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Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest?

Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest?

Move with sciatica: Sciatica, pain radiating from your low back/buttock to your leg is usually transient. Although recommended in the past, prolonged bed rest is now discouraged. Although sciatic pain refers to pain from a compressed sciatic nerve which would result in pain down into your foot, it frequently doesn't go down that far; the pain is often caused by muscle strain. ...Read more

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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Would it be best to walk around with sciatica or rest?

Would it be best to walk around with sciatica or rest?

Be careful: You should stay active but try not to do anything that expressly worsens your sciatica. Sciatica is mostly the result of a disc herniation or an annular tear in the discs of the spine and by keeping a high level of activity you run the risk of injuring the disc more. ...Read more

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Is it better to walk with painful sciatica or rest it?

Is it better to walk with painful sciatica or rest it?

Walk: Rest for 2-3 days, try nsaids walk as tolerated or cycle. If no improvement seek nerve block then exercise. .. If no positive results the surgery becomes an option. ...Read more

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I have some pain in right knee not always but only at when I try to walk after travelling by bus and after 30min or 1 hour rest, I can walk?

I have some pain in right knee not always but only at when I try to walk after travelling by bus and after 30min or 1 hour rest, I can walk?

Patellofemoral pain: Syndrome. It is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. Do not seat long time bend-knee position. Apply ice, take aleve (naproxen) or advil. May need an x-ray or mri. See your doctor or an ortho. ...Read more

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What's a safe excercise after months of bed rest? I try to walk in house 10 minutesatleast 3x day right now. Get tired easy, related to bedrest or HF?

What's a safe excercise after months of bed rest? I try to walk in house 10 minutesatleast 3x day right now. Get tired easy, related to bedrest or HF?

Difficult to say: From the information you've provided, I can't discern a reason why you have been advised to be on bed rest for months. If you have a diagnosis of heart failure, in a 29 year-old is unusual and very serious, and your rehab would generally need to be supervised by a cardiologist or physical medicine and rehab specialist, or both. Without more information, giving advise here would be unsafe. ...Read more

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Did Thai boxing last monday d 13 th and since I have a very tender sole of my foot have continued running but wen I rest and try to walk I have a limp?

Did Thai boxing last monday d 13 th and since I have a very tender sole of my foot have continued running but wen I rest and try to walk I have a limp?

Ligament injury: You may have damaged the plantar facial ligament. Best treatment in to ice 20min twice a day, good shoes and arch support, no barefoot, no weight bearing fitness activity and antiinflammatories. If persists see your foot specialists. Dr l. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about passing out or being super dizzy and vomiting after I try to walk after a months of bed rest?

Should I be worried about passing out or being super dizzy and vomiting after I try to walk after a months of bed rest?

Postural hypotension: You should be worried about passing out and vomiting from trying to walk. You are likely experiencing the deconditioning of your bodies' ability to control blood pressure to your brain because of the length of your bed rest. If you stay hydrated and get up a bit more slowly and wait a bit before you start walking this should resolve over time. See your provider if this persists or worsens. ...Read more

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I have belly fat. I walk everyday and try to eat less carbs but belly fats isn't going. Rest of the body is in shape but this belly is bulging out. Hlp?

I have belly fat. I walk everyday and try to eat less carbs but belly fats isn't going. Rest of the body is in shape but this belly is bulging out. Hlp?

Calories count!: It's great that you are modifying her diet and exercising. Certainly reducing carbohydrate intake is a start, but a balanced diet is the ultimate answer. As far as "belly fat" goes, fat is the hardest substance in the body to "burn" (metabolize). If you are walking now, yet you are not losing belly fat, it means that your current exercise regimen is insufficient to metabolize the fat. ...Read more

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Will I have sciatica for the rest of my life or is there a cure?

Will I have sciatica for the rest of my life or is there a cure?

Cure, Unlikely...: Sciatica can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with sciatica about a year ago. Some days I have bad flare ups making it hard to walk. Would walking with a cane help?

I was diagnosed with sciatica about a year ago. Some days I have bad flare ups making it hard to walk. Would walking with a cane help?

Get evaluated: Need to understand cause of sciatica, and if due to herniated disc, with occasional flares due to root compression, might consider epidural steroid injection, or even surgery. Do not see value to use of a cane, and you might be safer with a walker. Best to see physiatrist and get some rehab guidance. ...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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Something similar to sciatica except the pain seems to be just above my left hip. Was as if i'd slept awkwardly this morning, now I can barely walk.

Something similar to sciatica except the pain seems to be just above my left hip. Was as if i'd slept awkwardly this morning, now I can barely walk.

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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Why is my doc so reluctant 2 prescribe me a nerve pill 4 my sciatica? I'm not on narcotics n don't want them I just want 2 be able 2 walk.

Why is my doc so reluctant 2 prescribe me a nerve pill 4 my sciatica? I'm not on narcotics n don't want them I just want 2 be able 2 walk.

See Pain Doctor: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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L have been bedridden for a week with severe sciatica pain. I have no insurance and cannot walk. What should I do?

L have been bedridden for a week with severe sciatica pain. I have no insurance and cannot walk. What should I do?

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. Try core exercise s first, check youtube or see PT. ...Read more

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I suffer from sciatica And I don't know what to do to stop the pain, I can't sleep or walk for a long time. I'm only 16 years old It really annoys me?

I suffer from sciatica And I don't know what to do to stop the pain, I can't sleep or walk for a long time. I'm only 16 years old It really annoys me?

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Stay active: Our bodies are meant to move. Staying as active as you can without aggravating your symptoms is important for recovery. Physical therapy helps many people with sciatica, and will help you learn safer ways to use your body to prevent relapse of symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a Tarvol cyst. Can it Mimic sciatica? My lower back goes out to the point where I can barely walk and I feel it catching in my butt.

