SciaticaHow can I cope with the pain of sciatica?
Sciatica is pain resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and runs through the buttocks and down the lower limb. Sciatic pain can usually be felt in the lower back and downward into the knees.
Sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which can be caused by a variety of factors. Because of the growing uterus and pressure it causes on the sciatic nerve, sciatica does affect many women during pregnancy. Sometimes the pregnancy itslef is not to blame for the pain. Sciatica can be developed during pregnancy as the result of damage to a disc in the spine, since pregnant women are more prone to disc injury. Any type of pressure on the nerve will cause pain, as will a tumor, abscess, blood clot or a herniated disc.
Persistent pressure to the sciatic nerve will result in weakness in the leg, numbness or a tingling sensation. Feelings of sciatica often include a pins and needles feeling in the back, leg and foot and/or a burning sensation in the legs, lower back and buttocks.
Sciatic pain will generally come and go during pregnancy and the pain may be handled without medical attention. Often massage at home, posture corrections and a heating pad can relieve the pain. If the pain becomes severe or persistent, a physical therapist, massage therapist or chiropractor may be able to help relieve the discomfort. A therapist can provide exercises to help with the pain in addition to massage and manual therapy. Women that prefer to see a chiropractor should make sure that the chiropractor has extensive experience working with patients that are pregnant. Comments: Sciatica
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556 days ago.
Hi ya i'm 8weeks 4days pregnant and have been suffering with sciatica for about a week and a half now some days is better then others but because of my job i'm on my feet alot moving people! Has anyone got any remedies that eases this pain as sometimes it takes my breath away! Any help on this matter would be greatly received firsttimemummy20
1022 days ago.
Sciatica is so bad at the mo. I blame the fact that we sleep on a futon matress on the floor but my partner won't let me buy a bed because he thinks hard surfaces help. Anyone no any truth in this helppppp!!! And anyone no if you can get chiropractors help on the nhs?? court1976
1341 days ago.
I need to tell you about Mitch Yass. I had horrible sciatica during my first pregnancy. It was horrible. My sister told me about Mitch during my second pregnancy and was in so much pain. She had seen him on News 12 in Long Island. Go to www.mitchellyass.com and look at his info. I used the downloadable video and it worked! Simply amazing and I want to tell everyone! BabySaunders
1408 days ago.
Ok I'm only 10 weeks and I'm starting to get this pain! I can't believe it comes on so early! I thought I would get it like 3rd trimester. I have a back condition so I knew there would be issues, but I thought my baby would have to be bigger than a peanut before they happened :( xanthe
1472 days ago.
I just went to physical therapy yesterday, and it was the best! I got a brace for support and slept in it last night and it helped so much. I LOVE P.T.!!!!
They taught me streches that feel sooooo good.
1473 days ago.
Im 20weeks and if Im sitting down, it hurts so much to get up. Every joint in my hips pop and it takes a while to get moving. When I sleep I get really bad pains in the hip side that Im lying on. Does this sound like sciatica? Im also heavier and I know it isnt helping. sarahjane1980
1474 days ago.
as getting bigger my back is killing me
can hardly get upmnightmare!!! sarahjane1980
1537 days ago.
im glad there are others with this !!!
its soooo pain full when lying down and then trying to move nightmare Co4
1597 days ago.
I was trying my hardest to figure out if this pain was normal and I found it! lol Iactully had this pain time to time and the first time i had it was when i was 18 weeks, when I first found out i was pregnant. And I went to the doctor for a check up and poof i was pregnant. lol I had it real bad last night. I can't wait to go to my doctor on wednesday to make sure thats what it is for sure. d-kplus2
1598 days ago.
I've been having sciatic pain since week 9 and I'm in week 15 and still having it....boo! lol 3rdtimemama80
1629 days ago.
Hey everyone~ I had severe sciatic nerve pain that kicked in full force about month 6th of my 3rd pregnancy. Nothing...absolutely nothing relieved the pain. I had to wake up every 1-2 hours to try and walk off the pain that started in my buttocks and ran down my thighs. I was told that the pain would go away after I delivered. The Doc was right! I just delivered on November 20th and I had instant relief. My son weighed 9lbs 1oz...no wonder my sciatic was acting up LOL
Seriously though, the pain is gone...he is almost 3 wks old and the only thing keeping me up at night now is him...not sciatic pain :-) charcharsuperstar
1642 days ago.
WOw, i was randomly combing through the pages and found this.. I *just had this happen earlier tonight ! Well i'm 21 weeks preggo now, and i've been feeling it off and on practically the whole pregnancy, exactly how it's described...
It starts in my tailbone area and shoots down my leg! WOW exactly ! At least i know what it is, now !