Sciatica refers to the leg pain with tingling, numbness, or weakness that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.
CAUSE: Sciatica occurs when a herniated disk , bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve which causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
• Age. Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated disks and bone spurs.
• Obesity. excess body weight can contribute to the spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
• Occupation. that requires you to twist your back, carry heavy loads or drive a motor vehicle for long periods might play a role in sciatica.
• Prolonged sitting.
• Diabetes. Diabetic people are more likely to develop sciatica.
Symptoms : pain in lower back
• Pain in leg that gets worse when sitting
• Pain in hip
• Burning or tingling down the leg
• weakness, numbness, or difficulty in moving the leg or foot
• shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
It usually affects only one side of the lower body. Pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. pain may also extend to the foot or toes.
HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT: Homoeopathic treatment for sciatica is always safe and natural. Homoeopathic medicines if prescribed on the basis of symptom similarity can treat sciatica without the surgical intervention.
Gnaphalium is indicated for pain in the sciatic nerve when attended with numbness. Folding thighs onto the abdomen provides some relief. Pain is confined to the calves and feet.
Colocynthis works well in left-sided sciatica which can be relieved by applying pressure. The pain starts in the lower back and radiates down the leg to toes. Pain is drawing, tearing, shooting in nature. There may be cramping pain. Complaints are better by lying on left side and by warm application.
Mag Phos works well for right-sided sciatica which gets better by pressure or warm applications.
Arnica Montana : sciatica is caused due to injury. Sciatica with excessive soreness of lower limbs. The slightest touch is unbearable on the affected side.
Hypericum Perforatum : sciatica pain is attended with tingling, burning or numbness in the affected leg. The spine is also very sensitive to the touch. Walking or stooping is impossible due to severe pain in the back and lower limb.
Ruta is indicated after a fall or an injury to back causing nerve compression. Sciatica pain gets worse on lying down at night. Weakness of lower limbs is there
Cotyledon Umbilicus for intense sciatica pain accompanied by high sensitivity in lower limbs. Heaviness in the lower limbs.
Bryonia Alba : Pain gets worse from walking (least motion aggravates). Better by lying down absolutely still provides some relief. Rhus Tox pain gets worse while sitting or during rest while it is better by motion.
Kali Iod: pain gets worse while sitting or standing and during night . The patient may wake from sleep in the middle of the night due to the pain. Walking provides some relief. The formication in legs mostly felt while sitting.
Valeriana Officinalis sciatica gets worse from standing. Pain getting worse from stretching the leg and better by walking. Severe pain is felt from calf (back of leg) to heel.
Ammonium murSciatica : aggravation of pain while sitting, somewhat relieved by walking and entirely relieved by lying down. Pains in the left hip as if the tendons were too short. Legs feel contracted. Painful jerks, feet feel as if asleep.