Managing Sciatic Pain: What a Pain in the A**!!

Good morning and happy Monday!

Today’s Motivational Monday comes by direct request from one of my regular viewers. Donna reached out and asked what she could do to manage her sciatic pain and knowing that this is a very common problem (Fozzy has it too!), I decided to put together a video of everything I know to do to manage sciatica.

If you’ve ever had it, then there is no mistaking what it is. Sciatica is nerve pain that runs from the lower back, all the way down the back of the leg. The discomfort is so intense it can make it difficult to sit or walk for any length of time. It occurs often in pregnancy because as the baby grows it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, but it can also happen at any stage of life for various reasons. But all have one underlying component: Inflammation.

Inflammation is the root cause of pain and disease. When managing your health, you want to focus your efforts on reducing inflammatory processes in your body so that it can run optimally and efficiently. In today’s video, I will first discuss dietary guidelines to help reduce and manage inflammation and then lifestyle factors you can consider specifically for sciatic pain.

Once you’ve watched I would love to hear from you! Have you ever had sciatica and if so, what did you do to manage it? Did you change any facet of your diet? Or adopt a different exercise routine? What worked for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy today’s video—I hope you find it helpful!

Have a great week!

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12 comments on “Managing Sciatic Pain: What a Pain in the A**!!

  1. Avatarnatalie

    Thank you for the video (on you tube). i have been suffering with this pain since the birth of my daughter 3 years ago. I thought losing the baby weight plus more would make the paint go away but it didn’t. I also run 3 times a week and want to continue to do so, so I’m going to try your advice, I need to clean up my diet anyway! Thanks!

  2. AvatarMili

    Hey Barbara. Just wanted to know. Is sciatic pain different from lumbar degenerative disc pain?
    Thank you. Muchas gracias

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      The pain may feel somewhat similar but sciatic pain is an inflamed nerve pain. Degenerative disc pain is when the discs in your back don’t absorb shocks to your system well, as when happens when you run or hike, etc. Both would benefit from an anti-inflammatory approach but they are ultimately different.

  3. AvatarAllison

    Your videos are so informative and helpful. I put fresh turmeric in my green drinks each morning except the turmeric I use looks like little nubby orange roots. Does this turmeric have the same anti-inflammatory properties as the one you showed in your video?


  4. AvatarHadria Schroeder

    Physical Therapy cured my sciatic pain. The pain was so bad that it took me a long time to get out of bed in the morning. Being consistent with my physical therapy exercises made a huge difference after about 3-4 weeks. Your diet advice is right on target! After eating whole foods for some time (feeling great) and then trying a processed food again makes my body feel ill. I believe there is healing with the right food. I will be incorporating your suggestions from your video to stay healthy and to help my husband with his current sciatic pain.

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      That’s wonderful Hadria! Glad to know that you were able to embrace so many positive changes that serve you well in ways that go beyond sciatic pain. The body has incredible healing potential if we just tap into it, and clearly you have!
      Wishing you continued health~

  5. AvatarDanny

    I was interested in your topic today to reduce inflammation. My question though is about eating the fruit suggested, “after” dinner. It was my understanding that fruit was best to eat before dinner as it digests quickly, rather than after, sitting on top of the other good causing indigestion. Maybe you have discussed this topic before, but is there a particular order of eating that matters or has any benefit? For example, only drinking water (or whatever) after the meal vs during? I myself do not eat meat, but does that or other foods hamper, slow, or disrupt the digestive process?
    Thank You so much, really enjoy your videos!

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Danny~
      Most fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach with perhaps a handful of nuts but b/c of the enzyme potential of papaya and pineapple, they can be taken after meals and will help support healthy digestion. For their anti-inflammatory benefits they are best consumed on an empty stomach~
      Water should be had between meals ideally rather than at mealtime, except in small sips. Too much water with food dilutes digestive potential.
      Thank you for commenting…. stay tuned for a future video on ideal food combining~
      Best to you~


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