Hi I'm a 47 year old male, I keep fit and workout regularly... until just over a week ago that is, when my Sciatica kicked in and I thought I'd been shot in the buttock. I've been suffering with Sciatica down my left leg for 8 days now, the pain is excruciating (like nothing I've ever experienced before, burning sensation down whole leg, especially the back of the knee, lower leg and ankle area and severely restricted mobility), it's been scary at times and I've had very little sleep. I do think I've learnt some things over the past couple of days though and would like to share it with you. Obviously these are things I've tried that have helped, I'm not recommending any of this, just logging my experience (by the way, I haven't seen a physio or doctor yet, I do have an appointment on Wednesday with a physio so, at this moment in time, I do not have a professional diagnosis of my problem): -
1). Inactivity before bedtime seems to be a bad idea. I find that if I take a short walk before bed (it's very painful to walk so a short distance approx 1/4 mile) then light stretching on my return helps. This consists of lying on my back and bringing my knee up towards my chest very slowly and allowing my body to tell me when to stop. Also, while on all fours, gentle rock from side to side and lying on my back with legs bent and feet flat on the floor, rock legs gently from side to side. It's very painful doing this but I found today that, for the first time, I was able to lay down in bed almost pain free. It allowed me to sleep for 3 hours before the pain flared up again but that's the most sleep I've had so far.
2) I take Ibuprofen and Paracetamol approx. every 5 hours, again this does ease the pain though I worry about what all these pills are doing to my gut. I do always eat something when taking the pills and I take the last dose just before I retire to bed and I don't take more then it says in the instructions for any 24 hr period.
3) I also rub Deep Heat into my upper left pelvis area and my calf (which gets very tight) as and when I feel I need to. It's very painful rubbing the cream into my pelvic and upper buttock area so that seems to be the heart of the problem.
4) I also find sitting on my wifes excercise ball helps, again while seated on the ball, I perform small movements, both back and forth and rotational... I get the feeling that continual light movement is the key.
If anyone else has had any success with things they've tried I'd be very ineterested to hear about it. I find the strangest part about this is that the most pain comes when I try to lay down, there is no position front, back or side that relieves the pain and it makes sleep almost impossible. So any advise on how I can get more than 3 hours sleep would be appreciated?