Pinched sciatic nerve, also called radiculitis, occurs when there is a compression on the nerve root exiting the spine – it causes localized pain in the waist, hips, ankles, feet and amplifies when coughing or walking.
Initially, when the condition is in an early stage it is known as lumbago.
Signs of inflammation of the sciatic nerve
Where is the sciatic nerve? These are the largest and longest nerves in the human body, passing from left and right from the waist to the toes.
Usually during inflammation the patient feels pain from only on one side, the back of the thigh, the back of the ankle, down to the foot.
In neuritis or pinching of the sciatic nerve, the pain is described by the patients as burning, cutting and sharp.
As the pain appears it also disappears abruptly, but in severe infections it can be chronic, with periodic recurrences.
The onset of inflammation usually begins after emotional or physical stress, especially in combination with excessive exposure to cold and often starts at night.
Along the length of the nerve the sensitivity of the skin is decreased or enhanced – tingling, or vice versa, decreased – numbness.
Initially the pain extends along the rear side of the thigh, descending to the lower leg and foot.
After the attack the pain remains between the fifth lumbar and first sacral vertebra, and also below the knee and in the center of the buttocks.
Because of the strong pain a person can faint, or develop autonomic disorders – excessive sweating of the feet, swelling and redness of the skin.
The pain is amplified by prolonged standing in an upright position, when walking or sitting on a solid surface. Because of this pain the person is forced to unnatural posture, leaning on the healthy leg, one of the signs of pinched sciatic nerve is unordinary walk.
In a severe course of inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the symptoms are expressed in a strong reduction or complete loss of functions of the nerve.
One can experience difficulty when trying to bend the knee, due to the temporarily immobilization of the muscles on the back of the thigh, and also difficulty of contracting the toes and twisting of the foot.
The real reason of inflammation of the sciatic nerve
This is a very common disease; the causes can be form mechanical nature – dislocation of vertebrae, herniated disc, osteochondrosis, etc.; or fever / hypothermia / factors, and also a presence of tumors, infections in the pelvis, Reiter’s syndrome and other diseases.
Treatment with natural remedies
Of course there a lot of natural remedies, but they must be applied only with medical approval, as possible contraindications may occur:
No matter how strange it may sound, but any cream that is composed of horse chestnut help relax and relieve the pain of a pinched sciatic nerve.
Massage with any warming cream or anti-inflammatory ointment. Apply in a circular motion in clockwise direction in duration of 10-15 minutes.
Treatment with beeswax – heat it in double boiler until soft, then apply on the location of the pain, cover it with a plastic wrap, bandage it and sleep with it overnight.
A good rub on the affected area with infusions of fir or pine needles, dandelion or juniper.