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Comment from: Vicki J, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I have chronic sciatica on the left side, but have today experienced hot burning pain done and up both legs, and under the feet. It was very intense and lasted about 5 minutes. I have also had the same sensation in the lower back and across both buttocks.

Comment from: Tired of hurting, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I have had sciatica for about 5 years now since I was pregnant with my boy. At first it was just on the left side. Painful to walk, having to stop because the pain was so bad. Now I have it on my right side as well, thanks to my girl. I have hip pain and leg pain all the time. I am barely being able to get out of bed or sleep well. I can barely lift my baby up because my back is so bad and it makes me depressed. I wish there was a simple solution.

Comment from: Pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have been in severe sciatica pain for over a month shooting down from the low back down both legs front and back, but never goes past my knees. I tired chiropractor but he said I have too much hardware in my back and treatment would do nothing.

Comment from: Praying for YOU!, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

If you’re reading this you’re probably in severe pain from sciatica and feeling alone with your agony. You probably can’t sleep and feel tired to your limits wondering how much more you can take. Relentless sciatic nerve pain and long-term suffering changes you as a person. There is no escaping it and nothing you do touches the constant pain. My struggle began in January 2019 and it is now November. I have an L5-S1 herniated disc pressing on the sciatic nerve. I have tried everything. I go for micro discectomy surgery on December 12, 2019.

Comment from: Joe K-9, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

After standing or walking for perhaps 15 minutes, pain starts from my ankle and runs up my leg to my hip. It feels like the pain is on the side of my leg. My doctor said it was sciatica. Sitting relieves the pain.

Comment from: Ross, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

I was attacked in my flat by someone, but he is doing his time now for it. I got stabbed a number of times on the top of my back and he cut through all my arteries, veins, nerves and my sciatica nerve. It’s now 4 years on I can't walk without walking sticks. I am worried if it will be ok in the end or if my sciatica is going to get worse.

Comment from: Kacey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I'm a dialysis patient, and I am having the absolute worst sciatica pain from the left side of my low back, down my left leg. The middle of my buttock cheek, hip, left side of calf, ankle, and foot are the most inflamed, and it worsens during dialysis to the point of having to cut it short because I can't take the pain. I've tried shots, stretching, massage, and pain medicines, but nothing helps much. I'm miserable.

Comment from: Anw1984, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I got into a very bad car accident in 2008. My left hip was broken and required 9 screws and a plate. But the worst part of the hip injury was that my sciatic nerve was almost severed. I have had severe nerve pain and numbness in my lower leg and foot ever since. I still can’t feel my foot at all except for nerve pain. Now I’m having serious lower back pain that’s lasted for 2 weeks straight and hurts worst at work. What worries me is, it doesn’t stop even when I rest, it is just not as bad.

Comment from: my symptoms , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 17

I am 70 years old and have had occasional back spasms but they went away quickly and have been few over the years. This sciatica episode started with dull lower back pain (just above the buttock), and then within two days it was severe down my right leg, and across my stomach down to my knee. My symptoms included a rash (right leg only), but the rash didn't include itching or pain particularly. The pain included a feeling of severe sunburn especially across the stomach and thigh. It is 4 weeks now and I am 95 percent back, no treatments.

Comment from: Tony, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I had the flu injection in April 2017 and within weeks developed excruciating pain from my shoulders to elbows and from my hips to the knees, going from a fit healthy active person to virtually an invalid. Eventually I was diagnosed as having polymyalgia rheumatica, and I am still receiving treatment almost 2 years later and cannot function without medication. I strongly believe the rheumatica is a result of having had the flu injection and I have no intention of getting it ever again.


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Comment from: Shannon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a bulging disc (L5-S1) in 2011, which pressed on my sciatic nerve and has been determined that I have permanent nerve damage because of the length of time it took for me to be seen by a specialist. I have had three injections in my back, and was recommended to get a spinal cord stimulator. I refused as I did not want electrodes in my spine! Now my symptoms are severe and I am told there is another 1 year wait to be seen again by a specialist. Pain medicines for 9 years is not cool!

Comment from: myia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I woke up with severe pain in my left leg. Having neuropathy from diabetes I thought that was the cause. I later found out it was sciatic pain. My back doesn't hurt, just my left hip, and I have severe pain and swelling down the left leg and ankle and foot. My doctor did an x-ray and it only shows some arthritis in my hip. Nothing has been done to find the cause of sciatica. I asked for a CAT scan, therapy or chiropractic care but how can you treat something when you have not found the initial cause!

Comment from: Liz, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I didn't even know what to call this (latest) ailment, sciatica or something else. I have osteoarthritis in both knees, so I don't do a lot of walking. Sometimes after sitting and reading a while, I get an agonizing pain in my left buttock after standing up. After a few steps, the pain lessens. I do best sitting in a straight back hard chair. Sleeping, however, is difficult. I have to sleep on my back, and try to fix a small cushion in just the right spot so the pain goes away. Sometimes it does.

Comment from: Blade, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I was hit by a truck on my longboard in July 2018. I’ve been experiencing sciatica for the past 4 months and have been seeing an osteopath every 3 days for 4 weeks now with no progress. I’m getting worse by the day. I haven’t been able to tie my shoe laces on for 3 months. I cannot sit at all. My pain is so severe I cry every day. I don’t know what to do anymore. I went from standing backflips to not even being able to go to the bathroom properly. I’d give anything for this to go away.

Comment from: Ann H. , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

My sciatica started 5 years ago (both sides) when I got pregnant the first time with my boy. It lasted about 3 years with daily pain (some nights the pain was bad I cried like a baby). After countless physical therapy sessions, chiropractor visits, deep tissue massages and pain killers the pain was getting better and I wasn’t experiencing it daily. Now I am pregnant again and the pain is 10 times worse than it ever was. Both sides. Chiropractor and Tylenol don't help and I can’t walk at the moment; literally.

