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Devil's Claw for Sciatica?

amailiaaamailia Posts: 3
edited 02/11/2015 - 9:03 AM in Alternative Treatments
I have sciatic nerve pain due to either L4-L5 or L5-S1 (or both) nerves being pinched by a bulging/protruding disc. 10 weeks ago I had a bilateral L5-S1 laminectomy, which has helped my right leg pain, but I am still getting significant left leg pain (it was always the worst leg). I still have a few weeks before I go back to the surgeon, and I know he is likely to send me to get another MRI and then consult with him again - so I am looking for some options for relief in the mean-time.

I currently take gabapentin, which I have slowly reduced from 3600 mg/day to 1800 mg/day since surgery and have not noticed a significant difference (though my activity level is drastically reduced from before surgery). I also take 600-1200mg/day of ibuprofen, but otherwise take no medications.

I recently read that the herbal supplement devil's claw works as an anti-inflammatory, so I was curious if anyone has used it to help with sciatic nerve pain due to disc protrusions, or any other nerve related pain? If so, what dosage do you take and how frequently? Does it help on-demand, or does it need to build up in your system? What side effects have you had, if any?
DDD, facet arthropathy, mild bulge at L3-4, bulge at L5-S1 resulting in spinal stenosis (more pronounced on the left)
12/3/2014 - bilateral L5-S1 laminectomy


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    But I would still run it by your doctor.
    Personally, I take Turmeric in a very pure form a couple of times a day. I discussed it with my doctor and they are in total agreement.
    It has helped as an inflammatory, which in turn helps my arthritis.

    I have heard the same good things about Devils Claw, but have no first hand knowledge.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • I started having sciatica down my right leg about a year ago.  It seems to be aggravated by the piriformis.  I found stretches to do on line.  They helped, but the relief didn't last very long.  My MD offered absolutely no help at all.

    I went to a chirpatric facility, did exercises, stretches, TENS, infared and traction for several weeks, but with not much relief.  For me it was a waste of time and money.

    OK, I can do exercises at home, with a lot less time  involved, (on the road and waiting around for personal to jump me through hoops).

    I discovered Devil's Claw through on-line research, ordered it, started taking per bottle label suggestions, I took my first capsule and started my stretches.  OMG, blessed relief, I haven't done any stretches since.  Every once in a long while I feel a light tinge at my piriformis, I'm happy, I can live with that very easily, just keep the Devil's Claw coming!

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