I’ve veered off-topic yet again with a bit about sciatica. I’ve dealt with this for years and years and had a bunch of opinions from a lot of people on what to do, what to take. For me, nothing seems to help except waiting it out for about a week, then it settles down. I’ve tried heat, cold, Tylenol, prescriptions, exercises, sitting, standing, lying down…
Just wait a week. Right now, I’m on day 6, so I have high hopes for tomorrow.
I do notice that sitting is marginally worse than lying or standing. I guess that maybe compresses the nerve more? I do have a bit of Oxycodone left over from my knee pain (which I still have – luckily, on the same leg – just not as badly), so I take 1/2 of one to help me sleep at night.
Whenever I think of Oxycodone, I’m reminded of the night that I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. I’d just been admitted to a room and someone came to visit me. She offered to buy my Oxy from me. I was stunned. Then, she said she was just kidding.
Um, no. I can’t think of anyone who would even think of buying Oxy who didn’t have some kind of issue – even as a “joke”.
Some info from the Mayo Clinic
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments in a few weeks. People who have severe sciatica that’s associated with significant leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes might be candidates for surgery.
Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You might feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it’s especially likely to follow a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.
The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one side of your body is affected.
Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. You might have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another part.