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Can heating pads help sciatic pain?

Can heating pads help sciatic pain?

Sciatic pain: Depends. Sometimes sciatic pain is helped by heat and sometimes helped by ice packs. There are several causes of sciatic pain and it is best to see your doctor to find out the cause and to give you proper treatment. ...Read more

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Where do I use a heat pad to treat an irritated sciatic nerve?

Where do I use a heat pad to treat an irritated sciatic nerve?

Sciatic nerve heat: Place it where you hurt in the buttock area, or use a dixie-cup from the freezer with ice and massage the area after the heat is done (interchange every 20-30 minutes or so). Peal a little rim of the dixie cup off when the ice starts to melt. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ice or heat for a sciatic nerve injury?

Ice or heat for a sciatic nerve injury?

Can be both: Ice first 24-48 hours of injury. Heat therapy after 48 hours of acute injury. ...Read more

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Which is best for sciatic nerve pain; heat or cold?

Which is best for sciatic nerve pain; heat or cold?

Which feels better: Which feels better? WE use ice for acute injury. Then heat after 36 hours. But for chronic pain either can work. ...Read more

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Laminectomy 2.5 weeks ago. Still having sciatic leg pain. Heat or ice for inflammation around nerve root or both?

Laminectomy 2.5 weeks ago. Still having sciatic leg pain. Heat or ice for inflammation around nerve root or both?

Whatever feels: Comfortable but neither will reach as deep as the nerve root but will help control, more superficial tissue symptoms. Talk to your surgeon about other options for symptom control including physical therapy & medication like anti inflammatories, gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) Amitriptyline, nortriptyline and cymbalta. If pain persists have surgeon reevaluate you by physical exam & possible imaging. ...Read more

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Why do I still have sciatic pain after laminectomy from l-2 to s-1?

Why do I still have sciatic pain after laminectomy from l-2 to s-1?

Residual?: If the pain never improved, there is a chance you might still have residual narrowing around a given nerve or nerves. Talk to your surgeon. Scarring and other post-op changes sometimes can sometimes transiently contribute. ...Read more

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How can I treat sciatic pain?

How can I treat sciatic pain?

Combined approach: Manipulation can be helpful, but I prefer a multifaceted approach incorporating non steroidal or steroidal antiimflammants, muscle relaxants, and analgesics if indicated. Massage can be helpful. If the patient fails to respond to the above within one to two weeks, then certainly appropiate diagnostics should be pursued, ie x rays followed by MRI of the lumbar region to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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Where is the sciatic never?

It's posterior: All the nerve roots of the lumbar plexus r combined into the sciatic nerve & it exits the pelvis through the sciatic notch & takes a journey down the posterior thighs shedding branches 2 various muscles and sensory nerves on it's journey & then divides into branches at or above the knees that then iterates via these nerves various muscles and skin as these branches divide into smaller nerves 2 toe. ...Read more

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What can you do for sciatic pain?

What can you do for sciatic pain?

Sciatic pain: May be due to a "slipped disk" at the bottom of the back. Back pain exercises may help. Weight loss if obesity present may be of assistance. Heat and cold application may also help.Sciatica. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my pain is sciatic pain?

How do I tell if my pain is sciatic pain?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerve goes from the lower back, through the buttock on both left and right, and down the back of the leg to the foot. Pain starting in the low back going down the back of the leg, or pain in the buttocks that goes down or up to the back are likely to be sciatica. There are some serious reasons for sciatica, such as disk damage, so it is suggested that you check with your physician. ...Read more

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What does sciatic pain usually feel like?

Very bad pain: Patients often describe it as a severe knife like, burning, aching, or severe cramping type pain. ...Read more

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What are some types of relief for sciatic pain?

Stretching: Depending on the cause, stretching, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment, pain medication, and epidural injections can all help relief sciatica. ...Read more

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How to tell if my sciatic pain could be permanent?

