’ve tried every stretch, over the counter meds, massage, pressure points ect…they just make it worse. I finally have a great prosthetic leg and my gait is great. I just want to be out of pain and get back to life.

    • SPRC on April 12, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Lori,
      Sounds like things are going in the right direction albeit you need pain medication at the moment. Discuss with your Doctor if it is possible to gradually reduce the dosage of pain medication over time to and see if you can be gently weaned off them as your sciatica symptoms reduce. It is a difficult balance to get right but something you can consider trying. Best wishes.

  25. Barry on April 8, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    I have had sciatica symptoms for around 4 months. Being taking medication and following physio but it seems to be getting worse. During the day trying to stay active is getting much harder with my foot being numb and at night the pain is unbearable. The painkillers only really take the edge off it. And my stomach is feeling the effect of taking pain killers for 4 months. Mentally it is very hard with less than two hrs of sleep a night and no matter how many times i ask my doctor for help it is just the same answer pain killers and physio. Is there any other options

    • SPRC on April 8, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Sorry to hear about your situation Barry. From what you have described if your sleep is being severely affected then this will make it more difficult to recovery. We all feel pain more when we are deprived of sleep. In this situation we should make improving your sleep a priority. We know this is easier said than done. Consider speaking to your Doctor about the lack of sleep. In the meantime read our blogs from the beginning. They cover many typical daily and nightly situations you will encounter and hopefully you will pick up a few helpful tips to help get you on the path to recovery. Best wishes.

    • kim on April 28, 2021 at 5:17 am

      I feel your pain. I have no pain killers as over the counter one don’t work and any prescription ones I either get an allergic reaction, can’t afford, or the doctor will not prescribe. As for physiotherapy the only one I am covered for is given by the hospital and it is shut down because of covid. I cannot afford the $75/hour for private physio. I can’t even afford muscle relaxants.

    • Pam on July 28, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      I am also dealing w this and have researched inversion therapy. I just ordered an inversion table on Amazon. Check it out and read reviews. Seems to really help sciatica by stretching spine/ giving the pinched area some relief/helps it return to place. Going to try it. You don’t go fully inverted- slowly tilt and give back a stretch.

  26. MooreM on March 25, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Hello, My Sciatica pain started exactly 12 days ago. 2 weeks prior to the first day of pain – I fell but not from very far. I was walking slowly through the snow and I fell. The symptoms showed up 2 weeks later after walking for about 5 miles and forgetting to stretch. I am currently waiting for an MRI appointment to see if it is a herniated disc. The sharp pain in the buttock symptoms have lessened but both of my legs are extremely weak that I can not stand for longer than 2 minutes. Is that worrisome? I am a very active and outgoing person so this has been very hard on my mental health. Is there a positive road to recovery and what should I do from this early on to ensure a full recovery? please advice.

    • SPRC on April 5, 2021 at 10:31 am

      Sorry to hear about your fall. THE MRI scan will help to show if it is a herniated disc. Have you seen a physio or Doctor so they can physically examine you and take a full history as well? This is important. On the whole although something like this can be very painful and concerning if it is related to a lower back issue the vast majority of the time a full recovery is made. Once you have a diagnosis a path to full recovery can be planned. If it is sciatica related symptoms due to a herniated disc you can read the blogs on our site and you will find lots of ideas that can help you as you recover. Best wishes.

      • Irma on June 7, 2021 at 6:40 am

        Hello, I’m 26 and my sciatica started January 2021 after lifting a heavy tote. I have an L5-S1 moderate herniated disc. It’s going on 6 months and it’s less intense than before but I still get pain in my right buttock and thigh. I’m worried about getting an epidural steroid injection. Should I wait it out or do injection? I’m worried my sciatica won’t go away if I don’t do something more invasive about it. Any tips? I do cobra stretches daily and help. Thank you.

        • SPRC on June 7, 2021 at 1:26 pm

          Hello Irma,
          Sorry to hear about your sciatica. You know how much pain you are feeling and whether your symptoms are improving from when they first started. Epidural steroid injections may provide some relief to accelerate the healing process. If you have any concerns you need to discuss these with your Doctor. In terms of things to do that can help you pay attention to what triggers symptoms and what does not. You can then modify your activities accordingly to try and minimise exacerbating symptoms. We are all different some people would find cobra stretches aggravate their symptoms, but this does not appear to be the case for you. Read our blogs and take the things, which resonate for you. You have youth on your side so you are highly likely to make a full recovery in the future.

