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sciatic pain in left leg/butt preventing sleep

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 51,465
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Sleep Problems
I can't buy a new bed, but I'm not sure that'd help the matter at all. I have a nice, firm-ish bed now and I'm in complete agony as it is.

I can't sleep on my side, even with a pillow in between my knees. On my back, with a pillow under my knees/legs has been suggested, but doesn't help a lick.

I'll be feeling okay at night, and then when I lay down, the sciatic pain shoots thru my butt and into my leg/knee area, causing excruciating pain and makes me unable to find a comfie position.

Anyone else relate to this?

Any tips?

I need help.. I feel like I'm losing my mind, i'm so tired.

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  • ...living with this problem for over a year. The only position I've found that helps at all is on my stomach, or flat on my back. But after surgery I wasn't allowed to lay on my stomach for 6 weeks, which left me flat on my back. Problem with that is that I roll over in my sleep... then wake up with shooting pain in my butt and thigh... sometimes all the way to my toes. It's gotten better since the surgery, but it's not gone, and still wakes me up several times a night.

    You're definitely not alone. Do you take anything at night? I take naproxin and tylenol.
  • Are you able to sleep on your opposite side? I have the same problem if I sleep on my right side(even with the knee pillow). After nights of waking myself in pain, I started wearing workout shorts with pockets to bed and I put a tennis ball in the right one. Now I don't turn on that side anymore!
  • That's a great tip! I never thought of a tennis bell in the pocket. I tried putting a pillow behind me, but it always gets moved. Thanks.
  • i carnt offer any help but i can tell you that you are not on your own.i came in to chat on here last night because i could not sleep again!! its been over 5 years since i got more than 3 hours sleep in one go..i have the electrical ajustable bed with the memory foam matterass.and another bed with a top of the range TEMPUR matterass but despit what the tv ads say i dont get a good night sleep on any of them.leg pain is a nightmear i feel for you ..i am dreading going to bed tonight because i know that in a few hours i will have to get up an have more pain killers .then if i am lucky i may get an hour or so on my recliner..its no fun my friend..i only wish i had the answer .i am a strong person but it is now getting to me big time..i do hope you find the answer ,if you do please contact me ..STRAKER
  • I have degenerative disc disease, recently diagnosed, and the ONLY way that I can sleep well (four to six hours pain free) is in a recliner. I recline as far back as the recliner will go and sleep like a baby. If I try sleeping on a flat surface, hard, soft, or in between, I have chronic pain whenever I move my legs or turnover. I have hardly no pain on a recliner.....try it and good luck.
  • I can relate too! No fun, is it? :<

    I've been dealing with this problem for over 3 years now and have tried every trick in the book (well, except the tennis ball-thanks to the one who suggested that!). I'm trying to save up some money so that I can buy a Select Comfort bed, but it's going to take me a LONG time before I can afford that! :( Sometimes I have to just prop myself up to a sitting up position with lots of pillows behind my lower back and sleep that way (need to buy a recliner but don't have money for that either right now). I've just relented to the fact that no matter what I'll have to move around a lot when I try to sleep. I tend to go a long time w/o sleep or even just a little bit but eventually I end up crashing because I get so mentally and physically exhausted.

    All I can tell you is to take it one day (or night!) at a time. Perhaps you can get a prescription sleeping pill like Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerom, etc? Might be worth a shot. I would definitely mention it to your doc and keep mentioning it every time you see him/her until it's resolved.

    Sorry I'm not much help but I, too, just wanted you to know you're not alone. I wish you the best of luck-keep us posted, OK?

    Take care of you...
  • I started taking Neurontin, it not only helped with the nerve pain but also helps me sleep. At first I would get lethargic during the day but that lasted only a few days. Hope you find some relief. No sleep is brutal.
  • HI REGARDING SLEEP .I TOO FIND THAT MY RECLINER IS THE BEST THING TO SLEEP ON.A WIZE INVESTMENT FOR US SPINYS.EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A TOP END ELECTRICALY AJUSTABLE BED WITH A HIGH END MEMEORY FOAM /SPRUNG UNIT ON TOP .I STILL FIND THE LAZEBOY RECLINER I HAVE THE ONE LIKE THAY USE IN FRIENDS.IT IS FANTASIC GOOD LUCK RECLINER SHOPPING TONY BEERXX
  • I can so relate to your condition. I suffer the same. I dont know how to go about finding relief since whatever I do seems to make it worse.
  • cstccst Posts: 14
    edited 07/29/2015 - 3:41 AM
    I had my first surgery in August 2011 and with 4 years of excruciating pain, working 8-12 hour days and only sleeping 3 hours a night exhausted me, the only somewhat relief I had and a few hours of sleep was the generic medication for Neurotin called gabapentin, it was a life saver. 5 weeks ago I had my 2nd surgery and hope to be able to get more sleep after the recuperation .

