Sciatica and Nausea

Sciatica is a set of symptoms caused by excess pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower back or buttocks. It can also be the result of damage to the nerve roots that feed into the sciatic nerve.

Note: Nausea is not a very common symptom of mild sciatica

Sciatica and nausea usually occur together when a patient ingests excessive amounts of painkillers and other over-the-counter medications. In some instances, the patient’s digestive system may be extra sensitive to drugs, leading to nausea and other GI complications.

Sciatica and nausea are also occasionally seen during pregnancy. If a person already suffers from dizziness and nausea, sciatic pain or perhaps the medications used to treat it can make these symptoms worse.

Sciatica is the result when postural dysfunctions created by muscle imbalances exert uneven pressure on your spine, damaging one or more of the spinal discs that separate your vertebrae. This can also happen because of injury or aging.

An “extruded” or “herniated” disc may compress or inflame a nerve root, or even injure it. Alternatively, bone spurs or bits of protruding bone may press on nearby nerve roots and damage them. Older people sometimes develop a condition called spinal stenosis, in which the space around the spinal cord narrows and squeezes the sciatic nerve.

Typical symptoms of sciatica include radiating pain through the buttock and down the back of the leg, usually on only one side of your body. Sciatic pain can be extremely variable and may include a feeling of numbness and tingling in parts of the affected leg.

The most commonly prescribed medications for treatment of back and sciatic pain are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDS. These medications offer effective short-term relief, but their benefits for chronic back pain are less clear.

Their use is often associated with risk of side-effects. Sciatica and nausea are seen with NSAID use, especially over the long term. This risk is determined by the type of NSAID being used, age, other medical conditions, and other medications being taken simultaneously.

Based on extensive clinical studies, the most common side effects of NSAIDS include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, heartburn, gas, constipation and diarrhea. In some instances, serious gastrointestinal problems can result, including perforation, gastric bleeding and ulcers.

Sciatica and nausea that occurs with standard drugs is a serious obstacle to short-term therapy.

If you know for certain that you are experiencing sciatica, visit the sciatica section of our website. There are more articles and videos about sciatica that you will find very helpful. In fact, there is one simple sciatica stretch video that has helped thousands of people get almost instant relief.

Sciatica Videos

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Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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8 thoughts on “Sciatica and Nausea”

  1. Lynda mochan says:

    Hi hope you can help me I have been suffering with sciatica for about 10 weeks really bad pain I’m taki g loads of pain killers which are helping a bit . But now I have gone off my food and I am losing weight what should I do

  2. Admin says:

    Hi Lynda,

    To help you with regard to your explanation of sciatica we would like to suggest you get yourself a copy of our back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. It has information to help including pain relief methods for you to try. It also includes different treatment options that you can consider, information about sciatica, the back and other useful aspects to help. You can learn more about the book and its contents via the link below

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  3. Marilyn Jones says:

    Imsuffering same as Lynda carnt eat feeling sick a lot pain is easing a little after 5 days

  4. Charles Harris says:

    Same side affects as Lynda. Having long term problems with upper and lower back. Because of long term heart disease, COPD and dyspnea, etc. Have had RFA on lower back but sciatic nerve pain on right side is chronic for > six months from an old injury. Have little relief 24/7 and pain meds are limited but aggressive. Nausea and poor appetite have got much worse. Have epidural planned next week but nerve compression not altered by pain relief.

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Charles,

      Thank you for your comment and explanation regarding your back pain and conditions. We would like to help and a good starting point is our Book the 7 Day Back Pain Cure.
      The book discusses back pain and related issues along with pain relief and treatment suggestions. Please read more information about it via the link below.

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  5. Melody Link says:

    I have sciatica, a degenerative disc and osteo of the spine and ive been SO nauseated lately its ridiculous. Tried eating fruits n veggies known to help with nausea and they dont offer much relief. Ive read one is suposed to see a doc if experiencing nausea with sciatica but cant find any articles stating why a doc needs to be seen if you have a fever or nausea with sciatic issues. Cant really afford a doc visit as ive filed for disabilty and its yet to be approved so no insurance. Anyone got any suggestions or reasons why they say to see a doc if you experience bad nausea with sciagic nerve issues?

    1. Admin says:

      HI Melody,
      Thank you for explaining your sciatica, degenerative disc and osteo of the spine conditions and all you are dealing with. We would like to help and suggest as a good starting point that you get a copy of our 7 Day Back Pain Cure Book.

      Our book covers back pain and related issues, pain relief suggestions and treatments you may like to consider, along with other information that may be helpful to you.

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      Thank you, Our Best Wishes
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  6. dude says:

    just wanted to say that I’m not taking pain drugs but regularly have mild nausea. It’s similar to when I got a few gallons of boiling water poured onto my foot and had some significant (1st, 2nd, 3rd) degree burns. constant pain does it for me, and sciatica causes constant pain

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