Comment from: Debi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I lifted a very heavy suitcase for a trip for a wedding. The plane ride was excruciating. The whole trip was a lot of pain unless I walked which you can't do the whole day. After arriving home my sciatica continued to get worse. I went to the doctor who gave me a shot in the buttock and steroid dose pack. It seemed to help a little then got worse. I went to the emergency room, got another shot, more steroids and was prescribed gabapentin. The first 3 days were wonderful, but now it's back again with a vengeance. I will be seeing the doctor tomorrow.

Comment from: Jane.doe.1, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

My sciatica started as a minor pain in the back, along with too heavy, too consistent lifting for a busy restaurant. Now, two years, multiple doctors, over 14 physical therapy sessions (that I was told to do and was not working for me), and a chiropractor later, adapting to the lifestyle of constant pain and discomfort is leaving me in a very uneasy place. Keeping a positive mindset and being ready for literally anything new is all that can really be done. To anyone who has, keep pushing.

Comment from: Rebecca, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I have a bulging disc in my lower lumbar region. Currently I am experiencing the worst case of sciatica ever. I have severe pain in my buttock cheek, and numbness in my leg and foot. I can’t walk without stopping every few steps. I have been eating Motrin and ibuprofen like candy with no relief. Tramadol is no help. Ice no help. I have had 3 days straight pain. I have attempted physical therapy exercises, very painful. I have slept about 7 hours in 3 days. I currently do not have insurance. Emergency Room won’t give strong enough pain medicines.

Comment from: Bella, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had four grand mal seizures about three and a half years ago, and ever since then I have been having problems with my back. I had two lumbar punctures and that's when the problems got worse. My doctor thinks that I have sciatica but I don't know how to explain it. It is affecting the whole left side of my back right down to the bottom part of my back. I'm waking up with cramps in my left leg every morning and it is excruciating. I don't know what to do, am having to wait 9 weeks to find out what they can do about it, and the pain that I'm going through I'm finding unbearable. I am on three different pain medicines and they don't seem to be helping much. I'm even using a back brace to try and put pressure on the pain.


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Comment from: Gail, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

After spending 6 weeks in hospitals with severe pneumonia, I came home and began physiotherapy with home health. I am doing well with my recovery, but after using the stair stepper, I woke up around 3 a.m. with excruciating sciatica pain in my low left back, buttocks, hip, and down the thigh to below my left knee. There is no position I can sit or lie in that brings any relief. I haven't slept much in the past 3 weeks. A pillow between my knees only causes greater pain. Nighttime and mornings are the worst, and I cry and groan and writhe in intense, searing and deeply grinding pain. I've been living on muscle relaxers, pain medicines, and ice packs or heating pad, along with rubdowns using Biofreeze. I have had a couple cervical spine surgeries and have been reluctant to see my neurosurgeon because of this. I guess the 12 weeks total that I've spent in hospitals so far this year is causing me to dread going. I'm 72 and normally very active and fit, but this constant, unrelenting pain is wearing me down.

Comment from: old lady, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I woke up with a slight backache that went down my bottom and into the front of my leg. Then later it went down to my foot and settled into my ankle and top of foot. No pain medicine helps my sciatica.

Comment from: SY, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I wanted to share my uncle’s sciatica story on here. He has been dealing with it for years and has tried a lot of different therapies but the pain just kept coming back. Then after doing some research I stumbled upon TENS units. It’s been an absolute blessing. My uncle has been using it on his hamstring near the sciatic nerve for best results. He also puts it on his lower back. I know how tough it is seeing family members suffer with pain and I hope you guys find a way for relief. This thing has worked wonders and I really hope it works for everyone on here as well.

Comment from: terri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

The first time I got sciatica I think I felt like I pulled a muscle or something like that, but it hurt from my buttock to my ankle. I couldn’t get comfortable in any position I sat in, so I went to the doctor. He was the one to tell me that I had sciatica and prescribed me steroids for a week or more, and it went away, thank goodness! That was a year ago. Well, now I have it back full force. It is Christmas time and my doctor is not open. I am in so much pain right now, and that’s why I am on this site trying to find anything to help me get relief. I cried all night in pain and I was putting heating pad on, then I’d try ice. I take OTC Bayer aspirins that sometimes takes the edge off a little bit. But I have never experienced so much pain I was even praying to god for some relief. The heating pad did help some.

Comment from: Samantha, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 09

My pain started slowly, radiating in my right lower back, buttock and hip. Within two weeks it became severe. I could walk with difficulty, and sit, but lying in bed was painful. The worst pain occurred with bending over to sit or getting up. I am currently taking six Advil a day to try to manage the pain. It helps a little but this pain, which I believe is sciatica is still severe. I believe that it has been caused by the fact that I carry a heavy purse on my right side and that has injured and put pressure on this side of the body. I made an appointment to see the doctor.

Comment from: Miss Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

Sciatica pain is excruciating. It went down right leg, then past the knee and to the left side of shin bone. As the pain went down, the sciatica nerve literally ‘bounced' or 'jumped' around. I ended up with numbness from just below the knee to the ankle. Five years later, numbness doesn't feel as deep as before and the area has lowered to just about the ankle area. I went to the emergency room, and was given hard-core pain shots, but nothing helped. Pain finally left on its own.

Comment from: WINGNUT, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I have a pinched nerve and sciatica, with numbness. I broke my toe and did not know it because of my back. I started having deep pain in my hip so bad I could not sleep, sit or stand for long periods of time. I tried heat and ice. I had an MRI which shows a tear and that is all my doctor said and to find a pain clinic. I recently had all my teeth pulled for dentures. The pain medication my dentist gave me was the only relief I have had in 2 years and six months. I can't go to my dentist and say I have another problem, prescribe my pain medication to make it go away! I am a care giver to my fiancee and know all too well about the changes in prescription medications.

