if you have recently been diagnosed with sciatica from a disc bulge here are some sciatica home treatment suggestions to help you to help yourself.
The first thing you should do before trying to manage this at home is to make sure you really do have sciatica – only 5% of people with back pain have it, most people have simple lower back pain instead. Go and see you doctor or physical therapist to get a diagnosis.
Assuming then that you are sure you have sciatic back pain and you are sure you have nothing serious to worry about; the following suggestions may help you manage your sciatica with home treatment.
Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug, a painkiller, a muscle relaxant or something to help you sleep. Take them! You need to control your pain so that you can get back to normal as quickly as possible. I meet people who fear that taking pain relief for sciatica will mask their symptoms and they worry they are going to injure themselves. Don’t worry; this is highly unlikely to happen.
Taking medication calms down the pain response and allows you to get better faster – there is nothing to be gained by suffering sciatica symptoms. Unfortunately, the pain of sciatica can be very severe and is not always eased by medication alone. If that is the case try the next step.
Often, sciatic back pain is worse in certain positions and better in others. Many of my patients say that standing or walking is far better than sitting or lying in bed. Find the best position for you.
|Lying on your front with a pillow under your stomach and ankles is often very good for sciatica home treatment|
|Alternatively lie on your back with your knees supported reduces sciatic nerve symptoms for some people|
|Finally, I think this is the most popular position for nerve pain in the legs and sciatic nerve relief|
Seek help if your symptoms worsen
if you develop any of the worrying symptoms described at he start of the page and in this severe lower back pain section then you must seek medical advice straight away.