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How Long Does Sciatica Generally Last
About six weeks: The shooting pain of sciatica down your leg can be frightening and uncomfortable but is not life-threatening. If you notice that your foot starts to drag when you walk, or you have bowel or bladder incontinence, you should contact your family doctor immediately. Also, if you feel you cannot stand the pain, you can visit your family doctor for evaluation and possible referral to a specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
It may not: Sciatia is a rather generic term for symptoms/trouble arising from injury to the sciatic nerve. Depending on where the injury is, sciatica may go away on its own--i.E falling/trauma to your hip/thigh may injure the nerve which may heal in a couple of wks. If u have a disc herniatation pinging on it, it may wax/wane but not going away until disc is fixed. If u have trouble, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had sciatica pain for 5 weeks now from heranited disc in l4/l5 how long will the pain last from in in my leg back doesn't hurt?
Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had sciatica pain during last 2 weeks pregnancy. Thought it would be gone post delivery & it's not. How long til pain subsides & what to do for relief?
Should have already : If you're still having pain after the delivery of your child, than this should be looked into. Sciatic pain from pregnancy usually resolves. However if the pain continues i would recommend having a formal work up which would include physical examination, x-rays and mri. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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