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Doctor insights on: Siatic Nerve Pain In Pregnancy

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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

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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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

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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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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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Does predisone work for sciatic nerve pain?

Does predisone work for sciatic nerve pain?

It can help: 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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What do doctors do to treat sciatic nerve pain?

What do doctors do to treat  sciatic nerve pain?

Conservative Rx 1st: After a thorough neurological evaluation, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, narcotic and/or non-narcotic pain medications, referral for physical therapy, and steroid injections. At some point an MRI scan will be needed if your symptoms persist. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What therapies can be used for sciatic nerve pain?

What therapies can be used for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: 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 and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

No: likely you are having referred pain through the muscles that are irritated. Sometimes the fascial layers that hold each muscle can get irritated and then can send that irritation to another muscle and fascial layer. See a pain/spine specialist if you are not improving. ...Read more

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Which is best for sciatic nerve pain; heat or cold?

Which is best for sciatic nerve pain; heat or cold?

Which feels better: Which feels better? WE use ice for acute injury. Then heat after 36 hours. But for chronic pain either can work. ...Read more

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Can you give me some helpful ideas for sciatic nerve pain?

Can you give me some helpful ideas for sciatic nerve pain?

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

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What type of specialist should you see for sciatic nerve pain?

What type of specialist should you see for sciatic nerve pain?

Your primary doctor: You should start by seeing your primary doctor. You may get better with physical therapy, medications, or heat and ice. Your doctor may order an MRI or other studies, and depending on those you might be referred to a neurosurgeon or neurologist. ...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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What over-the-counter meds are good to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

What over-the-counter meds are good to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

NSAIDs vs Tylenol (acetaminophen): Aleve and Ibuprofen area non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications that can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Acetaminophen is a anti-pyretic medication used to reduce pain and fever, however tylenol (acetaminophen) does not reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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I have peed on myself twice without knowing I have could this happen because of my sciatic nerve pain?

I have peed on myself twice without knowing I have could this happen because of my sciatic nerve pain?

Cauda Equina: Cauda equine syndrome is an emergency. Unfortunately this requires surgery to correct. Often times the nerves are just bruised abit and the signals aren't being sent quick enough, you may need an epidural steroid injection to relieve this irritation. Either way, i would see a pain/spine specialist to evaluate your options. ...Read more

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I think I have sciatic nerve pain, it might have been brought on by a kick of the football. Is this a common footballers injury?

I think I have sciatic nerve pain, it might have been brought on by a kick of the football. Is this a common footballers injury?

Given Your Pain: 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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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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Pregnancy (Definition)

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Neuralgia (Definition)

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