Comment from: Angie, Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I was involved in a rear end car accident several years ago. A few months afterwards they determined that I needed a spinal fusion and after that, a sacroiliac fusion/fixation. A possible problem of having the second surgery is pyriformis syndrome, which is where one or both pyriformis muscles (buttock muscles) wrap around the sciatic nerves and chokes them off. That is what happened to me on both the left and right sides. It happened overnight and when I went to get up from sleeping in the morning, I could barely move my legs. When I finally got my feet on the floor to stand, I fell to my knees and screamed in pain. I could barely walk or move at all. I cried in pain and knew something horrible had happened. I called my doctors and described the pain and my condition and they said this should not be happening and to go in for a visit. Of course, when they found what was going on, they scheduled me for surgery because the only thing to do (or it was 10 years ago) was to cut the pyriformis muscles off of the sciatic nerves so the muscles would release the nerves. My nerves were left damaged and I am in continued chronic pain, but the sciatic nerves have slowly improved. However, no doctor can tell me if there will ever be a time that the pain goes away.


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Comment from: Judy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I shifted my pelvis years ago so now when I have sciatic nerve problems I can hardly stand straight. This is the most painful experience I ever had. I take a belt and tighten it around my hip area and it actually helps relieve some of the pressure to where I can stand straight. But this pain is horrible.

Comment from: Jo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

My sciatica pain goes from lower back to my ankles. My foot gets tingly and numb when I sit. I've tried injections, physical therapy, chiropractors, stretching, rest, and they don't seem to help. I have an orthopedic consult scheduled.

Comment from: ezlacher, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I experienced lower back pain as a result of road accident in 1998. The sciatic pain extended to the legs. It was too painful to hesitate going to hospital. Here I was only given pain killers. After a short time the pain reduced to very low level, till this year 2016 March, the pain in the lower back and legs recurred, this time around very painful. When I went back to the same hospital I was just given NSAIDs and told to do lower back physical exercises. This didn't assist to relieve pain in any way. To date I have too much pain to the extent of not doing anything without taking strong pain killers like diclophen.

Comment from: oldnotcold, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

My lower back pain started about 2 years back. The general physician did not have x-rays taken, just said that by my description I had sciatica. He gives cortisone injections every 3 months but pain is back after 3 weeks. My pain is in lower back and spreads down my buttocks to both legs at back as well as causing pins and needles as well some numbness in same areas.

Comment from: Grandma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I have spinal stenosis and have an attack of sciatica which is not helped by aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen. Naproxen made my blood pressure go too high so can't take that. I don't know what to do, the pain is bad.

Comment from: big aggie, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 19

In 1959 I fell rock climbing and had injury. I had no treatment, and experienced pain now and again. Being a nurse and heavy lifting wouldn't have helped. In 2013 physiotherapist suggested fracture of spine. In 2016 developed I developed back pain and sciatica. I had severe pain in back when lying flat for x-ray, less pain when lying on side, curled up in fetal position. My medication is Co-codamol, codeine and amitriptyline. Guess I'll have to live with it, and keep taking the tablets!

Comment from: Leslie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I developed spinal stenosis in December 2013 (now April 2016). No pain sitting or driving. Severe sciatica pain hit (7 to 8) after standing or walking. I had vertebrae L2 and L3 fused in August 2015. In last few months I can stand 5 to 8 minutes in the morning, 2 to 3 in the afternoon, and often only 40 seconds to 1 minute late in the evening. I carry a cane the opens into a seat, and still do grocery shopping and cooking but have to sit every few minutes as pain is excruciating, especially my left calf.

Comment from: carolinaunc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had sciatica pain on left side, pain radiating down from hip to foot, numbness in foot. When I woke up in the morning I could barely walk. In October 2015 I had a detached retina surgery and was told by the doctor that I could only sleep on my right side (I'm a left side sleeper) while it was healing which was about 3 weeks. Lo and behold the sciatica gradually improved! Now I try to make myself sleep mostly on my right side with a pillow between my legs. I am now almost now pain free.

Comment from: 55-64 (Patient) Published: January 07

I was suffering from sciatica as my doctor said a few day ago. I can’t sit, stand, walk, or sleep due to pain in the calf of my left leg. But, by pain killer and rest now I have more than 80 percent relief, but sensation is still there and my doctor says to rest and rest for overall recovery.

Comment from: Pat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I have and continue to suffer extreme sciatica pain for over two years. Three surgeries did not help at all. The doctor won't give me pain pills, never has. I have destroyed my kidneys with overuse of Advil. I have had 2 mini strokes one resulting in a car accident. I spent Christmas day with horrible pain. I don't know what to do next.

Comment from: Duppie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I am so excited! I had been using a heating pad when I sleep at night to fight off muscle cramps. That was several years ago. Then someone gave me an electric throw last Christmas and I used it all the time at night. All the while noticing the sciatica getting worse; even in the fall when usually it would improve once summer passed. I washed the throw and it wasn’t dry so I skipped using it one night. The sciatica was incredibly better the next day. I tested to make sure it wasn't a fluke. Nope, it had much improved without the heating blanket/throw. I work in a hospital and just learned that heat aggravates nerve endings; and that is what the electric throw was doing. Amazing!

Comment from: Annie G, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

My doctor diagnosed sciatica 2 months ago, and gave me an exercise sheet and pain killers. I have also tried physiotherapy. Nothing has really helped, I cannot walk without severe pain in the right buttock and down that leg to my foot. It is worse when standing still. I have MRI appointment on Friday so will go from there when I hope to know the cause. Difficult to live like this, everything has to be planned around short distance walks to the next place to sit down for a few minutes. Sympathies to all sufferers.

Comment from: Steve52, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

Last weekend I spread 5 yards of mulch and dirt. The next day the lower back pain started. I waited a week thinking it would work itself out. I went to the doctors and physiotherapist yesterday. I can barely walk 6 steps and the sciatica pain is unbearable. It's 3:45 EST as I write this. I have slept 2 hours with the help of a muscle relaxer. I start physiotherapy tomorrow. My back has always been good and I hope they can get me back without surgery. I am also taking ibuprofen.

