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Sciatica pain

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SimonR Fri 13-Mar-20 12:03:44

I have been suffering from sciatica for 3 years now and even though I try to minimize things that may aggravate it more, it just keeps coming back 🙁 I just want to avoid surgery because I guess I’m just in denial as to how serious it is. I still believe I can eliminate my sciatica using natural cremes and stretches.I found this article very helpful: sciaticapain.co.uk/best-sciatica-treatment-over-the-counter-in-2020/ What do you suggest I should do? Should I continue with the natural route or just go for surgery? Thanks again!

Missfoodlove Fri 13-Mar-20 12:50:38

If you haven’t already then give acupuncture a try.
Make sure you get an approved practitioner.
There is a training clinic in York where you can have cut price treatments by students under supervision.

Nonogran Fri 13-Mar-20 13:04:44

I changed my mattress as I'd had it longer than I now know should have been replaced much sooner. My sciatica disappeared, almost overnight. Never had it since!

Charleygirl5 Fri 13-Mar-20 13:37:30

If you do go down the surgical route please make sure it is somebody who operates on zilch else but backs. Please do your homework.

paddyanne Fri 13-Mar-20 14:29:22

I used an acti patch for a few weeks when I was first diagnosed and it worked well.I do stretching exercises,Pilates ,every day and its been fine for a while.I do get the odd problem but usually its my own fault ,lifting or moving furniture that I shouldn't Its controllable with effort .I dont want surgery so I'll do whatever it takes to avoid it

Oopsadaisy3 Fri 13-Mar-20 15:25:53

Indeed, do your homework my consultant surgeon was/is a neurologist.

Believe me you’ll know if you need to have an op.

Lizbethann55 Sat 14-Mar-20 21:09:45

I really pity you. I had sciatica a few years ago. I was off work for two months. I have never ever known pain like it. I was finally sent to see a physio and she was my saviour. She actually treated me, rather than merely giving me a sheet of DIY exercises. I occasionally get the odd twinge but that's all. I hope you get proper treatment soon.

LadyGracie Sat 14-Mar-20 23:01:50

Surgery worked for me, I woke up from the anaesthetic and immediately said to myself ‘I’m mended’, that was 13 years ago. I haven’t suffered since.