I have been suffering from sciatica for many many years. Im a massage therapist so my condition affects every aspect of my life whether im not able to walk or work. While this is all great advice I bet lots of you know that no matter how much you stretch, hydrate, stay active, or try not to sleep on your stomach or cross your legs, it just keeps coming back. Some days are so bad it takes me an hour just to be able to put pressure on my legs to go to the damn bathroom. Does anyone out there have some real advise on how to get this under control for real? Im so tired of medicating just to get through a day. I’d really appreciate it 🙂
Moving is usually the last thing people dogged by sciatica want to do, but it's important to be physically active. "Lying in bed makes it more likely that the pain will last longer," says Ruppert. "Exercise increases blood flow to the disk and the nerve, helping to get rid of the chemicals causing the inflammation." Take 15- to 20-minute walks. If that hurts too much, give swimming or water aerobics a try; there's not as much pressure on the back when you're in the water, says Ruppert. It may also be worth seeing a physical therapist, who can prescribe stretching exercises to restore flexibility to the back or moves that strengthen core muscles, helping to stabilize the spine and reduce the likelihood of a similar injury.
What you described could be true sciatic nerve irritation, but the description is more consistent with muscle trigger point referral symptoms. The most likely suspect is the piriformis, but the gluteus minimus muscle might also be contributing. Since the symptoms started after having low back pain, my guess is that the sacroiliac joint is probably involved. My suggestion is to start with the piriformis stretch shown on the video at: http:///basic-sciatica-exercises/ . If it seems to help, try doing it frequently throughout the day for a few days (it’s a good idea to stretch both sides). If you can’t get lasting improvement, you may need some work on the sacroiliac joint to get things resolved. There is a technique in my members area for this (the pelvic repositioning technique), but you might need to see a chiropractor or osteopath for manipulation treatment.