reply to post by TDawgRex
I have sciatica and I manage it now, mostly pain free. I was so bad off I could not stand and had to drag myself to the restroom. Initially I went
to an acupuncturist for the pain. Chemical medications were almost useless and will kill your liver.
Several other comments here have been good but don't go under the knife except as a last resort. Avoid the chemical pain killers for acupuncture,
massage, and other methods but take what you need to make it bearable.
There are several exercises you should do to get relief. The first is:
1. Lay flat on the floor, face down, arms at your sides. Hold for 1 minute.
2. Support yourself on your elbows in the book reading position so your back is arched backward (opposite of bending forward). Hold for 1 minute.
3. The third position requires you to push your hands against the floor so your back is arched backward more. Don't extend to cause pain but get a
good backward stretch and hold it for a minute.
4. Roll over on your back and bring your knees up to your chest or as much as possible without over extending. Put your hands on your knees but do
not pull so you don't hyper extend. Hold for one minute.
This should help condition your muscles and give you relief. You could do this several times and may get more relief.
There is a back exercise I do (in conjunction with my abs exercise) where I lay in the face down position and arch my back (like the Roman chair
exercise but from the floor) backwards up to 60 times to build the lower back muscles.
Both of the above should give some eventual relief.
Also doing stretches such as hamstring stretches (always do them slow) may help some.
To stretch your buttocks when you have the problem with the knot and tight muscles there, stand in a slightly squatting position, place your lower
right leg over your left knee and continue to squat to get a full stretch. It may sound funny, but it works. Otherwise stretching it on a stairway
by taking a long step sometimes helps.
None of this cures the cause. I saw a picture on the internet where a person was hunched over. It illustrated to me how sitting in a chair all day,
especially if you are in a hunched position can throw the padding between your bones out of alignment. Work on your posture.
Arrange things so when you are sitting, you are not hunched over. If in a vehicle, put a towel back there but do what you need to so your back is
arched above your tailbone properly. For office work, I have what I call a sciatica chair. It is an inexpensive chair for about $50-100 which puts
you in a semi kneeling position. It helps you keep your back arched instead of hunched but you still need to be aware of your back position and
practice good posture.
If you are overweight, lose the weight. Losing weight is actually easy if you eat the right foods (non processed) and avoid the wrong foods including
soda, and most sweets and artificial sweeteners. Avoid partially hydrogenated oils, canola oil, high fructose, alcohol and even cakes, pizza, and
breads in excess. If you have the willpower to eat right and exercise you will lose the weight and your sciatica will be easier to manage. I don't
have the time to give more details and I don't have the inclination to debate it. I have lived it and it works.