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Monday, February 23, 2009 giantdave6, Community Member, asks

Q: How long does sciatica usually last? Is it considered chronic?

How long does sciatica usually last? Is it considered chronic?  I've been suffering badly for over a month now, and it just won't seem to go away. I'm taking Naproxen and Endocet for pain, but even with that, it still hurts just about all the time.

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Cort, Health Guide
2/24/09 10:28am

My understanding is that most cases of sciatica are resolved within a couple of months. For some people it can become a chronic  condition. My problems with sciatica - which were mild - were greatly helped by doing stretching exercises I found in a book by Egoscue. You could also check here.


Check out the URL below for some other stretches on the web you can try for sciatica. Always check with your doctor first; there are different kinds of 'sciatica' some stretches will work for one type and not another;


Often in sciatica nerves in the lower back have becomes compressed and inflamed and are shooting pain signals to your buttocks and leg. Your doctor gave you Naproxen in an attempt to stop that inflammation.  This often works because its the inflammation itself rather than the injury that is causing you so much pain. If the medication can get your immune system to settle down then your pain will diminish greatly.  Good luck!

Laurence., Community Member
10/13/09 3:00pm

My trouble started with a burning in my left pelvis which then traveled down my left leg to my knee,making walking very painful,also above my left knee to the top of my thigh its sore and tender to touch and if my trousers or bed clothes touch the skin its unbearable.This has been going on for over a month and ive tried everything Naproxen paracetomol diclophenic ice packs even waterbottles hot and cold but all to no avail,now ive seen my doctor for the third time and he is booking me into a orthopeadic clinic for checks,it seems to drive you mad but im sure they can cure it but it takes time.

azsunbird, Community Member
5/22/10 7:05pm

I wish you were correct that Sciatic pain was only temporary. I've had mine for years, and when I carry weight, like camera bags, it gets extremely unbearable for the next week or so. The pain is down my left leg and all I want to do is lay down all day. Once I get up and start moving around, it feel like I have just finished the marathon or something. Gotta be a better way. I've already had 4 steroid injections in the past year. Can't keep getting them.

tkmmason2010, Community Member
1/29/11 5:07am

Ive often heard that surgery is "THE VERY LAST RESORT" want to go through for back pain and sciatica........I've had it for 2 weeks now and have found a very helpful blog at has steps and tricks you can use to heal back pain naturaly...mine is going away slowly but surely.....hope this helps!.....sincerely, fellow back pain sufferer

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By giantdave6, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/19/14, First Published: 02/23/09