Sciatic Nerve Pain

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Monique - October 27

Does anyone else have really bad nerve pain?? What are you doing to help/relieve it?? My doc said heat pad, stretch & tylenol.... but it still hurst sooooo bad!!! Any suggestions? Thanks

 

Justina - October 27

I suffer from sciatica even when I'm not pregnant, but I'm really feeling it now. Unfortunately, anti infalammatories like ibuprofen work the best, but you shouldn't take these while you're pregnant because they've been linked to causing heart valve problems in the baby. As far as I know, your doctor's advice seems to be the standard. Before I became pregnant my orthopedist and physical therapist both suggested a series of exercises called the McKenzie Method. If you have a disc pushing against the sciatic nerve, these should work for you. The one that works best for me is to lay on your stomach with your hands propping your chin up for 5 minutes just like you were watching TV. Then put your hands on the floor near your shoulders and push the top half of your body as high as you can while pushing your hips into the floor. When you get to the top, exhale (this helps drop your lower back down even more) and hold the position for 5 seconds. Do this 10 times twice a day. If you're far enough along that laying on your tummy isn't an option, there's another one you can try standing. Start out standing with your feet about shoulder width apart, put both hands together behind your back and push against different parts of your lower spine with your knuckles while you bend backwards for a couple seconds each time. Use the point of your back where your knuckels touch it as a pivot point. Do 20 of these quick little stretches a few times a day. I even do these at work when I've been sitting at my desk too long. I hope these can help you.

 

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