    Sometimes when I didn't take the gabapentin I would take at night ONE Tylenol PM. I would check with your doctor if you are able to take one or the other .

    I hope this helps.
    Thank you, CST
  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 101
    edited 08/03/2015 - 10:57 AM
    after a hysterectomy....it was a nightmare when I think back to what I went thru....week of daily chiro work, finally the old time chiro went in vaginally and moved the nerve to stop the pain....what relief I got....this work is still done by specialized PT workers and even probably old time chiros... There is a name for it and I'll have to look it up.

    For a male, they go in rectally to move nerve.

    Now every day I do a leg over stretch out to keep nerve as pain free as can be. I'm sure there are pictures of this exercise online.

    Warning:


    Before you try any supplement, herb, over the counter item, exercise program, mechanical aid, brace, etc always consult with your doctor to make sure you get their approval.
    Some of these products may be very effective, but no two individuals or medical conditions are alike. What works for one, may cause trouble for another..


    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
  • ndnyalnndnyal Sydney Posts: 2


    I can't buy a new bed, but I'm not sure that'd help the matter at all. I have a nice, firm-ish bed now and I'm in complete agony as it is.

    I can't sleep on my side, even with a pillow in between my knees. On my back, with a pillow under my knees/legs has been suggested, but doesn't help a lick.

    I'll be feeling okay at night, and then when I lay down, the sciatic pain shoots thru my butt and into my leg/knee area, causing excruciating pain and makes me unable to find a comfie position.

    Anyone else relate to this?

    Any tips?

    I need help.. I feel like I'm losing my mind, i'm so tired.


  • ndnyalnndnyal Sydney Posts: 2
    A firm matress will help. Definitely have Viltaren if prescribed by your doctor about 1 hour before sleeping which will ensure a OK nights rest no matter how you sleep.  I have had myL4/L5 out and is pinching the nerve leaving me annoying constant pain daily almost every second of it. I can only suggest you see specialist for a permanent solution because if this has been ongoing for more than 1 year then it probably just won't go away without surgey. I am looking at this as my solution but everyone knows there bodies best. I have looked at a couple surgery treatments there's pretty much only 2 not sure what there medically called but one involves surgery in the back with about a 10cm incision in the back then to get to the affected disc they will have to push aside muscles to make there dissectomy cut to the affected disc which leaves patients in pain for a while after surgey and can sometimes cause infections and possible other damage or I found another less invasive  surgery performed by a doctor in Sydney which is called key-hole endoscopic spine surgery only need a 1cm inscission and a tube and camera is used to find the affected area and with the same tube inserted the surgeons tools go down to less disturb other body organs and muscles which leaves the patient with a faster recovery time, less scaring and minimal pain but I have to say the success rate is the same just I find it's quicker and safer. Hope this helps. 
  • Ladywriter1968LLadywriter1968 LondonPosts: 11
    edited 08/02/2016 - 12:55 PM
    I have same problem, two herniated discs and trapped nerve can only sleep on right side as the sciatic pain is down the left, before it was the right side years ago but now swopped over sides, I have to get up every single night and walk up and down three or four times for around ten minutes a time losing sleep and then go back to bed again, this has been my routine for 15 weeks now since it returned on my other side. its aweful and it seems no matter what we do there is no end to it, walking helps relieve pressure of the nerve but when we go to bed we have the same problem again. When I get up I am in agony. Even medical side seem to have little help or advice with this problem. All I was advised was exercises and pain killers which upset my stomach bad so now just put up with the pain. I wish there was an answer for all of us, my doctor said it will heal eventually as the body heals itself, but how long, well thats another story, and of course it can return as well, I think once we have this problem it will always be there. I even have an orthopedic mattress as well.
  • Just to add about surgery, there is no guarantee with this and its a risk as well, and if you live in UK like myself the nhs are limited and wont even do operations for this anymore unless you cant walk or your legs go numb or you wet yourself. I have a four month wait for a pain clinic, and if you are not rich like most you can not afford private treatment either so are left to get on with it.
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