I am not a doctor but what is stated here is my opinion based on personal experience with sciatica.
All the suggestions made in this forum for easing sciatica pain work or do not work--it is a game of chance. Usually with stretching and physical therapy, the pain goes away on its own within 4-8 weeks.
Use a good pain rub like Bengay cream to ease the pain (available at Walmart). Drink plenty of water. Do not do activities that seem to increase the pain since this could interfere with the healing process.
It is best to use a flat bed at night. There are times when it is best to sleep on a hard, inclined chair (like garden chair) at night instead of on a bed since a hard surface helps to heal faster.
By all means do stretches every single day. Initially some stretches may seem painful but if you do them every day they get to be less and less painful as days progress.
If in serious pain after 2 months, select a more intrusive option like surgery if needed.
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