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What are alternative treatments for sciatica besides painkillers?

What are alternative treatments for sciatica besides painkillers?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. 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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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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What are the alternative treatments available for heel and knee joint pain other than painkillers?

What are the alternative treatments available for heel and knee joint pain other than painkillers?

A couple: Antiinflammatories both oral and topical, msm, glucosamine, physical therapy, braces. Stretching of achilles tendon and plantar fascia for heel and quads and hamstrings for the knee. Accupunture is an option as well. ...Read more

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Having sciatica pain for past 4 weeks now. Doc advised me some painkillers which I refuse to take. Exercise makes better but for few hours only.

Having sciatica pain for past 4 weeks now.  Doc advised me some painkillers which I refuse to take. Exercise makes better but for few hours only.

Patience needed: Pain due to sciatica, usually lasts 6-8 wks. Be patient and be diligent with PT and exercise regularly for this to resolve in due course. ...Read more

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Have disc bulge l4-5 causing sciatica but because had brain surgery to remove a haematoma on brain caused by avm 4 months ago can't take painkillers?

Have disc bulge l4-5 causing sciatica but because had brain surgery to remove a haematoma on brain caused by avm 4 months ago can't take painkillers?

3 good spine txs:: 1) Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU 2) Medication, ie gabapentin http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/sciatica-leg-pain-radiculopathy/gabapentin-sciatic-nerve-pain 3) Epidural injection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqL9gzVkAJQ ...Read more

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My mother is 50 years old and a patient of high bp. Recently she took 2 painkillers for low back pain. Will that affect her heart?

My mother is 50 years old and a patient of high bp. Recently she took 2 painkillers for low back pain. Will that affect her heart?

Possibly: In general, most pain medications do not interfere with medications for high blood pressure. However, anytime you get a new medication, you should check with either your pharmacist or internist to make sure it doesn't interfere with prior medications or medical problems. This is especially important if you are getting medications from different physicians. ...Read more

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Can painkillers act as a treatment for people hypersensitive to touch? Do you think that would work?

Can painkillers act as a treatment for people hypersensitive to touch?  Do you think that would work?

Hypersensitive: It seems like you have neuropathic pain. It is quite well established that this condition is relatively opioid resistant. If opioids do help it will only decrease the pain but not obliterate totally the sensitivity. ...Read more

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Painkillers are giving little or no relief for my heel pain. Is there any treatment for this by acupuncture?

Painkillers are giving little or no relief for my heel pain. Is there any treatment for this by acupuncture?

Podiatrist: Some people say acupuncture helps. Best approach is to see a podiatrist to determine the actual cause of the heel pain. The pain is normally caused by a mechanical problem with the way the foot is functioning. Acupuncture or other similar treatments may address the symptoms only without addressing the cause, and this may to lead to only temporary results and higher chance for recurrence. ...Read more

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I am undergoing a root canal treatment and my dentist prescribed a painkiller, imol. Is it necessary for me to take it even i don't feel any pain?

I am undergoing a root canal treatment and my dentist prescribed a painkiller, imol. Is it necessary for me to take it even i don't feel any pain?

Precautionary: I am sure your dentist was very concerned about the possibility of you being in pain. Yo should be happy he was concerned, but fi there is no pain there is no need for the pain medicine. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Clindamycin (MIP600 capsule) before root canal treatment. With massive toothache can I combine with painkillers and alcohol ?

I was prescribed Clindamycin (MIP600 capsule) before root canal treatment. With massive toothache can I combine with painkillers and alcohol ?

Bad Idea: Ok to take the painkillers - take with at least 700ml water or other non-alcoholic beverage. Skip the alcohol or you might vomit and lose the effect of the meds. Be wise and give it a day or 2 before the alcohol. The root canal is the only thing which is going to solve the problem. Follow the post-op instructions. Best of luck. ...Read more

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For over a week i've had a headache on the right side near above my eye and i've had earache. tried painkillers/hayfever treatment. help? nothin works

For over a week i've had a headache on the right side near above my eye and i've had earache. tried painkillers/hayfever treatment. help? nothin works

See your PCP: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your PCP for evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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Wats da best treatment 4 lower back muscle (near my hip) strained by weight lifting. Feel severe pain. I'm 58 male. Tried painkillers and ice! thanks?

