Arthritis drug could relieve agonising back pain 70



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So many of us suffer from debilitating sciatica (slipped disc) and now there might finally be some relief.

If you have this awful back pain, you’ll know just how difficult it is to banish the pain – there isn’t really anything you can do. But doctors are now trialling the use of arthritis drug adalimumab in sciatica sufferers with great success.

The drug numbs the pain of the inflammation, and may also get rid of the pain completely.

Sciatica is categorised as the sharp, shooting pain that radiates down the back and to the feet. It’s a consequence of slipped discs that press on nerves and inflame the surrounding areas.

At present, sciatica can only be treated with painkillers, rest and physiotherapy – or in some severe cases, surgery. Adalimumab has an antibody compound that has been found to target a specific bacteria called tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF). TNF makes the immune system overreact and attack healthy cells instead of protect them.

During a study at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, 49 sciatica patients received the adalimumab and half had a 100 per cent reduction in leg pain.

More trials have been rolled out across the UK, meaning there is hope for those who suffer from this chronic pain.

Jane Tadman, of Arthritis Research UK, told The Daily Mail: ‘This treatment has transformed the treatment of inflammatory arthritis worldwide…It’s not a cure, but for those people in whom it does work, the results can be dramatic”.

But why does sciatica happen in the first place? New research from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has linked obesity with an increased risk of developing a slipped disc – overweight people were at 23 per cent greatest risk of lower back pain and 12 per cent the risk of sciatica.

With more trials, we could soon been treated with the drug meaning no more pain and a better quality of life.

Do you or have you ever suffered from sciatica? What did you do? How was it treated? Tell us below. 

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  1. Sciatica- Worst pain I have ever had in all my life !!! Re – overweight -I am only 60 kg!!!!

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    • Bowen Technique (the original ) will clear this sciatic pain. Providing you find a good Bowen practitioner who has done advanced class.

    • I agree the pain actually made me physically ill at times just too much. As for weight i weigh a mere 45kg. Have had no relief in 3 months even with a spinal block injection it just stirred it up.

    • i have a bad back since i was in my early 20’s ended up having spinal surgery in my mid 50’s … i had left it so long the bulged disc had calcified and wrapped around a nerve… had the surgery and instant relief no morphine after the op no pain killers to go home with fantastic thank you dr ruff

  2. Yes! I have suffered, and wow, this would be a great help if the excruciating pain ever comes back. What a great article. I will let others who suffer from it know so that they can ask their doctors for assistance.
    I had physiotherapy (not much help) and acupuncture (much more help) and chiropractic manipulation (good once the initial inflammation had reduced). I’d return to the acupuncture first and foremost if I suffered again.

  3. Crippling pain celebrax and painkillers for many years finally was ablr to stop taking celebrax can live wth pain i have at present

  4. The disc doesn’t slip, it bulges. It has to do with strength training and supporting your muscles with all of the lower stomach and back training.

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    • Yes I agree I have been loosing weight have been at the jymnasiam strenghtning my back mussels and now I have no pain at all I am so lucky

    • Totally agree Sandy, mine is SO much better after a year of physio..I am on my feet 8 hrs a day at work & was in so much pain but I’m almost back to normal now & hardly ever take pain killers at all anymore..Happy days

  5. I have found the best way to deal with sciatica or any back injury is forget about medications and start taking concentrated turmeric and start doing yoga, take a few private lessons to work out what is right for your condition and commit to doing it every day or at least 5 days a week. It will astound you how, in a shirt space of time you will feel much relief and be stronger in your core for the rest of your life.

  6. That’s what I do also Shauna. Every pill will have a side effect,and some of them end up being worse than the symptoms!

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