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A 33-year-old member asked:

how long does sciatica generally last?

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Dr. Shannon McCanna
Neurosurgery 24 years experience
About six weeks: The shooting pain of sciatica down your leg can be frightening and uncomfortable but is not life-threatening. If you notice that your foot starts to drag when you walk, or you have bowel or bladder incontinence, you should contact your family doctor immediately. Also, if you feel you cannot stand the pain, you can visit your family doctor for evaluation and possible referral to a specialist.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
If do to a disc : Herniation, 90% get better over time with 75% getting better within 2-12 weeks from the onset of pain with the rest taking up to 1 year with a 5% chance of recurrence over your lifetime which can be minimized by healthy habits of regular exercise, weight control, not smoking, and good sleep habits.
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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Are baby products more gentle and safe in general?

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I have severe sciatica. Can you suggest something for driving a car?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Ice & lumbar support: Having had sciatica from a herniated lumbar disc, here is what i found helpful for driving: ice pack to the back before a long drive, ice after the drive, lumbar support pillow, tilting the seat forward but also reclining the back slightly, limit your driving time based on comfort level.
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Should stroke patients see a specialist instead of a general neurologist?

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How can we treat cataracts generally nowadays?

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Surgery: The only treatment for cataracts at this day and age in the USA is surgery.
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When does celiac disease generally develop?

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Any age: A person can start showing signs of celiac disease at any age. However, it is common for a child at about 2 years of age to start showing symptoms since that is when wheat has been introduced into the diet.

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