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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:22 pm
by Guest
I read elsewhere yesterday that Sciatica sufferers should sleep on there
stomach if possible as it will relieve most leg pain ......

As i now can do the cobra exercise not the shifted one i gave it a try ...
I went out like a light
However some time during the night i must have turned and i woke with
really bad pain in the leg ................

In the morning i had the worst pain yet , i was gutted , i struggled downstairs and sat for ages again in a state of depression ...............

I put on my ice pack took a few pain killers and by the afternoon it was ok ..
I continued to do the cobra which i seemed to do no problem....

This is the only exercise i seem to be capable of doing at the moment ,
Since doing the exercises i have had much relief ......

Still my posture is tilting to the right .......
Will this recover by doing the exercises ?????

I know im not going to have a quick fix but i need to know when i will be able to move onto part 2 off deans book ......

I dont want to hurt myself anymore than i already have ?????

Am i making any sense?????????????

PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:25 pm
by steveuk
It's SteveUK by the way ..............

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:33 pm
by cygnet
Hi Steve,

I heard that sleeping on your stomach isn't so good for sciatica sufferers. Sounds like maybe it flared up your pain. From what I understood, it's better to sleep on your back with a pillow or wedge supporting your knees, so your legs are bent, or sleeping on your side, with legs bent and a pillow between the knees to keep the hip joints aligned.

I think if you sleep on your stomach, it can help to put a pillow under your stomach. That takes pressure off your lower back.

In the beginning, you have to be patient and not push yourself too hard with stretching or exercise until the pain from the inflamed nerve subsides somewhat. It can take a while...

PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:50 pm
by Lauren
Hi Steve,

I have had sciatica for months and anything that arched my back put extra pressure on the nerve that goes from my lumbar disk to my leg. Sleeping on my stomach has been off limits. My PT has said that when one does things that cause severe and prolonged pain that the nerve is continually irriated and therefore, makes muscles cramp and irritates the nerve even further.

The rule seems to be... if it hurts bad, stop it. If you can do exercises without pain, go for it - or if you have some pain, go slowly. I had to be very patient with myself for the last couple of months, but once I stopped doing things that really hurt and started doing the exercises, I began to heal.

Don't get depressed - do some fun things that you can do. Let your body tell you when you've done too much.
Lauren