"How Long Does It Take For My Sciatica To Go Away?..."
It depends... it depends on YOU.
In general, it may take about 4 to 8 weeks to go through the first 2 phases of healing (no pain, all movement and range of motion and strength back to normal levels).
It may take another 1 to 4 months to get back to all activities of daily living that you want to be able to do... depending on how active you were before your Sciatica. This is the third phase of healing.
Here are 10 areas of your life that may determine how fast you can heal your Sciatica:
1.) Overall health. Healthy people heal faster. Younger people heal faster.
2.) Other health issues such as Diabetes (especially Type II Diabetes), hypertension and high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic alcohol use or abuse, cigarette smoking or tobacco use, and an elevated body weight or elevated body mass index (BMI) all contribute to healing rates... and can extend the amount of time for your Sciatica to heal.
3.) Diet and nutrition. People who eat more nutrients and more natural ingredients can heal much faster than other people who consume a lot of processed foods or sugary foods including high fructose corn syrup.
4.) Good sleep and rest levels. Our bodies require approximately 7-8 hours of sleep per night in order to rest and recover our muscular system and nervous system. A lack of sleep can certainly slow the healing time of your Sciatica. And, if you have Lower Back Pain or Sciatica at night while trying to fall asleep or while trying to stay asleep, this can directly impact your ability to heal, rest, and rebuild.
5.) Sedentary lifestyle (a lot of daily sitting). People who sit all or most of the day for their work occupation can expect a longer healing time when dealing with Sciatica. Also, the same goes for sitting and watching TV (or streaming your favorite content) for several hours per day. Motion is lotion, and in order to speed up the healing of your Sciatica, you need to be able to stand up, walk around, and change positions. Around 30, 40, 50 years ago, doctors used to prescribe "bedrest" for Lower Back Pain and Sciatica. But, now we all know that bedrest makes back pain and sciatica worse because you tighten up, get stiffer, and get weaker if you stay in bed or if you stay on the couch. The best possible way to start reversing your Sciatica is being able to walk around and change positions, so keep moving!
6.) People who follow professional advice and instruction from board certified specialists and top level healthcare professionals heal more quickly than those who do not follow-through with formal care. If you are dealing with a lot of pain, it is not time to ask your personal trainer or ask YouTube what you should do to reverse your Sciatica.
7.) People who are aware of their day to day postures, positions, and habits will heal more quickly, because they realize that their daily postures and habits can slow down or speed up the healing and recovery of their Sciatica. They are able to adapt and immediately respond to their condition, and are able to adjust their normal behaviors (such as walking more) in order to find movements, activities, or habits that can "take the edge off" (decrease) their Sciatica symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling, burning, throbbing.
8.) Stress and tension levels. Those who live with or experience higher levels of stress or frequent tension may heal slower. If someone is really stressed, their nervous system does not get a chance to "turn off" or relax. So, if their nervous system is always "on" and in a "fight or flight" mode, then there won't be much opportunity for their bodies to rest or recovery. This means that their nerves (extensions of their nervous system) may be over-stimulated and remain "on" and activated even when the person is trying to relax or sleep. So, since Sciatica is a condition involving your Sciatic Nerve with nerve pain or nerve symptoms, you can see how stress could delay the healing and recovery.
9.) Readers heal faster, and so do those who can focus. People with longer attention spans are typically self-educated, self-motivated, and self-directed... therefore, those who are self-educated on a topic like Sciatica are more likely to follow-through with successful treatment.
10.) Persistent. People who think or believe there's hope tend to be more serious, optimistic, and persistent in finding the right Sciatica Treatment for them. And, they are the type of people who won't let anything stop them or stand in their way. (For example, we recently had a man with Sciatica fly from Seattle to New York City to be successfully treated for Sciatica.)
MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: All information on this website is intended for informational purposes only. The authors are not responsible for any harm or injury that may result. Significant injury risk is possible if you do not follow due diligence and seek suitable professional advice about your injury. No guarantees of specific results are expressly made or implied on this website.