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What can I do to help with sciatic pain?

What can I do to help with sciatic pain?

Many: It depends on the extent of pain you may try medications and rehab however if the pain is severe you can see a pain management doctor for an epidural injection. If you have failed multiple modalities surgery is an option.

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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.

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.

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Someone recommended ruta graveolens to help with sciatic nerve pain. Can you tell me if this could work?

Someone recommended ruta graveolens to help with sciatic nerve pain. Can you tell me if this could work?

No Data: To support its use. Maybe a nauropathic or homeopathic doctor can help you with this option.

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What is sciatic pain?

What is sciatic pain?

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.

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How can I treat sciatic pain?

How can I treat sciatic pain?

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.

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Where is the sciatic never ?

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.

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How can I treat my sciatic nerve?

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.

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What can you do for sciatic pain?

Sciatic pain: May be due to a "slipped disk" at the bottom of the back. Back pain exercises may help. Weight loss if obesity present may be of assistance. Heat and cold application may also help.Sciatica.

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What can u do for sciatic injury?

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.

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Why is sciatic pain worse at night?

When you lie down: on your spine, the nerve compression would worsen in that dependent position likely due to increased pressure and inflammation where the compression occurs. Usually nerve root compression occurs in the lower back (lumbar) and lying supine or on the side of the compression will worsen the symptoms. Standing up and leaning forward usually relieve symptoms for that reason.

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Please tell how best to heal sciatic?

Heal sciatica: Wait. Sciatica is a painful condition associate usually with acute low back pain and sharp, shooting pains down the bag of your leg. Other nerves in your legs can also be affected and may produce similar symptoms in different locations. Over 95% of acute sciatica goes away by itself within 6 weeks. Thus extensive evaluation (even x-ray) is not recommended until after 6 weeks.

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How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

USUALLY disc disease: The sciatic nerve can 'get pinched' by a bulging disc in the low back. The mechanism of injury for bulging disc is usually some type of lifting injury with 'bent over posture' or twisting. I had a patient 'sneeze so hard' he developed a completely weak leg and had surgery the same day. Usually in men, another cause of sciatic compression is sitting on a wallet causing pain 'down the leg!'.

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How do you fix a pinched sciatic nerve ?

4 things: Surgical decompression (not to be confused with chiropractic so-called decompression) epidural steroid injections spinal physical therapy "tincture of time" since the natural history of sciatica tends to be one of spontaneous healing.

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What about gadapentin for sciatic pain?

What about gadapentin  for sciatic pain?

Gabapentin: Gabapentin is anti-seizure medication. It is effective for nerve pain, like sciatica.

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Can the sciatic nerve affect both sides?

Can the sciatic nerve affect both sides?

Wrong concept: There is a sciatic nerve in both legs. The sciatic nerve is formed primarily by branches of the lumbar 5 &sacral one nerve roots as they emerge from the lower spinal canal. An issue affecting the spinal canal or some problem large enough to affect the lumbar plexi in the pelvis bilaterally can cause bilateral sciatic distribution motor, pain or sensory functions.

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How do I tell if my pain is sciatic pain?

How do I tell if my pain is sciatic pain?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerve goes from the lower back, through the buttock on both left and right, and down the back of the leg to the foot. Pain starting in the low back going down the back of the leg, or pain in the buttocks that goes down or up to the back are likely to be sciatica. There are some serious reasons for sciatica, such as disk damage, so it is suggested that you check with your physician.

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What can I do for a sciatic nerve problem.

See answer: Establish a relationship with a dr. And get the area evaluated and properly diagnosed. Heat, rest, possible NSAID medication may be presribed. Physical therapy to the area may be helpful. Follow-up with the dr. Who orders and treats you if not better as the next step may be epidural injections, and or surgery depending on the severity, etc. Good luck.

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What does sciatic pain usually feel like?

Very bad pain: Patients often describe it as a severe knife like, burning, aching, or severe cramping type pain.

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What could cause painful sciatic symptoms?

Multiple things: Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that travels into the leg. Most often we think this may be due to irritation of a nerve coming from the lower back. This can also be caused by nerves traveling into the leg through the gluteal region. Pain in the leg can also be referred from the joints in the lower spine and hip/si joints. These symptoms usually resovle in time.