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Posted July 11, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Sciatica is reported to affect 13% to 40% of adults over their lifetime. A history of smoking and being overweight is common. It causes pain emanating from the large sciatic nerve that extends from the lower back down the back of each leg. Severity differs, sometimes worsening upon sitting. Surgery does not often produce satisfactory results.
Before you run off to the chiropractor for spinal manipulation (which has not been demonstrated to produce lasting relief), you might want to think of some simple overlooked measures.
The first is to sleep on a hard surface, like the floor, to see if this reduces the burning pain. If so, this may mean you need to throw away the old sagging mattress on your bed and replace it with a firmer one.
Another overlooked measure is to refrain from packing your wallet in your back pants pocket. This has been called “credit-card wallet sciatica.”
Common pain relievers – aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), acetaminopeh (Tylenol) – don’t seem to produce much relief. Quercetin, an extract from the skin of red apples and red onions, is an exceptionally effective natural pain reliever that can be acquired from local health shops. Quercetin does not produce side effects typically experienced with aspirin (bleeding ulcers, irreversible asthma, vitamin C depletion), ibuprofen (gastric upset and ulcers), or acetaminophen (liver toxicity).
Vitamin B12 (preferably as methylcobalamin) has been demonstrated to alleviate low back pain due to sciatic nerve compression.
Lipoic acid (sometimes referred to as thioctic acid) as been found to be a superior pain reliever for this condition (600 mg/day dosage used).
Oral hyaluronic acid has not been put to the test, but is a likely aid in relieving sciatic pain as hyaluronic acid is a jelly-like substance that cushions nerves and fills joint spaces. ©2013 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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