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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Overview)

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 back of each leg.


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How does sciatica feel?

How does sciatica feel?

Burn/electric pain: Sciatica refers to pain in the leg. It is usually limited to a specific area of the leg. Most often the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates down the back or side of the leg into the foot. The area of radiation is determined by the nerve root affected. The pain is a constant burning or electrical sensation, not worse with activities and not usually associated with back pain. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
1,075 Doctors shared insights

Sciatica (Overview)

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 back of each leg.


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Is pain when standing a symptom of sciatica?

Is pain when standing a symptom of sciatica?

Spine Pain: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton Dr. Morton
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Sciatica (Tip)

Sciatica is actually a symptom experienced from compression of the lumbar nerve roots. ...See more

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Managing Sciatica (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for pain relief
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Get an x-ray or MRI if you are not better in four weeks
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See a spine or pain specialist if the condition does not improve
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What are the symptoms of sciatica like?

What are the symptoms of sciatica like?

Leg pain: Sciatica means leg or thigh pain. It does not mean more then that. However, most of the time when people say sciatica they mean radiculopathy which is a pinched nerve in the back. The symptoms are leg pain with numbness or tingling. ...Read more

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Sciatica (Tip)

Some people with sciatica continue to have symptoms after surgery. ...See more

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What is sciatica?

What is sciatica?

Sciatica: Sciatic is a condtion of pain arising from pressure or irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve as it courses from the lumbar spine down to the lower leg and foot. ...Read more

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How do physicians diagnose low-back pain?

How do physicians diagnose low-back pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Using imaging studies and examination it can be determined. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Sciatica (Tip)

It's completely treatable. ...See more

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The orthopaedic said I have a pinch nerve and it causes sciatica in the left side. He diagnostic studies say's he see a narrowing of l5s1 what is this?

The orthopaedic said I have a pinch nerve and it causes sciatica in the left side. He diagnostic studies say's he see a narrowing of l5s1 what is this?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a pain/spine specialist. You may be a candidate for epidural steroid injections for relief. ...Read more

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Horrible pain down left side of my leg especially when laying down? What test should they do for sciatica?

Horrible pain down left side of my leg especially when laying down? What test should they do for sciatica?

See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more

Dr. Chris Faubel Dr. Faubel
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Sciatica (Tip)

Stretching the piriformis muscle can relieve the pain when not caused by disc herniation. ...See more

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Does anyone know of a home treatment for sciatica?

Does anyone know of a home treatment for sciatica?

Stretching: Many times acute sciatic pain will resolves after stretching the area abit. The muscles will loosen up and help resolve pain. If not, then consider further imaging studies to see which exact nerve in your spine is getting pinched for further treatment options. ...Read more

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Can caserian delivery cause sciatica! If yes what is the solution!

Can caserian delivery cause sciatica! If yes what is the solution!

No and yes: It is not likely that a c-section would lead to sciatica. However, the weight gain and alteration in the center of gravity associated with pregnancy frequently leads to such symptoms. They should resolve within 6-8 weeks, but if they persist it is important to see your md and get an MRI of the spine to look for disc herniation. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Seaman Dr. Seaman
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Sciatica (Tip)

Pmr docs say walk, walk, walk! ...See more

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Does tingling or pain in leg mean sciatica?

Does tingling or pain in leg mean sciatica?

Possibly: It depends where the sensation is coming from on the leg, where it originates from, where it travels to etc. There are many sources of leg pain. ...Read more

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Can particular stretching exercises help treat sciatica?

Can particular stretching exercises help treat sciatica?

Maybe: It is conventional to use exercises for the treatment of sciatica and a variety of back conditions. These exercises should be specifically tailored for your particular needs. ...Read more

Dr. Keshab Paudel Dr. Paudel
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Sciatica (Tip)

Watch for bowel and bladder symptoms, they might need urgent attention. ...See more

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What are the causes of severe sciatica and how is it generally treated?

What are the causes of severe sciatica and how is it generally treated?

Multiple ways: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections, etc). Anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. If these treatments aren't helpful, surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Chris Faubel Dr. Faubel
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Sciatica (Tip)

Does this pain shooting down my leg need surgery or can it go away with medication and injections? ...See more

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Is there any treatment for sciatica?

Is there any treatment for sciatica?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Can you recommend good at-home treatments for sciatica?

Can you recommend good at-home treatments for sciatica?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Keshab Paudel Dr. Paudel
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Sciatica (Tip)

Ask for warning signs. ...See more

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How can I natuurally cure sciatica?

How can I natuurally cure sciatica?

Exercise: Most sciatica pain is self-limiting but can be improved with stretching and strengthening exercises that focus on your low back and core. ...Read more

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Sciatica (Tip)

Ask your doctor what treatment options and the succesd rate. Ask for things to help your symptoms. ...See more

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My grandfather is 84 years old he is diagnosed with sciatica. He is prescribed prednisolone 4mg what is consequences on long term use with this drug.

My grandfather is 84 years old he is diagnosed with sciatica. He is prescribed prednisolone 4mg what is consequences on long term use with this drug.

Lots: However conventional wisdom is that if you haven't gotten enough relief with one Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack, unlikely its better to give more. In fact new research is showing that your risk of fracture increases almost 400% after one oral dosepack of steroids. You are better off getting an epidural steroid injection instead. Risk still exists but way less compared to oral steroids. ...Read more

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I have had sciatica for the last 2 months and co-odamol tablets don't seem to help. Is there anything I can do to ease the symptoms?

Sciatica: Yes. Usually treatment directed at the cause is the most effective e.g. Physical therapy. Search for answers concerning what is the cause and then ask for treatment of the cause. Pain medicine does not usually cure anything. ...Read more