Steroids are used to fight inflammation and speed healing. For injuries, this treatment may be a good idea, but for most back pain scenarios, I always ask, where is the inflammation? As Dr. Sarno has pointed out time and time again, there is rarely evidence of any inflammatory process in the majority of chronic pain complaints. Even in cases where inflammation exists, steroids are not a very good option, since they are often completely ineffectual or only provide short term benefits, sometimes only due to the placebo effect.
I have been dealing with this for 4 years. First the left foot and then after that got better (about a year) my right foot started up. I honestly believe that it is a direct result of my siatic nerve which I injured over 10 years ago on a treadmill. My fault. My question is my feet. They feel funny, not numb but kinda’ – it causes me to feel unsteady on my feet. I really have a hard time finding shoes that feel good and are supportive. Don’t even get me started on trying to find an understanding doctor…Are there any exercises that can help my feet? I take Ibuprofen, stretch, use the inversion board, sit on ice, etc. I try to walk and use to love it but it’s really strainge. Sometimes I actually have no problem other times I could be mistaken for a drunk trying to walk a line. It really messes with your mind and daily activities – not to mention happiness. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Sciatica is a term that describes pain that begins in your lower back and/or hip and runs down the back of one of your thighs and into the leg. Sciatica usually affects one side (eg, left, right leg) of the lower body. It can be caused by a spinal disorder that causes compression (pinching) of the sciatic nerve; the longest and largest nerve in the body.
Sciatica often causes stabbing, burning or tingling sensations, which can last for weeks. Moving around, coughing or sneezing can cause sciatica pain to flare up or increase. You may feel “pins and needles” numbness or weakness down your leg.