Pinched Nerve

29 Aug

I have a pinched nerve in my back. And it is starting to pinch my patience.

This is what I have been doing this weekend:

  1. Visit your family doctor or orthopedic surgeon. (Hopefully I will be doing this tomorrow)
  2. Take aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve discomfort. Taking two aspirin every day, even when you aren’t suffering with sciatic pain, can help prevent pain from recurring.
  3. Place at least one pillow under your knees when you lie down. This helps relieve pressure that the disk is putting on your sciatic nerve.
  4. Rest on a firm mattress or on the floor when sciatic pain is severe. Stay in bed, getting up only when absolutely necessary, for 3 days.
  5. Ask for help to get out of bed or into the bath or shower so you don’t strain your back while getting up and down.
  6. Apply hot or cold packs to your back and upper legs. Sometimes ice will work better than heat; at other times, a heating pad will do a better job of relieving pain. Try both to see which one is more effective for you.
  7. Don’t lift anything.
  8. Don’t bend or sit in soft chairs.
  9. Ask your doctor for prescription pain relievers if severe sciatic pain continues.
  10. Eat a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation. Straining to defecate irritates the sciatic nerve.
Doing all of this while in a foreign country makes things a lot more um… challenging. Trying to take a shower and trying to find medicine are probably the hardest things. Oh how the Lord loves to challenge me oh and work on my patience.

One Response to “Pinched Nerve”

  1. bahava August 30, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    ouch!! praying for healing!

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