Over the past few weeks I’ve had the dubious pleasure of suffering with an inflamed sciatic nerve. I can’t tell you how it got inflamed all I know is that it’s inflamed and really pissed off at me. If you’ve never suffered with sciatica pain consider yourself lucky.
More Painful Symptoms
Not realizing at first that I was suffering from a sciatic problem I would visit my chiropractor to have him put my hip back in place. I knew my left hip was giving me some issue when I moved in certain positions but I never thought of sciatica.
It wasn’t until the extreme burning sensation and lack of mobility struck hard that I knew it was something more. An angry sciatic nerve makes transitioning from standing to sitting and vice a versa something you just don’t want to do. Although, in all honesty, the pain was excruciating in the morning, and subsided as the day wore on (that was weird).
Researching the Sciatica Problem/Resolution
Finding it ridiculous that the pain was so intense in the morning and non-existent later on in the day was perplexing. Was it healing during the day and flaring up at night? That didn’t make sense.
It wasn’t until I did more research that I realized my mega doses of Vitamin C during the day, which has anti-inflammatory qualities, was reducing the inflammation and the associated pain. However, when I went to sleep and my body used up the stores of vitamin C, the sciatic nerve would flare up again thus causing excruciating pain in the morning (the pain brought tears to my eyes).
To resolve the early morning angry sciatic nerve, I leave two capsules of vitamin C next to my bed. When I wake up during the night I pop of vitamin C and go back to sleep. Doing so relieves the early morning pain.
Getting to the Root of the Matter
Vitamin C is all well and good and it does nice things to my body but I want to get rid of the sciatic issue. Therefore I’ve been going for regular chiropractic adjustments to get my hips (in particular my sacrum which seems to be the offending area) and everything aligned properly to stop resting on and aggravating my sciatic nerve.
Along with the adjustments, I’m working on stretching and strengthening exercises that will help my lower back obtain flexibility and stability to prevent sciatic inflammation in the future. From what I’ve read it can take several months to correct a painful sciatic nerve.
One of my new favorite sites has this recommendation for sciatica:
SCIATICA: Saturation of vitamin C, stretching exercises, chiropractic care and weight loss.
Although sciatica is a very painful condition, I’ve found Vitamin C to be instrumental in relieving pain, reducing inflammation and allowing me to continue performing activities as normal.
10/14/2011 UPDATE: My husband recommended that I set up an appointment with his acupuncturist. Yesterday I had my first acupuncture appointment and I am shocked at how much better I feel.
Last night I didn’t find the need to take vitamin C during the night. I even went for a run this morning (the first time in a long time). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not 100% yet and have scheduled another appointment for next week, but I feel much, much better.
8/6/2012 UPDATE: See my sciatica experiment on how I handled my latest flare up.