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What are the causes of severe sciatica and how is it generally treated?

What are the causes of severe sciatica and how is it generally treated?

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, etc). Anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. If these treatments aren't helpful, surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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Can sciatica cause my whole leg to swell. I am being treated for sciatica for a couple of years now. But I have never had my whole leg swell.

Can sciatica cause my whole leg to swell.  I am being treated for sciatica for a couple of years now.  But I have never had my whole leg swell.

Not typical: Sciatica typically does not cause the whole like to see well. Swelling in the lower leg can happen if there is weakness and the muscles are not pumping blood back to the heart. In your situation, if it is truly the entire leg that is swelling, I would be concerned about a vascular problem and have this evaluated right away. An ultrasound of the leg would be the most prudent first step. ...Read more

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How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic 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 more

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Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Herniation with Tear: The disc is like a jelly filled donut. If the donut is compressed too much the jelly leaks out through a break in the donut's bread. The same is true with a disc, the tear is caused by the compression resulting in a herniation (protrusion) and the jelly (inside portion of the disc) is either leaking out or trying to get out. This can result in chemical inflammation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden and severe low back pain?

What can cause  sudden and severe low back pain?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic 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 more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can trapped gas cause severe low back pain?

Hello docs. I was wondering can trapped gas cause severe low back pain?

Sure: Anything that can put pressure on the nerve or structures can cause pain. By gas if you mean flatus, straining can cause venous engorgement and hence back pain. ...Read more

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Have severe low back pain that happens a couple times a year. Could the epidural I had from.my c-section 10 years ago be the cause of the pain?

Unlikely,chance smal: Epidurals can be a way to minimize delivery pain and also sciatica or radiating pain. So chances are small that the epidural is a cause. However, see a spine specialist or PMR doctor for a full evaluation which is likely to include a MRI and Physical Therapy. Many people develop back pain over time and good imaging and core strengthening respectively, can evaluate & treat most causes effectively. ...Read more

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What could cause severe low back pain and stiffness in mornings. It also remains aching(less severe) throughout the rest of the day.Started months ago?

Arthritis?: Low back pain, after the age of 40 is not at all uncommon. The most common cause, is lumbar spondylosis, also known as, simply, arthritis. This is especially true common in people who've done manual labor most of their lives. Sometimes, I disc herniation, can confirm stability which can cause low back pain. ...Read more

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Having sharp pains, low back pain, severe bloating and my nipples hurt. What could be the cause of this?

Having sharp pains, low back pain, severe bloating and my nipples hurt. What could be the cause of this?

Possibly pregnant: You always have to rule out pregnancy. Get a home pregnancy test. They should turn positive about the time you're a week late. If it's negative, repeat it and call your doctor. ...Read more

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


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