Can I lift weight with an inflamed sciatic nerve?
I've been feeling pain for about a week already. I went to the doctor and he gave me a medicine that it's not working. If I stand or sit for to long it hurts a lot. This weekend is a long weekend due to labor day. But once i came to work i need to carry weight. (I am a hardware) technician but my boss doesn't seem to understand too much about what i am going Thu. I dont have a note from the doctor and i am scared if i work i'll get worse. Please help me and if possible give some tips to get better.
- TravelerLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
I would not lift weights with an inflamed sciatic nerve. At least not without a back brace (assuming that the cause of the problem is at the lumbar region.) Here's some additional information on long-term treatment that may help.
I developed a bulging disc between lumbar 4 and 5 by running too much on the jogging trail. I'll tell you what I did. You'll have to decide what is applicable in your case.
1) My chiropractor recommended taking daily doses of 100 mg. of Vitamin B6.It strenghthens nerves. I noticed an improvement in 4 to 6 weeks.
2) Aleve is a good NSAID medication that is sold over the counter.
The doctor can prescribe a stronger form of the drug in the name Naproxen. The doctor can also prescribe Tramadol which is a narcotic and good pain reliever.
3) The lunge exercise is good for sciatic conditions.
An example is at the bottom of this site:
4) I bought the Teeter inversion table. You can invert yourself partially
or completely for spine decompression. It feels great.
It costs a few hundred but I like it.
5) Back ice packs (they connect with velcro) you can buy them at most pharmacies
-- example at the site below:
6) I purchased the Rebuilder 2407 Electronic Stimulator (information at the site below).
This product was intended for a variety of ailments including nerve damage due to diabetes but I found it helpful when the electrical attachments are placed slightly to the right and left of the spine where the bulging disk occurs. In my case, just slightly lower than waist level to the right and left of the spine. They want $699 for this, so it's something to consider even though it's a little expensive. I bought the more expensive model since it had the AC adapter associated
with it rather than just the battery (and so it supplies more power). It definitely makes you feel good when you use it.
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- Anonymous5 years ago
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