I have experienced sciatic nerve pain in my lower back, buttocks, and upper thigh, and hip mainly on the left side.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have experienced sciatic nerve pain in my lower back, buttocks, and upper thigh, and hip mainly on the left side. In spite of back surgery to repair a herniated disc and stenosis, the pain persists. I have also been to physical therapy, chiropractors, pain med clinic, etc. What would you recommend for me to get back on the journey of restored health? Thank you.”– Becky G., Rochester, MN
A. Dear Becky, 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. When it comes to addressing pain, I would recommend these four ingredients: curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil, 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 combination of nutrients to support nerve health. These nutrients include: B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) can help our 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 conversion in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 50% of our population) do not convert B vitamins efficiently and, therefore, don’t receive their 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.
Terry . . . Naturally