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Comment from: unreadydrake, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

I have a severely damaged lower lumbar area that produces a burning sensation down the right side of back and to the bottom of feet. The damaged sciatic nerve is getting worse each passing month. I have found that gabapentin - Neurontin, minimizes the severe pain so that I may attempt for a more pleasant day without the burning sensation. It works if I stay under 3200 mg a day. You won't be disappointed.

Comment from: perfume7, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I wanted to tell everyone that I had such bad sciatica leg pain I could hardly walk! I had read somewhere that it could be from a B-12 deficiency so I got some B-12 from Walgreens (1000 mg) and I started taking it 2 times a day. Man, what a difference! I no longer have any pain! I have still done research reading about the benefits of B-12 and find that a lot of people have this deficiency and it causes nerve damage which is related to sciatica. All I know is that I don't have that horrible pain anymore! It is so worth taking this! I just want to pass this on to others who may have the same problem that I had.

Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I have had pain in my lower left leg on and off for three years. I have been taking tramadol which only stops it for as long as three to four hours, it is the worst pain I have ever experienced in 72 years. Finally I tried a homeopathic formula from professional formulas. It is a 2 fl. oz. bottle, you take 10 drops under your tongue; it's called sciatica drops. It works the best for me since I hate taking drug relief. I just use it whenever there is pain and it works immediately!

Comment from: PJK, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

I have had lower back pain on and off for many years and it seemed to always improve by keeping fit and taking part in sport. Swimming in the past has cured it 100%. However a few days ago I tried sprinting (running) and am now in absolute agony. The Chiropractor says sprinting will find any weakness in the back. I now have sciatica and with pain in the lower right hand side of my back and buttock and a loss of feeling to the skin below my knee. Yesterday I went swimming and it was the only time in 24 hours I have had pain relief. After the swim the relief continued for a few hours and I am going to go as often as possible as it helped before. It's as if the spine is stretched whilst swimming to allow the vertebrae to be pulled apart and the disc to retract back to where it should be and not irritating the nerves. I am yet to understand why this only lasts a few hours but at least it's a start as this is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life.

Comment from: 5 lbs over, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

For 4 months I have suffered from sciatica. Yoga seemed to help but could do no other exercises and have started gaining a bit of weight. I tried many OTC medicines and a muscle relaxer-nothing helped. I started going to a chiropractor and have been 6 times. The last 4 times she has totally relieved my pain for many hours. Then a friend told me to take Advil; it had helped him. Advil worked!!!! Sufferers, you know the relief!! I took 2 at night for 3 nights, then 1 at night for 3 nights. Since then, I have taken 1 when I lifted something and 2 one night when back was irritated. Probably the combination of Yoga, chiropractor, and Advil helped - the most relief was Advil. I am continuing the Yoga, haven't been to the chiropractor in 2 weeks. I have not resumed total exercise program, but am adding exercises slowly.

Comment from: jpshields, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I have found a cure for my sciatica. If you can't sleep at all at night due to pain, try one 8 oz. cup of coffee, one hour before bedtime.

Comment from: apersson, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I have had sciatica pain for several years now. For a long time, I enjoyed good relief from steroid injections into the facet joints of three levels on my lower back. The length of relief slowly got shorter and shorter until finally, this last fall, l the steroid injections quit working. I then underwent a radiofrequency neurotomy, where radiofrequency is used to essentially kill the nerves. The nerves will eventually regenerate and the procedure will have to be redone, but it's been six months and the stabbing pain screaming down my leg is gone. The procedure is in itself excruciatingly painful, but only takes about 15 minutes for three levels.

Comment from: agony, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I have had back pain from herniated disc for about 8 years now. The pain goes down both legs and is usually a burning or aching pain and sometimes stabbing. It is the most unbearable pain I have had to deal with up to this point in life. I have tried everything but pain meds are the only thing that works for me and I also do stretches with my feet elevated provides some relief.


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