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Does Overweight Cause Sciatica
Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
Could be: However unless you need surgery, likely ortho will not do much for it. I would suggest getting an MRI of your spine to be sure. It will let you know if this muscle issue versus a spine nerve impingement also known as sciatica. Recommend seeing a pain/spine specialist instead. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very rare: tumor induction of sciatic pain rare. In those cases it is usually metastatic cancer to the spine or dura catching L4,5, S1-3 posterior nerve roots that cause nerve compression. Almost all sciatic pain is compression of nerve roots by prolapsed disc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: 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. Good luck and well wishes ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Myofascial pain: 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. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more
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