  27. Margaret Thilthorpe on March 6, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    I am female age 72. One morning i got out of bed and all of a sudden and my.hip and leg pain was excrutiating. That started about 8 months ago, it started to ease off then has come back. It’s awful. If I sit for a while whilst out walking it eases off a bit then i can walk a little further and so on. It is badly ruining my life. The pain is iright down in my lower back when coughing l. My leg tingles and feel funny at my knee area.what kn earth can be wrong. I can’t go far as I can only walk for a while before it’s just too, too painful. Any suggestions please.

    • SPRC on March 6, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      Sorry to hear about that Margaret. Sounds as though it could be sciatica symptoms coming from nerve root irritation in the lower back. The best way to be sure is to visit a Doctor or physiotherapist so your symptoms can be correctly diagnosed. Hot-cold therapy can sometimes be effective in helping reduce symptoms and is something you can consider trying. There is a blog about this technique on our site. Best wishes.

    • Rachel Peine on May 19, 2021 at 4:04 am

      I am 73 and started having sciatica pain towards the end of last fall. eventually, I couldn’t walk at all. everyone said you just have to wait it out, so i waited and hoped it would go away. it didn’t. i finally had surgery two weeks ago with Dr. Malhotra at Penn Medicine. i was able to walk right away, but this is going to be a long slow recovery, because i can’t walk very far without starting to ache. also, i hope this helps someone: i am taking gabapentin, a muscle relaxer and ibuprofen three times a day. Good luck to all – it really sucks!

  28. Sumit on January 29, 2021 at 8:29 am

    I’m 21 year old. I’m suffering from the sciatic pain about 2.5 months. Actually this pain was started through my gymnasium. I didn’t feel any pain in my lower but yes in the left hip I will a little gentle pain.
    I wanna tell you that I can run I can walk Any activity i can do. But when I sit for a long time and try to stand then I feel difficulty.
    So please tell me the reason what should I do

    • SPRC on January 29, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      Hello Sumit,
      Sorry to hear about your pains. The most important thing to do right now is get assessed by a healthcare professional and preferably in person. You may have sciatica symptoms but based on your age and the activities you can do it is wise to get it checked out and make sure it is not something else. Hope you’re feeling better soon.
      Best regards

  29. Roger Fagan on January 13, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    I’ve was a fit and active 70 year old, still able to skip and tap dance, and I triggered severe Sciatica all by myself. I decided to do a cliff path walk with some twenty and thirty year olds,, determined to keep up with them on the steep uphill climbs. What could possibly go wrong? Sciatica is the worst thing I’ve ever had in my life, quite debilitating. When I got some relief I had to set myself small achievable goals and so far it is keeping it at bay.
    No matter how bad the weather, I have to do my walking, – each day increased by a couple of hundred metres\yards, Gentle uphills are more comfortable than the flats or downhills but they’re hard to avoid when you’ve gone uphill. EVERY MORNING without fail, I have to do some basic Pilates, stretching and resistance excercises the very moment I get out of bed. If I don’t, then my calf and achilles tendon is stiff and I start the rolling gait limp earlier than I would have done. Just keep up the constant little excercise, and the moment it begins to hurt, stop, meaning you don’t go far away from home or car, Good luck.

  30. Mary on January 3, 2021 at 1:06 am

    I had a bad bout of sciatica four years ago and again two years ago. I’m much better, mainly due to exercise including lots of Pilates. I still have some numbness in my foot and nerve tingling in my leg. Is there any hope still that this could go away, or am I likely stuck with it? Any tips to get a better recovery?

    • SPRC on January 3, 2021 at 5:51 pm

      Hello Mary,
      Although symptoms can persist for extended periods of time most people can recover without experiencing any symptoms. This could be the case for you even after this length of time. Sounds like you are doing all the right things. When symptoms people experience are not there all time they should focus their efforts on what triggers the symptoms when they do arise. There is most likely a pattern and once recognised you are in a better position to work out what you can do to help complete the recovery. Best wishes.

