©2018 WebMD, Inc. All rights reserved. eMedicineHealth does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. See Additional Information.



What treatments have been helpful with your sciatica? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Redvern, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I have not found any prescription drug that has helped my sciatic nerve pain, not even opioids. I am going to register for medicinal cannabis next. Sciatica is basically ruining my life.

Comment from: AnneMarie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I have done everything l can for my sciatica, massage, acupuncture, chiropractor visits, exercises; nothing has helped. I had it very slightly years ago but nothing as bad as this.

Comment from: R. Paul, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I am 81 years old, have been very active sport wise. I never smoked. I never had a back problem until now. My sciatica is causing all sorts of problems. I have been going to a chiropractor for three weeks now. I have been using ice packs. My doctor prescribed gabapentin 300 mg, I see where others are taken up to 3,000 mg. I will increase the dosage and see if that helps. I have a hard time getting out of bed, once I am up I sit in a straight back chair for 10 to 15 minutes and then I can walk with the use of a cane. Pain medications help once I am up and about. I will try coffee tonight.

Comment from: unreadydrake, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

I have a severely damaged lower lumbar area that produces a burning sensation down the right side of back and to the bottom of feet. The damaged sciatic nerve is getting worse each passing month. I have found that gabapentin - Neurontin, minimizes the severe pain so that I may attempt for a more pleasant day without the burning sensation. It works if I stay under 3200 mg a day. You won't be disappointed.

Comment from: perfume7, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I wanted to tell everyone that I had such bad sciatica leg pain I could hardly walk! I had read somewhere that it could be from a B-12 deficiency so I got some B-12 from Walgreens (1000 mg) and I started taking it 2 times a day. Man, what a difference! I no longer have any pain! I have still done research reading about the benefits of B-12 and find that a lot of people have this deficiency and it causes nerve damage which is related to sciatica. All I know is that I don't have that horrible pain anymore! It is so worth taking this! I just want to pass this on to others who may have the same problem that I had.

Comment from: Mabomum, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 11

I had a friend who had severe sciatica, was in so much pain all of their muscles shut down. Due to the fact they were bedbound they refused to eat, and they let the sciatica take them. They told me that the pain was excruciating, and doctors did nothing but tell them to rest, so they just lay there until the day they died. I miss my friend ever so much, but when you are in so much pain and can't really do much, all you get told to do is rest; it still hurts night or day.

Comment from: John Teners, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

Surprisingly I found my sciatica relief using an online program that promotes at-home remedies. The program talks about how stretching, exercise, sleep, diet and tea can be huge factors in curing sciatica. It took me about 3 weeks all together following the program but I feel so much better than before I began the program.

Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I have had pain in my lower left leg on and off for three years. I have been taking tramadol which only stops it for as long as three to four hours, it is the worst pain I have ever experienced in 72 years. Finally I tried a homeopathic formula from professional formulas. It is a 2 fl. oz. bottle, you take 10 drops under your tongue; it's called sciatica drops. It works the best for me since I hate taking drug relief. I just use it whenever there is pain and it works immediately!

Comment from: PJK, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

I have had lower back pain on and off for many years and it seemed to always improve by keeping fit and taking part in sport. Swimming in the past has cured it 100%. However a few days ago I tried sprinting (running) and am now in absolute agony. The Chiropractor says sprinting will find any weakness in the back. I now have sciatica and with pain in the lower right hand side of my back and buttock and a loss of feeling to the skin below my knee. Yesterday I went swimming and it was the only time in 24 hours I have had pain relief. After the swim the relief continued for a few hours and I am going to go as often as possible as it helped before. It's as if the spine is stretched whilst swimming to allow the vertebrae to be pulled apart and the disc to retract back to where it should be and not irritating the nerves. I am yet to understand why this only lasts a few hours but at least it's a start as this is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life.