Comment from: Positive Thinker, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I am having sciatica from February. The pain areas are right butt, groin, thighs, and constant pain in right leg, sometimes in the left side. Reason as per my knowledge is improper postures while lifting heavy things. Medications are ibuprofen 400 mg, which I had for 5days (3 times), without relief, amitriptyline 10 mg, (since I was breast feeding they gave small dosage. No relief, but had nice sleep which makes me drowsy in the morning) and naproxen 250 mg 3 times in a day, with which I felt a bit of relief. I went to a physiotherapist and she asked me to walk as much as I can and taught me a few exercises to strengthen my back. Before starting the exercises I have set my mind that only I can help myself. I didn’t bother about the pain. I walked whenever I could, and I started exercises slowly. It really helped me a lot. All I can say is sciatica is a worse pain than delivering pain in my view. All we have to do is beat the pain with proper medications, taking food and medicine at the right time, exercise, walking and last but not least self-confidence. It’s been two months now. Pain is still there. But I am not bothering about it. So don’t worry guys, you will be alright soon.

Comment from: lily, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I got sciatica 5 years ago after an intense hike that caused a herniated disc and it got worse later after I went in a safari. Many doctors gave me medications that did nothing. I was unable to walk, pain was so severe I was screaming, and I had stiffness and had tingling in both feet. A doctor gave me anti-inflammatory medicines, pain killers and muscle relaxants, and they helped a lot. I still have it but not as severe as I did before but still I can’t exercise or do many things but I’m thankful that the pain is not as severe as it was.

Comment from: Alice14, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I have has hip, leg, knee, back, and foot pain for the past 14 years. I live in horrible pain 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have had 4 foot surgeries, three knee surgeries and been diagnosed with sciatic nerve problems. The pain starts in my back, travels into my hip, down my thigh, behind my knee, down the side of my calf muscle, behind my ankle and then travels out the side of my foot. The pain is like continuous bolts of lightning just shooting down my back, leg, and feet. The pain is also like hot, sharp nails are sticking into me. I use 3600 mg of gabapentin per day, hydrocodone and alprazolam every day. On a good day, the pain is tolerable and other days I can barely get out of bed. I have been to every kind of doctor, therapist, and had every test imaginable and I am told it is my sciatic nerve but no one can find what the problem is that causes my pain. I am 58 years old and this has been going on for so long. I just don't know how much longer I can survive this plus the other medical conditions I have.

Comment from: Rosemary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had sciatica when pregnant some 35 years ago. My mother also had a spell of it when she was in her 70s. Then about two to three weeks ago I got a twinge in my bottom and down my right leg to the calf. I took some aspirin and the pain subsided. Whilst Christmas shopping in the local mall the pain became unbearable and the only relief I have had is going into the warm pool at the aqua park we visited just before Christmas. I have spent the last week of the holiday in absolute agony, taking one pain medication after the other, as well as an anti-inflammatory. I am now trying Nurofen and Voltaren Emulgel rub. Today is my first day and it seems to be hanging in there! All I can think about is the New Year’s medical aid to kick in on 1st Jan so I can visit the doctor!

Comment from: Annie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I am a 45 year old mother of three, and a waitress. I have been a server for all of my adult life. For the last three years I have suffered from sciatica. It is so painful, I can hardly sleep because I can feel the pain all through the night, even if I manage to fall asleep. No pain medicines seem to touch the pain. I will be going to a specialist soon, but do not want just medicines thrown at me. I would like an answer and a solution (if there is one). Anyone who doesn't have it, doesn't quite get it. I tell my husband that I want to cut my legs off, that's how it feels from morning till night. It sounds extreme, but nothing makes the chronic pain go away. I have tried stretches, exercises, pillows on chairs, etc., we also ride motorcycles, and it takes me 15 minutes or so to get off the bike, the pain gets so bad. I don't want to give these things up, or my livelihood, but soon I feel I won’t have a choice. I have done some research and I feel like surgery is really the only long term solution.

Comment from: BrokenBody, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I have had osteoarthritis in both knees for many years. A year ago, I could not even walk. It improved after ultra sound and interferential treatment as well as leg stretch and strengthening exercises, and now returned to normal activities. Just a few days ago, I had excruciating pain from hip down the whole legs. Pain in left leg was more intensive. The pain was most intensive passing urine and stool. Pain was less severe lying down or standing up with straight leg. After one day, I went to my physiotherapist and asked if interferential treatment would help my sciatica. She gave me a dose of ultra sound and interferential treatment. It improved 90% right after the treatment. No more pain passing urine or stool. After one day, I have only occasional minor pain. Hope pain to be gone in a couple of more days.

Comment from: nyoho, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I am 9 1/2 months pregnant. I have had an awful pain that shoots through my butt cheeks, down my thigh and to almost my knee, for several months now. My doctor told me it was my sciatica nerve and that if I just change my position it should stop the pain. That is not the case! I am just a couple days away from delivering my baby by C-section and I have not been able to go to the bathroom for over a week now. I've never been very regular to begin with. But now when I try to go to the bathroom, that pain shoots down my butt cheek and I am not able to stay seated on the toilet. I wonder if it is possible that my blockage is interfering with the sciatic nerve.

Comment from: jcinsdca, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

According to my chiropractor my problem is with my sciatica. The pain in my lower back is about a 1 (on a scale of 1 to 10). As it goes down my leg, which I do not feel in my thigh, it increases in my knee area. As it continues down my leg, again, not felt in my calf area, it really hits me hard in the ankle. The pain is many times a 10. It feels as though my ankle is broken! X-rays show otherwise. It makes walking or standing almost impossible.

