Call your doctor if any of the following conditions occur:
You should go to a hospital's emergency department if any of the following occur along with sciatica.
Pain from sciatica will probably limit your activities. Here are some ways to ease the pain at home.
You may receive special instructions from your doctor on dealing with
back pain. Some suggest complete bed rest—getting up only to go to the bathroom. Others suggest you sleep on the floor or put a board under your mattress for support. Some will tell you to use heat, others cold. You may also get a sheet with pictures of back exercises you are expected to start when the pain improves. (These patient education sheets come from different sources and may have conflicting information.)
Current research recommends that you stay active, within limits imposed by your pain. If you can avoid reinjuring yourself, you should try to stay at work. If the pain forces you to rest, do so, but avoid staying in bed just because you have
If you are not improving after a week or 10 days, talk with your doctor about alternative therapies . Millions of people get some relief by visiting physical therapists, osteopaths, and
chiropractors. Others find that relaxation techniques and acupuncture work for them.
Recent studies in Europe and Scotland show that injection of botulinum toxin (BOTOX ®) gives relief to many people suffering from long-term sciatica. There are, thus far, not enough cases or completed studies to make this more than an experimental procedure.
Common sense should tell you what to do.
Most of the time, the pain associated with sciatica goes away in days to weeks. Pain can become more chronic in a small number of people, leading to some disability. Sciatica tends to reoccur frequently, sometimes without warning.
As your back is recovering, avoid twisting your back while bending at the same time because this move may aggravate your healing back and may slow your recovery.