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help me i have sciatica?

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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management 35 years experience
PT vs injections: True sciatica is a radicular low back pain that travels down your leg(s) caused by something in your back that irritates the nerves that go down your legs. If your pain only goes to your buttocks then this is not "sciatica" and more mechanical lbp. True nerve root irritation can respond to physical therapy, anti-inflammatory meds and sometimes needs injections such as epidural steroids to help.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 36 years experience
Pain medicine doc: I would see a well trained pain physician. Your symptoms have a treatment. No need to continue to suffer.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
"Superman!": As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side.
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Are there homeopathic ways to help sciatica?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Maybe: Siactica means a lot of different things to a lot of diferent people. What is true siatica can be helped by ice rest and stretchinh exercises. But other conditions susch as piriformis syndrome can cause similar siymptoms agaiin exercises stretching. In most cases doing simple rest ice and stretching can benefit. But if that fails need eval because even atypical lumbar disc disease can be mistaken.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Need help. Is 'sciatica' a problem in the central or peripheral nervous systems?

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Dr. Ashley Bone
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Peripheral: Sciatica is a condition that affects the sciatic nerve which from the lower back down the back side of each leg. The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Herniated disc at L4 and L5 causing sciatica, please help?

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Dr. Daniel Elskens
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Sciatica gets better: With such minimal info, it's hard to help. The length of time of symptoms is important. If there is any other associated symptoms such as numbness or weakness is also important. Time is the great healer. 70% of people with sciatica will get better despite anything the medical world does. Rest, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises and up being the vast majority of treatment options. Persis.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Need doctor's help! will lifting cause sciatica?

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Dr. Lali Sekhon
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Yes: Bending, lifting or twisting can cause disc herniation and sciatica.

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