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Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Marcus
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Move with sciatica: Sciatica, pain radiating from your low back/buttock to your leg is usually transient. Although recommended in the past, prolonged bed rest is now disc ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Most get better !: This depends on the cause of the sciatica but typically, if due to nerve compression from a disc herniation, 90% get betternon operatively. All bets ... Read More
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Beall
28 years experience Radiology
Be careful: You should stay active but try not to do anything that expressly worsens your sciatica. Sciatica is mostly the result of a disc herniation or an annu ... Read More
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Rest Not Recommended: Always good to stay active as long as it doesn't make your pain worse. Too much rest makes things worse for sure. Usually it resolves in majority of ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Atif Haque
18 years experience Neurosurgery
If possible, walk: I tell my patients that if you are able to stay active then to try to do so. Sometimes, however, the pain is too severe, and rest can help.
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Dr. Robert Henderson
47 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Walk: Rest for 2-3 days, try nsaids walk as tolerated or cycle. If no improvement seek nerve block then exercise ... If no positive results the surgery bec ... Read More
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Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Rest Not Recommended: Always good to stay active as long as it doesn't make your pain worse. Too much rest makes things worse for sure. Usually it resolves in majority of ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
51 years experience General Practice
Patellofemoral pain: syndrome. It is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. Do not seat long time bend-knee position. Apply ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
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Difficult to say: From the information you've provided, I can't discern a reason why you have been advised to be on bed rest for months. If you have a diagnosis of hea ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Contusion vs fractur: You have have injured the heel from kicking or landing on it hard and caused bruising of the tissue pad.. With persistent use since the injur you may ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
43 years experience General Surgery
Well it is expected: well a month of bed rest why were you in coma or did you have a pelvic fracture required so much bed rest first of course in one hand it is expected ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Conti
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Calories count!: It's great that you are modifying her diet and exercising. Certainly reducing carbohydrate intake is a start, but a balanced diet is the ultimate answ ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Get evaluated: Need to understand cause of sciatica, and if due to herniated disc, with occasional flares due to root compression, might consider epidural steroid in ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julia Sanchez
17 years experience Pain Management
Possible: It is possible you have a radicular pain. That happens when there is inflammation in the spinal canal that causes pressure in the nerve that exits the ... Read More

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