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How long does sciatica last?

How long does sciatica last?

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 more

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Low Back Pain (Definition)

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


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How long does sciatica generally last?

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 more

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How long should electric shocks last in sciatica?

How long should electric shocks last in sciatica?

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 more

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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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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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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?

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 more

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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?

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 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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How long until my sciatica goes away?

How long until my sciatica goes away?

Sciatica: Depends on the cause. Most commonly about 4-6 weeks if uncomplicated. Can have temporary or permanent changes or symptoms. ...Read more

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What can happen if my sciatica lasts more than 6 weeks?

What can happen if my sciatica lasts more than 6 weeks?

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 more

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Does sciatica go away? and how long does it take to heal

Does sciatica go away? and how long does it take to heal

Sciatica: It has to be managed . Can come back when the back is strained or has a injury. Important to do physio, core strengthening exercise, treat early on , correct posture. ...Read more

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Evaluated for sciatica: in servere pain for longer than 2wks already. How long until it gets better?

Evaluated for sciatica: in servere pain for longer than 2wks already. How long until it gets better?

Several weeks: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for your pain. While it can certainly resolve on its own in several weeks, why wait. I treat aggressively to decrease inflammation, reduce pain, improve function and quality of life. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what treatment will be best depending on your diagnosis. ...Read more

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How many times a day can I do the cobra stretch for sciatica and for how long do I hold this position?

How many times a day can I do the cobra stretch for sciatica and for how long do I hold this position?

Hard to Say: Typically the Cobra stretch is not recommended in people with low back injuries or sciatica. I would proceed with caution and if it hurts afterwards, suggest not doing it at all. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the pain to diminish and recover from a lower back disc and sciatica injury?

How long does it take for the pain to diminish and recover from a lower back disc and sciatica injury?

Depends: It depends upon the severity of your injury. If you had a disc protrusion that caused radiculopathy but not weakness the recovery may be faster if you do PT and take your medicine. If you experienced weakness, you may need surgery and have a different recovery period. Nobody can quote you a generic timetable without knowing specifics its speculative. In general one expects a 2-3 months, 8-12 weeks ...Read more

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How many weeks with a disc/sciatica injury and pain before I should start to worry that it is taking too long to improve?

It depends: Lumbar, Cervical? Depends severity of your symptoms, whether you have weakness on physical exam, the duration of your symptoms. If you had symptoms and got pain meds/muscle relaxants and followed up at one month and still had symptoms, did you get an MRI? Do you have stenosis? Still Weakness? Did you get a surgical intervention? Complicated question. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0601/p1607.html ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have had sciatica for 3 weeks. I'm taking 2 alieve in the morning and night and also stretching. How long?

What do you suggest if I have had sciatica for 3 weeks. I'm taking 2 alieve in the morning and night and also stretching. How long?

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 more

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I have had sciatica for the last 2 months and co-odamol tablets don't seem to help. Is there anything I can do to ease the symptoms?

I have had sciatica for the last 2 months and co-odamol tablets don't seem to help.  Is there anything I can do to ease the symptoms?

Sciatica: Yes. Usually treatment directed at the cause is the most effective e.g. Physical therapy. Search for answers concerning what is the cause and then ask for treatment of the cause. Pain medicine does not usually cure anything. ...Read more

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Please help= i jave been suffering daily for over 4 months, i can't walk, sit, or stand for longer than 30 seconds....I have sciatica badly- help me!

Pinched Nerve: 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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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