You can’t sleep. You can’t lie down. You can’t stand. You can’t walk. You can’t sit still. The pain makes you restless, but everytime you move it makes you scream. Even going to the bathroom is an exercise in Medieval torture. Which is the worst part? The act of pooping itself or getting off the toilet once you’re done?
Welcome to the hell that is sciatica.
You’ve probably tried everything that’s out there. The botox injections (at $600 a shot). The NSAIDs (which give you vicious stomach cramps). The anit-depressants (because “we can’t find out what’s wrong with you”). Yoga, massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture. Heat. Cold. Sure, they might make the pain a little better, but it always comes back. With a vengence. Surgery? NO. THANK. YOU!!
What’s a person to do?
Here is a real case from one of my dear colleagues dated from 1993. It’s a bit long, but there’s an Easter egg at the end…
August 25: One week ago S.N. injured herself severely. While descending the stairs from the attic, the heavy floor door came down on her occiput. She was knocked out and fell down the stairs on her bottom. She lost her memory and her back was injured.
She developed pain in her back that extended down the right buttock. She has barely slept in the last week. She is exhausted. She feels the nerve down her right leg is too short. The sciatica is worse sitting, worse sitting too long, worse after prolonged rest, worse stooping, worse lying on the right side, worse walking, and better heat. She is now negative, impatient, and irritable.
A scan showed positive for L5-S1 herniated disk. Immediate surgery was recommended.
Plan: Remedy A
October 4: Within 30 minutes after taking the remedy the pain had decreased by 60%. After lying down in bed, the pain started to return. She repeated the remedy. She fell asleep. By the evening of August 26 the sciatic pain was 90% less.
Since then sciatic pain is tolerable but she has severe burning sacral pain. It is worse lying on the right side, worse stooping, worse rising from sitting, worse coughing, worse lying on the back, better lying on the left side, better walking, better rubbing, better heat and better sitting bent. She walks bent in the morning.
What is left of the sciatic pain is worse sitting, worse standing, worse raising the arms, worse stooping, worse walking, and better lying on the back. The 4th and 5th toe of the right foot are numb when lying down. The right foot is burning. The right leg feels too short when standing.
Plan: The previous remedy was a very good choice, but a different remedy is now needed: Remedy B.
October 20: There were no change until the next evening. The sacral pain is now 75% better.
The sciatica has not changed, it is still very tolerable. The numbness of the toes has decreased by 50%. The burning of the foot is unchanged.
It is difficult to find a comfortable position. The sciatic pain is worse sitting, worse standing, worse stretching the leg, worse raising the arms, and better by walking. The sacral pain is worse lying on the right side, and worse pressing at stool.
Plan: The previous remedy was a spot-on, but a different remedy is now needed: Remedy C.
October 27: By October 24 she noticed a great improvement of the sciatica. It is now 85% better overall.
The sacral pain was unchanged with this remedy. It is tolerable but it is the stronger of both. It is worse sitting, worse standing, worse rest, worse damp weather, better walking, better heat, and better lying flat on the back.
Plan: The sciatica has changed again! Good grief! Remedy D.
November 5: The back pain is almost gone but the sciatica is bad in the morning. The sciatic pain is worse standing, worse sitting, worse stretching the leg, and better walking.
Plan: Back to Remedy C.
November 10: The sciatic pain aggravated for the first two days and by now 75% better. She still has a bit of back pain (10%) which is worse lying on the back and better movement.
Plan: This sciatica keeps changing! Remedy E.
December 8: The sciatic pain is gone. The back pain has been getting slightly worse. It is worse lying on the back, worse lying on the right side, worse cold wet weather, better movement, and better heat. It feels quite stiff and bruised on waking in the morning.
Plan: At least the sciatica is gone now. All we have left is the back pain – back to Remedy D.
Summary of the case from December 1993:
She needed three doses of Remedy D over the next 4 months. She has not complained about sciatica or back pain since. ￼
Whew! That was complicated!
OK – here’s the Easter Egg:
My colleague had been successfully treating this patient for Multiple Sclerosis previous to her injury. The year before her accident (1992), her MS was completely asymptomatic.
The MS never came back.
A blow to the head resulting to an injury to the spine, and no relaspe of her MS?
Not a trace.
Who says miracles can’t happen with normal, contemporary people?
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