  31. Glori on December 10, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Hi! I am a 19 year old girl who has had sciatica for over a year (October 2019). I have gone to plenty of doctors and am currently in sadness and frustration that my sciatica is not going away. I have realized that a sedentary lifestyle prevents my pain from flaring up, and not even a walk in the park makes my sciatica feel better and it flares up instead. I went to pt for five months in the summer, and it only made my pain worse. I got it from overworking myself at the gym and I heard something pop. Since then, my sciatica nerve is too fragile to handle anything and I still can not bend over without the pain aching afterwards. I have also tried massage therapy and plenty of medications. I am so frustrated, words can not describe how I feel. Everytime I breathe in, my back cracks. Please tell me if there is anything I can do to be better. I have tried almost everything and I am giving up. Thank you for reading.

    • SPRC on December 13, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Glori,
      Sorry to hear of your trials and tribulations. The times it is taking you to recover is not typical. It is hard but very important not to give up and to keep trying different things. Your PT is probably excellent, but it is worth trying another that has a slightly different approach. Different things work for different people. You definitely have one great advantage and that is youth. You describe situations where the ‘pain flares up’ or ‘aching afterwards’. Very little and very often is an approach you may want to try so you can quickly work out just how much is too much. A level of activity that does not flare your symptoms up is the best place to start and build up steadily from there. Unfortunately your path to recovery is a long haul but you will get there. Best wishes.

      • Terry b on March 7, 2021 at 6:11 am

        Im getting a microdiscectomy next week. Sounds promising.

        • Barbara Langhorne on April 6, 2021 at 2:58 am

          Did this help? I have really bad lower back pain, down my buttocks, both my thighs and down my private parts.

        • Sarah on September 22, 2021 at 9:11 pm

          Hi can i ask how this went and if it helped? I am considering it. Thanks

    • Carmelina Maida-Meza on December 19, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      Dear Glori,
      Sorry about your trouble. I am going through something similar. I found that a foot reflexology massage helps me a little bit with the pain. Also, laying down with a big yoga ball under my legs is soothing. I don’t know if this would work for you, but it works for me and maybe it would help someone like you. Good luck

  32. Cherryl on October 28, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I have had sciatica for over two months now. It is in my left buttock and runs down my leg. Sometimes the pain makes me cry. Some mornings I can’t even bend to put my socks and shoes on. I think I know when I did it while picking up some heavy pots in the garden. It came on suddenly two days later. Bending is difficult. Some days I think it has gone but then it starts again. I’ve had trapped nerves before but nothing like this

    • SPRC on October 28, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      Sorry to hear this Cherryl,
      Even though you have experience of nerve pain before please do make sure you get this checked out by an appropriate healthcare professional. We’re sure you have already done this, but still worth mentioning just in case. We hope you start improving soon. Best wishes.

  33. Eileen Sayers on October 12, 2020 at 3:52 am

    August 6th it started on my left buttock n started getting more painful each day to where I only had to lay completely straight to be pain free, as soon as I got up to use the restroom severe pain to where I cried I had a mri done n have two herniated discs, I had a epidural steroid shot which didn’t really help I was unable to shower or do anything I was completely need ridden for 36 days when I would go to appointments I had to have the car seat pushed all the way back to where I was completely straight I went thru hell had to use a walker to get up for the restroom my kids had to wash my hair in bed I couldn’t work I couldn’t do nothing.. this has been the worst pain I have ever been in I was given OxyContin Vicodin Percocet n morphine I was hospitalized for three days where I had morphine this was a life changing thing for me, I was suppose to have surgery but got put off because of my a1c so I’m trying to get my sugars down so I can have surgery, but as of right now my pain just gradually went away and I feel pretty normal I am so happy to be able to get up n walk n do what I used to do, so I’m just wondering why it just went away?

    • SPRC on October 12, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Hi Eileen,
      That sounds like an ordeal, but glad to hear you came through it. The fact of the matter is the body can heal if given the opportunity. So, even as you are enduring the pain the healing process is taking place. Unfortunately nerves heal slowly. The pressure that is exerted on nerve roots in the lower back can subside as the swelling due to inflammation in the nerve reduces and if the herniation/bulging disc retracts. Both take time but this sometimes possible. Stay well.