Comment from: Lorna D., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

Out of nowhere (for no good reason to me), I got this terrible pain in the right side of my butt. I thought, okay, I lifted something too heavy but given time it will go away. But it didn't. Then the pain went down the outside of my leg (just above the knee). This went on for 2 months before I sought help. No pain in the calf or feet, thank goodness, but I've been in agony. I could not sit for more than 10 minutes at a time. It’s hard to explain to someone how much it hurts unless you have had it yourself. I have heard of sciatica and where the pain is located, so I knew something about it. I couldn't take any more of it so I made an appointment to see a physical therapist. Tomorrow (10/21/14) will be my 5th appointment. I was getting better (able to sit for 40 minutes now instead of 10 minutes) but then I tripped over something, twisted my body and now I feel like I'm back to square one again. So, I will keep up with the therapy for as long as it takes until this gets better and hopefully goes away permanently. The therapy is helping as long as I don't do a thing. My husband is handicapped, so I have to do what I have to do. This is my story. Good luck to all the other people out there who are going through this. I can totally relate to how you feel. Heal soon.

Comment from: leaht, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I was diagnosed with sciatica back in July 2014. I was given muscle relaxers and told to continue exercising. I bike three times a week, and stretch regularly, but the sciatica seems to be getting worse. I have taken Aleve, ibuprofen, and Tylenol. I get no relief. I am an accountant and sit in an office chair daily (8 hours) but get up every hour and a half and walk/stretch. The pain is unbearable, and extremely painful sitting, bending, or getting in and out of bed.

Comment from: Rob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I have been for two treatments for sciatica, by a chiropractor (manipulation, deep massage with a vibrator, and two acupuncture needles into the gluteus muscle of the buttock), but I still have the deep ache back of my thigh and calf and numbness in the sole of my foot.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I had this happen back in 2006 and surgery in 2008, but it's back and worse than ever. This pain from my sciatica is so painful and gets worse as the days go by. It started in my top butt cheek and has traveled to my thigh, my calf, and now all way to my foot and toes. It’s burning, stabbing, pinching, and now I have numbness of my foot and toes. It totally consumes you, you cannot sit, stand or sleep. Exhausting. Cortizone shots do not work, the pain medicine only helps you go on another day. It's a nightmare and needs to be taken more seriously by doctors to help patients as an emergency.

Comment from: ken, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

Three months ago it started around my left hip, deep pain that never went away. I also noticed the skin on top of my foot felt numb, I had Perthes’ disease in my right hip as a kid and the pain was very similar. In a few days it went to my hamstring area, cramping whenever I stood or walked, even sitting felt like my muscle would cramp. The cramping behind my thigh went away, the hip pain and foot numbness stayed but was now joined by severe pain in my calf area, and the numbness in my foot started to turn to tingling and a burning which was very painful by the end of the day. After a couple weeks the calf pain pretty much subsided but the burning intensified followed with pain so severe in my toes. I couldn't wear shoes, socks hurt, cold air hurt, and a drop of water on my foot sent intense pain. The doctors prescribed gabapentin with no results and then Lyrica. After three months I still have the hip pain and the pain that feels like broken toes which is calmed by tramadol. The burning is better but I still can't have anything touching my foot, and my thigh is now totally numb, and stays that way. I walk and I get these jolts of pains which I describe as similar to electric shock in my thigh and it gets weak. I cannot stand for a few minutes without my thighs going numb and legs getting weak; this sciatica is a terrible thing.

Comment from: robert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I have had sciatica since 2004, most of the time it has been not too bad. I’ve tried acupuncture, physiotherapy, and other types of therapy; the only one that gave me relief was chiropractic therapy. I’ve been seeing different chiropractors now over the last few years, the problem seems to be, the more I see him, the worse it gets. I was able to last a month, then weeks, now, I need to see him every other day. I am at a loss as to what to do, the pain in my back is destroying my life.

Comment from: buckster, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 17

I had a hip replacement and woke up in terrible pain and have had pain every day since. Two years later they have now said it is sciatica and time will heal. Sometimes pain is intense and pills do not seem to work but they may take some of the pain away. This is the worst pain I have ever felt. Sleeping pills help me sleep sitting up.

Comment from: Sheraine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I suffered with sciatica when I was about 29 years of age. The pain was unbearable. My job contributed mainly to this because I was constantly sitting and as a result I developed a problem in my lower back which led to sciatica. I was constantly at the doctor who prescribed anti-inflammatory medication such as diclofenac. People who don"t suffer from pain do not understand what a person suffering from sciatica goes through. I used to cry often because of the pain. Physiotherapy helped me greatly and constant massaging and heat fomentations also helped. People suffering with this ailment must understand that the pain doesn"t disappear overnight, it"s very drawn out but eventually it does go away.

Comment from: Hurting so bad2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I was hit from behind while driving my girlfriend’s small car. I have been having loads of pain shooting down the back of my leg, a grabbing like pain affects me. It will grab me and throw me off balance from pain and nearly making me pass out. A doctor said I should have my back fused and he refused to do my back as I am over weight and once I lose that weight he would do it. Every time I lift too much weight, some times that is even as small as a bag of groceries or a gallon of milk, I feel the pain behind my knee which is caused by my sciatica nerve being pinched. I need to have something done, I can’t be lying all the time. I am still young mentally, while physically I hurt like an old woman, not me at all.

Comment from: bratt61, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I had an orthopedic doctor nick my sciatica nerve with a needle and permanently damage the nerve. That was 6 years ago. I have a spinal cord simulator implant, it helps some but I live with chronic pain daily. I’ve tried all the medicines and exercises, nothing works.

Comment from: sunlitbutterfly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

In 1998 I slipped on ice and fell landing on my bottom. My entire back was affected by this fall. Therapy, a cortisone injection revealed I had become 5% disabled. I began experiencing sciatica problems; swelling, pinched nerve, pain with issues of not being able to sit, stand or walk for too long. Swimming provided relief for a while. It is now 2014 and I recently have been experiencing problems again due to a minor car accident. Recently, I have been having difficulty controlling my bowels. When I need to go, I cannot wait a few minutes, they are like emergencies. I was in public with no restrooms available and had an accident because I could not control it. It was very embarrassing and so I now worry about it occurring again.

