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Is it necessary to see a physician for sciatic nerve pain?

Is it necessary to see a physician for sciatic nerve pain?

Possible: to treat pain without seeing a physician. Most times sciatica pain will improve within 3-6 weeks on its own, but may take a full year for relief. Will take diligence on your part to maintain exercise program. Many times conservative care can include chiropractic care. if you are not better soon (less than 10 treatments), then consider other options like a spine fellowship trained pain specialist

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The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Should see a doctor for my sciatic nerve pain?

Should see a doctor for my sciatic nerve pain?

Yes: Depending on the source of the pain, various treatment options are available. See your internist or family doc or see a physiatrist.

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What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

Back pain: Recommend that you do a neutral spine core stability program for a few weeks. If not significantly improved it may be time to have it evaluated. Can see videos of neutral spine exercises on youtube. This includes planks and "birddog". You can use over the counter meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve.

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What does smoking do to a sciatic nerve pain? When you say no smoking? My husband has this pain for months won't go to doctor.

What does smoking do to a sciatic nerve pain? When you say no smoking? My husband has this pain for months won't go to doctor.

Smoking: decreases blood supply to the disc and nerves causing it to slow or halt healing altogether. Decreasing or stopping the smoking will help however it may take months before blood supply can return after cessation. Generally speaking though, you may want to see pain specialist about what your options are. Surgery is not the only option.

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What do doctors do to treat sciatic nerve pain?

What do doctors do to treat  sciatic nerve pain?

Conservative Rx 1st: After a thorough neurological evaluation, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, narcotic and/or non-narcotic pain medications, referral for physical therapy, and steroid injections. At some point an MRI scan will be needed if your symptoms persist. Check with your doctor.

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When should I go to the doctor for my sciatic nerve pain?

When should I go to the doctor for my sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatiic damage: Sciatic nerve damage can occur from a number of different conditions. Most commonly disc herniations can result in damage to the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord that give rise to the sciatic nerve. Other more peripheral problems can also cause sciatic nerve injury such as piriformis syndrome. You should seek medical attention immediately to minimize the risk of permanent damage.

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Having sciatic nerve pain, has been years. A doctor gave me medication pill once, which helped. Any suggestions?

Having sciatic nerve pain, has been years. A doctor gave me medication pill once, which helped.  Any suggestions?

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.

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56 year-old woman notices radicular pain after taking vitamin B6 supplement for three years.....?

56 year-old woman notices radicular pain after taking vitamin B6 supplement for three years.....?

B6 toxicity is well recognized: There are a few questions that need to be asked in this case. Exactly how much B6 was the patient taking? According to recommended standards 200mg daily is the limit. Toxicity is thought to occur at levels of 1000mg. daily and above though much lower have been reported on rare occasions(100-300mg). Secondly, what exactly was the quality of her pain? Described symptoms of neural toxicity involves sensory neuropathy described mainly as burning dysesthesias and numbness. The case talks about a RADICULOPATHY. That is typically not the same type of pain as we find in chemical toxicities. Pain in the feet could very well be dysesthesias but the history could be a bit more specific there in order to attach more positive points for B6 sequelae. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16320662

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What type of specialist should you see for sciatic nerve pain?

What type of specialist should you see for sciatic nerve pain?

Your primary doctor: You should start by seeing your primary doctor. You may get better with physical therapy, medications, or heat and ice. Your doctor may order an MRI or other studies, and depending on those you might be referred to a neurosurgeon or neurologist.

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How can I help my sciatic nerve pain?

How can I help my sciatic nerve pain?

Core strengthening: Exercises that strengthen the core can be helpful in maintaining integrity and reduce stress on the spine. Typically disc herniations will resolve on their own as soon as 3-6 weeks or as late as 6-9 months. Just depends on how you take care of yourself, exercise, anti-inflammatories, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if you need to lose weight that will help immensely. You may still need an epidural steroid injection

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What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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.

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What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What can  you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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.

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What should I do about sciatic nerve pain?

What should I do about sciatic nerve pain?

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.

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What is the best relief for sciatic nerve pain?

Time plus: Time is the best healer but activity restriction, guided exercise, medication especially a steroid pack, and even epidural steroid injections may help. Cessation of smoking, weight reduction and regular exercise will help prevent a recurrence which has a rate of 5% if due to a disc herniation.

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What excercises can relieve sciatic nerve pain!?

What excercises can relieve sciatic nerve pain!?

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.

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How can I relieve sciatic nerve pain permanently?

How can I relieve sciatic nerve pain permanently?

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.

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Is there anything you can for sciatic nerve pain?

Is there anything you can for sciatic nerve pain?

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.

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Are there any quick remedies for sciatic nerve pain?

Are there any quick remedies for sciatic nerve pain?

Conservative Rx 1st: Unfortunately, no. After a thorough neurological evaluation, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, narcotic and/or non-narcotic pain medications, referral for physical therapy, and steroid injections. At some point an MRI scan will be needed if your symptoms persist. Check with your doctor.

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Sciatica (Definition)

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