Sciatica Update & Digging dōTERRA Oils

I don’t want to speak too soon, but my sciatica madness that has plagued my right leg for three solid months is 99.999999% gone. It no longer wakes me up on cue at 3 or 4 am every night while I writhe in pain. I am able to walk without looking like drunk pimp. I can stand for longer than 24 seconds at a time without needing to sit in a chair or any dirty floor (giving zero cares to the grime underneath me). And sweet baby goodness gracious, I’ve solidly been able get back to the gym!!!

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I haven’t yet been able to determine why it finally stopped hurting.  I mean, no joke, it was EXCRUTIATINGLY the worst pain of my life from July to September, nonstop, never relenting. I wouldn’t wish sciatica on my worst enemy even Tom Brady. I was taking Vicodin like Tic-Tacs to no avail. When my prescription ran out, a friend’s husband suggested Excedrine for Migraines. Odd, but it helped a little. I added in some Aleve for good measure. Seriously, it was getting ridiculous. I felt like a druggie!!! I’m much too goodie-two shoes for that. So when I couldn’t take one more pill to knock out the pain before bed, red wine did it. Because yeah, alcohol seemed much more classy than the pill-popping. It was all bad. This HAD. TO. STOP. I was envisioning that scene from the movie Saw where the guy hacks off his foot and it seemed like a brilliant idea. This was bad, y’all.

Saw...sciatica relief

As a last ditch effort, I started rubbing some dōTERRA® oils on my leg, hipbone, back and butt. My sister is a dōTERRA® Wellness Advocate and insisted I try it. I won’t lie. I rolled my eyes. Oils? I’m ready to go all Jigsaw and sever ties with my right leg and you want me to rub oil on it???

Doterra Essential Oils _ Dianne Hart Pettis

She mixed together a couple essential oils (different oils have different uses) and I put it on every night before bed. The smell was awesome. But even better? After the first night of using it, I actually felt some relief. Ever the skeptic, I was like, “Well, it couldn’t be the oils.” But the ONLY thing I had done differently in three months was use the dōTERRA® oils and then suddenly I started to feel better. Now, maybe the sciatica had started to run its course. I don’t know. But if using the oils was wrong I didn’t want to be right. But yeah, after it didn’t hurt for about 5-6 days (I wanted to really see if it was gone), I deemed it time to go back to the gym. That was a little over a month ago and I’ve been feeling pretty fantastic!

doTerra Breathe Respiratory Blend oils

This Breathe Respiratory Blend oil is my favorite. I put a drop on a tissue and sniff it when I’m stuffed up and can’t breathe, put a drop in my shower after a hard workout (ahhhmazing aroma all through my house) and I even took a few whiffs of it when I was getting over food-poisoning the other day. It helped the queasy tummy feeling! I shall never roll my eyes at my big sister again. Well, not as long as she’s offering me these oils. 😉

I’m so thrilled to be back in action. I’m not myself when I’m not working out. Well, I’m a heavier, more depressed version of myself, I’ll say. I don’t like it. What I do like is taking care of body. This is the only body I have and I need it to be healthy and happy. Inside and out. Physically and mentally. Gym game on!