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Does Overweight Cause Sciatica
YES!: Obestiy is a major contributing factor to lumbar degenerative disc disease which is often the primary cause of "sciatica" which is nerve root compression. Excess weight puts more stress on the spinal skeletal. The spine bones known as vertebrae are separated by shock absorbers known as discs. Imagine overloading your car with too many passengers. The shock absorbers would have excess strain. ...Read more
What is a good way to prevent blood clots? Never had them, besides being overweight I think I have no risks for it. I get anxious when I get sciatica.
More info!: To develop Blood Clots a patient either has to have had a severe traumatic injury or other risk factors, like obesity, smoking, estrogen or blood protein deficiencies!, daily exercise, weight loss! Quitting cigarettes, and been active are all protective! Any family or genetic deficiencies need to be factored in!, sciatica causes mechanical back pain, not associated w clots! Best ...Read more
Am overweight, but losing and exercising. Just had thr. Having achy low back pain both sides. An issue for my ortho?
Sciatica refers to to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Trauma is one of the leading causes.
Treatment is usually conservative as I can see from your procedures and medications. If that is ineffective then stronger antiinflammatories can be tried before epidural blocks which are more invasive.
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Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
Yes: Absolutely. The L5 nerve root, which makes up part of the sciatic nerve, runs right over the sacroiliac joint. So the inflamed SI joint can cause inflammation in the nerve and cause a "sciatica". There are other causes of sciatica as well, so I certainly would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more
No and yes: It is not likely that a c-section would lead to sciatica. However, the weight gain and alteration in the center of gravity associated with pregnancy frequently leads to such symptoms. They should resolve within 6-8 weeks, but if they persist it is important to see your md and get an MRI of the spine to look for disc herniation. ...Read more
Multiple ways: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections, etc). Anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. If these treatments aren't helpful, surgery may be indicated. ...Read more
Sciatica is the word used to describe pain radiating down a leg and assumed to come from disc problems in the lower back. Most of the time, an examination of your fascia will show where the injuries to your fascia are located, and which of these old injures are causing the radiating nerve-like pain you call sciatica. It is NOT from mild degenerative disc disease.
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Wearing out: Disc dries out, wears out, or suffers infection/inflammation called discitis. If it's assoc'd w/sciatica, it could actually be referred pain from an annular disc tear. Otherwise, sciatica has many causes from pinched nerve due to lumbar vertebral dysfunction, SI jt problem, piriformis syndrome, etc. I never assume that just because disc disease is present that it is THE cause until others ruled out. ...Read more
Yes: That is exactly what it can do. Recommend stretch and exercise to see if it improves. If not then see a spine specialist to evaluate your options for treatments. ...Read more
Pressure: There are a few causes of sciatica during pregnancy- among these are pressure on the lumbar plexus of nerves by the uterus/baby, increased pressure on the disks from increased weight in pregnancy, or simply increased stress on the piriformis muscle imitating sciatica. There are a few more but these are some of the more common ones. ...Read more
Sciatica: True sciatica is leg pain that shoots from back, down the leg past the knee. This mimics the path of the sciatic nerve, thus it's name. Mri of the spine or pelvis would serve to differentiate in most cases if exam and history is not clear. Young patients more likely to have herniated disc. Older patients, pressure from arthritic spurs. All can be treated non-surgically if not getting worse. ...Read more
Maybe: Sciatica usually refers to shooting pain coming from the back going down one (not both) of the legs. Regardless such pain represents an irritation of some structures in the body. Numbness represents a nerve (somewhere) not functionally properly. These conditions require an evaluation by an appropriately trained health professional. ...Read more
Spine Injury: 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. ...Read more
Possible: However the nerve that is injured that would cause dizziness is either in the head or in the brain stem. So unless these areas were injured unlikely that dizziness is associated with pinched nerve. Some people who have a lot of pain, can have a vasovagal response in which the body is trying to cope with the pain and can cause you to feel sick to your stomach, dizziness or feeling of passing out. ...Read more
No, but: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve which is the back of the buttock and the thigh. It does not include incontinence by this definition. But, causes of sciatica include causes that interfere with the function of lower spinal cord nerves and some of these causes of sciatica could conceivably cause incontinence. ...Read more
No: Typically the nerves to the testicle /groin can come from one from lumbar and sacral nerve roots. Compression of these nerves roots in the spinal canal can cause irritation that can be felt in the groin. This is not a typical sciatic nerve root pattern since these leave the spinal canal before integrating into the typical sciatic nerve but you could also have sciatica as well. ...Read more
Torn muscle/sciatica: The biceps femoris muscle (hamstring) attaches to the ischial tuberosity ("sit bone") and the sciatic nerve passes next to this muscle attachment. Sciatic nerve dysfunction can occur if the muscle detaches from the tuberosity and retracts into the thigh. The nerve is also at risk for injury if during an orthopedic reattachment procedure. ...Read more
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