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Will I have sciatica for the rest of my life or is there a cure?

Will I have sciatica for the rest of my life or is there a cure?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more


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Is it better to walk with painful sciatica or rest it?

Is it better to walk with painful sciatica or rest it?

Walk: Rest for 2-3 days, try nsaids walk as tolerated or cycle. If no improvement seek nerve block then exercise. .. If no positive results the surgery becomes an option. ...Read more

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Would it be best to walk around with sciatica or rest?

Would it be best to walk around with sciatica or rest?

Be careful: You should stay active but try not to do anything that expressly worsens your sciatica. Sciatica is mostly the result of a disc herniation or an annular tear in the discs of the spine and by keeping a high level of activity you run the risk of injuring the disc more. ...Read more

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Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest?

Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest?

Move with sciatica: Sciatica, pain radiating from your low back/buttock to your leg is usually transient. Although recommended in the past, prolonged bed rest is now discouraged. Although sciatic pain refers to pain from a compressed sciatic nerve which would result in pain down into your foot, it frequently doesn't go down that far; the pain is often caused by muscle strain. ...Read more

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Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Stay active: Our bodies are meant to move. Staying as active as you can without aggravating your symptoms is important for recovery. Physical therapy helps many people with sciatica, and will help you learn safer ways to use your body to prevent relapse of symptoms. ...Read more

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I have Sciatica. While resting in bed, I made a stretch which aggravated my back. When I got up, my low back was tight when I walked. Is this temporary?

I have Sciatica. While resting in bed, I made a stretch which aggravated my back. When I got up, my low back was tight when I walked. Is this temporary?

Spine Injury: 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. ...Read more

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I am taking rest for sciatica from 1 week. How can I know that sciatica pain is healing? Wat is the anotomy behind sciatica nerve pain?

I am taking rest for sciatica from 1 week. How can I know that sciatica pain is healing? Wat is the anotomy behind 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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Have been provisionally diagnosed with sciatica and have been on 3 days of difene, diazepam and solpadine with complete bed rest have failed to reliev?

Have been provisionally diagnosed with sciatica and have been on 3 days of difene, diazepam and solpadine with complete bed rest have failed to reliev?

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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27 year old athlete with sciatica? I'm a 27 year old athlete that has been dealing with some hamstring pain and what I believe might be sciatica for a few months. After some rest and physical therapy the hamstring has felt better, although it still hurts

27 year old athlete with sciatica? I'm a 27 year old athlete that has been dealing with some hamstring pain and what I believe might be sciatica for a few months. After some rest and physical therapy the hamstring has felt better, although it still hurts

Presacral plexus: Chronic sciatica in a late 20's female is often found in association with an hypermobile sacroiliac joint, which can result from acute mechanical trauma, childbirth, and/or joint hypermobility syndrome. Chronic sciatica probably derives from impingement of the presacral plexus, the "headwaters" region of the sciatic nerve. The presacral plexus overlies the ventral aspect of the sacroiliac joint. ...Read more

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Is numbess in toes while walking normal with sciatica? I've had numbess and tingling at rest but recently I've noticed my toes go numb when walking.

Is numbess in toes while walking normal with sciatica? I've had numbess and tingling at rest but recently I've noticed my toes go numb when walking.

It can be.: However, there are other neurologic conditions which can lead to this nonspecific symptom. One should see a neurologist and/or a neurosurgeon to be fully evaluated. ...Read more

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I have muscle wasting in my leg where I'm having trouble with sciatica & having to be on bed rest. Can that cause my frequent falls when I get up?

I have muscle wasting in my leg where I'm having trouble with sciatica & having to be on bed rest. Can that cause my frequent falls when I get up?

Yes: Muscle wasting in the leg could contribute to falls. Prolonged bed rest can lead to a cycle of decoditioning and muscle wasting. Physical therapy can help restore your strength. ...Read more

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The ER dr told me I have a ruptured disc causing my sciatica pain n left leg. I'm on bed rest for now but what else can I do for the pain besides med?

The ER dr told me I have a ruptured disc causing my sciatica pain n left leg. I'm on bed rest for now but what else can I do for the pain besides med?

Physical therapy: Non surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation are :
1. Pain medication using NSAIDS
2. Physical therapy /Chiroprat --all geared towrds reducing pain and returning to your normal functioning capacity

if after about 6 weeks you are still having increased pain, increased numbness or increased weakness of the leg, you need to see a neurosurgeon ...Read more

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What are treatment options for nerve damage in leg due to quad strain (possibly sciatica/FM). Rest and gradual training?

What are treatment options for nerve damage in leg due to quad strain (possibly sciatica/FM). Rest and gradual training?

