I’m one day shy of my 7 week “sciatica anniversary”. Not exactly an occasion I’d like to celebrate, but it helps to be able to look back and see how far I’ve come. And while I can definitely say I’ve come a long way, I regret to say that I am STILL having some degree of pain from this condition. I’m also two weeks post cortisone injection and feel pretty confident in saying its effects were minimal at the most. So, here’s what I’ve been doing to deal with the on-going pain:
I try to walk on my treadmill at least five minutes or more, do my sciatic nerve stretches, and stay active as much as possible. Yes it hurts to walk, but I do it anyway. Fortunately, my mind is finally clear from all the drugs I was taking and I’m able to focus more on doing things that will further my recovery. I still take Advil or Aleve 2-3 times a day, or as needed. I’ve also started taking the alpha lipoic acid again, as well as the turmeric, both of which I had stopped when I got the cortisone shot. I also just recently read about benfotiamine - a Vitamin B1 derivative that shows great promise in helping relieve nerve pain. I’m going to my local health food store tomorrow and get some, and will report on the results in a week or so. I’m also going to inquire about any other holistic treatments available that I could possibly gain some benefit from. It is STILL my goal to attack and treat this condition on as much a holistic level as possible until it is resolved to my satisfaction. With that said, I need to get up and get MOVING!
So, my trip to the health food store proved to be discouraging - and SCARY! I was hoping to get the benfotiamine, but unfortunately, they didn’t have any. However, my friend who runs the store suggested two alternatives - one was Tei Fu - a relaxing massage gel (which I really LOVE), and the other was a homeopathic blend of several different herbs simply called “Backache”. After a late lunch that afternoon, I eagerly opened the little bottle of tiny little white pills that I hoped would relieve the nagging pain in my leg. The directions said to take four pills every 4-6 hours, and dissolve them under your tongue. Knowing how “sensitive” I am to most EVERYTHING, I only took two. Four hours later, I took another dose - two more. Now we get to the SCARY part! Immediately after taking the second dose, I became dizzy and had severe shortness of breath. I quickly started researching the ingredients in the little pills and was disturbed to find they contained ACONITE - a deadly POISONOUS herb! However, in a “homeopathic” state, it was supposed to be quite safe and its poisonous effects very “minimal”. Ha! Safe or not, there was NO WAY I was dissolving another one of those little pills under my tongue! I decided the leg pain wasn’t so bad after all! lol! Fortunately, the shortness of breath wore off in a few hours and I had no further effects.
Ironically, it was shortly after this my friend messaged me on Facebook to see how I was doing. When I told him what had happened to me, he assured me that it only went to prove the “energy and frequency was very powerful” - whatever that means. All I know is that poisoning myself to get rid of my sciatic nerve pain seem to be going to the extreme. Lesson learned - herbal remedies can have dangerous side effects just like prescription meds, and you need to research ANYTHING and EVERYTHING before you take it! Fortunately, the Tei Fu massage gel works great to soothe and relax the cramped muscles in my leg, and helps me to sleep without that “restless leg” feeling at night.
So now I was feeling like I was back to “square one”, and didn’t know what to do next. God knew what I was thinking (doesn’t He always!) and whispered one word in my ear: “turmeric”. What? “Try taking the turmeric again”. I heard the words just as clear as day. Okay, why not? After all, it IS one of the most highly recommended and talked about all- natural treatments for sciatic. Maybe I just didn’t give it enough time to work! What did I have to lose at this point? I immediately went and got two capsules and swallowed them with a long chug of bottled water. Four hours later, I took two more. I did this for two days and amazingly, the stabbing pain in my leg started to retreat in a very noticeable way! I couldn’t believe it! I kept taking my other supplements - the Super Magnesium, Triple Flex and ALA, along with the turmeric, and over the next three or four days, the pain in my leg diminished to just a nagging dull ache, which was actually a refreshing change from the sharp, stabbing pain that kept me from standing or walking for very long.
Now here’s the REALLY exciting part: after about the fourth day, with my husband by my side, I walked around the field with him and our dog with NO PAIN!! Yes, my leg was a little “achy”, and I was walking very SLOW from weakness, but I was NOT in any pain! Praise the Lord!!! I was SO happy, I could have just as easy been walking on CLOUDS! And the next day, I did it again, and just yesterday, I walked around TWICE! Of course, I was quite sore that evening, but after a long epsom salt bath and rubbing my leg down with the Tei Fu, I slept like a baby that night! I can’t tell you how that one little feat brought great healing to me - both physically AND mentally! I finally feel like I’m living a NORMAL life again, and am looking forward to the day when I can finally put this nightmare behind me! As I near the eight week of this traumatic journey in my life, I hope to end this journal and make it public in hopes of helping someone else who may be going through the same thing.
"A Twinge Turned Terror" - FINAL CHAPTER coming soon!!