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How long does back pain associated with sciatica last?

How long does back pain associated with sciatica last?

75% better 3 months: Most people get better between 2 to 12 weeks from the onset of their extremity pain. This is about 75% without any surgery & does not depend on any one type of treatment or any at all. The rest get better up to one year with about 10% needing surgery with appropriately indicated surgeries doing well 90% as long as they are non smokers, not obese & not diabetic. Those in shape do best in all ! ...Read more

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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


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How long does back pain associated with pyelonephritis last?

How long does back pain associated with pyelonephritis last?

See below: Kidney infection, pyelonephritis or kidney stones or blockage are, but, cystitis is not usually associated with back pain. It can occur if & when cystitis UTI extends up to the kidneys. You are advised to consult with your dr., intenist or urologist in case this is serious. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does back pain associated with cystitis last?

How long does back pain associated with cystitis last?

? Pain from cystitis: Kidney infection, pyelonephritis or kidney stones or blockage are, but, cystitis is not usually associated with back pain. It can occur if & when cystitis UTI extends up to the kidneys. You are advised to consult with your dr., intenist or urologist in case this is serious. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does back pain associated with fibroids last?

How long does back pain associated with fibroids last?

Varies.: Fibroids can cause pain with intercourse, period, or spontaneously at any time of the cycle or pregnancy. They typically regress in size and symptoms after menopause, or with hormonal treatment. ...Read more

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How long does back pain associated with syphilis last?

How long does back pain associated with syphilis last?

Doubt syphilis: Syphilis doesn't cause back pain, or very rarely. When it does, there would be obvious imaging abnormalities (i.e. xray, CT, or MRI). These two problems probably are unrelated to one another. ...Read more

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How long does back pain associated with HIV last?

How long does back pain associated with HIV last?

Etiology?: More info needed. Please contact your HIV doctor to discuss your symptoms. May need x-rays and some blood tests to see if related to HIV disease. Take care. ...Read more

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How long does back pain associated with pregnancy last?

How long does back pain associated with pregnancy last?

Depends: For some women it starts around 20 weeks and can last until the end. Most will discuss with the doctor and use maternity belts, or have physical therapy and prenatal massage to decrease the pain. ...Read more

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How long does back pain associated with labor and delivery last?

See below: The pain is usually associated with the active phase of labor and rapidly leaves after birth. ...Read more

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How much time does nerve pain associated with shingles last?

How much time does nerve pain associated with shingles last?

Depends: It really depends on how badly injured the nerve is and how long it takes for the nerve to repair itself. Ballpark figure between 3 to 6 months and in certain conditions -- never. ...Read more

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How long does difficulty walking associated with sciatica last?

How long does difficulty walking associated with sciatica last?

Hard to Say: Usually the initial nerve irritation can last 3-6 weeks and the disc herniation causing the sciatica may take up to 6-9 months to heal, so its hard to say how long you will have this depending on how bad the symptoms are for you. You may want to see a pain/spine specialist to see what your options for treatment may be if you are in a lot of pain. ...Read more

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How long does abdominal pain associated with volvulus last?

How long does abdominal pain associated with volvulus last?

Until it Resolves: Volvulus describes 180 (+) degree twisting of the intestine, causing a bowel obstruction inevitably leading to necrosis or rupture unless it resolves, either spontaneously, by endoscopic or radiologic decompression, or surgical rx. The best method depends on the location & cause of the "twist" and the stability of the patient. ...Read more

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How long does back pain associated with sciatica last?

75% better 3 months: Most people get better between 2 to 12 weeks from the onset of their extremity pain. This is about 75% without any surgery & does not depend on any one type of treatment or any at all. The rest get better up to one year with about 10% needing surgery with appropriately indicated surgeries doing well 90% as long as they are non smokers, not obese & not diabetic. Those in shape do best in all ! ...Read more

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I can not sit for a long time because i often suffer from low back pain. I can only sit in the last 45 minutes. Why it happen?

I can not sit for a long time because i often suffer from low back pain. I can only sit in the last 45 minutes. Why it happen?

Yes: When sitting the nerves can get pinched from herniated discs and result in the numbness. If it bothers you especially with pain and not just the numbness, you may want to see a spine specialist to see if there is anything that can be done. Numbness in those positions probably only need core strengthening exercise therapy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between toradol and tramadol injections for low back pain? How long does that injection last for any relief? Please help

NSAIDS vs Opioid : Toradol is an anti-inflammatory medication producing analgesia, used for acute (recent) pains, can't be used for over 5 days. Half life (when quantity falls by half from beginning of intake) aboit 5 hrs. Tramadol is in the opioid family, binds to mu receptor, inhibits norepinephrine/ serotonin reuptake producing analgesia, half life is about 8 hrs. ...Read more

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My son's doctor recommended a dorsal column stimulator for his low back pain. How long do they last and how affective are they?

