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I have severe sciatica, how do I reduce the inflammation when it flares up?

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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: See Your MD

Firstly, your "sciatica" as you are referring to is a distinct medical term that refers to compression of the nerves that make up the largest nerve in the body known as the sciatic nerve.
Many people use this term to explain back/leg pain incorrectly. I would see your doctor for a thorough work-up that should include a MRI if you have having leg pain/weakness/numbness.

In brief: See Your MD

Firstly, your "sciatica" as you are referring to is a distinct medical term that refers to compression of the nerves that make up the largest nerve in the body known as the sciatic nerve.
Many people use this term to explain back/leg pain incorrectly. I would see your doctor for a thorough work-up that should include a MRI if you have having leg pain/weakness/numbness.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Chris Oh
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Steroid

Go to your doc - usually will prescribe short course of steroid such as Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak for a week and possibly additional pain killers and/or muscle relaxants.
You will also need xray and perhaps MRI if persistent to make sure you do not have herniated disc that needs surgical fix. (chrisohmd.Com).

In brief: Steroid

Go to your doc - usually will prescribe short course of steroid such as Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak for a week and possibly additional pain killers and/or muscle relaxants.
You will also need xray and perhaps MRI if persistent to make sure you do not have herniated disc that needs surgical fix. (chrisohmd.Com).
Dr. Chris Oh
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