Pain is noted down the back of the thigh, the outer side of the calf and along the outer side of the foot, or on the top of the foot to the big toe
The person compensates by placing more weight on the other leg and foot. The pain is often worse at night and coughing, walking, heavy labor, or sneezing increases both the pain in the back and in the sciatic nerve
Still, later, numbness may be felt when the hand is rubbed over the area where the pain is felt.
Later still, a wasting of the muscles of the calf and a weakness in running and even walking may be noticed
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. This nerve comes out of the spine and a branch runs down each leg, along the back of the thigh, down the inside of the leg, to the ankle.
There are two primary causes of sciatica
The first is chilling the thigh over a lengthy period of time. The experts tell us that sciatica usually begins as a neuralgia of the sciatic nerve. If you sit on cold surfaces a lot (steel folding chairs in cool rooms, or steel tree chairs while hunting, or steel boat seats while fishing, etc.) for lengthy periods of time, you can irritate the sciatic nerve and produce sciatica.
Fortunately, this form of sciatica is quite easy to solve: Apply neuralgia-type treatments, and only sit on warm surfaces or surfaces your body can heat relatively easily. Do not overlook chairs with foam that are too deep to easily warm up within a short time (say, 8 inches).
On your favorite chairs, place a folded, wool blanket or a piled thinner blanket. That is something you can warm up. Experiment, and see what works best for you. If your body does not begin warming it up in a few minutes, lay something down that will.
Unfortunately, there is a second, and much more serious, cause
The second cause of sciatica is damage to the lower spine. There may be a history of an accident, a fall, the lifting of a heavy weight, or a twist under some tension. Pain was first felt in the lower back. Later (weeks or even years later) pain begins to be felt at one or more places along the entire course of the sciatic nerve—back of the thigh, outer side of the calf, or in the top of the foot to the big toe.
One of the cartilaginous plates (disks, also spelled discs) in the lumbar region of the lower back has been damaged. The cartilage bulges and later breaks, creating pressure backward against a nerve root. (It is also possible for a tumor to develop and press against the sciatic nerve, but this is far less likely.)
Other important facts are these: (1) The person probably was not maintaining a nourishing diet, with supplemental calcium, and other bone-building factors. (2) He may have been overworking his body in running, weight-lifting, etc. (3) He was not lifting objects properly. (4) He was working at an occupation, such as lifting heavy patients in a nursing home, which is hazardous.
In older people who do not obtain enough bone-building materials in their diet, degenerative problems can occur in newly formed spicules, or ridges, of bone. These may press on a nerve root.
Some people derange their lower back by the simple method of always carrying a thick wallet in one pants back pocket.
- Search out the cause and try to correct it.
- Rest the painful limb in as comfortable a position as possible.
- Apply hot, wet applications to the affected leg, for the relief of pain and inflammation.
- Give prolonged applications of dry heat in any form (hot water bottles, radiant heat, or electric heating pads).
- Apply heat in the form of hot fomentations, 3 times a day, omitting any use of ice or cold water.
- After each application of heat, rub the limb to increase circulation.
- Carefully apply stretching exercises, but always stop before there is pain it becomes too uncomfortable. Do each exercise 3 times, 2-3 times a day, increasing the number as improvement occurs:
- Pull the knees up as close to the chin as possible. You will feel a pulling sensation in the lower back.
- Sitting in a chair, reach under it as far as possible, and bend from the hip only.
- While laying on the back, the leg is raised with the knee straight. Someone else raises the leg, bending it from the hip only. This stretches the sciatic nerve and the hamstring muscles.
- If the attack of pain lasts so long that the leg muscles have lost considerable strength, massage and a daily hot and cold leg bath (cold after the painful period is over) will help to restore circulation and strength.
- There are times when a back adjustment helps. If the back is out of adjustment, this pain can occur. You will want to weigh this possibility carefully.
- Fast one day a week, and eat only raw food for a month.
- Have a good foot massage every 3 days and especially around the Achilles’ tendons, up the back of the ankles.
- Add 2 cups of salt to a boiling quart of water. When quite warm, apply with a cloth to the area until relief comes.
- Get fresh air, sunlight, and, if possible, moderate exercise.
Also apply the preventative measures, below
- If no improvement results from home treatments, you may wish to consult a specialist. He is likely to tell you that an operation is necessary. Should you have an operation on your spine? Preventative measures: If you identify the problem early on, there may be greater likelihood of containing or eliminating it.
- Taking vitamin B complex is very important for healthy nerves. Taking supplemental calcium, magnesium, silica, and vitamin D for the bones is also important. Read the article on.
- Be careful of your back when you work!
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