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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. ...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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I have pretty consistent pain along my sciatic nerve and lower back on my left side. Can't stand straight when I wake up. Thoughts?

I have pretty consistent pain along my sciatic nerve and lower back on my left side. Can't stand straight when I wake up. Thoughts?

Most likely abnormal: Most likely abnormality of lower spine or hip. If have not already had, xrays would be helpful. Use heat twce daily and take ibuprofen before bed. ...Read more

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My husband says he feels pressure on his sciatic nerve. He also feels numbness from his waist down on his left side occasionally. What could this be?

My husband says he feels pressure on his sciatic nerve. He also feels numbness from his waist down on his left side occasionally. What could this be?

Lumbar spine issues: Lumbar disc problems or stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) are very common causes for numbness in one hip and leg. Examination by a neurologist, physical medicine specialist, neurosurgeon or spine surgeon would be helpful. ...Read more

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Whenever I have sex my sciatic nerve on my left side starts to hurt. No matter what position. It starts in the left side of my buttocks is there anything that I can do?

Whenever I have sex my sciatic nerve on my left side starts to hurt. No matter what position. It starts in the left side of my buttocks is there anything that I can do?

ALittleSexOnTheSide?: Sex aside, there are things you can try to relieve your sciatic pain. First is to make sure it's truly sciatic pain. That means seeing a professional who will do the necessary things. Next is to try activity modifications, stretches, and other physical modalities to see if you can heal yourself. A physical therapy and/or chiropractic or osteopathic consultation would help. As for sex, go slow... ...Read more

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I have been taking Tamoxifen 50mg for 2 months and have developed severe sciatic nerve pain. What can I do alleviate pain & is med causing side effect?

I have been taking Tamoxifen 50mg for 2 months and have developed severe sciatic nerve pain. What can I do alleviate pain & is med causing side effect?

Sciatica: Sciatic nerve pain is not one of the side-effects of Tamoxifen. The most common cause of sciatic nerve pain is a pinched nerve due to a herniated lumbar disc. However, breast cancer can spread to the spine and cause sciatic nerve pain. An MRI of the lumbar spine is indicated to evaluate the pain. See a spine specialist to evaluate the sciatica. ...Read more

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On the side of my foot, my sciatic nerve is now hurting. The pain extands down to my leg and hip too. What should I do?

On the side of my foot, my sciatic nerve is now hurting. The pain extands down to my leg and hip too. What should I do?

See your doctor: Maybe you do have sciatica, and perhaps in comes from a disc rupture in the lumbar spine, or perhaps you have a hip or sacro-iliac problem, which radiation down the leg. Do you have diabetes, a metabolic radiculopathy could be present. See your doctor and get this addressed. ...Read more

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Got a sharp pain during sleep. Around waist line, just above buttock. Not in thigh or lower. Relieved when laying on side. Sciatic nerve likely?

Got a sharp pain during sleep. Around waist line, just above buttock. Not in thigh or lower. Relieved when laying on side. Sciatic nerve likely?

Local pain condition: Both the nature of pain, as well as its localization help to determine cause. Anterior waist pain is different from posterior pain. Nerve pain tends to radiate more. Sciatic pain typically tends to be more lower back, buttock and into the posterior thigh regions and to the sole of the foot. Sharp pain in the "waist" could be non-neurological as well like from a kidney stone or muscle spasm. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain on the left side of my back near my hip there a exact spot where there feels like a lump is there, could it be my sciatic nerve?

Usually not: Sciatic nerve comes out lower. But you definitely could be out of alignment. You may consider a highly skilled osteopathic physician, who has the medical training of an md and additional musculoskeletal training for an evaluation and treatment. Find one near you at http://jamesjealous.Com/physician-directory/, http://www.Cranialacademy.Org or http://ftp.Academyofosteopathy.Org. ...Read more

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My right quad has been somewhat numb. I get occasional sciatic nerve pain due to piriformis tightness on my left side. Any thoughts or explanations?

Meralgia: If the numbness is on the front outside (anterolateral) thigh, this could be meralgia paresthetica. If the numbness is along the front of the thigh, this could be femoral neuropathy. Inside of thigh, think obturator neuropathy. None of the above are related to the piriformis muscle or sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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Sciatic nerve pain recent shingles was treated with acyclovir shingles didn't get any worse but ache like toothache left side hip/buttock area?

Sciatic nerve pain recent shingles was treated with acyclovir shingles didn't get any worse but ache like toothache left side hip/buttock area?

Shingles: What you may be experiencing is something called "post herpetic neuralgia", which is a condition that can occur after an episode of shingles. It is a nerve pain and generally takes time to get better. Can be days, weeks, months or in rare cases, years. The treatment of choice for nerve related pains is something called neurontin (gabapentin). ...Read more

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Recently i've been getting sciatic nerve pain, both sides from hip, buttocks, down back of leg to my foot when i try a bowel motion. Why?

Recently i've been getting sciatic nerve pain, both sides from hip, buttocks, down back of leg to my foot when i try a bowel motion. Why?

See Pain management.: From all the medications and procedures it appears that you have had many studies and already take medications for pain. If symptoms are not controlled discuss with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause numbness in left pinky/ring fingers and joints, neck/shoulder tenseness, crippling left side sciatic nerve pain, left eye twitch?

What could cause numbness in left pinky/ring fingers and joints, neck/shoulder tenseness, crippling left side sciatic nerve pain, left eye twitch?

Spine imaging: Fingers #1is ulnar tunnel sundrome followed by cervical disc siatica would be disc herniation none are related with adhd get some spinal imaging the above are fixable the eye twitch have no idea good luck thanks for question. ...Read more

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How can I treat my sciatic nerve?

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. ...Read more

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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!'. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to tell if my sciatic nerve is pinched?

Physical exam: Findings confirmed by mri. It can be pinched either in the spine or in the piriformis muscle. ...Read more

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What should I do for a pinched sciatic nerve?

Rehabilitation: As much as possible. Most of these will resolve on their own, but...Be seen by a doctor, get an exam, imaging study and treatment recommendation for best possible outcome. ...Read more

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Can your sciatic nerve be hurt by getting hit?

Yes: Any trauma that compresses the sciatic nerve, either directly or by causing bone fragments to do so, can cause sciatica. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, falling down, football and other sports. ...Read more

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What happends if i got a shot in my sciatic nerve?

Pain relief: If you're having sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, an injection may provide temporary pain relief. I hope that helps! ...Read more