MrE94 (Australia) on 08/08/2022
Hi everyone. I've been recently dealing with some hip and leg pain. Usually starts in the butt area and runs down the back of my leg. It usually just aches or pinches for a day or 2 then goes away. During the few days it gets really sore to sit, oddly hurts more when I sit on soft couches than hard chairs, and when it gets really bad, hurts to walk. Also everytime it is acting up I get constipated, and laxatives makes it hurt more. Sometimes I get foul smelling gas however I have some tablets that help with that.
Recently the pain has been sticking around longer and swapping legs. I've been to a doctor who couldn't find anything physically wrong with me, (they did a ultrasound and an xray), they believe it sounds like sciatica, he said they could do more tests to decide if an operation is needed, however he also dismissed it as not being serious because it goes away, (he said most people have it for months and months on end with no break), and to only consider the operation when it gets worse.
I am looking to find a different doctor for a second opinion before I rush off and do anything like an operation. I'm a big believer in our food can be medicine, I've tried Ginger, Tumeric, Peppermint, Apple Cider Vinegar, Bicarb, Ashwaganda and St Joseph's Wart however nothing is really helping the pain, not even painkillers. I thought I'd ask here in case anyone else has experienced the same thing and found anything that helps.
Replied by Mama to Many from TN on 08/08/2022Dear MrE94,
My first thought is to get some magnesium. It may help the pain and it should help the constipation. Natural Calm is my favorite magnesium supplement.
Have you tried a chiropractor or physical therapist? Working on your posture and exercises to stretch tight muscles can make a big difference.
I too have found that squishy furniture aggravates my sciatica. So does a bad bed.
Sitting cross legged on the floor for 10 minutes a day helps me.
Hopewell Oils sells a combination for sciatic that has cistus and peppermint in it. It has been helpful to me in the past.
Stopain is an over the counter roll on with a lot of menthol that I love for any type of pain in the back.
Unfortunately, sugar aggravates most pain in me.
Keep reading on this site; there are so many remedies that people have found to work for them!
~Mama to Many~
Replied by Art from California on 08/08/2022MrE94,
Going on the assumption that you have sciatica.
A good quality soft ice pack applied to the lower spine down to the top of your crack will quickly lower the inflammation level which will then allow you to do the multitude of stretches seen on YouTube for sciatica. Repeated ice pack applications will be additive. Here is a link to an assortment of soft ice packs :
Here is a link to an assortment of stretches for sciatica. Just scroll through this list until you find one that interests you :
Magnesium oil spray (mag oil) applied to the area of pain will also be additive pain relief and use this same spray applied over the the entire stomach area to improve constipation. It easily passes through the skin and gets to the intestinal tract to help decrease constipation issues.
Here is a link to a typical mag oil spray :
Good luck and come back and let us know how this works out for you.