Herniated discs can cause excruciating pain in the lower back and legs. I have spinal stenosis, and discs five and six are herniated. The openings for the nerves are becoming increasingly constricted, and this sends waves of pain running just above my left buttock and around to the front of my left thigh. When the discs in by lower back became herniated I could not sleep for more than forty-five minutes in a twenty-four hour period, and I continuously moved from the bed to the chair and down to the floor in an effort to find relief from severe leg and lower back pain. If you are suffering from lower back and leg pain caused by herniated discs, consider the following ways to temporarily stop the pain. These simple techniques help take the edge off, and until you are able to see a doctor, hopefully they will work for you as well.
These simple ways to stop leg and back pain caused by herniated discs are from personal experience. They were not recommended by a doctor. After suffering for three days I discovered ways to ease the pain caused by herniated discs, and although these ways to stop leg and lower back pain worked for me, they will not work for everyone. See a doctor as soon as possible, and use commonsense when using these or any other methods of pain relief.
Stop the Pain by Laying on a Hard Flat Surface with Lumbar Support
Lying in bed or on the couch does nothing to stop the lower back and leg pain I am experiencing. I have found that lying on the floor with something to support my lower back is one of the best ways to temporarily stop lower back and leg pain caused by herniated discs. I have tried every position to stop the lower back and leg pain, but lying on the floor with a small pillow, a rolled up bath towel, or a blanket pressed against my lower back is the only way I can relax without experiencing pain. I occasionally have to readjust the pillow, towel, or blanket, and once I find a comfortable position I am able to sleep or watch television without suffering.
Take a Very Warm Shower or Bath to Stop the Pain
A very warm shower or bath feels great when trying to stop lower back and leg discomfort caused by herniated discs. It provides several minutes of soothing relief. If necessary, take a few very warm showers or baths each day to help stop the pain. Although the relief is temporary, it is a way to take a break from the leg and lower back discomfort caused by herniated discs.
Use Heat to Briefly Stop the Soreness Caused by Herniated Discs
A heating pad or a hot water bottle is an excellent way to stop leg and lower back pain caused by herniated discs. However, prolonged heat can cause inflammation and aggravate the problem. Use a heating pad or hot water bottle for no more than ten or fifteen minutes at a time.
Get a Massage to Temporarily Stop the Irritation of Herniated Discs
When searching for ways to stop lower back and leg pain I tried massage. I had my son’s girlfriend massage my lower back and it temporarily helped stop the pain caused by herniated discs. A professional massage would feel great, but a massage given by a friend or family member is a great alternative. I cannot sit for any length of time, and in my case, going for a massage is not possible.
Topical Analgesic to Briefly Stop the Discomfort of Herniated Discs
I have been using a topical analgesic on my leg and lower back, and it temporarily helps stop the pain caused by herniated discs. It cannot cure a problem with herniated discs, but it helps take the edge off the pain. Try Tiger Balm in lotion form, Bio-Freeze, or another high-quality topical analgesic. Look for a pain relief product that contains the highest percentages of camphor, menthol, and methyl salicylate, and apply it as directed on the label.
See a Doctor as Soon as Possible
Natural ways to stop lower back and leg pain are the most desirable, but in my case, medication prescribed by a doctor has been the most effective to temporarily stop the extreme discomfort caused by herniated discs. I am currently taking one or two fifty milligram tramadol tablets ever four to six hours and one ten milligram pill to relax the muscles. Before taking the medication for lower back and leg pain, I was miserable, and I spent two days on the living room floor with a rolled up towel supporting my lower back. It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible rather than suffer with extreme lower back and leg discomfort caused by herniated discs.