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What are some treatments for sciatic pain in the left leg caused by a herniated disc?

What are some treatments for sciatic pain in the left leg caused by a herniated disc?

Pain management: The treatments should be based upon the severity and timecourse of the pain. Acutely, relative rest anti-inflammatories and pain medications can help. When the initial pain is improved then a course of physical therapy is helpful. If the pain does not respond epidural spinal injections may provide good relief. Surgery would be indicated with loss of strength or persistent weakness. ...Read more

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Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is also known as Bulging disk. Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back ...Read more

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I'm experiencing excruciating chronic sciatic nerve pain due to a pinched sciatic nerve caused by a herniated disc. Are there any non narcotic prescription meds that would be effective with this pain?

I'm experiencing excruciating chronic sciatic nerve pain due to a pinched sciatic nerve caused by a herniated disc. Are there any non narcotic prescription meds that would be effective with this pain?

Natural pain methods: Some things that help for irritated nerve pain naturally are: Magnesium malate or glycinate 1000 mg- This is a natural muscle relaxer. Work your way up to 1000 mg. If loose stool, reduce dosing. Omega fish oil- I like combinations of omega 3 and omega 7 for their anti-inflammatory effects. Up to 5000 mg. Vitamin D- If levels are low, can help with back pain. Good Luck ...Read more

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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Stretch and exercise
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Use NSAIDs and/or pain medications
Daily
Get Xray/MRI to evaluate if not better in 4-6 weeks
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See spine specialist for treatment options
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Mri confirmed herniated disc, pinched sciatic. What can I do for the constant low back pain? I take3 Advil every morn. Helps sometimes.

Mri confirmed herniated disc, pinched sciatic. What can I do for the constant low back pain?  I take3 Advil every morn. Helps sometimes.

Medication, epidural: Medications such as oral steroids, non steroidal anti inflammatories, elavil, nuerontin/lyrica or Cymbalta depending on allergies or medical issues. Epidural steroid injections are an option. Time is biggest healer as 90% resolve. Phydical therapy , exercise not smoking & weight control helpis.After 12 weeks & no improvement, surgery may be an option especially if leg pain worse than back pain ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain due to a herniated disc and sciatic pain?

How can I relieve pain due to a herniated disc and sciatic pain?

Several : Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read more

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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Try an inversion table or traction to relieve the pain
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Do stretching exercises to help eliminate the pain
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Ice the back at night and consider a back brace to reduce the pain
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Could a herniated disc and my sciatic pain ever go away naturally?

Yes: Many patients with a symptomatic disc herniation improve with time and appropriate conservative care. Conservative measures include nsaids, pt, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections and time. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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When a herniated disc causes sciatic pain, will the opposite leg feel shorter over time?

When a herniated disc causes sciatic pain, will the opposite leg feel shorter over time?

No: Probably not. The disk herniation has no effect on leg length. I have not had a patient complain (or notice) of a leg feeling longer or shorter if they have or have had radiating pain (sciatica). ...Read more

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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Avoid sitting for longer than 30 min
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Don't bend forward while sitting
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Get up and walk
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Sit straight and use lumbar support while sitting
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more

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