Sciatica

ExitCare ImageSciatica is pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling along your sciatic nerve. The nerve starts in the lower back and runs down the back of each leg. Nerve damage or certain conditions pinch or put pressure on the sciatic nerve. This causes the pain, weakness, and other discomforts of sciatica.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Apply ice to the affected area for 20 minutes. Do this 3–4 times a day for the first 48–72 hours. Then try heat in the same way.

  • Exercise, stretch, or do your usual activities if these do not make your pain worse.

  • Go to physical therapy as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

  • Do not wear high heels or shoes that are not supportive.

  • Get a firm mattress if your mattress is too soft to lessen pain and discomfort.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You cannot control when you poop (bowel movement) or pee (urinate).

  • You have more weakness in your lower back, lower belly (pelvis), butt (buttocks), or legs.

  • You have redness or puffiness (swelling) of your back.

  • You have a burning feeling when you pee.

  • You have pain that gets worse when you lie down.

  • You have pain that wakes you from your sleep.

  • Your pain is worse than past pain.

  • Your pain lasts longer than 4 weeks.

  • You are suddenly losing weight without reason.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.