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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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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?

Depends on the cause: Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as, infection, tendonitis, arthritis, stress fracture, nerve irritation, retained foreign body, bone tumor, or a cyst. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing 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