Main Article on Sciatica Question: What treatments have been helpful with your sciatica? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Debra, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 26 Nothing has helped my sciatica so far. I've had 4 shots in the back and awaiting 5th shot. Zero relief from pain in my left leg, buttock, and down to my foot. I tried muscle relaxant and gabapentin (900 mg) along with oxycodone. No relief. The doctor doesn't believe in pills. I just know after 8 months and hundreds of dollars, science can't help me. I can't go on with pain like this. I can't walk, stand, lie down or sleep. I don't know what to do. All I do know is that I won't and can't live with this pain. If there is no relief I won't last. Comment from: Jeremy W. , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 14 As I sit a lot at work, my back is just killing me every day more and more, and sometimes I have real trouble getting up in the morning, due to intense back pain. I can often feel sharp pain spreading along my leg as well. It seems to me that all this points to sciatica, and the pain keeps coming back after a few weeks. At the beginning, hot compresses were a great help. Voltarol helped me but I decided for natural based cream Acuraflex so I will let you know how it works. Comment from: Staci, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11 I have had sciatica back pain since 2012 with no relief. I have had injections, steroid pills, and physical therapy. At this point I'm just tired of it. Comment from: Cindyk170, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17 I have had sciatica for almost a month. It started out with excruciating pain in my left knee, then my left buttock, down the side of my leg, ankle and foot. I was in bed for three days crying in pain. It's always felt like my left buttock muscle has tightened and never let go. Finally my physiotherapist had me lie on my stomach with left leg bent up, and he pushed down with pressure on the muscle. Two days I was disabled in bed, but on the 3rd pain free. For me is was, is, a miracle. I have my life back. Comment from: Jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30 Oh my goodness, I have never had such pain, nothing helps. I have spinal stenosis and sciatica; what fun. I can hardly walk, sleep or sit. I have had it for about 5 years. This last bout has been for 5 months and now has attacked my right side leg, foot and ankle. The nerve has caused my right leg to lose muscle, so now 2 different sized legs. Currently I am doing therapy and chiropractic treatment. No help from medicine of all kinds, including physical exercise. Sitting, walking, lying down, all hurt; depressing. I want my life back! Comment from: Lis, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 22 I have sciatica and yesterday I had the steroid injection, as I couldn’t bear the pain anymore. I am not sure if it has worked yet. I am feeling much less pain. I was Just wondering if anyone else has had the steroid injection and found it extremely painful at the end of the procedure. Comment from: Faralyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23 I have had sciatica and slipped disc issues for the past 3 years. The pain has been worse over the past 2 months. I tried Panadol, ibuprofen, Panadeine forte, and Lyrica which gave me constant headaches. My doctor recently prescribed Endone, which has worked well. I am aware of the dependency issues relating to constant use of these. Last week, after enduring a lot of pain, I ditched the morphine for vitamin B12 and stretching exercises. I have been pain-free for a week now. Please give this a go. I hope it helps. Comment from: Helena, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 03 I read the comment about vitamin B12 for sciatica after 15 months of treatment from chiropractor and physical therapy and I just gave up. I bought the vitamin B12 and have taken It for 2 days and it is like magic. I no longer feel the nerve sensations below my toes and ongoing pain at my ankle. I cannot thank the person enough who shared that B12 could work. I was headed to surgery or steroids because the pain was so much I could not sit but now I am learning to be pain free. Two tablets a day, try it. Comment from: Pretzeliz, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 06 I take Qunol turmeric for inflammation 1000 mg; tried pain medicines for my sciatica, they only mask it and some give diarrhea. B 12, B complex and stretching help. I only use 800 mg Motrin when I can’t take the pain anymore and can't sleep so I take a Benadryl. I research a lot of different vitamins, you need to find the combination that will work for you and be cautious as too many vitamins all at once are not good either. Too many pain medicines are not good but turmeric works, and also boswellia; it’s known as frankincense. QUESTION Nearly everyone has low back pain at some time during their life. See Answer Comment from: Jake, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 03 I’m a 31 year old male, I have been dealing with pain down my right hip through my thigh down my shin and into my toes since the beginning of August 2019, and continue to go through it. I am at my wits’ end. It’s is tearing me apart mentally and physically. I have zero drive for anything and it’s taking a toll on my wife and kids. Just came from the doctors and got my MRI results; L4-L5, moderate, large right disc extrusion and L5-S1 herniation impinging the nerve root. I’m on Lyrica, but hard to say if it works. Comment from: Dwain, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 31 This sciatica is making my life hard. I am on gabapentin but it makes me sleepy and woozy. I am suffering with sciatica on the right side, and TENS unit doesn’t cure but helps. I had an epidural injection in my back but it didn’t work. Comment from: Gia, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 10 I have sciatica too, now for more than a year. I work on my feet for long hours. I started taking benfotiamine, which is vitamin B1 but better. I take 6 pills per day. This vitamin is great, please try it. Comment from: Jazz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 05 I am 21 years old and have been experiencing severe sciatic nerve pain from a degenerative disc disease for 4 months. I have been on medication, acupuncture and physiotherapy but nothing