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Siatic Nerve Pain Relief
Is steroid nerve block contradicted if sciatic nerve pain is caused by tumor compression? How long does the pain relief usually last?
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
Time plus: Time is the best healer but activity restriction, guided exercise, medication especially a steroid pack, and even epidural steroid injections may help. Cessation of smoking, weight reduction and regular exercise will help prevent a recurrence which has a rate of 5% if due to a disc herniation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on the cause: Any pain that runs down the buttock &/or back of the thigh is often labeled 'sciatic' pain. Truth is, there are many potential causes.The sciatic nerve or one of it's branches can be 'pinched' by a herniated disc, stuck vertebra, or piriformis muscle spasm. Many other causes such as referred pain from si ligament injury, too.A good history & physical, incl osteopathic hands-on exam may find/fix it. ...Read more
Confirm sciatica 1st: Is the best thing you can do. You're 23 years-old & the last thing you want is to walk around with the wrong (?Self) diagnosed problem. There are multiple causes for "sciatica" & finding the root of that cause will guide the best treatment option. Treatment usually consists of physical therapy, hep, anti-inflammatory/analgesics, various injections, & surgery when refractory or advanced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Injections: First of all the definition of true sciatic pain is low back pain that radiates down the back of your leg, usually all the way down to your lower leg/foot. Pain in the buttocks is not sciatica. Sciatica is an irritation of one or more of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Depending on severity and duration of symptoms, physical therapy, meds and/or injections may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May need a: Chiropractor or acupunture to help lesson the pain. Another thing that could help is to lye on the floor and rest your feet and lower leg on a couch this helps in reducing the discomfort in the lower back ...Read more
Pain down the leg: The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers that emerge from the lower spine providing wiring for the leg. If the nerve is injured or "pinched" as it exits the spine (or for that matter anywhere along it's course), the brain receives signals of pain which it may interpret as coming from somewhere along the course of the nerve. That pain is called sciatica. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Initially you should try conservative treatment such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If you see no improvement then the next step would be epidural steroid injections from a pain management specialist. Or you may even require surgery if nothing else is helping. Start with your primary care doctor for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Core strengthening: Exercises that strengthen the core can be helpful in maintaining integrity and reduce stress on the spine. Typically disc herniations will resolve on their own as soon as 3-6 weeks or as late as 6-9 months. Just depends on how you take care of yourself, exercise, anti-inflammatories, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if you need to lose weight that will help immensely. You may still need an epidural steroid injection ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more
A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more
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