Moving is usually the last thing people dogged by sciatica want to do, but it's important to be physically active. "Lying in bed makes it more likely that the pain will last longer," says Ruppert. "Exercise increases blood flow to the disk and the nerve, helping to get rid of the chemicals causing the inflammation." Take 15- to 20-minute walks. If that hurts too much, give swimming or water aerobics a try; there's not as much pressure on the back when you're in the water, says Ruppert. It may also be worth seeing a physical therapist, who can prescribe stretching exercises to restore flexibility to the back or moves that strengthen core muscles, helping to stabilize the spine and reduce the likelihood of a similar injury.
I suffered quite bad last year with this condition but I’d ended up not going for physio because I was on crutches and didn’t really see the point if it undone all the hard work from the Physio. So about 3 months ago I started getting the familiar feelings of the tingling in my fingers and the cramp in my shoulder and elbow. Then one night I was in tears as the pain had gone all the way down the right side of my spine and NO amount of painkillers was shifting it, I actually hobbled into work I was in that much pain. I’ve booked an assessment again with the NHS but I am considering going to BUPA as they helped me get back on my feet with my knees in quick time.
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