Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain is because of an irritation, irritation, pinching or compression of a nerve within the lower lower back. The most common purpose is a herniated or slipped disk that causes strain on the nerve root. most of the people with sciatica get better on their own with time and self-care remedies.

Check if you have sciatica

If you have sciatica, your:

  • bottom

  • back of your leg

  • foot and toes

may feel:

  • painful – the pain may be stabbing, burning or shooting

  • tingling – like pins and needles

  • numb

  • weak

Your symptoms may be worse when moving, sneezing or coughing.

You may also have back pain, but it's not usually as bad as the pain in your bottom, leg or foot.


You probably do not have sciatica if you only have back pain.

How you can ease the pain yourself

Sciatica usually gets better in 4 to 6 weeks, but it can sometimes last longer.

To help relieve your pain and speed up recovery:


  • carry on with your normal activities as much as possible

  • regular exercises for sciatica

  • start gentle exercise as soon as you can – anything that gets you moving can help

  • hold heat packs to the painful areas – you can buy these from pharmacies

  • ask your pharmacist about painkillers – NSAIDs like ibuprofen are often recommended – paracetamol on its own is unlikely to relieve your pain

  • put a small, firm cushion between your knees when sleeping on your side, or several firm pillows underneath your knees when lying on your back


  • do not sit or lie down for long periods – even if moving hurts, it's not harmful and can help you get better faster

  • do not use hot water bottles to ease the pain – you could scald yourself if your skin is numb

See a GP if the pain:

  • has not improved after trying home treatments for a few weeks

  • is getting worse

  • is stopping you doing your normal activities