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