Back Pain: 16 Back Pain Truths and Myths See Slideshow
Comment from: 5 lbs over, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

For 4 months I have suffered from sciatica. Yoga seemed to help but could do no other exercises and have started gaining a bit of weight. I tried many OTC medicines and a muscle relaxer-nothing helped. I started going to a chiropractor and have been 6 times. The last 4 times she has totally relieved my pain for many hours. Then a friend told me to take Advil; it had helped him. Advil worked!!!! Sufferers, you know the relief!! I took 2 at night for 3 nights, then 1 at night for 3 nights. Since then, I have taken 1 when I lifted something and 2 one night when back was irritated. Probably the combination of Yoga, chiropractor, and Advil helped - the most relief was Advil. I am continuing the Yoga, haven't been to the chiropractor in 2 weeks. I have not resumed total exercise program, but am adding exercises slowly.

Comment from: jpshields, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I have found a cure for my sciatica. If you can't sleep at all at night due to pain, try one 8 oz. cup of coffee, one hour before bedtime.

Comment from: apersson, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I have had sciatica pain for several years now. For a long time, I enjoyed good relief from steroid injections into the facet joints of three levels on my lower back. The length of relief slowly got shorter and shorter until finally, this last fall, l the steroid injections quit working. I then underwent a radiofrequency neurotomy, where radiofrequency is used to essentially kill the nerves. The nerves will eventually regenerate and the procedure will have to be redone, but it's been six months and the stabbing pain screaming down my leg is gone. The procedure is in itself excruciatingly painful, but only takes about 15 minutes for three levels.

Comment from: agony, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I have had back pain from herniated disc for about 8 years now. The pain goes down both legs and is usually a burning or aching pain and sometimes stabbing. It is the most unbearable pain I have had to deal with up to this point in life. I have tried everything but pain meds are the only thing that works for me and I also do stretches with my feet elevated provides some relief.

Comment from: mkheleneng, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I was having severe pain in my leg which ached day and night. I went to have a MRI of my leg because I thought it was a blood clot. They diagnosed me with Sciatica. The doctor prescribed0despartimine twice a day for the pain which helped. Then 400 mg of Motrin, which helped but I worried about taking so much of it. The doctor placed me on a stretching machine and inversion board. She showed me leg exercises to do each day. I had tried all the things others have mentioned. I found rubbing alcohol helped on the hot sites. I am pretty much pain free now after about nine months of pain and no sleep. I am so grateful to be pain free.

Comment from: Lydia, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

I am a healthy cardiac nurse. I used poor body mechanics while pulling a heavy object a year ago and had a back injury. Like all back injuries I thought it would improve. An 8-hour flight to Europe unveiled severe sciatica and numbness in the lateral side of my right foot and between the toes which became worse in the next few months. An MRI showed bulging discs and other things. Now I've been off work for a month as I can hardly get out of bed or walk or put my socks on and the pain which is like a hot poker.

Comment from: Robin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I have suffered from back pain for over 20 years, and it was getting progressively worse. I asked the Dr. for an MRI, and he said I had to get x-rays, then CT scan before I could get an MRI. Each time, the results were worse. Then, the MRI showed bulged discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and sciatica; severe on right side, and medium to severe on left side. Finally, I knew what this horrible pain was. I joined the YMCA, started an exercise program, and plan to do Aquafit. I get a bit of relief with the activity of low level exercise, and feel better while moving. Sitting (without being propped with pillows) & standing for long periods are just excruciating for me. I can't do anything without some kind of pain medication, but I try. I also have Fibromyalgia, so that probably doesn't help. Lyrica helps, as does endocet, and heating pads with pillows. I also take Naproxen for osteoarthritis. Knowing what is causing my pain helps me to know what steps I can take to improve my lifestyle. The neurosurgeon said it wasn't bad enough to require surgery yet, thank God for that. One day at a time is all I can do, and stay as active as possible!

