Fellow blogger huncamunca has asked me to write a post on sciatica, I hope the following will help her to understand this very uncomfortable problem.

According to the NHS website sciatica is different to general back pain; the pain of sciatica hardly affects the back at all but radiates out from the lower back, down the buttocks and into one or both of the legs, right down to the calf.
For some people the pain can be severe and debilitating but for others it might just be mild and irritating. It can last for weeks or months and usually only affects one side of the lower body.
Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate down the leg causing foot pain and toe pain.
Treatment for acute sciatica can be over the counter painkillers or stronger ones from your GP. It is important with sciatica that you try to remain as physically active as possible with just short bed rests when it is essential.

Other treatments are hot or cold compression packs to help reduce the pain. If the pain becomes chronic then your GP may suggest a combination of self help techniques as well as medical treatments, for instance corticosteroid injections or physiotherapy and Cognitive behavioural therapy. Surgery would be a last resort.

There are a number of sciatica support groups which can be very helpful as you can chat to other people who are suffering from this problem.

There are also a number of tools that you can buy to help with the pain of sciatica from a sacrowedgy to sit on to support braces.
However, your first port of call if it does not settle down after a few days would be your GP for further investigation.



9 thoughts on “SCIATICA PAIN…

  1. Hello Bar, firstly I would like to thank you for your beautiful post. I thought a person should rest but I’m wrong. One can remain physically active. I will search about the exercises on the sites you gave.

    Thanks a lot.

    big hugs

    sandra 🙂


    • It certainly is and I’m suffering with it in both legs at the moment with the worst on my right. I have to keep standing up and can’t wait for the injections in a couple of weeks.


  2. Personally long since lost faith in our local GP but I do understand what it is like to suffer with sciatica.

    I had that when I was pregnant and when I have moved a heavy wheelie bin and another episode a few years ago, just bending down to my open the rather stiff door on my old oven (which has since been replaced.

    With me it starts in the lower back then shooting pains continue through the buttock down my left leg. I am convinced it is because of a weakness to that side of my body (carrying mine and other toddlers on my right hip?.

    Usually I can cope by rest and taking everything at snails pace but I have noticed more recently that I also suffer with pain in my left heel to a point it can cut short our camera rambles so now wonder if that’s related?

    I recently spent the day with someone who was obviously suffering the same – his sciatica was caused by his job as HGV driver. Even though I’d only just met him – I found myself advising him to put his legs up after he’d jarred his back unhitching his caravan. He was mixing his painkillers with alcohol, stressing that he’d need both if he was to sleep in the caravan that night – something I wouldn’t recommend.


    • Its one of those pains where you have to stad up to try and get away from it (well I have to).

      If you look on a picture of your channels you will see that, yes, it can affect your heel so take care as you can then end up walking badly, which is why I have ended up with a toe problem.

      I used to mix drugs with booze over 20 years ago but I would never do that now its soooo dangerous.


  3. Lifestyle is so important if you never want to suffer from the likes of sciatica or any other joint problems. Make sure you sit well and you exercise well. Having the correct furniture helps also!


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