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Doctor insights on: Recovery Time Of Sciatic Nerve

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Nerve (Definition)

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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How much time does it take for the sciatic nerve to recuperate after the herniated portion of the disk was removed?

How much time does it take for the sciatic nerve to recuperate after the herniated portion of the disk was removed?

Proportional: Question is the degree of compression that affected the nerve root. Likely, only a portion of the sciatic was affected, but it may take 4 weeks if the myelin only was affected, yet may take months if the axon were injured. An EMG test might help. ...Read more

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Sciatic nerve very painful in bed 3 times in last 2 months. One common factor: I was drinking on those night. Any correlation there?

Sciatic nerve very painful in bed 3 times in last 2 months.  One common factor:  I was drinking on those night.  Any correlation there?

Correlation: is present but that does not mean drinking is the cause. Having said that, if you find that connection, why not stop drinking and see what happens? In addition to conventional treatment consider things such as therapeutic massage, yoga, and acupuncture. Peace and good health. Alcohol is drying so consider lots of fluids. ...Read more

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I have a pain that runs from my mid-left buttocks to the back of my thigh just above the knee, what is this pain? Someone said it maybe my sciatic nerve I have had this since february i notice it when i sit for a long time or when i run, what should I do?

I have a pain that runs from my mid-left buttocks to the back of my thigh just above the knee, what is this pain? Someone said it maybe my sciatic nerve I have had this since february i notice it when i sit for a long time or when i run, what should I do?

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. ...Read more

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Chiro says I have herniated disc causing acute onset sciatic nerve pain but shingles popped up at exact same time. Could all my pain be from shingles?

Chiro says I have herniated disc causing acute onset sciatic nerve pain but shingles popped up at exact same time. Could all my pain be from shingles?

Anatomy impotant: Where is the rash (what nerve root distribution (s)? What does the MRI look like (you can attach pictures of the study) And what does the EMG show ? (needs to be done at least 2 weeks after symptom onset for denervation pattern to be obvious. Treat for shingles and if symptom persist see a specialist to sort this out (neurologist or maybe a PMR physician. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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