Any suggestions on how to calm it down. My doctor gave me one week's worth of robaxin as a muscle relaxer. Should I combine this with cold pack or heating pad? It is worse in the morning after waking up and of course I have to get myself to work. Thanks for any suggestions.
6 Apr 2012
Alternating heat and cold may help the pain a bit.
Did your doc mention any medications for nerve pain, such as gabapentin (neurontin) or Lyrica? One of those medications may help greatly with the pain. I certainly hope the robaxin takes care of your pain though.
Best wishes to you,
6 Apr 2012
Usually this type of pain results from an injury or strain to your lower back. Your back may not hurt, but the pain can radiate down the buttocks, & into the leg. Could you have strained recentley by bending & lifting something heavy or move furniture or something to this extent? It could be coming from your back, & the others are right with heat & cold alternating. You could try using a heating pad on your lower back & hip. This is what relieves mine the best, & Ive' had it for 44 years from a failed back surgery. Another problem can be a strain of the pitiformus(sp) muscle in your buttocks. The sciatic nerve runs thru this large muscle, & sometimes flares up from being pinched. I would suggest using the robaxin with heat, & if it doesn't settle down in a week or so ask your doctor about your lower back, & a referral to a neurologist or a neuro work up to rule out a slipped or ruptured disc in your back.
You are discribing exactly how mine felt when I first ruptured a disc in my lower back. Hope this has been of some help to you... Mary
7 Apr 2012
I would suggest seeing a physical therapist to get appropriate stretches, and you need to start walking EVERY DAY.
exercise and stretches is only way to keep this in check.
if you can't walk 45 minutes/day, then work up to it.
stretches and walking is only way to keep pain away.
also it's good for over all health
taking pain pills and muscle relaxers will really mess you up.
I've kept sciatica at bay for almost 30 yrs, so I stand behind this advice
26 Jun 2012
daily walks on flat outside surface of 45 minutes/day is the best treatment for sciatica. It will take a couple weeks, but if you keep it up at least 4 times a week, be careful how you bend and lift things, you should be able to keep it at bay. I have for 27 years.
when you have a flare up, icing is good.
also, don't sleep on your back; sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees
since it's your right side, driving may contribute; make sure your seat is at a complete right angle to the back
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