1st need diagnosis: You may not have actually suffered "nerve damage" by virtue of your injury. You should get a good neurological examination performed of the lower extremity and then, the treatment for the "nerve damage" will be more clear. Of course, for a quad strain no one can argue the points of rest and gradual training to get back into things. That makes perfect sense. ...Read more

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What could cause severe low back pain and stiffness in mornings. It also remains aching (less severe) throughout the rest of the day. Started months ago?

What could cause severe low back pain and stiffness in mornings. It also remains aching (less severe) throughout the rest of the day. Started months ago?

Arthritis?: Low back pain, after the age of 40 is not at all uncommon. The most common cause, is lumbar spondylosis, also known as, simply, arthritis. This is especially true common in people who've done manual labor most of their lives. Sometimes, I disc herniation, can confirm stability which can cause low back pain. ...Read more

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I'm having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping I tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest

I'm having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping I tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest

Reevaluation: You may need to be reevaluated to discuss options for treating the cause of your pain rather than "just" taking pain medications, using a heating pad and resting. Based upon the specific diagnosis of the cause of your pain, there may be more powerful treatment options available. ...Read more

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L5-S1 protrusion on dec MRI. Awoke Wed with severe low back pain that diminishes with activity and returns with rest. Disc issue? Pain in L leg also.

Disc vs OA: You are describing arthritic facet pain & pain referred to the lower limb. Nerve pain is usually not assoc. W/ relief from exercise and worsening with rest. Usually, a disc problem is the reverse. A positive MRI is only part of a diagnosis for Herniated Nucleus Puplosis. Nerve studies will prove whether the MRI finding is symptomatic or a red herring. If it is facet arthritis seek an RFA. ...Read more

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Laminectomy 4 mo ago. Have low back pain near incision / some leg pain. Epi injection didn't help. Cycling/running hurts it. Also tried resting. Mri?

Laminectomy Recovery: The pain sounds incisional or from the muscles around your operation. At four months postop, you need to give it more time. Try lower impact exercises such as elliptical trainers or swimming. This type of aerobic training has less impact on the healing muscles. Physical therapy may also help instructing proper technique to prevent aggravation. Good luck on recovery. ...Read more

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My son is 12 been complaining of low back pain, stomach pain (he explains it feels like a punch in the stomach), nausea, tired. He vomited once the 1st day and diaherra the rest of the day. He had fever the 1st day. The pain in his stomach comes and goes.

My son is 12 been complaining of low back pain, stomach pain (he explains it feels like a punch in the stomach), nausea, tired. He vomited once the 1st day and diaherra the rest of the day. He had fever the 1st day. The pain in his stomach comes and goes.

Stomach virus: A stomach virus may cause intermittent cramping stomach pains. Usually these viruses do not last long but it is important to keep him hydrated. Make sure you are keeping up with the fluids he is losing. Keep his diet bland. Do not stop the diarrhea this will just prolong the illness. If he does not take a turn for the better in the next 24 hours follow up with his Primary Care Provider ...Read more

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Have painful herniated disc with sciatica/ bursitis. Turned down surgery for now. Should I rest or stretch and be active to heal?

Have painful herniated disc with sciatica/ bursitis. Turned down surgery for now. Should I rest or stretch and be active to heal?

Depends: First, conservative therapy is associated with longer duration pain, and physical disability at one year according to a Swiss/Canadian study recently published. The usual conservative treatment is Physical Therapy, which will typically be 'active' although certainly will have stretching associated with it. ...Read more

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Does sarciatica go alone by rest? What should not a person do or avoid?

Does sarciatica go alone by rest? What should not a person do or avoid?

Yes it can: Time, rest, activity restriction, medication, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, chiropractic, guided exercise - some or most in combination as treatment options with 90% resolving without surgery. 75% are better within 3 months of onset of their leg pain. Lifestyle changes may be needed in terms of weight control, exercise and not smoking. ...Read more

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Can sciatica be cured?

Can sciatica be cured?

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. ...Read more

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How can I natuurally cure sciatica?

Exercise: Most sciatica pain is self-limiting but can be improved with stretching and strengthening exercises that focus on your low back and core. ...Read more

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Is it possible cure sciatica for good?

Is it possible cure sciatica for good?

Yes: Find compressed lumbar nerve decompress nerve cure with slight risk of reoccurence with most causes ...Read more

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Is there any herb what cures or get relieve to sciatica?

Is there any herb what cures or get relieve to sciatica?

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. ...Read more

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Could sciatica be cured? Having retense for 1 month now but not much relief.

Could sciatica be cured? Having retense for 1 month now but not much relief.

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. ...Read more