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Is there any one way of treating sciatica that usually works?

Is there any one way of treating sciatica that usually works?

Sciatica treatment: Sciatica is not a disease., it is a symptom. It describes pain radiating from your low back and/or buttock down into your leg and foot. It usually is the result of a herniated disc or muscles pressing on the nerve that innervates your leg. The treatment should be tailored to the underlying cause.

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I have sciatica and the only thing that works is Lyrica or gabapentin, can I get it prescribed on here? I owe too much money to my pcd to go back.

I have sciatica and the only thing that works is Lyrica or gabapentin, can I get it prescribed on here? I owe too much money to my pcd to go back.

This submission: was on the health/ medical education portion of Healthtap. So, we can not prescribe this medication for you. HealthTap Prime & Concierge are designed for medical treatment but there is a fee.

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How do I know if my sciatica is reducing,cause one day is ok and the next is not?

How do I know if my sciatica is reducing,cause one day is ok and the next is not?

Yes: That is exactly what it can do. Recommend stretch and exercise to see if it improves. If not then see a spine specialist to evaluate your options for treatments.

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Do diverticulitis and sciatica sometimes occur together and does one aggravate the other?

Do diverticulitis and sciatica sometimes occur together and does one aggravate the other?

No: Diverticulitis is an inflammation of the gut and sciatica is an inflammation of a nerve. They may occur together but should not have anything to do with each other.

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Whatelse can one do if you don't want surgery for symptoms that look like that of sciatica?

Whatelse can one do if you don't want surgery for symptoms that look like that of sciatica?

Many treatments: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that.

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How to prevent other sciatica attack ( I mean what is best to do,when I get through this one)any tips?

How to prevent other sciatica attack ( I mean what is best to do,when I get through this one)any tips?

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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Should one see a neurologist for dx of sciatica?

Should one see a neurologist for dx of sciatica?

Options: Your primary care doctor is a great place to start. They can coordinate your care with any needed specialists. In some communities, Physiatrists (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists) give non-surgical management of back and leg pain, in some others it may be Neurologists or even pain management specialists. Surgical treatment can be from Orthopedic or Neurosurgical specialists!

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How much time does one generally have pain, specifically nerve pain with sciatica?

How much time does one generally have pain, specifically nerve pain with 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.

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Can a vitamin or mineral deficiency cause or contribute to sciatica and if so, which ones?

Can a vitamin or mineral deficiency cause or contribute to sciatica and if so, which ones?

No: Although vitamin deficiencies can cause peripheral nerve disorders, especially B-1 and B-12, the pain and pattern of sciatica is due invariably to nerve compression at root level in lumbosacral cistern or in passage through pyriformis muscle group.

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My left outer thigh is fatter than the right one. I always have pain where my left leg joins my upper body. Not sciatica. ?

My left outer thigh is fatter than the right one. I always have pain where my left leg joins my upper body. Not sciatica. ?

Need a physical exam: You should have a doctor examine it. Could be several things, but with persistent pain you should get it checked out. The size difference could be due to swelling, or some sort of mass.

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What would cause a tingly tickly feeling in one side of crotch groin. Pain on that side in hip and back sometimes like sciatica.

What would cause a tingly tickly feeling in one side of crotch groin. Pain on that side in hip and back sometimes like sciatica.

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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Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Absolutely: This certainly could be sciatica so you should get it checked out straightaway as you have an excellent health care system that lets you get treated easily.A pinched nerve which provides muscles w/the info to move can cause tingling & numbness as you describe.The swelling should also be evaluated by a spine specialist. Imaging,Meds & PT are likely to be used to help you feel better.Keep us posted.

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How long does one epidural steroid injection provide sciatica pain relief?

How long does one epidural steroid injection provide sciatica pain relief?

Steroid injection: Every patient is different. Some respond to one and some need more than one injection. Main thing is that you are evaluated after the injection.

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Can neuropathy affect one leg only? I've had burning sensation in my left leg for 4 weeks now, so starting to think it's not sciatica, but sth else?

Can neuropathy affect one leg only? I've had burning sensation in my left leg for 4 weeks now, so starting to think it's not sciatica, but sth else?

Could be sciatica: Sciatica can certainly last for 4 weeks, but other things can cause pain in one leg only. You should see your doctor for a full evaluation.

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Physiotherapists said My one sided low back pain and sciatica type symptoms are not ticking any boxes on what it can be,can stress cause these symptom?

Physiotherapists said My one sided low back pain and sciatica type symptoms are not ticking any boxes on what it can be,can stress cause these symptom?

Ticking boxes: Symptoms of radiculopathy cause one-sided back pain and sciatic nerve area symptoms. The symptoms may be numbness, pain or weakness. There may be reduced reflexes, especially in the Achilles tendon, if there is an S1 radiculopathy, an injury which often causes symptoms through the sciatic nerve. Testing sometimes helps, such as an EMG test. Physiotherapy is also a good idea - safe, and cheap

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Can sciatica effect both legs? My chiropractor says I'm very out of alignment and I was in agony with one leg and now it's in the other

Can sciatica effect both legs? My chiropractor says I'm very out of alignment and I was in agony with one leg and now it's in the other

Uncertain it is you: Yes, sciatica can occur in both legs. It is not certain this is your diagnosis, all we know is that you have pain in both legs and your chiropractor thinks you are out of alignment.

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