So, I have heard for years about people complaining of the malady of "Sciatica" but did not know just how horrible this is.
Now I do.
Woke up about a week ago with horrible pain in the back radiating down my leg into my calf. My muscles were so tense I could barley get out of bed. Mind you I am an avid hiker, so I wrote it off as muscle strain.
It's not. So far the only thing that is working to kill the pain is 3 tabs of Kratom combined with an n-said. Both work a little by themselves, but together they extinguish the pain. For now anyways. I am now trying various exercises with some success, and using rolling steps when hiking.
Thought I would ask the forum if anyone else is dealing with this bullshit.
I've been dealing with it almost 20 years on/off. I screwed my back up skydiving when I was 18, herniating 2 discs and pinching nerves. Sciatica is an everyday part of life for me.
The stretch exercises can help. I find laying on my back, straightening my legs, and slowly lifting to help a bit.
As far as pain management, I've tried every opiate under the sun and while they help, they to me aren't worth the risk of dependency. It certainly isn't a long term solution for me. I did use Tramadol for a while, and it worked ok until it didn't. I'm allergic to n-saids so the only over the counter I can use is acetaminophen (Tylenol)….yay....
Now I use kratom with a Tylenol when it's really bad. And when it's not unbearable, well, I bear it.
I've been experimenting with CBD oils, topical, oral, and vape, with mixed results.
Sorry I couldn't be more help. If you figure something out, let me know as I'm always looking for new ways to not be in pain.