One of the most common and widespread forms of ailments and physical issues that plague a great deal of people around the world today, is that of chronic lower back pain. These issues occur in a diverse array of individuals, and up until now have been claimed to be best treated with prescription medications. Recent studies now find that these medical solutions actually do not have a strong impact, as patients were unable to tell the difference between the actual and placebo ones that were given.
- According to a recent New England Journal of Medicine study, the popular drug Lyrica may be no more effective than a placebo in treating pain caused by sciatica.
- Sciatica pain is characterized by significant discomfort that is felt along the sciatic nerve, which goes from the lower back, through the hips, and down the legs.
- Dr. Houman Danesh, the Director of Integrative Pain Management at Mount Sinai Hospital is aware of the clinical findings but isn’t ready to dismiss Lyrica for patients suffering with sciatica.
“Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which branches from the low back through the hips and down each leg, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The pain typically shoots down the back of the leg, and some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness.”