seems to alleviate the pain from sciatica. I really need help and cannot bear the pain any longer, but doctors refuse to see me till next year. Comment from: RheaV, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 19 I suffer with sciatica and have for 10 plus years! Opioids have helped take edge off but doesn’t take the pain away enough and I do not want to take anything stronger! I started medicinal marijuana and it’s not helping me! I’m going to a nerve institute to be evaluated by another specialist so I hope to have some helpful answers soon! Comment from: Jeff, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 18 I have been taking 300 mg of gabapentin 3 times a day for my sciatica due to herniated disc. This and physical therapy have given me my life back. Earlier I could barely move and the pain was close to a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. Comment from: Ouch, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 14 The only things that help my sciatica are steroids, muscle relaxers, and gabapentin (occasionally a bath helps my muscles relax). The doctors never confirmed whether or not my sciatica problems are due to some unknown injury but seeing as I'm 22, that's the assumption. I get flare ups 3 to 5 times a year. Comment from: Jackie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28 I had a bit of physiotherapy, then had a few steroids for my sciatica, but because it was left too long I suffer. I can’t put any weight on my leg, urinate frequently, and it’s ruining my life. Comment from: John, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 12 I have had sciatica for 4 months now. I have seen chiropractors, massages therapists, osteopaths, surgeons, physiotherapists and my general physician. I have been given pain killers, Endone, Targin, muscle relaxants and anti-depressants. Nothing has worked so far. I am on a rigorous exercise and stretching program and am told to walk daily, however I can’t walk, sit, or stand for very long. I was a professional boxer so I am physically fit and have the motivation to resolve this but am yet to find a solution. Good luck! Comment from: Diane, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 19 I have had sciatica for several months - it is severe pain down my left hip area that radiates down my thigh and into my knee cap. My primary care doctor stated the only thing that could be done would be minor surgery which would be simple. My orthopedic doctor referred me to another doctor who had prescribed steroids and gabapentin, 100 MG and increased to 300 MG. It makes me feel nauseated and I think that my body and mind are telling me it is not a cure either. I think I will consult the surgeon. 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. SLIDESHOW Back Pain: 16 Back Pain Truths and Myths See Slideshow 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: 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: Jimmy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 05 I have been in pain from sciatica for 9 months now, waking up every 3 to 4 hours to take some more painkillers to get back to sleep. This is affecting my quality of life in such a bad way. I am in consistent chronic pain. I have to take painkillers otherwise I am on the floor all day, and at night, I lie in severe pain. I tried everything and nothing has worked. I am having surgery next week and if it doesn't work I honestly don't know what I will do. Comment from: Shree, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 04 Try this out for sciatica, might work for you. Take a cup of water in a vessel, add a teaspoon full of Moringa oleifera powder to it, add 3 to 4 pieces of ginger, boil well and prepare a tea. Then pour it in a cup, add honey about 3 to 4 teaspoons, mix well, and drink twice a day. You will feel far better than with any other medicine in the planet. Comment from: Shree, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 13 I was suffering from sciatica problems. But you can get a medicine in homeopathy called sciatica drops. For the muscle pain induced by the nerve you can use pain balm. You need to take the sciatica drops for nearly 20 to 25 days continuously and it may give you best result. All the best. Comment from: Sheila, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 01 I take 3 pills 3 times a day for my sciatica. That’s 900 each dose. And no, it’s not helping. I had 3 hip on the surgeries same hip. After the third I ended up with drop foot. The nerve was damaged in a lot of places. Well, after over 3 years it is coming back to life. It’s horrible. I changed surgeons. I had them redo that hip because the pelvis broke away from the hip. I just got out of cast from foot surgery so I could wear shoes. I am in walking boot but all told me I will have to learn to walk again. The pain is horrible. Comment from: Debdeb, 55-64 (Patient) Published: June 06 Nothing seems to help this crippling painful sciatica! It is definitely a health hazard, I have fell several times, because of weakness and numbness. Then when I called for transport to local hospitals, they only administer pain medicines, and give you prescriptions. Then hours later, the pain is back. More research needs to be done on this crippling and severe sciatica. 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. 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: JJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 26 I had an in-home back injury which led to severe sciatica nerve pain in my lower back and down my right leg to my toes. The pain did not stop for 20 years and I literally had to drag my right leg behind me. I was put on 1200 milligrams three times a day. Occasionally I need an extra 600 mg but have found total relief. Thank goodness for a good doctor. Comment from: Standing Tall, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10 Truly I can relate and thank you because I thought I was losing it! I realize there are other life threatening health matters but sciatica takes your life away and it is also embarrassing. I have to carry a pillow everywhere which is hardly anywhere because sitting, walking and standing over 20 minutes cause me to limp and be bent over. Yep this is awful! 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: 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. 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.