      • Matt on November 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm

        Got sciatica pain in middle of night, worst pain I’ve ever experienced.B urning down left leg. I could walk no problem other than that I could only lie completely flat. Sitting was torture…I got 3 rounds of prednisone but pain would always return. Found out I had herniated disc l5 also affecting l4 s1… during third round of steroid and week following I’ve started feeling better…I got foot weakness right away and that remains but otherwise better. Getting pt but it seems they only work on core strength. Anyway I felt pretty good last 3,4 5 days but today the sciatica is acting up more than usual though not as bad as first 2 weeks.. is this normal? To be expected? It’s very rainy and cool today as well.. i’m just discouraged today.

        • SPRC on November 23, 2020 at 9:23 pm

          Ups and downs on the road to recovery is normal Matt. Sounds like you are doing well, as you are going in the right direction. Take heart in that fact when the symptoms return. The gaps between symptoms and feeling great will get longer and longer. Keep up the PT work. That’s key to giving you the best chance of it not returning when you fully recover. Best wishes.

    • Michelle on October 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

      Oh my gosh! This sounds exactly like me right now! I am on week 5 of being bedridden. My poor kids have to do everything. I have to eat laying down because I can’t sit or stand for more than 3 minutes. I show up at my appointments shaking, crying and in so much pain. I’m only taking t3s. I finally felt like yesterday the pain and deadness in my foot is going away. I’m trying to walk a tiny bit in the home with my walker. I used to be very active and this is mentally debilitating as well as physically. Please tell me how and when it went away. I would love a little inspiration and hope right now!

  34. Susan on September 16, 2020 at 2:25 am

    I at the end of April, my hamstring pain turned into leg numbness and weakness. I was started on celebrex and lyrical. I started basic physio. No both my legs go numb and weak if I try to walk. I was doing ok atvwalking 1.5 miles per hour for 10 minutes sometimes. But now I am back to numbness and weakness as soon as I walk and sometimes at rest. It has been 4 months. I am becoming afraid of permanent nerve damage. How do I get better? I’m losing my mind!

  35. Varun on September 12, 2020 at 3:03 am

    I had sciatica from past one month, It started from using excessive weight in gym,I was doing back squats and it went wrong.
    I was having pain starting from my lower right back till my right ankle,
    Now the pain has improved but still have a little pain in center back, a little tenderness
    I know i will be fine in few weeks but afraid to decide if i should starting working out again or not.
    (I am 30 years old)

    • SPRC on September 12, 2020 at 8:55 am

      Dear Varun,
      Sounds like you are well on the road to recovery. Consider reviewing your exercise routine and rehabilitating fully before trying to lift anything too heavy in the gym. Something like a course of Pilates could be very useful. When you decide to return to the gym steady progression will be important.
      Take care and best wishes.

  36. Susan on August 29, 2020 at 4:28 am

    At the end of April, my hamstring pain turned into leg numbness and weakness. I was started on celebrex and lyrica. I started basic physio. Now both my legs go numb and weak if I try to walk. I was doing ok at walking 1.5 miles per hour for 10 minutes sometimes. But now I am back to numbness and weakness as soon as I walk and sometimes at rest. It has been 4 months. I am becoming afraid of permanent nerve damage. How do I get better? I’m losing my mind!

    • SPRC on August 30, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      Dear Susan,
      Losing your mind is a common feeling for people that experience sciatic pain symptoms. Sounds like you are under the care of great healthcare professionals. The fact you improved is a great sign. It means you can get better. Often people do a little too much in the rehab phase and have a slight step backward. Maybe that is something to discuss with your physio. Painful as sciatica is the likelihood of permanent nerve damage is very slim so try not to worry. Keep following the advice from the healthcare professionals. If you read our blogs you may find some useful tips of little things that might help in day to day life. Best wishes.

