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Ginger for sciatic nerve pain and inflammation

alexhurtingaalexhurting Posts: 1,991
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Chronic Pain
Ok many of you might have been brought in to read this post thinking
Ginger from Gilligans island is the topic and we all know she is hot,

Marianne was not bad herself, But all that aside!

Who has used ginger for nerve pain sciatica type pain?

I been doing everything to avoid my scs implant coming up by always push and stretch to see if there is some way to beat this pain and stiffness without having another surgery such as the scs,

There is not a day where i dont try to stretch and excercise when i am able, I have done all i can the last 8 years after 3 failed back surgery to beat this,

Few days ago i stretched the left leg and hip muscle to the point nerve got agrivated where nothing could stop it for the last 3 days,

Fanrynal patch wont help and along with norco i could still barely stand the sciaric nerve pain shooting down my leg,

I find some info about ginger they say helps inflammation and sciatic pain so i reach in the cabinet and find we have the powder ginger so i go for it,

Put some in my cofee, Not the best cofee i have had but pain wont let up so i dont care how cofee taste, Few hours later i finaly realise pain is leting up a litle finaly,

I am thinking how is this posible, I mean i know its no cure but how is it posible meds could not calm the nerve down alone and ginger helped,

I always tried anything natural remedy that i could for meds never done the job, But this ginger now has me realy confused,

Not confused as not to keep using it of course for i dont care so much of why and how it helps, I will take any releif i can get,

But i am very curious who else has used this here or is using it?
Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
2012 scs implant ,


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I have been adding ginger to a daily yoghurt for about 2 yrs now, I also sprinkle Cinnamon on an orange and we cook almost daily using tumeric, ginger, and cinnamon I have found I have less flare ups now, and when I do get them they don't seem to last as long. I cannot take any anti-inflammatory medication so this is the best substitute

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi,
    I use ginger also.. and cinnamon and tumeric too!
    I juice.. apples, ginger root, carrots and something green... celery, spinich, parsley... the best juice!!
    I also put cinnamon in oatmeal, on bananas and in smoothies..
    I use tumeric for any cooking I can get away with.
    I also drink lemon and ginger tea... or make that tea with soaking some ginger root and cuts of lemon in water and heat on stove.. let it sit for a bit.. and it's delicious!!some honey helps too!
    I am not a fan of chemicals, pills... so I have been trying to make natural pain/anit-inflamitory part of my daily life... and I have found it does help.:)
  • Also... add ginger to stir fry dinners! The ginger root.. not the powder... it's amazing!!!
  • Hmm interesting, I am just suprised it actualy helps as much as it did in such a short time, Its obvious to me then i have a lot of inflammation of the nerve,

    But then i guess that a no brainer if nerve is damaged why would it not be inflamed,

    Thanks all, Going to see if gf can find it in the store other then powder,
    Dont taste too good in cofee so probably tea and ginger and lemon with other stuff you guys mentioned sounds good,

    I will see if it actualy can keep the inflammation away after a week or so of using it,
    I have 3 small jars of powder i am using up even if i have to put it in a pipe and smoke it, git-ir-done
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I got to try that. Thanks you all

  • Hey there.
    I'm trying to help ya, but it didnt work.
    To see if ginger helps i laid down and sprinkled some ginger on my hip, but when i stood up, it all fell off.
    I'll go to store later, and see if they sell ginger in a spray.
    Will let ya know if it helps any.

    Otherwise you enjoying the traffic from Silver Cross opening on Sunday.?

    Best of luck to ya with your inplant if you do get it done.
  • not sure if you were joking or serious.. so had to post ... ginger will only help if you eat/drink it. In food.. in juice, tea. not topically.. not a spray.
    It's great for a few things... inflammation, helps promote healthy heart and helps circulation problems.. and it's good!!

  • I have been using grated ginger root every morning with lemon to make a tea for a couple of years.

    I also use it in cooking often, and also use turmeric and cinamon whenever I think of it.
    I will get back to using them frequently again too.

    I haven't noticed a quick relief of pain like you have Alex, but do think that it has helped me over the years. At least I feel like I am doing whatever I can!

    Keep feeling better.

  • Yep, I've been looking at the anti-inflammatory based 'diet' but really focused on what foods have that quality.

    Garlic, Tumeric, Ginger, and there are other foods too.

    I just started buying Ginger root and making terriyaki/Ginger/honey chicken is a great yummy way to get ginger.
  • Hey jim. Silver cross hospital opened already the 26 th. I drove by it today and real nice, I actualy took a walk through it last week when it was still being worked on,

    Some lady i think she might be the administrator swiped her card and let me in the main area and walked me through it,
    So trafic yes has increased for sure now!
    Turns out her dad is being treated by my pain dr also and she says he is the best,
    So hoping she is correct,

    Lol. I hope you was joking about puting ginger on your back, You have to eat it not rub it on lol,

    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Can this be bought in a pill form? I am going to guess it can. I hate the taste of ginger. It is great for upset stomachs and I bought some real ginger to take once when I was really sick. It worked but the taste is horrible. I ave tried ginger tea, etc. I strongly dislike all of them. :(
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.

  • The Zone Diet - Barry Sears

    It isn't just about adding herbals to foods. It's also about not eating certain ones.

    Some herbs I've read about;

    Ginger, Licorice root, Clove oil, Fennel seeds, Boswellia, Devil's claw, Feverfew, Green Tea, Turmeric, Ginko Biloba.

