Asked by giantdave6
What's The Best Pain Killer For Sciatic Nerve Pain?
What's the best pain killer for sciatica? I've been on Percocet then had to increase to Encocet, but still have pain even with that. Can anyone suggest a drug that really works for this condition? I'm only 45 yrs. old, but feel like I'm about 90. Every step I take makes me wince in pain. It's really getting me down and I'm starting to not be able to sleep.
Because "Sciatica" is a type of nerve pain, some of the best medications are not opioid medications like Percocet. Nerve pain medications include Gabapentin (Neurontin) which is in the family of anti-convulsants (seizure medications). Some of the anti-depressants can also reduce nerve pain like desipramine and amytriptyline (Elavil).
Try to avoid having you legs staight out in front of you with hips bent at 90 degree angle because that position stretches the nerve. Keeping the knees bent and apart with hips bent helps to ease nerve tension in the leg. You might also want to look into a zero gravity chair.
You're right to worry if the pain is affecting your sleep, because good sleep can lead to less pain. If the sleep disturbances continue, talk to your doctor, but in the meantime, practicing the basics of good sleep hygiene--going to bed earlier, relaxing/stretching before bed, avoiding the computer and TV before bedtime, and making sure your room is dark and cool may help.