What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a common clinical condition affecting more than 10 million people per year. The classical symptom is its radiating pain along the path of the sciatic nerve, from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, back of the thigh and down the calf region of a leg. It typically affects one leg.
Causes of Sciatica
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disk, narrowing of the spine or bone spur on the spine. This irritates the sciatic nerve causing inflammation, pain, and numbness in the affected limb.
Pain which radiates from lower spine to buttock, down the back of thigh and leg. The pain can range from mild discomfort to sharp excruciating pain like an electric shock. Sciatica pain can increase during a cough or sneeze, sitting for a long time. There is associated tingling, numbness in the affected leg.
Homeopathy for Sciatica
The selection depends on the PQRS of sciatica symptoms with respect to side affected, sensation, aggravation and amelioration modalities and concomitants if any.
Homeopathic Therapeutics for Sciatica
Ars: Cold damp cellars aggravate or bring on complaints of Sciatica.
Gnaph: Intense pain along the sciatic nerve with a feeling of numbness.
Iris: Sciatica, sudden shooting, causing lameness, feels as if was wrenched. Pain extending to popliteal space, better from violent motion.
Lach: Sciatica, left-sided, pain as from a hot iron, worse after sleep.
Phyt: Sciatica, pain involves the right leg especially the outer side of the thigh, < damp weather.
Sep: Sciatica with lancinating stitches, must get out of bed for relief. Pain worse from rising, better from slow walking. Sciatica, better during pregnancy.
Tell: Pain in sacrum, passing into right thigh down the sciatic nerve, worse when pressing at stool, coughing, laughing, also when lying on the affected side.
Rubrics and few remedies for Sciatica
right: Coloc, Graph, Rhus tox, Dios, Lach, Lyc, Phyt
left: Am-m, Cimic, Elat, Eup-pur, Iris, Kali-bi, Kali-c, lach, Phos, Tell, Thuj
flexing leg, amel: Puls
nose, blowing agg: Graph
riding cars, agg: Coc-c
rising from a seat, on: Lyss, Nat-s, Rhus-t, Chel
sneezing, agg: Ferr
standing, agg: Lach
stool, pressing at: Plat
stretching leg, amel: Cupr, Dulc, Ferr, Hep
walk, must: Ars, Sep, Sulph
walking, amel: Ars
yawning, agg: Zinc
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