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How Do I Stop The Sharp Pain From My Sciatic Nerve
What's the cause?: Treatment of your sciatic nerve pain would depend on the cause. You may need imaging studies or other tests to determine the source of the pain. It could be a slipped disc (common) or there are other less common causes. Once your doctor has figured out the cause, treatment recommendations may be made, such as epidural steroids, physical therapy or even surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
Seen a doctor yet?: A pinched nerve (e.g. Sciatica) may cause severe pain and disability. If anti-inflammatories and usual pain meds have not controlled the pain then oral steroids (e.g. Medrol dose pak) followed by an injection may get the 'inflamed nerve' -under control. Other meds for 'nerve pain' may also help: Gabapentin or lyrica (pregabalin). Hope you are better soon! ...Read more
I have a shooting pain in lower back down in my right leg. Is this sciatic nerve pain? How can I prevent this?
Sciatica?: Symptoms sound consistent with sciatica, however, c your doc for an eval to receive proper diagnosis. If sciatica, cause must b must be determined & treated if necessary. Usually standing causes pain to be worse, as does sitting. Lying is usually more comfortable. If your doc agrees that these are safe 4 u, NSAID or Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help, as well as physical therapy. C ur doc & feel btr soon :) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medical exam: Sciatica refers to pain that runs down the back of the leg. Most of the time, this is due to irritation to one of the spinal nerves (not the sciatic nerve). To diagnose the problem, a doctor would take a good history, perform a physical exam and review an mri. Finally, to confirm the diagnosis, a diagnostic nerve block would be performed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Confirm sciatica 1st: Is the best thing you can do. You're 23 years-old & the last thing you want is to walk around with the wrong (?Self) diagnosed problem. There are multiple causes for "sciatica" & finding the root of that cause will guide the best treatment option. Treatment usually consists of physical therapy, hep, anti-inflammatory/analgesics, various injections, & surgery when refractory or advanced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Work on it daily: Pain management can be useful if it helps you to move normally while you heal. If you smoke, you must stop. What ever type of activity/lifestyle produces the damage to your back must be modified. Physical therapy for a core strengthening, yoga type stretching home exercise program that incorporates proper breathing and body awareness is the pathway that I have seen the most success. Patience! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find cause: To treat your pain, you need to find the cause. It could be many things like muscles, ribs, gi, vascular, bones, ligaments, trauma, urinary, or disease. Talk to your pcp about work up , eval, and then treat cause. ...Read more
I think i pinched a nerve in my hip. The pain goes down my leg. What should I do without going to the doctor?
Not much: Besides rest, hope, and prayer. You might have injured your low back too. When pain travels like this, it means you have an injury that involves a nerve, like the sciatic nerve. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more
Stretching helps: Avoid sitting with wallet in back pocket. Stretching helps. Sometimes a heel lift is required. A low back adjustment may be necessary as well. If not relief with this or anti inflammatory medications, further testing, such as an x-ray, ct or MRI may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shooting Knee Pain: "shooting" knee pain can come from: arthritis. Torn meniscus. Trauma to the knee cap. A bursitis around the knee (pes anserine). Trapping of a little fold of the joint lining in the joint crease. Of these i think the most likely cause of a transient "shooting" pain would be a torn, or partially torn, meniscus (cartilage). Which side of the joint is affected will help pin down the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different radiation: Pain caused by abdominal problems is usually dull and aching and does not radiate (spread) down the leg. Sciatic pain usually follows the distribution of the sciatic nerve. It may be associated with activities and can be sharp, burning or tingling. No matter what the the cause of the pain is if it lasts two or more weeks it needs to be investigated. Don't try to figure it out by yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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