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What To Do For Sciatica
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Sciatica treatment: True sciatica is leg pain that shoots from back, down the leg past the knee. This mimics the path of the sciatic nerve, thus it's name. It may be associated with numbness, burning pain, or weakness in the leg. Treatment involves nsaids, tylenol, rest, mckenzie pt with a doc's rx, and steroid injections (nerve root or epidural). Failing that, microdiskectomy if disk herniation confirmed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do for sciatica pain? I have a LP shunt in my back. The pain is on the right side into my buttocks.
It depends: Sciatica without numbness, weakness, or bowel or bladder symptoms is often treated with anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen. It is best to avoid activities which can irritate the back like bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting. Walking is usually ok if it doesn't make the pain worse. If the pain is severe, or persists for several weeks, or has other symptoms, it should be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do for sciatica of the leg? Pain from my hip to my toes and two of my little toes on my left foot are numb.
Sciatica: Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: I'd recomend being evaluated as there are numerous treatments that are available for radicular and sciatic type nerve pain including nsaids, oral steroids, injections, pt, surgical decompression and all of there usefulness depends on your particular situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stretch and Exercise: At your age, i would suggest stretching out and working in strengthening your cores muscles. Take some anti-inflammatories around the clock for the next few days. If you do not improve after a few days, i would consider evaluation by a spine/pain specialist for further testing and treatment options like epidural steroid injections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Horrible pain down left side of my leg especially when laying down? What test should they do for sciatica?
See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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