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Doctor insights on: Sciatic Nerve After Pregnancy

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Could I have sciatic nerve pain due to pregnancy?

Could I have sciatic nerve pain due to pregnancy?

Yes: It is very common to develop back pain during pregnancy or from delivery of baby. If it doesn't resolve, i would consider MRI evaluation after delivery to see what can be done to relieve the pain. Most times after delivery the extra weight and compression on the spine is reduced enough that the pain goes away. ...Read more

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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Are there any effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain (in pregnancy)?

Are there any effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain (in pregnancy)?

Yes ranging from : A pregnancy harnessalong with physical therapy as well as use of tylenol (acetaminophen) if cleared by your doctor to even epidural steroid injections, again, if cleared by your physician. Sometimes, time is the biggest healer along with some rest and activity modification. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sciatic nerve pain in the first trimester of pregnancy?

It can be : There are alot of changes that happen to the body during pregnancy including changes to your activity and exercise regimen if you have one, alterations in your weight and center of gravity as well as changes in your soft tissues that allow for the pelvis to expand to accommodate a baby's delivery. These can all play a role in developing back pain issues even before the baby. ...Read more

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I'm having bad sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy. Will this go away after?

Usually yes: Sciatic pain can be quite painful - especially during pregnancy. It can result from the increased pressure from the fetus or a herniated disc. The good news is that most patients have full resolution of the symptoms by the end of the third trimester and after delivery. If your symptoms are severe or aren't going away, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Does having celiac disease make a woman more prone to sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy?

Does having celiac disease make a woman more prone to sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy?

Do not think so : I am not aware of any connection between celiac disease, which primarily involves gluten intolerance and causes diarrhea, and sciatica. Sciatica is usually caused by edema around this nerve or pinching of the nerve. ...Read more

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How can I treat my sciatic nerve?

How can I treat my sciatic nerve?

Exercise: It really depends on the cause of your pain. Typically what is considered sciatic nerve pain comes from the back and is often a radiculopathy. Sometimes it can originate from a tight muscle known as the piriformis. Exercises the stabilize the spine, combined with oral steroid and occasionally an epidural may help for back associated leg pain. For piriformis, a therapist can assist with stretches. ...Read more

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How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

USUALLY disc disease: The sciatic nerve can 'get pinched' by a bulging disc in the low back. The mechanism of injury for bulging disc is usually some type of lifting injury with 'bent over posture' or twisting. I had a patient 'sneeze so hard' he developed a completely weak leg and had surgery the same day. Usually in men, another cause of sciatic compression is sitting on a wallet causing pain 'down the leg!'. ...Read more

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How do you fix a pinched sciatic nerve ?

4 things: Surgical decompression (not to be confused with chiropractic so-called decompression) epidural steroid injections spinal physical therapy "tincture of time" since the natural history of sciatica tends to be one of spontaneous healing. ...Read more

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How to tell if my sciatic nerve is pinched?

Physical exam: Findings confirmed by mri. It can be pinched either in the spine or in the piriformis muscle. ...Read more

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What should I do for a pinched sciatic nerve?

Rehabilitation: As much as possible. Most of these will resolve on their own, but...Be seen by a doctor, get an exam, imaging study and treatment recommendation for best possible outcome. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more