Patient Comments: Sciatica - Medications

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

Comment from: Liz, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had severe pain the length of my left leg. It got painful enough I finally went to the doctor, who diagnosed sciatica and prescribed Tylenol. I got treatments from my physical therapist and my acupuncturist and they both helped a lot. I've continued those treatments and it is definitely improving and I have days when it seems almost cured. Yesterday I helped a friend move, and now know enough to avoid lifting. The pain from lifting yesterday is greatly diminished by just being inactive today, after Tylenol. I did find that Arnica gel helps relieve the pain and now there are homeopathic Arnica pellets that seem to relieve the pain a bit. I had this for months, but it is getting better. I am helped by physical therapist's stretching exercises (gently), an occasional acupuncture treatment, Arnica gel and pellets, and an occasional pain pill. My pain was as bad as any and all of the descriptions from other patients. There is hope.

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Comment from: indrajit, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

I suffer from sciatic pains for quite long. And it is homeopathy which cures it every time; and hot water bag and gels like Voveran help me to pass through.

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Comment from: Inconstantpain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I take Oramorph and diazepam at night to try and help me sleep along with 900mg of gabapentin. This helps most days but doesn't work on the really bad days.

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Comment from: robert g, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I have had sciatic pain on and off for a couple years. It usually strikes first thing in the morning when I get up and walk. The muscles tighten up around the nerve and I get hit with an extremely painful jolt down my right leg which makes walking impossible. I massage my piriformis muscle, walk slowly and do some stretching and kneading of the muscles and within twenty minutes or so, the extreme pain fades out to a soreness. Last winter my sciatic pain was so bad, I could not walk, just crawl. This is some of the worst pain I have ever experienced. I have had physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and some regular medical advice but so far no surgery or shots - not sure what lies ahead!

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Comment from: Lewie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

First of all, I don't know of any OTC medications which I've found helpful for this condition. I have sciatica where it only hurts a lot in certain positions. I cannot lie on my back, the pain is just phenomenal. Certain other positions cause this tremendous pain to present it. What I wanted to say is that several weeks ago, I suffered a seizure. I do research into any health issue I have found that two medications mentioned in these stories, tramadol which reduces the threshold for a seizure and flexural contributed heavily to my seizure.

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Comment from: Mahali, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I have had sciatica in my left leg for two months. At the very beginning, I did not know what was going on. I couldn't walk at times. Sitting was a problem too. I couldn't sleep well either. The pain of it! It was only when I was sent for MRI scan that it was diagnosed. Acupuncture and pain killers gave no relief for me. I felt a lot better after injections. I still feel a bit of pain when waking up in the morning or sitting for so long. I do a lot walking and stretching. I have seen positive results since.

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Comment from: aracara, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I hurt my back about three months ago and have been seeing a chiropractor three times a week. It has gotten much worse now my sciatic nerve is aggravated. I can barely move. Walking is impossible. It feels like the worst cramp imaginable in my hamstring; unfortunately, it never lets up. I'm starting physical therapy next week, but I am definitely dreading spending another weekend like this.

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