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My sciatica was triggered two weeks ago by my putting on my socks while I was sitting on a step. Since then, I have been on an assortment of pills, but I am trying to get those down to just ibuprofen. I have a hip support on during the day which helps me walk, but the pain is excruciating at night when I try to sleep. The pain is mostly n my right leg, groin, and hip. I was wondering if anyone who is reading this could recommend a sleep position or whether to use pillows or a heating pad or ice, or any tips to get through the night. It seems like all I do is thrash around at night, or get up and walk around just to relieve the pain.
I am in my early sixties, and I never thought I would have this much pain in my life. It is worse than labor pains because it goes on and on, for me, weeks now. The odd thing is that the doctors have only examined me during the day when the pains are milder. They can't see the agony I go through at night. I have been reading the posts on patient.info about sciatica, and I noticed that others have the same problem. It's like other people think we are blowing this out of proportion.
The only good thing that is coming out of this experience is that the bad feelings, jealousy, and resentment, I've had for other people have gone. I used to get upset more about petty things. They don't mean anything anymore.
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