    Be careful around herbs and high quantities. Some tend to upset stomachs badly. I found Devil's Claw helped with inflamation but my stomach hated it.

    Licorice root for example, it works, but too much and you get the runs. If you have HBP you should avoid all licorice.

    Do your homework before adding herbals. They are not all innocent plants. Some of the meds some of you are taking and/or your other medical issues. Don't mix well together.

    You may not like the FDA but their testing has some value. Herbs have no FDA testing or real controlled testing. They are handed down from generation to generation and most of their information is folk lore. I'm not against herbals, I use them too.

  • DNice,

    This sounds lovely and I would love to try it.
    Would you post the recipe (or PM me a copy) of it please.


  • I've had ginger in my tea for digestion pain, never thought about it for nerve pain. Guess I need to pay attention to that and try it out. My hubby has gout, a form of arthritis, and one of the best foods for relieving that type of inflammation is black cherries.
  • I have to get back to juicing also Sally thats a great one I add celery or spinach.
    I have usually fresh ginger root is the best to add to food Alex, but if you don't use it alot in cooking. Check at Jewel by the organic veggies (produce isle) they now have it in a tube. so keeps bit in fridge.
    I used to juice and I just got frustrated in winter the cost of fruits n veggies is costly.
    I finally found my summer food/pain journal and my pain was lower the wks I juiced and I always add ginger to it. so not sure if its just that I eat better, warmer, or ginger. It is the best for digestion also and of course I haven't been using it.
    hahahhahahhahah =)) Jim that's great now I would have thought of alex putting all over his body.
    I hope things work out for you Alex, so are you not doing the scs now??
    what day is it again...
    blazer and I can come visit you....???we can have a chicago spiney party in Alexs room.
    Really Alex you used the powder in your coffee only you only you
    msg me with date n time
    I will sent you a big Ginger

    no no no not the actress

    you could make money as a stand up
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • Sandra went to jewel and only found tea bags of the ginger, Not sure why she cant find the root of ginger,

    If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself so i will go look for it,

    I think my flare up yesteday was not as bad while using this stuff but it still hurt like hell ,So no i am not canceling the scs march 6 th, Hospital should be calling me here soon about instructions and time to be there,

    Send me Ginger from gilligans island and i know i will be cured,,!

    Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
    A tale of a fateful trip
    That started from this tropic port
    Aboard this tiny ship.

    The mate was a mighty sailing man,
    The skipper brave and sure.
    Five passengers set sail that day
    For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

    The weather started getting rough,
    The tiny ship was tossed,
    If not for the courage of the fearless crew
    The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.

    The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
    With Gilligan
    The Skipper too,
    The millionaire and his wife,
    The movie star
    The professor and Mary Ann,
    Here on Gilligans Isle.

    So this is the talel of the castways,
    They're here for a long, long time,
    They'll have to make the best of things,
    It's an uphill climb.

    The first mate and the Skipper too,
    Will do their very best,
    To make the others comfortable,
    In the tropic island nest.

    No phone, no lights no motor cars,
    Not a single luxury,
    Like Robinson Crusoe,
    As primative as can be.

    So join us here each week my freinds,
    You're sure to get a smile,
    From seven stranded castways,
    Here on "Gilligan's Isle."
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,

  • Patricia

    I had forgotten about this
    I must get back to it.

    :P (licking my lips!)

  • skeet65sskeet65 Posts: 2
    edited 07/19/2015 - 9:52 PM
    Just wanted to say that I've been using Ginger essential oil and been having some good results with it and wanted to mention it, so that it could help some of you guys/gals out. Do buy a very good brand, that is therapeutic and organic. Will be selling it myself in a week or two and so excited about it. Hopefully, you guys will give it a try, especially if you don't like the taste of it. I've never tried fresh Ginger, but I will in a tea or a stir-fry..sounds good.
    Have had nerve damage for years and must say that I can tell the difference in my pain level when I use the Ginger EO and it is significantly better. :) Never going to stop that regime, but will try the tea with it and the Lemon added as well.

    Always remember, before you try anything thing, diet supplement, vitamin, herbal(s), exercises, equipment, first discuss this with your doctor to make sure you get their approval. You never know what the mix of different ingredients can bring. For some medications, taking grapefruit juice, which seems harmless, can cause major problems. So, what is good for one person, could spell trouble for another. Do you yourself a favor, before you jump into taking anything others mention here, check it out with your doctor. Better to be safe than sorry

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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/19/2015 - 10:39 AM
    I mostly use ginger for nausea. It works really well. You can buy all kinds of gums, candies & drinks. All my local pharmacies carry it but sometimes you have to ask because it's hiding in the shop! It's packaged for chemotherapy & pregnancy nausea but it's made from real ginger. I like the candies best.
    Ginger has been known for a long time for its medicinal qualities but like everything, don't over do it & ask your doc or pharmacist if you have concerns.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,818
    edited 07/19/2015 - 10:43 AM
    in my fridge at all times.

    When my stomach starts to turn south, which is way too often, I slice off a chunk and chew on it. Besides tasting great it does help with my stomach.

    The other use.... We grow Pineapple sage, Thai Basil, Chocolate and Lemon mint (besides a hundred other herbs)... Adding those four items along with some fresh ginger makes a great refreshing summer drink.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • How much Ginger powder do I add to my coffee?
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