Comment from: IuckFt, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

I had an aching pain in the back of my leg since I was 18, finally got it checked out 5 months later. The doctor told me I had sciatica. A few months passed, I had an MRI and found out I had pinched nerves in 2 places. I got prescribed painkillers (that don"t work), and a few months later I got an Injection in my lower back of what the doctor told me was a local anesthetic and steroids. It gave me a minor respite from the unending pain in the back of my leg that last about 2 weeks. Now I find myself going through painkillers like they"re skittles; sometimes when I’m working I go through a whole pack of ibuprofen. I turned 20 two months ago and I can"t sit for too long and I can"t walk for periods. The pain just seems to get worse as I was exercising daily but I physically can"t anymore. I"ve given up on the doctors as they will just give me stupid painkillers. All I want is a permanent solution to my leg and I just won"t get it, it"s quite depressing seeing my younger years just fade by whilst I"m limping along.

Comment from: Tas, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I am in the throes of recovery from debilitating sciatica. It came on two weeks after collecting apples from below a low growing apple tree. I had been on my knees stretching forward. When I went to get up I was unable to stand, no pain, more loss of leg function which resolved within minutes. I had no other symptoms until sciatica pain started radiating around buttock, down rear of leg to foot. I tried Panadol and over the counter anti-inflammatory with intermittent rest. After two weeks I was still unable to walk for more than a few meters due to the pain. I went to the general physician and was given oral prednisolone 25mg for 3 days then 12.5mg for 2 days. I did not take prescribed stronger analgesia as after 4 hours of first dose of prednisolone the pain was much better, but before next dose due the pain returned. I am now starting on a prescribed daily oral NSAID. The pain is not as debilitating but today was the last dose of prednisolone. If it does not fully resolve I will have an MRI.

Comment from: Marti, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

Two weeks ago, I was experiencing some sciatica nerve pain. The doctor gave me amitriptyline which never even touched the pain at all. A week later I fell on my left hip. I thought I had broken or fractured my pelvic bone. I went to the emergency room and x-rays showed nothing was broken. I was given Percocet 5mg. It took the edge off the pain, but nothing else. At that time, all the pain centered in the pelvic area. Four days later, the sciatica nerve kicked back in full time. From the left cheek area all the way down to my left foot. It hurts to stand, it hurts to walk, hurts to lie down. It hurts right now just sitting here typing this. I had a follow up appointment with a doctor yesterday, she just increased the Percocet to 10mg. It makes me sleepy. I have to use a walker just to get around. I cannot walk by myself from just one area of the room to another. Pain is so intense that I just would like to cry. I have a very low threshold for pain. I went to my chiropractor yesterday, and he said hopefully by Friday, I should be feeling better. I just want the pain to go away!

Comment from: Isabella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

My sciatica pain was so excruciating down my hip and hamstring to my knee I cannot pull myself up stairs. I finally went to the doctor and he put me on prednisone for 7 days. Within 2 days I could start walking up the stairs.

Comment from: mamahurts, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I am 45 and a mother of 3. I have always been active and healthy. Nothing held me back and I always had a high tolerance for pain. This past May (2013), I had to sit with my back unsupported on school bleachers for 2 hours. Since that day I have had severe pain. After an MRI in Sept of 2013 I t showed I had a bulged disc around L-4 on my left side. Steroid injections and rest did not help and I had to have surgery. Finally I had relief but after a month back to work and on my feet for 6 hours at a time, my right leg started to go numb and increased to chronic pain radiating down my right leg to my toes but my back never hurt. I returned to the doctor and another MRI was done and showed another ruptured disc on the L-5 and S-1. I tried injections but I ended up with emergency surgery the day after Christmas because of intolerable pain. The doctor said that the MRI did not show everything that was going on which is why my pain was so bad. The bulge was enormous and slightly ruptured into the nerves. It has now been 3 and 1/2 weeks and I do not have the severe pain that I had at Christmas but I do still have pain and weakness when standing and walking. I cannot stand up over 20 minutes without a heavy aching pain and tingle in my feet. My back side of my legs are still numb from the damage of the bulge. I need to return to work but I am afraid I will damage it more. There has to be a solution for this! I am too young and have two small children to finish raising.

Comment from: NeedRelief, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have had two herniated and bulging discs as well as spinal stenosis pain for over 15 years. I am always dealing with some level of pain. Five weeks ago I "sprained” my back. Pain manager gave me a couple of injections of lidocaine, oral steroid, pain killers and muscle relaxers. I was ok within 5 days. A week ago I sneezed, but was unable to brace myself in time, felt a pop in my lower back. I went back to pain manager, same treatment, for what is the most horrific pain. I've had sciatica in the past, pain in my butt. This pain is excruciating and radiates from my hip down to my foot. The only time the pain is tolerable is when I am walking. I am scheduled for a cortisone epidural next week.

Comment from: karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

In 2011 I herniated disc L4/L5, and I was told I had spinal stenosis and severe sciatica plus my discs are bigger than the norm. Till today I live every minute with my left foot numb and buttocks sore. I have a lot of muscle cramps. I’ve done everything there is to do even go to physiotherapy 3 times a week. The more I walk or stand the more I hurt. No surgery has been done and I’m hoping for an MRI in the near future. I’m better than I was but am still limited.

Comment from: vb101, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

My sciatica acts up occasionally. I found that this time it was following a 24 hour flu that ran through our house. I had violent vomiting and runs, only to be followed by this pain. Day two, pain still radiating down my leg, kept me up most of the night, but I took some Tylenol and it seems to be helping, as well as moving around. My pain level is at about an 8 out of ten.

