Patient Comments: Sciatica - Medications

What effective OTC or prescription medications were helpful with your sciatica?

Comment from: kayla2007, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

My pain started out as a sever stiffness in my lower back. I couldn't bend over or sleep on my right side because it was so bad. That went away after a week or so, but then I started getting a sharp, burning back from my lower buttocks are on my right side all the way down to my knee, and I wasn't sure what it was. I thought it might have been a torn muscle. Every time I stretch or move my leg in a certain way, the pain gets really bad. I can barely lift it above a 45 degree angle. And so far, I haven't been able to find anything that helps. I've tried everything from ibuprofen it vicodin.

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Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

I am 67 year old female. I have had back pain for 20 years. After 2 back surgeries I am no better and the pain from the sciatic nerve is bad. My problem is that I have gained 50 pounds in 6 years and now no one will discuss surgery. Loose 100 pounds and maybe. I am on a variety of meds. From anti-inflammatory to codeine and nothing really helps. More pain more weight gain from not being active.

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Comment from: suni, 45-54 Female Published: January 31

One night I woke up at 4 in the morning to a very intense pain on the back of my thigh. I could not sleep after that and any side tossing or turning brought no relief. In the morning the doctor was called he gave some anti inflammatory medicines and vitamins but still I have no relief today is the 4th day and I am suffering.

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Comment from: Jacob, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I was in Toluca, Mexico working for a car company. I was bending over connecting a laptop under the vehicles dashboard. After about 4000 vehicles and miles of walking I began to feel pain in my inner left hip. Within a few hours the pain spread into my buttocks down the back of my thigh behind my knee and down my calf. I got to the hotel and was crying in bed for my mommy. No position could alleviate this constant Charlie horse type of pain. Some Mexican doctors gave me shots of vitamins, analgesics, muscle relaxers, and anti inflammatory drugs. I thought I'd rather be dead than in this pain. I fell asleep finally and woke 6 hours later the pain had gone from a 10 to about a 4. Now there was a tingling numbing pain from my knee to my toes. It has been 6 days now and I feel tingling numbness down my left knee to my toes. I can't stand on my left tippy toes. I'm going to pray to god and start stretching and being more cautious about how I treat my body from now on.

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Comment from: One, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I find relief with Ibuprofen since it's an anti-inflammatory, ice (bag of frozen food or soft ice pack is best) and stretching exercises a physical therapist taught me. Treat your back like glass for few days when in the acute stage, no bending from waist without bending your knees. If you're driving a lot, take breaks and do some stretches. If you sit at a desk all day, get a pillow to support your back, lower your chair so that you don't have to bend down to your desk.

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Comment from: Des, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 10

I have had sciatica for 9 months now. Originally I was given codydramol and naproxen (prescription only) from the GP, and this worked for a while. In December my pain became far more severe and I am currently off work as I can hardly move. Since this happened, I have been given naproxen, tramadol, morphine and diazepam and these drugs are helping to relieve the pain a lot. I have an MRI scan in a few days time and I am hoping that they can then decide the best way for my management.

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Comment from: Jomanka, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I suffered with chronic pain due to sciatica for 19 months. The pain was severe and 24/7. I was prescribed many strong painkillers; none of which worked. My GP then prescribed Amitryptiline; an anti-depressant. Within a week, I was totally pain free. It worked for me and with no side effects. My GP explained that I was holding the memory of the chronic pain and that this drug was given to amputees who could still feel pain in limbs that were no longer there.

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Comment from: Juls, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have not found any OTC medication to relieve my sciatica pain. A slight relief was noticed with 800mg of Ibuprophen but not for long. Prescription drugs such as pain killers or valium have helped to take the edge off for a few hours at a time. Heat and massage feel good but do little to take away the pain for any long lengths of time. Better posture and always wearing a bra has helped take the pressure off somewhat.

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