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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Heal sciatica: Wait. Sciatica is a painful condition associate usually with acute low back pain and sharp, shooting pains down the bag of your leg. Other nerves in your legs can also be affected and may produce similar symptoms in different locations. Over 95% of acute sciatica goes away by itself within 6 weeks. Thus extensive evaluation (even x-ray) is not recommended until after 6 weeks. ...Read more
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
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
Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level your problem is at 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 1 more doctor answer
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nerve vs. Blood Flow: Sciatic pain is due to compression and inflammation of the nerve roots which give rise to the sciatic nerve. It comes on at rest while sitting and the pain usually starts in the buttocks and radiates down the leg. Claudication pain is due to blockages in the arteries and results in leg muscle cramping with exercise. This resolves with rest. An arterial ultrasound can help differentiate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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