The burning sensation occurs when the direct pressure on the spinal cord compresses the sciatic nerve, as well as tight muscles from the buttocks and upper thigh. Typically, pain can be worse in the leg than in the back. Symptoms vary depending on how severe the pressure is, but the pain can be described as sharp, shooting, and even burning pain.
How to stop the sciatica nerve pain from burning and when to see the doctor?
Alternating heat and ice therapy can provide immediate relief of sciatic nerve pain. Ice can help reduce inflammation, while heat encourages blood flow to the painful area (which speeds healing). Heat and ice may also help ease painful muscle spasms that often accompany sciatica.
Over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help ease sciatica symptoms. NSAIDs bear the health risk, make sure to discuss their safety with your doctor first.
Whether you are working at your desk or relaxing at home, if you stay in the same position for too long, you might find that your sciatica pain spikes. Varying your posture every 20 minutes can help take pressure off your spine and reduce your sciatica symptoms.
Incorporate gentle stretching into your daily routine. Stretching is an excellent way to improve your spinal flexibility and range of motion while also building core and spinal strength. Plus, most stretches are simple enough to be done while watching the news.
If at-home therapies don’t help you, it may be time to see your personal doctor. If you experience any of the following, please see your doctor as soon as possible:
- You have loss of bowel and/or bladder control
- Your pain gets worse, even when using at-home therapies
- You have severe pain in your low back and legs
- Your pain doesn’t improve after 2 weeks
- You experience nerve-related symptoms, such as weakness, numbness, tingling, or electric shock-like pain
Whatever the reason, some sciatica symptoms truly warrant medical attention. In rare cases, delaying medical care could lead to or cause permanent nerve damage. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sciatica/