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Managing Sciatica

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience in Pain Management
Sciatica: Sciatica usually responds to rest (not bed rest, rather modified activity) and anti-inflammatory meds. If it does not improve then I would see a doc

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other ra ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
This can vary: This depends on whether you have any underlying liver, stomach or kidney issues. If not, you can be on this as long as needed if no side effects which ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Ok: First ensure the diagnosis is accurate. Not all symptoms in the leg are sciatica. Good thing is you may successfully manage your symptoms with conser ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ayo Adu
Dr. Ayo Adu answered
13 years experience in Sports Medicine
ESI: An epidural steroid injection can be helpful in alleviating the radicular pain associated with a herniated disc.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
37 years experience in Pain Management
Need Diagnosis: You really require a real diagnosis, what is the underlying cause for your pain. This will need a physical exam and possibly a MRI to see if you have ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
28 years experience in Anesthesiology
Discuss with: A urologist. If surgery or eswl is not an option, oral narcotics should be able to get you through it.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience in Pain Management
Its ok: Would not be my first choice of a medication for sciatica. It may help to limit the amount of narcotics you need. Pregabalin is sometimes used for t ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience in Pain Management
Yes and no: For tension headaches or those starting in the neck can see some benefit from chiro manipulation. Be careful of what is promised. Get an eval and some ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Rhoades
47 years experience in Family Medicine
Ask your DR: Information and advice for your question is best to come from your DR who has all your medical history and the latest exam findings
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenith Paresa
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Generally, yes: "Sciatica" is a layman's term describing pain in the pelvis or low back that radiates down the back of the thigh, below the knee and usually into the ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Connerly
48 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: If you are having symptoms of pain, then yes it is indicated and sometimes helps. You have been through a lot, good luck!
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
19 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Most likely: just the sciatica. SI joint pain is an arthritic phenomenon, and releasing pressure on the nerves wouldn't affect that. Be sure to speak with your sur ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience in Neurosurgery
Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
It can be: By strengthening supporting musculature, correcting poor gait or other behavioral aspects that can aggravate the arthritis, both of which will help av ... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
For pain: Gabapentin is a pain medication used primarily for nerve related pain. It will not improve spinal stenosis or disk herniation but it can help reduce ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
CRPS meds: Gabapentin and Lyrica (pregabalin) are the most widely used AEDs for treating CRPS. Another commonly used adrenergic drug is clonidine, which stimulat ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Siranush Cholakian
33 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Very helpful: Acupuncture is excellent for that, especially in combination with other alternative treatments like aromatherapy, hydrotherapy ( baths), ......
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
39 years experience in General Practice
No: Sciatic nerve pain is a separate issue from kidney stone pain although sometimes they are confused. If the pain radiated down into your leg, most like ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Ellis
12 years experience in Anesthesiology
Yes: True sciatica is caused by nerve compression and is a neuropathic pain. Some neuropathic pain medications include: lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, a ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Sure, but...: Need diagnosis first. "cure" depends on if simply just hemorrhoids/fissure or something serious. Have you been straining at stool, have rectal dysfunc ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Keller
14 years experience in Anesthesiology
Yes if trained: Invasive pain procedures are done by a few different specialties.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Kibrick
45 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Can be useful add'l: There are several forms of biofeedback: peripheral (focuses on Autonomic Nervous System and Muscle activity-EMG), and neurofeedback (focuses on Centra ... Read More

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