Sciatic pain: Permanent is a loaded term - a sound exam by a neurologist or physiatrist should be done - your exam, plus any other testing, can lead them to determine if this issue is significant or not; an easy answer can't be made here - you need a work up to determine that answer - good luck! ...Read more

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Is corticosteriod injection for severe sciatic pain helpful?

Is corticosteriod injection for severe sciatic pain helpful?

Depends: If severe sciatic pain is properly diagnosed and it is due to nerve root compression and truly radiates down the leg, epidurals can be part of the treatment plan. Along with the injections, neuropathic agents and physical therapy are an important part of the treatment. ...Read more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What is sciatic pain or sciatic nerves?

Need a simple explaination for this. What is sciatic pain or sciatic nerves?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerve emerges from the lower spinal cord, and divides into the peroneal and posterior tibial nerves. Sciatica is the term to describe nerve compression affecting the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve, such as L-5 or S-1, and pain radiates down the buttock into the leg. ...Read more

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Best pain meds for sciatic pain?

Another option: For sciatic pain is acupuncture. It can work well hand in hand with standard western medicine approaches. ...Read more

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Does sciatic pain radiate to scrotums?

Does sciatic pain radiate to scrotums?

Yes: Absolutely. More likely lumbar facet syndrome. Problem with joints that join the vertebrae. ...Read more

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Can reflexology irritate sciatic nerve.?

Can reflexology irritate sciatic nerve.?

Thanks for asking!: Any severe stretch or pressure can cause sciatic irritation. Make sure the person doing the treatment is well trained. ...Read more

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Excercise to avoid sciatic paín. Please?

Excercise to avoid sciatic paín. Please?

Regular exercise: Http://www. Nhs. Uk/Livewell/Backpain/Pages/sciatica-exercises. Aspx

A regular exercise program will help you avoid future flares. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do for sciatic pain relief?

What exercises can I do for sciatic pain relief?

Sciatica: Knee to chest and towards opposite shoulder, hold and repeat 12 times each side. ...Read more

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Can I use icy hot for sciatic pain in lower back?

Yes, you can: But the ointment will not cure or fully control the sciatica, only provides slight relief temporarily. Need to pursue medical help and consider approaches of physical therapy, osteopathic manipulation, injections, or even surgery. Get pro-active and explore your options. ...Read more

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Could an osteopath help my partner's sciatic pain?

Quite often they: Can. However, your partner would need to be medically evaluated for the osteopath to advise if that would be an appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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 more

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I have a sciatic nerve acting up, how can I relieve the pain?

Depends on cause: How to relieve it depends on what is causing it. In many cases, sciatica responds very well to osteopathic manipulation. That would certainly be a good place to start. Ultimately, you need to know what is causing the problem to know how to treat it. ...Read more

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I am having sciatic pain. Any ideas how to make it feel better?

Med eval: You need to be medically evaluated for the underlying cause of your sciatica. Depending on the cause, acupuncture may be an appropriate approach to relieve pain & reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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are long walks of 20-22 kms bad for someone with sciatic pain?

Not necessarily: Being a strong advocate of exercise as a way of managing low back pain, would not forbid your walks, and in fact, you are to be praised for your tenacity. Keep it up, as unlikely you are doing anything bad, but instead are improving your physical fitness. ...Read more

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It may be my sciatic nerve even though I have no butt pain. Any ideas?

Sciatica: Sciatica refers to a pain that radiates into the lower extremities typically because of impingement of nerves exiting the lower spine. Less common is impingement in buttock area. One does not need necessarily to experience any buttock pain with sciatica. In fact, sciatica itself should not cause localized buttock pain. This is a misnomer when sciatica is confused with buttock pain. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the sciatic nerve to recuperate after surgery?

How long does it take for the sciatic nerve to recuperate after surgery?

Not long: Most patients notice that their leg pain is completely gone right after surgery while others may notice the pain gradually getting better over the next couple of weeks. ...Read more