I have a Tarvol cyst. Can it Mimic sciatica? My lower back goes out to the point where I can barely walk and I feel it catching in my butt.

Sacroiliitis: The Tarlov cyst is not the cause of symptoms. Rather a compressed lumbar nerve or inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joints are located bilaterally at the level of the small dimples in the low back. Pain in this joint is made worse by rising from a seated position, rolling over onto the affected side while in bed, or taking a step up. Apply ice and see a back specialist. ...Read more

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I recently had laminectomy in aug'13, now I have gained some weight, sciatica is totally cured, is it safe for me to jog n walk to shed some pounds?

I recently had laminectomy in aug'13, now I have gained some weight, sciatica is totally cured, is it safe for me to jog n walk to shed some pounds?

Gradual is best: A gradual increase in activity would be best. Did you undergo a course of physiotherapy? If so, then you should have been given instructions on how to gradually increase your activities. If you have not, you may wish to consult your surgeon on how to safely progress activity tolerances. Other than exercise and calorie restriction, methods of weight loss include proper nutrition and hydration. ...Read more

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I've had sciatica pain from the disc issue for almost 3 mos. I can barely walk, and my leg constantly feels like it's on fire. Is that normal?

I've had sciatica pain from the disc issue for almost 3 mos. I can barely walk, and my leg constantly feels like it's on fire. Is that normal?

Yes Its Normal: However you might want an evaluation by a spine specialist and you may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injections to relieve your pain. ...Read more

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I am taking rest for sciatica from 1 week. How can I know that sciatica pain is healing? Wat is the anotomy behind sciatica nerve pain?

I am taking rest for sciatica from 1 week. How can I know that sciatica pain is healing? Wat is the anotomy behind sciatica nerve pain?

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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I am having severe sciatica pain & also in the groin area making it is difficult to walk & sometimes my leg buckles?

Sounds sciatic: It sounds like you have been having pain due to a disc problem that has likely herniated causing pain more localized to the side it herniated pinching a nerve creating pain down the leg. 90% get better non operatively. Medication, physical therapy & epidural injections may help with only 10% needing surgery. Other possibilities include a hip joint problem, pyriformis syndrome & si joint issue. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with sciatica. It doesn't really hurt when I stand or walk and I was wondering if I should be exercising more or less now. I just started taking prednisone.?

I was just diagnosed with sciatica. It doesn't really hurt when I stand or walk and I was wondering if I should be exercising more or less now. I just started taking prednisone.?

Less: Assuming the diagnosis is correct it would be wise to avoid strenuous exercise or any activity that involved frequent bending or lifting. As long as your normal activities (walking, light house work, etc) don't worsen your symptoms there is no reason to curtail them. **Avoid sitting for long periods at a time as this will aggravate a lumbar disc problem. SEE: http://bit. Ly/1v1juFX ...Read more

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Can you have sciatica with just a dull ache that moves around, feels stiff at times. Moves around sometimes near butt, thigh, knee, etc. Hurts to walk?

Can you have sciatica with just a dull ache that moves around, feels stiff at times. Moves around sometimes near butt, thigh, knee, etc. Hurts to walk?

A Pain in the Bu??: A searing pain is a typical description, but a dull ache is definitely not out of the question. Remember that this nerve is the longest in the body, running from your back to your foot. Symptoms can vary from person to person and yours are typical. OK having said all that, now I must conclude with, are you ready for it? What a pain in the butt sciatica can be. ...Read more

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I have intense pain in the back side of my right leg, just above back of my knee when sitting or driving. Its a very localized area and does not radiate. I am in good shape, jog, walk alot. Might I have pulled something? Read up on sciatica, doesn't s

I have intense pain in the back side of my right leg, just above back of my knee when sitting or driving. Its a very localized area and does not radiate. I am in good shape, jog, walk alot. Might I have pulled something? Read up on sciatica, doesn't s

Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. If this doesn't resolve it or touch doesn't hurt, consider this being sciatica and get spine evaluation. ...Read more

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I have developed a constant pain in my left hip and it hurts when I walk. I suffered from sciatica a few years ago?

I have developed a constant pain in my left hip and it hurts when I walk. I suffered from sciatica a few years ago?

Separate Injury: Amanda,
Sciatica tends to be a very broad and poorly used terminology by many practitioners without giving you a clear cause of your pain.
While the back can be a source of hip pain, it more often then not isn't especially if the pain isn't going below your knee. I would have your hip evaluated by a ortho/sports specialist or physiatrist.
Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have been in terrible pain barely able to walk since Tuesday night. Showing all symptoms of sciatica the worst pain in the hip. What should I do?

Sciatica for 3 days: May respond to bed rest, traction, heat (be sure the heating pad has an automatic shut off) Antispasmotic medications can help with muscle spasm in the low back. NSAIDS, epidural injections and short term use of narcotics may be indicated. Should you develop loss of neurologic function or have persistent disabling pain you may eventually need surgery. Start physical therapy before surgery. ...Read more

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Had sciatica for 9 months. It is now worse, I find it hard to walk although I keep active, been to a&e and doctors and had physio, no scan, X-ray?

Had sciatica for 9 months. It is now worse, I find it hard to walk although I keep active, been to a&e and doctors and had physio, no scan, X-ray?

It is time for MRI: You need MRI/Xray for further evaluation. Recommend seeing a pain/spine fellowship trained physician to address your specific needs to treat this issue. ...Read more

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I have Sciatica. While resting in bed, I made a stretch which aggravated my back. When I got up, my low back was tight when I walked. Is this temporary?

I have Sciatica. While resting in bed, I made a stretch which aggravated my back. When I got up, my low back was tight when I walked. Is this temporary?

Spine Injury: 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. ...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