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What type of nerve pain/sciatica would si dysfuncation cause? If it's inflamed would it irrate the sciatica nerve?

What type of nerve pain/sciatica would si dysfuncation cause? If it's inflamed would it irrate the sciatica nerve?

SI joint disorder: It usually causes low back pain , pain in the hip joint area and back of the thigh. Pain is like sciatica but it is a referred type of pain not caused by direct compression of the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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When I neared the end of my pregnancy I got debilitating sciatica nerve pain. What causes that? I am terrified of experiencing that type of pain again

When I neared the end of my pregnancy I got debilitating sciatica nerve pain. What causes that? I am terrified of experiencing that type of pain again

Common in pregnancy: L4/L5 level of the lumbar spine is particularly vulnerable in pregnancy due to mechanical issues such as joint laxity, altered posture, muscle weakness or connective tissue fluid retention. These physiologic changes can irritate and inflame the vertebral facet joints putting pressure on the sciatic nerve which is derived from several spinal nerves, most notably L4 and L5. ...Read more

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Could carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica nerve pain?

Could carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica nerve pain?

NO: Carotid artery is in neck and sciatica pain is in back and leg. There is no correlation at all. ...Read more

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How to remove sciatica nerve pain?

How to remove sciatica nerve 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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How can you relief sciatica nerve pain?

How can you relief sciatica nerve pain?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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How do you relief for sciatica nerve pain?

How do you relief for sciatica nerve pain?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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What can you do to relief sciatica nerve pain?

What can you do to relief sciatica nerve pain?

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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What should I do to relieve sciatica nerve pain?

What should I do to relieve sciatica nerve pain?

Stretching: Many times acute sciatic pain will resolves after stretching the area abit. The muscles will loosen up and help resolve pain. If not, then consider further imaging studies to see which exact nerve in your spine is getting pinched for further treatment options. ...Read more

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What can be done for sciatica nerve pain in butt?

What can be done for sciatica nerve pain in butt?

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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I am wondering what helps for sciatica nerve pain?

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I am wondering what helps for sciatica nerve pain?

Sciatic pain: The sciatic pain can be caused by spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It might include strengthening exercise, physical therapy, medication, interventional therapy ... You should seek help from a health care provider, you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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What are some ways to alleviate sciatica nerve pain?

What are some ways to alleviate sciatica nerve pain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. Alternatively there are injections and stem cell therapies available. ...Read more

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Can there be something you can do to relieve sciatica nerve pain?

Can there be something you can do to relieve sciatica nerve pain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If this does not help then recommend seeing a spine specialist for other treatments ...Read more

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How much time does one generally have pain, specifically nerve pain with sciatica?

How much time does one generally have pain, specifically nerve pain with sciatica?

4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with sciatica nerve pain. Need some help with stretches, exercises, etc?

I have been diagnosed with sciatica nerve pain. Need some help with stretches, exercises, etc?

Sure.: Certain posture maneuvers, including the cat-camel stretch may provide some relief, espcially if the cause is root irritation. Long term core strengthening will also help to unload bulging disks and maintain foraminal openings. A pain specialist would gladly help you identify multiple approaches to resolving your sciatic symptoms. Identifying the underlying cause will help determine the plan. ...Read more

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I have sciatica nerve pain. Usually, it goes away when i lay down by 30min.Today is more aggrevated and not going away when I lay down. Please advise

I have sciatica nerve pain. Usually, it goes away when i lay down by 30min.Today is more aggrevated and not going away when I lay down. Please advise

It's not easy: Anyone who has been through this knows how bad it feels. The only reassuring thing is that it is not dangerous in causing further injury but that's not enough to make you happy. Take whatever pain control meds you have according to directions and when you feel better go to your PT to increase the program for strengthening exercises. Also consider accupuncture, meditation, self-hypnosis, etc. Best! ...Read more

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Does neurotin work right away to help with sciatica nerve pain? Or is it something that takes time to build up in your system?

Does neurotin work right away to help with sciatica nerve pain? Or is it something that takes time to build up in your system?

Time/dosage: Finding the right dose takes time. The drug has limited efficacy for nerve pain. When it works its good. Often it does not help. Worth trying. ...Read more

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What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Sciatica: If the pain is severe start with a day or so of rest heating pads and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. As the pain starts improving you can gradually increase your activity level and start some gentle exercise and stretching. if the pain lasts more than one or two weeks or is accompanied with muscle weakness, bowel/bladde problems numbness or tingling you should see your doctor sooner ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Time is the best : healer as the majority of disc issues improve but exercise guided by someone experienced in this area along with avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms such as bending and twisting along with prolonged positioning. Get into shape by keeping trim, avoid smoking and develop a regular exercise regimen. Use of NSAIDs can help if no contraindications as well as epidural steroid injections too. ...Read more

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How can I address my sciatica in the buttock and nerve pain in the leg?

How can I address my sciatica in the buttock and nerve pain in the leg?

Depends: On what you have already done. Most sciatic pain is self limiting and will resolve with time. Anti-inflammatories and even oral steroids are helpful in acute cases. Physical therapy osteopathic manipulation and chiropractic care are 1st line conservative options. Injections could be useful if conservative treatment is not effective. Mris should not be done early on. ...Read more

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What is usually done for a patient that has sciatica nerve pain in the low back? What are some of the treatments for it?

What is usually done for a patient that has sciatica nerve pain in the low back? What are some of the treatments for it?

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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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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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more