any ideas for helping my sciatica Nerve??

United States
October 3, 2007 4:53pm CST
i am almost 6 months pregnant and my sciatica nerve is really acting up and i just cant get comfortable whether it be sitting lying down or walking. tylenol is the only thing i can really take during pregnancy and that does absolutely nothing for me, do you have any advice on how to calm it, im willing to try anything that is of course safe while pregnant any advice would be great i would love one day of being able to sleep sit or walk with out being in extreme pain, thanks in advance!
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• United States
3 Oct 07
i just went to the doctors last week and we discussed this problem along with my disjointed pelvic joint... tynelo doesnt help me either.. Im not sure if you have access to a pool, or if you are fond of taking baths, BUT she told me to lay in either one of those and it will relive the pressure due to the force of gravity.. i have yet to try it myself for my husband needs to get his butt in gear and clean the tub!! lol its been a month since he last cleaned it so i wont sit in it!!! but try it out maybe it will help!! good luck
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• United States
4 Oct 07
Thank you for your advice, unfortunately it is cold here and swimming just wont work unless i can join one of those clubs that have a pool .. if my dr agrees and swimming is somehting that may help then i will defintely be looking into the clubs around here and as far as a bath goes this may sound funny but i dont know if i can get my prego butt in and out of it but i may jsut give that a shot as long as hubby is here to give me a helping hand when it comes time to standing up, thanks again it is much appreciated!
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• United States
3 Oct 07
CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR before trying this or any other remedy you read about online. I am not a doctor and will not be responsible if you injure yourself further. That being said, the technique I'm about to share works well for my wife who has intermittent problems with her sciatic nerve. You shouldn't try it, though, until you consult with your doctor. Did I mention that already? Great! Lay on your back and bring your knee up as far as you can toward your chest, then pull inward GENTLY toward the middle of your chest. Hold that position for at least a 10-count (thirty or sixty would be even better). The baby shouldn't hinder you from doing this since we're not talking about advanced Yoga or anything; just a little manipulation of the joint is all we're going for. This will relieve the pressure on the nerve and possibly allow it to go back where it belongs so it won't keep rubbing the joint. It's good to do this 10-15 minutes after taking an anti-inflammatory (of which Tylenol is one) so the swelling of the nerve has had a chance to go down first. It also works well while sitting in a hot bath after a good soak.
• United States
4 Oct 07
Most defintely anything i would try especially considering im pregnanct i would run by my Dr im merely looking for ideas that have helped others so that i can go to my Dr with them and see what he thinks about it, i thank you so much for your input and i will most defintely look into it, that is absolutely something i could do or atelast until my growing belly gets too much in the way :) thanks again
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
4 Oct 07
Hi princessmom! I certainly feel for you. My husband has that problem every so often. So I see the pain he goes through. I would just rest and try not to overdue. And I hope you feel better soon. Sometimes heat helps with this.
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
4 Oct 07
hi! since you are pregnant you better not take risk by taking painkillers like tylenol which consists of acetominophen and Dimenyhydrinate.You better consult your doctor before taking these.Your Sciatica pain can be relieved by ACCUPUNCTURE.Consult an Accupuncture specialist in your area-he shud be able to help you.
@LadyDulce (830)
• United States
4 Oct 07
Always check with your doc first (duh), but soaking in a warm bath helps (throw in some epsom salts for maximum effect); also try a chiropractor or massage therapist trained in prenatal treatments. I went to a chiropractor and and acupressurist and it relieved sooo much pressure and swelling. The only other thing I can think for you to do is walk it off and stretch it out. I walked a good 5 or so miles almost every day until the day I went into labor, and my nerve only troubled me when I wasn't stretching my back muscles. I think it also helped me in my labor and delivery. Had some killer legs for a preggo chick too! Blessed Be
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@quelsg (51)
• Philippines
4 Oct 07
I don't know what is the cause of your sciatica. It could be a compressed nerve or a dislodged/ruptured disk, high uric acid, or maybe because of your pregnancy. It's difficult to treat the first two causes but if you have high uric acid you should avoid foods rich in purine such as organ meats, beans, sardines, etc. It forms crystals near your lumbar joint which irritates the sciatic nerve. To help relieve your pain a hot compress for 20 minutes will help. The temperature should not be too hot but hot enough and tolerable. You can buy a hot compress bag and cover it with a towel. Just be careful you don't get burn. If you know a PT he/she can apply a small electrical machine called TENS (Transeletrical Nerve Stimulator). If none just do the hot compress 3x a day. It's very soothing to the nerves as well as relaxing to the tight muscles. Do this before you perform any exercises on your back. If it cause by pregnancy it should slowly disappear after your delivery if not you should consult a doctor so he/she can x-ray your back. Hope you will still have a nice day.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
4 Oct 07
I'd definitely recommend a chiropractor, and of course check with your doctor but that won't hurt you while you're pregnant. Tylenol isn't an anti-iflammatory but I don't know if it's OK to take aspirin or ibuproferin during pregnancy; they seem to change the recommendations all the time. The exercises posted on here also should help and if you can get to a pool water exercise is the best thing there is for just about anything. Check out your local YMCA if there is one with a pool, sometimes you can pay as you go instead of getting an expensive membership and some insurance companies cover some programs there. Good luck! Annie