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I have been diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain due to a tight piriformis muscle.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain due to a tight piriformis muscle, which is very painful. I would appreciate any help you can give me to alleviate this pain in my lower back. Thank you for your help.” — Bonnie S., Cincinnati, OH

A. Dear Bonnie, The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and runs from the spinal cord to the buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. It controls many of the muscles in the lower legs and provides feeling to the thighs, legs and feet. Sciatica refers to pain that often develops due to the sciatic nerve being compressed or “pinched”. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort.

I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. However, I would first encourage you to consult with a healthcare practitioner that specializes in sports medicine and/or a physical therapist who can work with you on some stretches and exercises for the piriformis muscle.

When it comes to addressing pain, I would recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking these four ingredients three times daily.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend combination of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for nutrients, choose B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking these ingredients three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally


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