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Sciatic Nerve And Back Pain
I've been having bad sciatic nerve/lower back pain, Now Right above my knee is swollen.Is that from nerves?Disck herniation? Blood clot?
None of the above: You certainly are a worrier to come up with those 3 possibilities instead of something more commonplace, like knee strain. Did a doctor diagnose you with sciatica, or did you diagnose yourself? Sounds like you need to have your knee examined by a live doctor in his/her office, someone who can counsel you about what to worry about & what not to worry about. Trusting Dr. Google is hazardous. ...Read more
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
Physiatrist: Musculoskeletal doctors enjoy helping patients with sciatica. Orthopedists are surgical doctors - this is the right place to start if you have had surgery recently. Neurologists are excellent diagnosis doctors. Physiatrists treat sciatica and are experts in therapy, non-surgical treatment, injections and can help if your care requires accomodation for your job. Good luck with your care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Specialist: I would see a specialist who focuses on treating the spine such as a physiatrist (pm&r physician), an interventional pain specialist, or a spine surgeon. I would tend to go in that order as i listed them in order of increasing invasiveness. Iif you see a surgeon first, you may be recommended surgery before other conservative options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a Doc: Not all pain that runs down the back of the leg is "sciatica" even most sciatica syndromes are not due to pressure on the sciatic nerve itself but on the nerve roots further upstream that make up the sciatic nerve. The best way to figure this out is to see a specialist who sees these problems every day. These include, neurologists, physiatrists, neurosurgeons, some orthopedists and sports medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having a wallet it in your back pocket could you to have a low back pain contribute like sciatic nerve and what can be done?
Yes. Exercise.: Sitting with a wallet in your back pocket is a common way to cause back pain. This "tilts" your pelvic bones and causes strain to the muscles and ligament of the back. Same would occur if you were to walk with one shoe taller than the other. Best practice is that this shouldn't be done. Also, strengthening exercises (see my health tips on back strengthening) will also prevent and lessen pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
6 months prego... How do I know if my back pain is from my sciatic nerve? & if it is that, how can I get relief w/o taking pain killers?
Medical exam: Sciatica refers to pain that runs down the back of the leg. Most of the time, this is due to irritation to one of the spinal nerves (not the sciatic nerve). To diagnose the problem, a doctor would take a good history, perform a physical exam and review an mri. Finally, to confirm the diagnosis, a diagnostic nerve block would be performed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The groin pain could also be from your hip joint but the back and leg pain is most likely sciatica. Best way to reduce back pain is to be as light as you can (optimal weight) be as fit as you can (high level of fitness with good core muscle strength) and don't smoke. The intermittent use of anti-inflammatory medications will help as well. An epidural injection is also very effective. ...Read more
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