I need your advice regarding sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy. Pregnancy makes any sciatic nerve problems you have worse as it does carpal tunnel syndrome. I dont have carpal tunnel syndrome. The extra liters of fluids sloshing around your body lead to extra pressure in the joints, whether your wrists or your ankles, which can put pressure on every nerve. That doesnt help me do much about it.
Drink more water and fewer dehydrating drinks like caffeinated soda or coffee so reduce the amount of water retention. That sounds counter intuitive. Then theres the same advice they have for when your feet hurt due to fluid build up; put your feet up. Do you realize the sciatic nerve is in the back?.
It usually takes the form of leg pain caused by the sciatic nerve getting pinched. Laying on your side to avoid putting pressure on it is one alternative. I dont think thats enough. If the sciatic pain is due to a herniated disk, you have to meet with a regarding your options, because the strain on the back is only going to grow along with the baby. Ive never been diagnosed with a herniated disk.
There are some people who use a chiropractor for treatment of sciatica. It is a little hard for me to fit on the table with this growing load up front. The same tables with holes on them that let pregnant women get a massage laying flat on their stomach are available to chiropractors; you simply need to find someone who has one of them. And the skills and expertise to not make things worse.
Ive heard of acupuncture used as a source of pain relief. And it is one of the safer ones since you cant take a lot of pain relievers when pregnant. Safe only if you consider getting needles safe. We talked about how you can lay down to avoid putting more pressure on the nerve. You may also do it to rest the muscles that may be strained and mistaken for sciatica.
I know what sciatica is; ive had flare ups before. Then you may need to work on building core muscles and flexibility of various joints. This is exactly the wrong time to work on a strength building routine. Whether yoga or physical therapy, it could reduce the muscle pain and spasms as well as the muscle relaxants you arent supposed to take right now. There are other injections they can try.
And how much of that isnt allowed because of the risks when youre pregnant? And you certainly dont want to try the surgeries they offer to treat sciatica. Im trying to avoid a Csection. Regular exercise to reduce the strain and pain are recommended, as long as it is the right type. Ive already been told not to turn and lift or twist because carrying the baby is workout.
Sciatica or sciatic neuralgia is a common condition in which one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve is compressed resulting in lower back, buttock and leg pain. Sciatic nerve is a large nerve derived from 5 spinal nerve roots: L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. It runs from the lumbar spine through the buttock down the leg and the foot on the posterior aspect. There is one sciatic nerve on each side of the body. Typically, only one side of the body is affected. A typical sciatica pain is described as a.
Sharp shooting pain in the lower back, down the buttock, thigh and leg on one side of the body. There may also be numbness, burning and tingling sensations. The pain can get worse with sitting, moving, sneezing, or coughing. The patterns of pain depend on which nerve root is compressed, and follow the dermatome distribution. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated spinal disc. The spinal disc is a soft elastic cushion that sits in between the vertebrae of the spine. With age, the discs become rigid.
And may crack, the gellike center of the disc may protrude out and become a herniation outside the normal boundaries of the disc. Disc herniation presses on the nerve root as it exits the spine. In majority of the cases the condition resolves by itself after a few weeks of rest and conservative treatment. Pain relief, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed. Stretching exercises and physical therapy may be recommended. Surgery may be needed if the pain doesnt.