Last reviewed by Pedro Santos, Registered Nurse in our Health and Hand team, April 2020.
The symptoms you mention could indeed be sciatica, although there are other conditions with similar symptoms.
Sciatica is the name given to pain that radiates from the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. It runs from your lower back, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs to your feet. Pain is usually caused by compression of the nerve or when one of the vertebral discs “bursts” and leaks its contents on to the nerve.
Sciatica usually resolves itself without any medical intervention but in some cases requires more complex pain management.
As general advice for any sciatica type of pain, the following recommendations seem to provide some relief:
Our article, Top 10 exercises for a healthy back, is also well worth a visit for tips and videos of exercises you can try to help manage lower back pain, as recommended by our musculoskeletal team.
Considering your main complaint is pain when lying down it’s worthwhile revisiting some of the basics for a good night’s sleep:
There are plenty more tips and techniques to help you to fall asleep and get a better quality of sleep in our sleep centre.
Our advice is that you follow these recommendations for a week or two and if there’s no improvement, contact your GP. They should be able to formally diagnose your condition, arrange for further investigations if appropriate, and help you to manage the pain going forward.
Answered by the Health at Hand team
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