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What Can I Do To Help With Sciatic Pain
I've been in bed for a week with horrible sciatic pain. What can I do to help alleviate the pain & become mobile? I have 3 lumbar discs herniations.
See your doctor: At this point, i would suggest that you see your doctor to discuss other treatment options such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections or medications such as muscle relaxants of anti-inflammatory meds. Surgery can be considered if all else fails. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Someone recommended ruta graveolens to help with sciatic nerve pain. Can you tell me if this could work?
Shooting leg pain: Sciatic pain is due to irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs down either leg. It can present with lower back or buttock pain that is commonly described as shooting. It is generally painful all the way to the foot and becomes worse with hip flexion movements such as sitting or lifting the knee. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Combined approach: Manipulation can be helpful, but i prefer a multifaceted approach incorporating non steroidal or steroidal antiimflammants, muscle relaxants, and analgesics if indicated. Massage can be helpful. If the patient fails to respond to the above within one to two weeks, then certainly appropiate diagnostics should be pursued, ie x rays followed by MRI of the lumbar region to determine the exact cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's posterior : All the nerve roots of the lumbar plexus r combined into the sciatic nerve & it exits the pelvis through the sciatic notch & takes a journey down the posterior thighs shedding branches 2 various muscles and sensory nerves on it's journey & then divides into branches at or above the knees that then iterates via these nerves various muscles and skin as these branches divide into smaller nerves 2 toe. ...Read more
Exercise: It really depends on the cause of your pain. Typically what is considered sciatic nerve pain comes from the back and is often a radiculopathy. Sometimes it can originate from a tight muscle known as the piriformis. Exercises the stabilize the spine, combined with oral steroid and occasionally an epidural may help for back associated leg pain. For piriformis, a therapist can assist with stretches. ...Read more
Several intervention: If due to lumbar disc herniation, usually best to handle conservatively with physical therapy, exercise, and medications. Sometimes, an epidural steroid injection changes the situation profoundly, and surgery should be reserved for progressive neurological or bladder problems. A pyriformis type syndrome affects the peripheral sciatic nerve and is best handled by osteopathic approaches. ...Read more
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