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How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

Spine Pain Options: 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 and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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What can treat the pain from sciatica or herniated disk?

What can treat the pain from sciatica or herniated disk?

Time: Often time is the best medicine. Research shows that pain from a herniated disc will resolve with conservative care and time. I would recommend physical therapy, nsaids, muscle relaxants and mild pain medication if needed. Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation is also helpful. Mri after a few months of treatment and no improvements. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain due to a herniated disc and sciatic pain?

How can I relieve pain due to a herniated disc and sciatic pain?

Several : Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read more

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What can you take fot back pain cause by disc or pinch nerve?

What can you take fot back pain cause by disc or pinch nerve?

Back pain: A number of over the counter medications can help with mild back pain, including ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen. Other prescriptions, nsaids, help with inflammation and pain. Muscle relaxants, narcotic pain meds can be given for severe pai, short term. Cortisone oral or injectable medication reduce swelling and pain. Meds for chronic nerve pain, gabapentin, can reduce pain. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc. Can heat help relieve the pain?

I have a herniated disc.  Can heat help relieve the pain?

Yes: The pain from a herniated disc is due both to pinched nerves and to reactive muscle spasms. The heat will help relieve the muscle spasm related pain. Typically nerve pain will be more responsive to application of cold packs. Generally speaking, pain is a very subjective experience. Whether heat or cold works better for you depends on your individual sensation. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for sciatic pain in the left leg caused by a herniated disc?

What are some treatments for sciatic pain in the left leg caused by a herniated disc?

Pain management: The treatments should be based upon the severity and timecourse of the pain. Acutely, relative rest anti-inflammatories and pain medications can help. When the initial pain is improved then a course of physical therapy is helpful. If the pain does not respond epidural spinal injections may provide good relief. Surgery would be indicated with loss of strength or persistent weakness. ...Read more

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What eill relieve neck pain due to a herniated disc?

What eill relieve neck pain due to a herniated disc?

Therapy/medication: Initially a short course of anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and physical therapy can help. Sometimes injections can be used to help decrease the pain and facilitate therapy. Surgery should be reserved as a last resort. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of back ache caused by degenerative disc disease?

How can I get rid of back ache caused by degenerative disc disease?

See back surgeon: A good orthopedist or neurosurgeon who specializes in backs would be the best person to assess and recommend treatment. ...Read more

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What the usually symptoms of having a herniated disk in the low back L5 s1 ? Does this involve the sciatic nerve? I have a lot of pain in leg to ankle

What the usually symptoms of having a herniated disk in the low back L5 s1 ? Does this involve the sciatic nerve? I have a lot of pain in leg to ankle

See details: A herniated disc in this area compresses a nerve root which is a component of the sciatic nerve. Your symptoms suggest this to be the case. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Sciatica: If the pain is severe start with a day or so of rest heating pads and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. As the pain starts improving you can gradually increase your activity level and start some gentle exercise and stretching. if the pain lasts more than one or two weeks or is accompanied with muscle weakness, bowel/bladde problems numbness or tingling you should see your doctor sooner ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the most effective pain relief for back ache caused by curved spine or worn discs?

Could you tell me what is the most effective pain relief for back ache caused by curved spine or worn discs?

RFA, PT, NSAIDs: Curved spine (scoliosis) and "worn discs" are extremely common in people that have no pain at all, so both of those things aren't necessarily the causes of pain. Both though, can cause pain by putting pressure on the joints in the back. A thorough evaluation by a spine specialist should be able to tell you what is causing the pain (the joints, the discs, the muscles/ligaments, etc). ...Read more

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How tcan you ?Control the pain of a herniated disc?

How tcan you ?Control the pain of a herniated disc?

You may need: treatments which can include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, Radiofrequency ablation and even things like platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy or even stem cell therapies. Try to find a physician that does all of these to get the most options for treatment for you. ...Read more

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Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Both : Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Time is the best : healer as the majority of disc issues improve but exercise guided by someone experienced in this area along with avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms such as bending and twisting along with prolonged positioning. Get into shape by keeping trim, avoid smoking and develop a regular exercise regimen. Use of NSAIDs can help if no contraindications as well as epidural steroid injections too. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate pain from a pinched nerve and/or herniated disk?

How can I alleviate pain from a pinched nerve and/or herniated disk?

Time plus: Time is the best healer but activity restriction, guided exercise, medication especially a steroid pack, and even epidural steroid injections may help. Cessation of smoking, weight reduction and regular exercise will help prevent a recurrence which has a rate of 5% if due to a disc herniation. 90% are treated without surgery with 10% going to surgery with a 90% success rate if not a smoker. ...Read more

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How do I relieve the pain caused by a L5 fracture with spondylosis ?

How do I relieve the pain caused by a L5 fracture with spondylosis ?

Manual therapies: Osteopathic manipulative medicine (omm aka omt) combined with physical therapy, frequency specific microcurrent (find online), home exercise program prescribed by pt and good nutrition! afterward you will have to keep up with the exercise part, esp the abdominal and core strengthening. Pilates might help with the maintenance part. Also consider feldenkrais for gentle muscular/spine alignment. ...Read more

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I have l1s1 disc degeneration a bulging disc also arthritis in my spine. What kind of things can I do to relieve the pain with out becoming dependant?

I have l1s1 disc degeneration a bulging disc also arthritis in my spine. What kind of things can I do to relieve the pain with out becoming dependant?

Better than could be: Your are not having an extruded disk, pressing on a nerve. As far the the disc bulge, normal finding for nearly 100% of sixty years olds, most of whom have no back pain. (i know your 30.) do not smoke-it hastens djd. Try gravity inversion tables and strengthen your core muscles. If overweight, lose the weight. All these are simple measures that can help your back! ...Read more

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What is a non-surgical method of relieving low back pain caused by a herniated disk?

What is a non-surgical method of relieving low back pain caused by a herniated disk?

4 options: The non-surgical options for a herniated disc are: pain meds, stretching (see harvardneurosurgeon.Com/pt2.Html), physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in 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