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I have a pinching in my sciatic nerve. Was told about the surgery called decompressive laminectomy. What is that?

I have a pinching in my sciatic nerve. Was told about the surgery called decompressive laminectomy. What is that?

First most are: Treated non op including giving it time to heal, Physical therapy, meds like non steroidal anti inflammatories if no reason not to use, epidural steroid injections and if no better then surgery if CT or MRI reveal a pinching or compression of nerve due to disc herniation or bony narrowing (stenosis) or both treated by removing part of roof of spine (lamina- laminectomy) decompressing nerve ...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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Is it necessary to have surgery when I have sciatic nerve pain?

Is it necessary to have surgery when I have sciatic nerve pain?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. Can take up to 6 months to go away on its own. 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. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the sciatic nerve to recuperate after surgery?

How long does it take for the sciatic nerve to recuperate after surgery?

Not long: Most patients notice that their leg pain is completely gone right after surgery while others may notice the pain gradually getting better over the next couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain? It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain? It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Conservative first: Sciatica is a pain radiating into lower extremities. Typically impingement of nerves exiting the lower spine causes this. Less common is impingement of nerves after they have exited the spine and in buttock area. Mild cases cases can be observed & treated conservatively with medication and physical therapy. Persistent pain and if there are nerve symptoms require further workup (e.g. Mri). ...Read more

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Is surgery helpful for sciatic nerve damage. Burning in leg, numbness, tingling & stumbling?

Is surgery helpful for sciatic nerve damage. Burning in leg, numbness, tingling & stumbling?

Yes: You describe symptoms of radiculopathy which is when a nerve malfunctions due to some type of pressure on the nerve.
You should see your family md for evaluation and they can do an MRI for evaluation. Of course, before surgery, you should try physical therapy and epidural steroid injections if possible. ...Read more

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If my sciatic nerve is being pressured by something in my lower spine and cannot touch my toes with my legs straight should I get surgery at age 20?

If my sciatic nerve is being pressured by something in my lower spine and cannot touch my toes with my legs straight should I get surgery at age 20?

Be cautious: Back surgery is to be avoided in almost all situations, as the risk of a bad outcome is far from rare, and at your age a very bad idea. However, if you suffered progressive weakness with muscle atrophy or progressive loss of sensation, associated with uncontrollable pain, surgery would be an option. If you suffer bladder dysfunction, surgery is likely mandatory. ...Read more

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I have a L5 s1 herniated disc which is laying on sciatic nerve. Any alternatives to surgery? Epidural &cortisone not an option. I have no health ins

I have a L5 s1 herniated disc which is laying on sciatic nerve. Any alternatives to surgery? Epidural &cortisone not an option. I have no health ins

OMM: Osteopathic manipulation might be able to give you some relief in this case. You should hunt around a bit for someone who specializes in treating low back pain and see what they can do for you. ...Read more

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Could my slipped disc (l3&4) be the cause of sciatic nerve pain? Would seeing a chiropractor help? I'm trying to avoid surgery as long as possible

Could my slipped disc (l3&4) be the cause of sciatic nerve pain? Would seeing a chiropractor help? I'm trying to avoid surgery as long as possible

Sciatica: Please see your medical doctor 1st. Then you will have two opinions if you see a chiropractor next. Also search John Sarno, MD, mind body approach to pain. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the nest natural home remedy for sciatic nerve pain in right leg? I'm facing hip replacement surgery soon in this hip too and I've been having

What is the nest natural home remedy for sciatic nerve pain in right leg? I'm facing hip replacement surgery soon in this hip too and I've been having

Rest: For inveterate sciatica, positional changes can aid in resolution. I have discovered a useful position of resting. A long couch is chosen. The sufferer lies flat on the back. The pained hip-leg is bent at the knee and leaned onto back of the couch. The other leg is placed with foot on the distant arm rest of the couch. An important aspect is to keep head non-flexed & flat on the couch seat. ...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?

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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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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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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Age 43, female, have recently noticed a new pain in my chest that feels like a stinging sensation. I also feel pain in my left arm from time to time that is similar to the sciatic nerve pain in my leg. I don't think the two are related. The pain just feels

Age 43, female, have recently noticed a new pain in my chest that feels like a stinging sensation. I also feel pain in my left arm from time to time that is similar to the sciatic nerve pain in my leg. I don't think the two are related. The pain just feels

Nondiagnostic: More information is needed to make a diagnosis. A nerve entrapment in the neck may be the problem. It is best to have your physician take a history and perform an examination in order to make a diagnosis. Any appropriate tests will be ordered. ...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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Can your sciatic nerve be hurt by getting hit?

Yes: Any trauma that compresses the sciatic nerve, either directly or by causing bone fragments to do so, can cause sciatica. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, falling down, football and other sports. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a medical card for my sciatic nerve?

Medicaid: You would need to contact the department of medicaid in your area and ask them. ...Read more

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What are common injuries that can occur in relation to the sciatic nerve?

What are common injuries that can occur in relation to the sciatic nerve?

Rare: Injuries to the sciatic nerve in the leg directly are rare and usually due to penetration injury like knife injuries. Sometimes, post op from hip replacement or hip dislocation and or pelvis fracture, the sciatic nerve can be injured. Disc herniations in the lower back can compress a spinal nerve that becomes part of the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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How do I stop the sharp pain from my sciatic nerve?

What's the cause?: Treatment of your sciatic nerve pain would depend on the cause. You may need imaging studies or other tests to determine the source of the pain. It could be a slipped disc (common) or there are other less common causes. Once your doctor has figured out the cause, treatment recommendations may be made, such as epidural steroids, physical therapy or even surgery. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal sciatic nerve look like on an MRI?

What does an abnormal sciatic nerve look like on an MRI?

Depends: It depends on many factors including the severity and duration of injury, MRI sequence used, etc. Sciatic neuropathy will appear hyperintense (brighter) on the T2-weighted or STIR MRI sequence. Ask your physician (ideally a neurologist) to review the MRI with you. Https://depts. Washington. Edu/neurolog/images/emg-resources/Sciatic_Neuropathies. Pdf ...Read more

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Where do I use a heat pad to treat an irritated sciatic nerve?

Where do I use a heat pad to treat an irritated sciatic nerve?

Sciatic nerve heat: Place it where you hurt in the buttock area, or use a dixie-cup from the freezer with ice and massage the area after the heat is done (interchange every 20-30 minutes or so). Peal a little rim of the dixie cup off when the ice starts to melt. Good luck! ...Read more

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Buzzing in groin from pinched sciatic nerve, should I be concerned?

Sciatic doesn't: Radiate to the groin. You probably have sacroiliac joint pain which radiates to the groin or nerve pain from higher up in the lumbar spine. ...Read more

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I'm temporarily in a wheelchair and right below my tailbone hurts. Could this be sciatic nerve?

Not likely.: More likely a pressure lesion from sitting more than usual; can lead to a coccygeal decubitus ulcer, which is serious.
Get this examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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