Wats da best treatment 4 lower back muscle (near my hip) strained by weight lifting. Feel severe pain. I'm 58 male. Tried painkillers and ice! thanks?

Several options!: First, you are getting this answer from a physician who was a competitive weightifter. And you are assuming your pain was caused by weightlifting. If so, you need to take Naproxen or alternative at full strength, and consider getting voltaren (diclofenac) patches to place directly on the affected area. You should see a doctor if this doesn't work. Weightlifting is a great sporting activity! ...Read more

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Methadone best alt. To narcotic painkiller to ask md for from pain due to pegasys/ribavirin treatment?

Methadone best alt. To narcotic painkiller to ask md for from pain due to pegasys/ribavirin treatment?

No: Ribavirin and pegylated interferon cause many many nasty symptoms, but pain is not a prominent one of them, and there is no need for opioids. I have treated over 1000 people who were getting this treatment, and i myself went through this treatment 7 years ago (and it was a success). No narcotics should be needed or used. If you are having severe pain, something else is causing it. ...Read more

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My mom has pain in her neck to arm joint from past 15 days.Xray says loss of lordosis. Please say treatment.Doc prescribed painkiller, calcium, a collar?

My mom has pain in her neck to arm joint from past 15 days.Xray says loss of lordosis. Please say treatment.Doc prescribed painkiller, calcium, a collar?

Treatment is ok: Loss of lordosis in cervical spine (neck)usually due to muscle spasm. In addition to meds prescribed, heat, gentle range of motion exercises for neck and shoulders will help. If pain was preceded by trauma and doesn't look for neck and shoulder range of motion exercises on the web.Resolve over the next week, needs further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a painkiller addiction, i was just wondering if there is any medication or therapy to help me come off them?

I have a painkiller addiction, i was just wondering if there is any medication or therapy to help me come off them?

Suboxone!: Check out a medication called suboxone (buprenorphine). It is being used successfully by hundreds of thousands of people to regain control of their lives. Good luck and remember: you are not alone and your disease can be treated! ...Read more

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What is the strongest painkiller? I have severe sciatia and I've tried everything from endone, oxy, morph, codeine. Im completely immune.

What is the strongest painkiller? I have severe sciatia and I've tried everything from endone, oxy, morph, codeine. Im completely immune.

Opiates: are not the answer for your pain. You may need interventional therapies and/or surgery. If you've tried all pain meds forget the pain meds they will not work. See a true spine specialist to determine your actual treatment. ...Read more

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When will a doctor suggest looking into surgery for sciatia pain? Have been on prednisone and hydrocodone off and on since january of this year for sciatia pain. Painkillers and steroids are not working this time around and have been taking the prednisone

When will a doctor suggest looking into surgery for sciatia pain? Have been on prednisone and hydrocodone off and on since january of this year for sciatia pain. Painkillers and steroids are not working this time around and have been taking the prednisone

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. If you've already done this then maybe surgery is the right option for you. ...Read more

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Having intense low back pain due to ddd (diagnosed 20+ yrs ago, i'm in my mid 30's). I'm active, no alternative treatment seems to help?

Having intense low back pain due to ddd (diagnosed 20+ yrs ago, i'm in my mid 30's). I'm active, no alternative treatment seems to help?

Conservative Rx: Should try pt /back rehab injections and meds . If these are not effective then surgery may be an option depending on imaging and clinical status .Should see a spine/neuro surgeon for opinion. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Where?: Cystic change in the breasts is very common. Of course if you have a dominant breast mass, it needs to be seen as a possible cancer. Mainstream medicine has little to offer. I've had colleagues tell me that evening primrose oil is the first herbal to try for painful / lumpy breasts. An evidence-based holist in your community may be able to offer more. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for rosacea besides medication?

Are there any alternative treatments for rosacea besides medication?

IPL for Rosacea: Intense pulsed light (ipl), or "photofacial", is an appropriate treatment for the redness of rosacea. A few treatments spaced approx. A month apart will be needed. A topical antibiotic like Metronidazole may be used in between sessions. Also, avoidance of triggers such as sun, heat, cold, spicy foods, and alcohol may help reduce redness. http://www.dranthonycorrado.com/procedures/non-invasive. ...Read more

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Sciatica (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Painkiller (Definition)

"painkiller" is a general term and not a medical term. Literally, it is something that "kills" the pain. That can include just about anything that ...Read more