Chronic Sciatica

Written by Kevin Little
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Chronic sciatica is often linked to the blood glucose levels common to diabetes. In the case of diabetes, high blood glucose leads to different types of nerve damage, sciatica among them. Sciatica affects mainly the nerves in the lower back.

Of course, these nerves, the sciatic nerves, are among the longest in the body--they run all the way down to the feet. The pain from chronic sciatica can not only be intense, but far-reaching, due to the length of the nerves. Far reaching nerves make for far-reaching pain and discomfort.

Treatment Options for Chronic Sciatica

Like diabetes itself, sciatica can be a tricky ailment to diagnose and treat properly. It can appear utterly without warning, and continue for long durations. Symptoms include numbness, weakness in lower back and legs, and loss of function in the joints of the legs and feet. If left untreated, these conditions can become permanent.

So how do you treat such a disorder? Well, sciatica can go away on its own, with proper rest and maintenance of glucose levels. Recovery can also be aided by supplements such as benfotiamine, which give the body sufficient resources of thiamine to fight the effects of nerve damage.

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