  37. Linda Smith on February 28, 2020 at 10:09 am

    I have had sciatica since October. Pain in lower back,.buttocks ,thigh and pins and needles in foot. Physio has sorted back but the other pains persist..Can’t sleep due to the pain. Been doing the exercises . Everyone tells me it will start to improve. How long does this take, can’t see an end to it…………………………..

    • SPRC on February 28, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Dear Linda,
      Your situation is like many others although most people show improvement with sciatica symptoms earlier than 4-5 months. The vast majority of people improve with time so what people are telling you is true. The most significant thing that you have mentioned is the fact it is affecting your sleep. It is really important to get this situation to improve as this will help to speed your recovery. Speak with your Doctor and physio about the sleep issue and see what advice they have for. Also read the blogs we have on sleeping with sciatica. We have a couple. We hope you are feeling better soon.

      • Melissa E McKenzie on July 26, 2020 at 10:53 pm

        My Name is Melissa . I have Sciatica. . I have had it now for 3 months. It hurts so bad that I cry. It hurts when I sit at night I can hardly sleep the pain is so bad. Can’t stand long either. The only comfort is when I am walking. I try everything. Hot and cold methods herbs oils massages. Medication. I just don’t know. I hurt every Day . Could u please give me some advice on it . Thank u

        • SPRC on July 26, 2020 at 11:20 pm

          Hello Melissa,
          Sorry to hear what you are going through. Getting good sleep is vital as we feel pain more when we are deprived of sleep. Keep experimenting with the things that help you. If walking brings comfort that try and time a gentle walk later in the evening. Even if it means around the home. Also consider the timing of any pain relief medication from your doctor. The most important thing is to keep trying different things and don’t give up. Read our blogs and see if there is anything there you could try. The pain will subside eventually. Best wishes.

        • Julie on August 12, 2020 at 11:08 pm

          Hi Melissa. I have had severe sciatica now since 2nd March 2020. I cannot sleep the pain is so bad, when I do sleep I’m in excruciating pain and cannot walk well for an hour or so on waking. I sleep for 2/3 hrs max. I have had an MR and it’s revealed I have 3 herniated discs, I’ve had 16 sessions of physio which I pay for and it has made no difference. I’m on 450mg of pregabalin and I still have no relief. Consultant at the hospital has offered me a steroid Injection but has said I may have to live with the pain as my discs are not bulging enough to have surgery. He showed me no sympathy whatsoever In fact he made me feel I was wasting his time. I use an ice compress and do gentle exercises which help me slightly. You have to be careful what exercises you do. I wish you luck as I feel so isolated and unless a doctor has had this they have no idea what it like.

    • Nancy on July 26, 2020 at 11:54 pm

      I got a shot. Its been a week please someone tell how long does take go way

  38. Dave on August 30, 2019 at 5:55 am

    My left leg has become increasingly debilitated over 2 weeks – pain started in and centralised still in buttock.Sitting and lying down were the only options for me. After going to a chiropractor lying down with straight legs became impossible – sitting is my only relief position.
    Standing more than 10 seconds starts to throb and becomes unbearable within a minute. Pain killers (co-codamil or naproxen) do not seem to help.
    I cannot go into work just now due to this, cannot do anything.
    Any suggestions?

    • SPRC on September 2, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Sorry to hear this Dave. If the pain has been getting worse over the last two weeks and you are now unable to work then a visit to your Doctors (if you have not already been) is necessary. The positions you adopt seem to affect you a lot so a physiotherapist may be able to give advice on movement patterns that may help. Bringing down the inflammation may help with cold therapy so have a look at our blog on that. Hopefully you will be on the road to recovery very soon. Best wishes.

    • Janet on September 19, 2019 at 10:41 am

      I have this problem also. I try to keep active and as soon as I stand up or walk my leg and my foot god numb. I’ve been docs and she said I have to do little as possible like no hoovering or bending. Im on painkiller s also and i have to have time off work. I keep to my physio excersise I wish it would go away. Got two dogs I want to walk and it’s so frustrating.

      • SPRC on September 20, 2019 at 9:10 am

        Hi Janet,
        We feel your frustration.Stick with the physio exercises and read some of our other blogs for more ideas to get relief. I’m sure it will start to improve soon. Best wishes.

