Patient Comments: Sciatica - Medications

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

Comment from: Julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I have had lower back pain off and on for years. I have been on disability since 2007 due to chronic low back pain. I have been told I have sciatica due to a herniated disc. The pain just recently started to interrupt my sleep too much that I began physical therapy again and was prescribed Vicodin. I already take 3 other medicines for pain, in addition a muscle relaxer and a couple of others for headaches and allergies. I'm starting to feel as though I have a small pharmacy going. I've been told that I will always have the chronic pain, but depending on what I do as far as activity it will vary as to the severity. This time I was cleaning with the help of home care and was not stretching my legs as often as I should have, so the pain radiated into my hips and occasionally down into my knees. I'm not even 50 yet and this is really awful. I just dread getting older as I have always been fairly active until 2007 when the low back pain put a halt to my active lifestyle. Now, I just do what I can and I do fine with the physical therapy exercises for a couple months and then they seem to go off the grid for some reason.

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Comment from: JJ, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I have disc problems and fusions, so I have experienced very bad sciatica. Here is my best suggestion, make a traction device. I used a gallon milk jug, a 5 gallon bucket to hold and a 2 x 4 with a hole and a rope. Keep weight light. Lay back in a reclining chair, use a heating pad, and let the weight pull your legs. Last time it took 2 weeks on and off but steadily improved. Only way I could sleep at all. Ibuprofen does help also but you shouldn't take too much. Hope this helps, it is a very painful condition.

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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: mandry, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

I am taking Aleve and ibuprofen for sciatica, but it is not doing very good as time goes on. So I think that I might try something stronger. Because, some days it takes me an hour just to get out of bed. Needless to say, it is a real pain in the back and butt!

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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: nibbo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I have suffered with really bad sciatica for 20 years; took me 17 years of asking for MRI scan to get one. The doctor gives me tramadol 100 mg, slow release amitriptyline, and naproxen paracetamol, nothing at all helps me but they won't give me pain killing injection.

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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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