Comment from: Steppenwolf, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

I have sciatica pain for over 2 months now. The pain can be so excruciating that my body seems to lock up and can't move. I tried using Advil and this homeopathic drug called Sciatica Relief. I was skeptical at first but tried it anyway. I take 2 tiny pills under my tongue and within minutes the pain subsides.


Nearly everyone has low back pain at some time during their life. See Answer
Comment from: Manoj, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

I have pain starting from my left hip and going down my buttock and up to my left calf. I also experience numbness on my little finger of the left foot. I saw a doctor and he prescribed lower back exercises which I am doing. There has been some improvement.

Comment from: mummygreg, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

Thank you so much. The symptom and treatments were spot on and this information have helped me decide on a course of action for my back and its pain rather than just putting up with it and not improving.

Comment from: kchri2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I have had several bouts of Sciatica over the past 20 years. It's the most painful thing I've ever endured and I have been through childbirth. I'm talking, no pain relief whether sitting, standing, laying down....The final episode came on so suddenly when lifted my foot to put on the breaks in my car and froze in position and terrible pain, made it to the side of the road and called a friend who took me to an acupuncturist, which amazingly to me subdued the pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

Ice is my best friend for sciatica!

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I had a back injury at work from lifting and moving heavy boxes of orange juice and water for 8 hours a day. I bought a belt, meant for back sprains and strains and the pain was not as bad. It was just in my lower back at the time. Then 4 or 5 months later I started having severe back pain along with pain down the back of my thigh, calf and butt. I took ibuprofen, and that made me feel fine other than a sense of fatigue that I did not have before. I ran out of ibuprofen one day and I experienced pain from my back, the back of my thigh, calf, and the top of my foot. It felt like sand was flowing through the veins in my leg. I should have gone to see a chiropractor but I thought I could work through it. After telling the management that I was having back pain, I was fired from my job for taking a break that was five minutes too long. So far ibuprofen and rest have helped with the pain. Getting out of bed in the morning is painful. I'm seeing a chiropractor now, which seems to help for a few hours after. He used some high power LED-light device that was meant to improve circulation after he gave me an adjustment, and the LED thing seemed to be the reason I felt better for a short time.

Comment from: barbarafreymerc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I have been dealing with this for 3 years and it feels as if it is getting harder to deal with. Stretching appears to soothe the pain for that moment. If I had medical coverage I would have surgery. Being in pain this much definitely requires surgery, I am not old. I walk and feel as though I am 90 and I am only 50. Pain medication is the only thing that helps and I don't want to live on pain medicine.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: May 09

I'm a midwife and have been suffering from sciatica for the past two years on and off at the moment it is very painful especially when I sit for long periods especially on a soft seat or if I have a long shift on my feet at work. I am overweight and I have had enough taking painkillers so I have started exercising to lose weight and get fitter hopefully this will help.

Comment from: nathanc459, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 04

Well I've tried everything from injections to medications for my sciatica but nothing is working. The pain is so bad that I can't get out of bed some mornings. It's really bad after I'm sitting for awhile. The worst pain is when I stand because both my legs are numb. I have to wait until the pain dies down before I can move. I just need to know why my lower back never stops hurting 24 hours a day. I have lower back pains and I just can't bare the pain any more.

Comment from: booty_babe_fran, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I've had the pain going down my right leg from my back since New Year's Eve. The pain is terrible. I cannot sit or stand for too long. The medicine prescribed (tramodol and naproxin) keeps sending me to sleep and I am woken up by spasms in my back.

Published: January 04

I have had sciatica for many years. When I am at home I lay flat with a gel pack from the freezer and it helps to reduce the swelling around the nerve. It also just gives relief. For me walking with good posture in mind also helps. Massaging the affected area also helps. You can do this yourself using your hand in a fist position. Massaging up and down your lower back to your bum area. I hope this might help someone as much as it does me, but everyone is different and has a different pain amount.


Health Solutions From Our Sponsors