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How do I get rid of my sciatic nerve pain in my lower back?

How do I get rid of my sciatic nerve pain in my lower back?

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 more

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Nerve (Definition)

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


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What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

Back pain: Recommend that you do a neutral spine core stability program for a few weeks. If not significantly improved it may be time to have it evaluated. Can see videos of neutral spine exercises on youtube. This includes planks and "birddog". You can use over the counter meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. ...Read more

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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 more

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What do you suggest if my husband's sciatic nerve pain is on the upper back of the leg under his butt. it above. how can he get rid of this pain?

What do you suggest if my husband's sciatic nerve pain is on the upper back of the leg under his butt. it above. how can he get rid of this pain?

Given Your Pain: 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

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Usually have sciatic nerve pain in right leg/back. Now have it in left leg/back? Burning sharp pain from lower back through thigh, what causes this?

Usually have sciatic nerve pain in right leg/back. Now have it in left leg/back? Burning sharp pain from lower back through thigh, what causes this?

A few thoughts: Any pain that runs down buttock &/or back of thigh is often labeled 'sciatic' pain.Truth is, there are many poss. causes.The sciatic nerve or one of it's branches can be 'pinched' by a herniated disc, stuck vertebra, or piriformis muscle spasm (COMMON in pregnancy).Many other causes such as referred pain from SI ligament injury, too.In pregnancy, ligaments stretch more easily leading to pain. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain?

What is the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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 injections. ...Read more

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Major sciatic nerve pain seems to have gotten worse over last 4 works since workout without stretching. Other than NSAIDs + stretching, any treatment?

Major sciatic nerve pain seems to have gotten worse over last 4 works since workout without stretching. Other than NSAIDs + stretching, any treatment?

Get an exam: If there are neurological findings it can change what might be reasonably tried. Chiropractors, acupuncture, physical therapy, gabapentin, trigger point work, and believe it or not emotional work can all help as well as stretches. I like the ones that stretch the iliopsoas muscles. ...Read more

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Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

No: likely you are having referred pain through the muscles that are irritated. Sometimes the fascial layers that hold each muscle can get irritated and then can send that irritation to another muscle and fascial layer. See a pain/spine specialist if you are not improving. ...Read more

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Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain? It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain?  It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Conservative first: Sciatica is a pain radiating into lower extremities. Typically impingement of nerves exiting the lower spine causes this. Less common is impingement of nerves after they have exited the spine and in buttock area. Mild cases cases can be observed & treated conservatively with medication and physical therapy. Persistent pain and if there are nerve symptoms require further workup (e.g. Mri). ...Read more

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Dr. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more


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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more