Comment from: Mark, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I spent several hours cooking hush puppies which meant a lot of bending over. The next day my left hip began to hurt. I went to my physician assistant and she diagnosed sciatic nerve problem. I have had an x-ray and was put on prednisone and a muscle relaxer. I only take the muscle relaxer at night to make sleeping a little more bearable. The pain is in my lower back but really hurts the most in my left butt and hip. It radiates down my left leg all the way to my foot. The physician assistant said that they may want an MRI after looking at the x-ray. I usually have a very high pain tolerance but this is through the roof.

Comment from: sharine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I've been having this pain from my lower back on my left side, travelling down my buttock, down behind my thigh, behind my knee, down my calf and down to my toes. My toes are tingling and feel numb but are not numb to the touch, and it's only my pinky toe and the toe next to it. The pain is not severe but it's annoying. Some days it's worse than other days. The pain in my back is worse when I twist my body, sometimes it is a shooting pain. I cannot sleep too long on my left side because then I will feel this pain in my leg and I have to change position. Some days the pain in my leg will bother me the whole day when sitting at my desk at work. When I get up and walk a little the pain will ease up. Like I mentioned before, the pain is not unbearable (no painkillers necessary) but it's annoying.

Comment from: Eyes, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 18

Sciatica pain is the worst pain I have ever experienced. Getting up from a sitting position is almost impossible. I have pain radiating down my right leg with numbness under right foot. I am screaming and crying every day from the pain. Walking is no problem, but bending, sitting and turning in bed are just impossible. Treatment is ibuprofen 600 mg twice a day. Heat pad and pain killers do not help. Sciatica nerve must take its course. This has been 4 weeks with slow improvement.

Comment from: spicer, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

Two years ago I ruptured my L4 disk. Intense sciatic pain in the right leg lasted for 4 weeks while doctors gave me Vicodin, Lidocaine patches and sent me for PT (physiotherapy). The pain was so intense the muscles pulled my right hip out of alignment. I broke down in tears at the PT appointment. I then tried the chiropractor, I had some relief but not enough. Finally I gave in to friends’ advice and saw an acupuncturist. After 2 visits I was pain free! I was able to continue with the chiropractor and PT therapy for 2 months until my insurance ran out. Three weeks ago I had back spasm which caused mild sciatic pain. I am recovering from knee replacement so I guess the medications kept it under control. For the last week pain has been increasing until tonight it is excruciating. I can't lie down, must sit on a recliner to sleep with heat pad on thigh. Counting the hours until I can see acupuncturist on Monday!

Comment from: perky, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

My problem began 55 years ago making a cement sidewalk when I in my male prime carelessly lifted cement bags and was not paying attention to bent knees; I injured my back and since then have been paying the price in pain, pain and pain; 222s gave me ulcer and simple things like lifting a fallen pencil sunk me to my knees and bed. I have had numerous sciatica bouts of immobility and pain. This is my worst bout with movements and pain; I've tried therapies, chiropractors, medications, etc. just name it! Now, I'm trying Cymbalta, a slight chance it may relieve pain of the irritable sciatica; I know the hazards of the drug, but what to do!

Comment from: Debra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

Last December I stepped off the top step and my right knee popped. It was so painful. Now after all this time I have the most terrible pain that goes from my right buttock all the way down to the bottom of my foot; it takes away my breath. It feels like electrical currents running through my entire leg. I can't lay down the pain is so bad. I have to try to sleep in my recliner. I only sleep from 1 to 2 hours and am up every hour after that. This pain is unbearable. I am miserable. I have no insurance so not am not taking any treatment. I need some relief.

Comment from: Hopeful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I have suffered from sciatic pain for over a year. Unfortunately I experience it in both legs and I have pain every day. At times it is very debilitating. Physical therapy has really helped me. Strengthening the core muscles that support the spine has decreased my pain significantly. Next week I begin dry needling to eliminate muscle pain. I'm actually looking forward to it because I desperately want to be pain-free and avoid back surgery and cortisone shots. I am hopeful that some relief is in sight!

Comment from: j1m2t3, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I am a nurse who developed sciatica pain secondary to arthritis in L4 and L5. Sometimes I wake up with tingling in my leg. At times the dorsal aspect of my foot is sore with walking. I feel best when I stretch, eat healthy and use ice and heat. For pharmaceutical use: Aleve and Tylenol. I would definitely benefit from losing weight. It can be depressing to have pain even when trying to change position at night in bed. But when I neglect my body is when I really notice more pain.

Comment from: lenmac, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

My sciatica started very abruptly one morning after sitting up in bed using my notebook. When I got out of bed a sharp pain hit the right hip and buttock. This quickly escalated over the next few hours to 10 on the scale of 1 - 10 leaving me unable to move without enormous pain (enough to bring tears and vomiting!). An out of hours home visit by a general practitioner, where she injected pethidine into the right upper buttock, produced final relief (after 14 hours overnight of no sleep). I am now left with a very slight pain in the right hip area and 80% numbness down from the right knee about 15cm (6 inches). The onset of the sciatica seems to have followed a parvovirus (B19) infection that caused (and still does) arthritis-like symptoms in both hands and feet. Walking exercise is helping along with the use of diclofenac (Voltaren SR100 tabs) and indomethacin for pain and inflammation.

Comment from: Eddie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

Sciatica hurts. I'm trying Tylenol 3. Will see how that works.

Comment from: David, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 02

My hubby is 78 now, 7 weeks after minimally invasive hip replacement, and feeling okay!

Comment from: Sushant , 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

My mother aged 54 years suddenly felt pain in her lower back. The pain moved down to her foot. It was in the left leg only. We got afraid as the pain was very sharp, like an electric wave. We decided to run to the hospital, but before going, went through your article on sciatica. We felt relaxed and she got relieved from pain in 5 days. Another article helped a lot with its home remedies.

