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how long does a sciatic nerve pain lasts?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Varies: In most cases acute pain normally will resolve within a few weeks but sometimes take several months. If your symptoms persist more than a few weeks then you should see you primary doctor. Some states allow direct access to physical therapy, so consider going to one if not already being treated.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
If related to a disc: For 75% of people with sciatic pain due to a herniated disc, up to 3 months. 90% are better usually about a year later from the onset of sciatic pain due to a disc herniation treated without surgery.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it necessary to see a physician for sciatic nerve pain?

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Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
It depends: If the pain is interfering with your life, not getting better or if you have weakness in your foot or leg or any change in bowel or bladder function, see a physician immediately. Most likely the sciatica will get better. But you will probably have recurrences, so you might consider some therapies like manipulation by an osteopathic physician (online aao, cranialacademy) & a strengthening program.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me some quick remedies for sciatic nerve pain?

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Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management 31 years experience
See Dr: Some pain managementn docs can do a sciatic nerve block that relieves the pain and allows return of function where excercise can help with the longer term solution. Find a reputable doc though.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I deal with sciatic nerve pain?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Multiple ways: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections). Anti-inflammatory medications, alternating heat/cold therapy, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What exactly is sciatic nerve pain?

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Dr. Scott Williamson
Specializes in Family Medicine
Pain down the leg: The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers that emerge from the lower spine providing wiring for the leg. If the nerve is injured or "pinched" as it exits the spine (or for that matter anywhere along it's course), the brain receives signals of pain which it may interpret as coming from somewhere along the course of the nerve. That pain is called sciatica.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What therapies can be used for sciatic nerve pain?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Many: Oral medications may prove useful. Nsaids (ibuprofen and such) or corticosteroids may help. Oral, iv, im or peri-thecal may be needed. Pt can help. Rest and proper exercise can help. Modalities of heat and ice can help. Tens therapy can help. Accupuncture and chiropractic care is said to help. Get a proper evaluation by a reputable provider and see what they recommend.

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