Variable: A dorsal column stimulator can help in cases of back and leg pain that have poorly responded to advanced treatments such as surgery. If a temporary trial of stimulation demonstrates coverage of the pain regions, then a permanent implant should give good long term relief. They can last for years, but may need reprogramming at different times during treatment. ...Read more

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After having a discectomy last year I am still getting sciatica and back pain. I ve had a nerve block but still get pain abs worse with a full bladder

After having a discectomy last year I am still getting sciatica and back pain. I ve had a nerve block but still get pain abs worse with a full bladder

Speak with Surgeon: Recommend speaking with surgeon to discuss your pain issues. While pain may be normal after surgery, sometimes when pain increases above normal status, then evaluation may be needed to make sure no complications has arisen. Otherwise seeing pain/spine specialist may provide more answers. ...Read more

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Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Non-surg back option: Physical therapy can benefit even long-term degenerative disc disease sufferers, aimed at muscle relaxation then equilibration, opening intervertebral disc spaces for discs to return to their normal shape, and physical pain relief. Tens units & licensed massage therapy help pain without side effects. Swimming helps strengthen back muscles without jarring or grinding down discs. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes low back pain other than sitting for too long?

Depends on cause!: All back pain is not the same back pain. Different causes of back pain can be exacerbated by different actions/situations/movements. Low back pain with prolonged sitting may imply an intervertebral disc problem. However a formal evaluation by a back pain specialist is a great way to find the exact source of the back pain. Call your local pain physician, spine physician, or physiatrist! ...Read more

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Is low-back pain curable? How long does it take?

Is low-back pain curable? How long does it take?

Yes - 2-4 Weeks: Low-back pain can result from a variety of conditions. The most common reasons are muscular sprains and strains which take about 2-4 weeks to heal. Many other things (such as urinary tract infections, hip arthritis, tumors, ovarian issues, etc). Can cause back pain as well so if it persists, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low back pain? Is it take a long sleep can cause this problem?

What are the causes of low back pain? Is it take a long sleep can cause this problem?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... A long sleep might not have any relation with your pain. If your pain persists, you should seek help from a doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Had low back pain for ten years, over last year it has been constant and gets worse with activities. Time for surgery?

Had low back pain for ten years, over last year it has been constant and gets worse with activities. Time for surgery?

No: Surgery is considered for back pain if you have cauda equina syndrome, which is pain radiating from your back down your leg to your toes, accompanied by numbness, weakness, muscle loss, diminished reflexes and problems controlling urine, or if you have imaging documented spinal instability or compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots (spinal stenosis). Non-radiating back pain doesn't qualify. ...Read more

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How long should you leave a tens unit on for low back pain and hip pain?

How long should you leave a tens unit on for low back pain and hip pain?

Hour: In general the manufacturers recommend an hour or less at a time. Most likely there is no danger with longer but i would follow those recommendations. ...Read more

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How long should you leave a tens unit on for low back pain and hip pain?

See below: There is no exact answer. I usually tell patients to use it for 30 minutes at a time 3-4 times per day. ...Read more

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What to do if I have low back pain for last 4 years increasing. what does MRI report says?

What to do if I have low back pain for last 4 years increasing. what does MRI report says?

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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Just had MRI after 4 months of low back pain. Mri shows annular tear and mild disk bulge. About how long does this take to heal.

Just had MRI after 4 months of low back pain. Mri shows annular tear and mild disk bulge. About how long does this take to heal.

Whats the treatment?: You have an injury, what are you doing to fix it? It is possible the problem isn't disc pain and could be musculoskeletal pain in which case physical therapy and a home exercise program would be most beneficial. Most back pain heals within 3 months so if its not healing try something else, like anti inflammatories or pain management. Don't get discouraged and follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Its been about 10 days after my last period and 6 days i been having low back pain which I have never had. Does it mean i could be pregnant?

Its been about 10 days after my last period and 6 days i been having low back pain which I have never had. Does it mean i could be pregnant?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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I'm 30 yrs old and dealing with low back pain for last three years. Have had epidurals, facet injection, rfa of l5-l1 nerves and no fix yet. ?

I'm 30 yrs old and dealing with low back pain for last three years. Have had epidurals, facet injection, rfa of l5-l1 nerves and no fix yet. ?

Need to see spine md: Have you done pt or have a weight issue or strong family history of back issues? Do you exercise and is your core strong? If ok on these, then need to see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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First day of a 5day prednisone pk. Having low back pain. Had this last time i took pred; is it cause for major concern or fairly harmless side effect?

First day of a 5day prednisone pk. Having low back pain. Had this last time i took pred; is it cause for major concern or fairly harmless side effect?

Appropriate treatmen: All medication which work may have undesirable side effects. The question which your doctor answers before prescribing is the risk/gain ratio. In your case what can be gained is higher then the risk which is why it it was prescribed. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more