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Doctor insights on: What Does Sciatic Nerve Pain Feel Like

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Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

No: Likely you are having referred pain through the muscles that are irritated. Sometimes the fascial layers that hold each muscle can get irritated and then can send that irritation to another muscle and fascial layer. See a pain/spine specialist if you are not improving.

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Does sciatic nerve pain typically go down the outside of the calf muscle and back of calf?

Does sciatic nerve pain typically go down the outside of the calf muscle and back of calf?

Yes and Yes: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg or even the groin area. The nerve then goes to the muscle which can then hurt, spasm or feel sore or irritated.

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Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain? It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain? It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Conservative first: Sciatica is a pain radiating into lower extremities. Typically impingement of nerves exiting the lower spine causes this. Less common is impingement of nerves after they have exited the spine and in buttock area. Mild cases cases can be observed & treated conservatively with medication and physical therapy. Persistent pain and if there are nerve symptoms require further workup (e.g. Mri).

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She is having sciatic nerve pain?

She is having sciatic nerve pain?

May need a: Chiropractor or acupunture to help lesson the pain. Another thing that could help is to lye on the floor and rest your feet and lower leg on a couch this helps in reducing the discomfort in the lower back

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What exactly is sciatic nerve pain?

What exactly is sciatic nerve pain?

Pain down the leg: The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers that emerge from the lower spine providing wiring for the leg. If the nerve is injured or "pinched" as it exits the spine (or for that matter anywhere along it's course), the brain receives signals of pain which it may interpret as coming from somewhere along the course of the nerve. That pain is called sciatica.

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What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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.

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What is done for sciatic nerve pain?

What is done for sciatic nerve pain?

Depends: Initially you should try conservative treatment such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If you see no improvement then the next step would be epidural steroid injections from a pain management specialist. Or you may even require surgery if nothing else is helping. Start with your primary care doctor for treatment.

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How can I help my sciatic nerve pain?

How can I help my sciatic nerve pain?

Core strengthening: Exercises that strengthen the core can be helpful in maintaining integrity and reduce stress on the spine. Typically disc herniations will resolve on their own as soon as 3-6 weeks or as late as 6-9 months. Just depends on how you take care of yourself, exercise, anti-inflammatories, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if you need to lose weight that will help immensely. You may still need an epidural steroid injection

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How can I deal with sciatic nerve pain?

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). Anti-inflammatory medications, alternating heat/cold therapy, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain.

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What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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.

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What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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.

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How long does a sciatic nerve pain lasts?

How long does a sciatic nerve pain lasts?

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.

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What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist.

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What should I do about sciatic nerve pain?

What should I do about sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist.

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What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?

What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?

Pain: The symptoms are pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve which means radiation from your low back down the back of your thigh into your calf and foot. In more severe cases there may be associated tingling, numbness and even weakness in specific muscles. If you are worried about having sciatica see an orthopedic or neurological surgeon or a neurologist.

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What is the best relief for sciatic nerve pain?

What is the best relief for sciatic nerve pain?

Time plus: Time is the best healer but activity restriction, guided exercise, medication especially a steroid pack, and even epidural steroid injections may help. Cessation of smoking, weight reduction and regular exercise will help prevent a recurrence which has a rate of 5% if due to a disc herniation.

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What excercises can relieve sciatic nerve pain!?

What excercises can relieve sciatic 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.

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How can I relieve sciatic nerve pain permanently?

How can I relieve sciatic nerve pain permanently?

Cure, Unlikely...: Sciatica can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well.

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Is there anything you can for sciatic nerve pain?

Is there anything you can for sciatic 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.

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Can stretching help alleviate sciatic nerve pain?

Can stretching help alleviate sciatic 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.

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