        • Nilesh on October 18, 2020 at 5:09 am

          Hi I’m Nilesh I’m 24 i have sciatica pain from last 3weeks in right leg it’s unbearable pain it’s hurts while walking n stretch exercise i saw lots of video regards exercise in sciatica but now I’m unable to doing that stretches i have taken Gabapentin n thiocolchicocide doses pls help.

          • SPRC on October 19, 2020 at 1:54 pm

            Dear Nilesh,
            We are very sorry to hear about your sciatica pain. Visit your Doctor and listen to your Doctor’s advice. If the pain is unbearabl perhaps some pain medication in the short term is required to allow you to be able to function and do the exercises that can help you. Consider seeing a physical therapist. In the long term physical activities prescribed by a healthcare practitioner will be the most effective for your long-term recovery and the earlier you start the better.
            We hope you recover soon. Best wishes.

      • Manzoor on August 7, 2020 at 3:25 pm

        My pain started 3 months ago ,left side of my back just below the hip also have pain just above the ankle on the side of same leg.have tingling sensation on side of leg right down to foot,sometimes it feels numb. Gp referred me to physiotherapist, cos of corona virus it was telephone chat,I was given some light exercise to do,after 2 months felt a slight improvement, I wasn’t crouching so much,also tried private chriopractor,about 8 sessions it was a waste of money.also tried a chinese karate instructor who also specializes in muscular nerve pain,that was more like torture, but still the pain is still there,tried cold iceing and heat therapy, tried message with different oils nothing is working for me tried naproxen, ibuprofen gel,voltrol gel,also codeine, and gabapentin, I have getting very anxious, I haven’t got many hair left to put out .on top of all this is covid 19 era.

        • Ravi Boricha on September 17, 2020 at 10:34 am

          I got sciatica from a disc bulge three months back. The pain comes and goes in my left leg. The pain has reduced a lot. But still when I get down to sleep the sciatica hurts but very little. And i once i have laid down the pain doesnt come back. I can say that only some twisting moments hurts my sciatica other than that I am pain free. Can you tell me at what stage of revovery I am in??.. Please do reply!!

          • SPRC on September 17, 2020 at 11:13 am

            Dear Ravi,
            It sounds like you are well on the road to recovery. Your symptoms reducing tells you this. I am sure your healthcare provider will be able to assure you. The good news is it sounds as though you know exactly what exacerbates your symptoms. With help from your healthcare provider a few simple activity modifications to reduce the possibility of aggravating symptoms will be beneficial. Remember nerves heal slowly, but in the vast majority of cases they can heal. Best wishes.

            • Steph on November 27, 2020 at 9:43 pm

              Hi, I’m 36, lone parent to three boys, love running and im a 2nd yr student paramedic.
              5 weeks ago after a HITT workout I woke with sciatica, doctors prescribed me with Naproxen and Co-Codamol after a week of pain. I had sports massages but still in pain. My eldest son (12) has to put my socks on for me in the morning.
              Nearly 6 weeks in, I’ve been on Amitriptyline for 4 nights and having trips to a chiropractor.
              I’m at my wits end now. I don’t know what else to do next. I’m supposed to be back at work next week, how can I when I can barely walk.
              My placement with the ambulance service is coming up and I want to be fully able bodied for the 12 hour shifts with no pain.
              Please help. Thank you.

              • SPRC on November 28, 2020 at 2:50 pm

                Hi Steph,
                Sorry to hear about your pain and predicament. Without knowing your full history it is difficult to advise specifics. From what you have said you are fit young and healthy so you’re highly likely to heal soon. Understandably you want to be fully fit for work, but putting pressure on yourself to heal could slow it down rather than speed it up. If your sciatica symptoms are from the typical lower back nerve root irritation and you feel pain when bending and standing then you could try to reduce the inflammation in the lower back region with hot cold therapy. Our blog on massage for sciatica describes how that works. Try and work out what exacerbates symptoms the most and work out activity modifications to limit the impact. For example if you standing up and walking seems to trigger symptoms most then consider using a device to temporarily assist you while walking, e.g. a crutch or cane to take the weight off the affected side. The most important thing is to stay active keep trying to find solutions. This will keep you motivated and encourage healing. Best wishes.

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