Sciatic Pain: Does anyone have any tips on how to get rid of it?

Posted by Laura Dropps @ldropps, Feb 15 8:13am

I've developed some scatic pain in the last two weeks. Has anyone else experienced this? I wonder if it's from riding the stationary bike. I had a massage that helped temporarily, but now it's back. The pain shoots up my leg to my bum when I put any weight on it. Does anyone have any tips on how to get rid of it?

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@ldropps, good for you getting back on the bike quite literally. I hope that is not the cause of this new sciatica pain.

Members offer tips in this discussion in the Spine Health group:
– Dealing with Sciatica pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sciatica-pain/

Simple stretching exercises can help. See these ones:
– Back pain exercises (illustration) https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/multimedia/back-pain/sls-20076265

I know it seems too simple, but stretching really does help. You may wish to check the height of your bike seat. Is it too high or too low? An at-home physio therapist could help give you exercises and watch you on your bike to assess.

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I will ask my cousin who is a physical therapist to take a look at me on the bike.

Thank you for the stretches. I'm doing a couple all ready, but will add the rest to my routine.

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When I took a senior exercise class, exercising with ankle weights took away a woman sciatic pain.

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I'm a physical therapist and specialize in this area. If you have been doing a lot of bending or sitting slouched or fallen on your bumm then you may have developed a bulging disc in your low back. Try doing the opposite movement of bending backwards at least 10x in a row or lying on your belly and pushing up into a cobra position 10x. If this helps at all then it's most likely a disc bulge. Doing these exercises throughout the day will allow the disc to retract to its proper position.

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My mother has sciatic pain, the pain is very intense, I need your advice on what to do to help my mother, I am in Tanzania

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@chilefaya

My mother has sciatic pain, the pain is very intense, I need your advice on what to do to help my mother, I am in Tanzania

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Hi @chilefaya and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am sorry to hear about your mother. You will see that I moved your post to a discussion about sciatic pain so you can meet others suffering from it. Above, Colleen had a few good links that you might be interested in.
Members offer tips in this discussion in the Spine Health group:
– Dealing with Sciatica pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sciatica-pain/

Simple stretching exercises can help. See these ones:
– Back pain exercises (illustration) https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/multimedia/back-pain/sls-20076265

Has she seen a doctor about this yet?

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Pilates is the best.

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Following an injury years ago, I have chronic sciatica pain in my hip. I’m wondering what is being done successfully to ease the pain?

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@marian85

Following an injury years ago, I have chronic sciatica pain in my hip. I’m wondering what is being done successfully to ease the pain?

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Hello Marian, sciatic pain can be so difficult to cure, but there are a lot of stretches and exercises that can help. And do remember your best friend, ice, to quiet the inflammation!
Can you tell me a little about where you get the pain, what treatments you have tried, and whether you have other problems like osteoporosis or spinal issues that would limit your activity? Finally, my pet question- how much time do you spend in a recliner? I'm sure once we have some details, others will pop in with suggestions too.

Sue

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@marian85

Following an injury years ago, I have chronic sciatica pain in my hip. I’m wondering what is being done successfully to ease the pain?

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Hello @marian85. I see that @sueinmn has responded to your post with some ideas and questions so will let you answer her back.

In the meantime, you will notice that I have moved your post into an existing discussion on sciatic pain to allow you to also connect with members such as @jennifergillan03 @denisept and @suzquez who have all recently shared here.

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@marian85

Following an injury years ago, I have chronic sciatica pain in my hip. I’m wondering what is being done successfully to ease the pain?

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Many years ago my sciatic pain was so bad, I literally collapsed to the floor or even outside walking on a sidewalk. Embarrassing, yes, when people come rushing over to help me get up. Finally, after many trips to a GP a friend at work recommended and old Chiropractor in my hometown. The pain was so severe, I was constantly limping. Finally I called his office and he answered. He told me to come to his office just three blocks from my home. The doctor must have been in his 70’s. I told him my problem and he had me lay on the long padded table while we talked. At the end of the session, he says, that’s right, you have a sciatic pain. Tell me, do you keep your wallet in your left rear pocket? Yes I replied, why? That’s what’s causing your pain he said, take it out. Then he explained why, It seems pockets in jeans or other clothes are in the wrong spot. When you sit down, the wallet presses against the sciatic nerve that’s right there. It presses against the hip bone and there’s your problem, sciatic pain, so take the wallet out. He also explained that the way you sit or recline can press against the sciatic nerve, so be mindful of your posture, especially on a hard surface like a chair. I immediately took his advice and I haven’t had an episode of sciatic pain since. I keep my wallet and other personal things in a fanny pack. That had to be 40 years ago. Oh yeah, for the advice and examination, he charged me $3, that should tell you how long ago that was!!!

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I would definitely give Yoga a chance. You tube has many free classes and some are specific to your issue. Within a few days, my pain cleared up.

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