Comment from: stephanie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I have sciatica pain due to scoliosis.

Comment from: Tikkay Khan, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 05

Massage therapy helps alleviate sciatic nerve pain in 2 ways. Tight lower back muscles can place stress on nerve roots. A massage encourages the release of pain-fighting endorphins - this can provide temporary relief from symptoms like the throbbing pain in foot or the burning sensation in leg.

Comment from: Paul , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

Currently it has been ‘only’ 5 months of what I can only describe as abject hell. Physiotherapy is useless, gabapentin similar. Nothing works for my sciatica and it appears none of the ‘experts’ have a clue what might work - might as well do voodoo which is what I think an ex of mine is doing on my leg anyway. Despite telling them that the pain is from my foot they have persisted with ‘it’s all coming from your back’ and appear displeased when I tell them I don’t have back pain. My life is ruined. Might as well use leeches.

Comment from: dotty467, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have had sciatica 4 times this year. It's now so bad I have to use 2 sticks to get about. I'm in my 70's.

Comment from: Nuzhat, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 20

My sister usually complained about pain in her right leg and we treated her by giving her pain killers. Over the weeks she started complaining daily before sleeping about the uncontrollable pain. Due to it she remained restless and was unable to sleep well. The pain started from the hip downwards gradually. Later we consulted a physician for proper treatment of her sciatica, and therapy.

Comment from: M Ikram Raza, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

My sciatica pain starts from the lower back, hip and back of thigh. I felt stretchiness in right thigh, now after 4 months my right thigh feel numbness partially, which results in pain in right foot heel while walking.

Comment from: Ms J, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I've been having lightning crotch pain and lightning pains in my lower back into my buttock down my right leg and into my right foot. I went to the doctors and they did a test on my nerves which came back negative but that is not helping my pain. I wonder if it is sciatica.

Comment from: Volfanall , 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 14

I have sciatica pain in the buttock down my leg into knee and foot. I also have pain across the front near my groin.

Comment from: KJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I’ve been getting chiropractic adjustments for over six years for my sciatica and lately I have pain in my lower buttock and left leg. This scares me as it seems I’m getting worse not better! Any input would be appreciated. I just turned 58 and have a lot of living to do!

Comment from: christne webster, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I have severe pain from my buttock to my ankle from sciatica, plus pins and needles.

Comment from: ashish, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

These are the rules when you have sciatica. Doctors can’t do anything except telling you what’s happening. So don't waste your money looking for many doctors. Patience and time will heal the nerve root. No medication will work. Rest if possible is the best remedy, let the nerves heal. Don't stretch in exercises where you feel pain. Normally it should go in 4 to 8 weeks even if there is no doctor’s intervention. Stop doing the cause of the problem, like sitting, and strengthen your lower abdomen.

Comment from: haritha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I am experiencing lower back pain extending to my right leg till toe since 3 years. Although it is not too much intense pain, it is very irritating and not letting me to sit or stand for long time. And I hardly go to sleep after so much struggle. I have visited many doctors but they are saying different reasons for my back ache, I have a doubt that I might be experiencing sciatica but none of the doctors is saying it. And my scan report also shows nothing odd. I want to confirm what pain I’m suffering with and take the right medication.

Comment from: Cadillic, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

With sciatica I have pain in the right foot but it starts in my lower back down my lift hip, thigh, leg, bottom of foot, and big toes. It feels like it will fall off.

Comment from: stef, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 14

My sciatica started last year, can't remember when, but I went to the doctor because there was no explanation for my pain. The doctor and I thought it was pulled groin but know I know it wasn't, and they couldn't explain my pain. I now believe it is my sciatica, it starts in the hips and go down my back thigh and down the back of my leg and it has now gone to my foot. The pain in my leg causes me to stop and I have the need to lift my leg in order to carry it, and that is strange. Now I’ll go see a doctor with this information in mind.

Comment from: Helen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I have had sciatica pain for 6 years. I have also had surgery but it didn't work. I can't walk for long, and standing is worse. I feel for all you people because I know what you for all going through. Let's hope our pain eases soon; life is awful with pain every day.

Comment from: Aaron, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I felt something in my lower back twist when I was at my new job. I have pain from my buttocks to my right leg, calf, thigh, and foot. I can't stand in one position for long. And some days the sciatica is worse than others (workdays). It's been three weeks, I think I should go to the urgent care; I'm sick of being in such pain.

Comment from: Taking amoxicillin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I had pain blocks for nerve pain; however, when I started taking amoxicillin for a sinus problem I felt like my old self again. The pain block really didn't help, but the amoxicillin helped my sciatica wonderfully.

Comment from: coco, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I am scared witless because I went to the doctor on Tuesday and he gave me naproxen. The other doctor suggested a CT scan. The pain got worse and I fell over in the shop. Now it is Thursday and my general physician has booked me in at 6 pm as an emergency. Hope he can give me the correct medication. It feels like a hip problem and there is burning sensation down my right leg. Debilitating is how I describe sciatica. I'm going to ask if surgery would help. I have got 4 and a half hours to go.

Comment from: Felina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

My sciatica flares every 4 to 6 weeks. It generally radiates from my lower left back to mid-thigh but recently extends around to the side of my hip. The pain can be from mild to severe. I do not take prescription pain medicines so extra strength Tylenol is quite helpful but I am reluctant to take even that. I would be grateful for some exercises or heat treatment suggestions as an alternative to medication.

Comment from: Sam, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

I am having a mild nagging pain on the outer side of my right thigh, just below the hip. Because of this, I am unable to sleep on my right side. If I sleep on the right side the sciatica pain radiates till my right calf muscle. Sometimes I can feel a light swelling on the above spot.

Comment from: Magic E, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I've been suffering with sciatica for 15 years, I have had numerous epidurals, burn nerve endings, steroids and pain medications and through all of it, I am still in pain. I want to wake up one morning without pain. I can't go on this way any longer.