April 2, 2015
Sciatica is a symptom of a problem with the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body. It controls muscles in the back of your knee and lower leg and provides feeling to the back of your thigh, part of your lower leg, and the sole of your foot. When you have sciatica, you have pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling. It can start in the lower back and extend down your leg to your calf, foot, or even your toes. It’s usually on only one side of your body.
The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. It may be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one side of your body is affected.
Your doctor may suggest some of the following remedies:
- Steroid injections
- Natural Remedies
Medications and injections are not suitable for everyone, particularly when used in the long term, so it’s important to discuss all available options with your GP. Some of these medications can also cause significant side effects in some people. For most people, sciatica responds well to self-care measures and natural remedies. You’ll heal more quickly if you continue with your usual activities but avoid what may have triggered the pain in the first place.