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what to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Ipobrufen: Motrin (ipobrufen) several times a day. See physician asap. Self treatment is poor choice. Could be kidney stone, arthritis, herniated disk among other causes.
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 38 years experience
Conservative Care: You should not be lifting any weight over 5-10 pounds. Do not bend at the waist, use your legs. If there are no allergies or contraindications take otc Ibuprofen as directed. Keep a pillow between your legs if you sleep on your sides to keep your spine aligned at night. If you sleep on your back place a pillow under your knees. Try maintaining some gentle stretching to keep from tightening up.
Dr. Gregg Friedman
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Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist agrees
Mar 24, 2013
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
I agree with Dr Bedder
Apr 29, 2017
Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Rest and OTC meds: Rest and otc pain medications such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Back pain: Recommend that you do a neutral spine core stability program for a few weeks. If not significantly improved it may be time to have it evaluated. Can see videos of neutral spine exercises on youtube. This includes planks and "birddog". You can use over the counter meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree with Dr. Bowen. Acupuncture can be used adjunctively.
Aug 21, 2013
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
Avoid prolonged sitting, slouching and lifting heavy objects.
Aug 21, 2013
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Le answered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Back pain: You can use heat pads, stretching exercise, massage. You should not be lifting any weight over 5-10 pounds. Otc Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) might be beneficial as well.

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