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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
Sciatica: Low back pain that radiates into the leg is called sciatica. A herniated disc in the lumbar area is one common cause. Simple exercises and stretching, over the counter pain medication, or prednisone or other steroid medications like Medrol dosepak can reduce inflammation. Physical therapy can help. If it has been present for more than 3 weeks, see a Doctor. An MRI might be the next step. ...Read more
I have been having pretty bad sciatic nerve pain for the last 3 weeks. Do I need to seek medical help or can I do something on my own to help it?
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
4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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). Anti-inflammatory medications, alternating heat/cold therapy, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Neuralgia is also known as Nerve pain. 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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