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(Sciatica is a condition involving pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by an injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve which branches down your …back.The sciatic nerve is commonly injured by fractures of the pelvis, gunshot wounds, or other trauma to the buttocks or thigh. Prolonged sitting or lying with pressure on the buttocks may also injure it. ) The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body; it runs from your lower back, through your buttock, down your leg. The tibial and fibular nerves originate from spinal segments L4-S3. The two nerves come together and are referred to jointly as the sciatic (meaning hip) nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest peripheral nerve in the body.They separate at the back of the knee. The tibial nerve supplies the posterior compartment of the leg and the fibular supplies the anterior and lateral compartments. The sciatic nerve are nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord and into the lower back.
Sciatic pain is from irritation - most often in your lower back - of the biggest nerve to your leg. Usually there is some low back pain, but mainly pain, tingling or burning i…n the butt-cheek and radiating down the back or side-back of the thigh. Sometimes the pain just goes to the knee, other times it goes down the calf or even to the toes. The "irritation" may be from actual pinching of the nerve root as it exits the spinal canal, but more-often we find it is as much a chemical irritation by inflammatory chemicals that leak from damaged discs, angry facet (or "z") joints, and injured/scarred muscles or ligaments. Physical tests - so-called 'nerve-stretch' tests are not very reliable, but resting postures, stretching and postural strengthening exercises can be very successful - and give fast-relief. Lumbar MRI is not necessary unless your numbness, tingling or muscle weakness is getting progressively worse-and-worse. Why? MRI shows only abnormal anatomy - NOT the CAUSE of the pain. Even if a herniated disc showed up - no guarantee it was causing pain. 30-40% of herniated discs cause no pain. If you're losing bowel or bladder control - or have numbness there - get to the doctor ASAP - it's a "Red Flag" of back pain - you may need emergency surgery. Otherwise, new topical pain-relief medications can give fast-relief, but they are so new they're essentially secret. Cochrane Reviews found 35 studies showed "good" pain-relief with topical NSAIDs. Also, consider an early Physical Therapy evaluation - in many states you can do this without an M.D. referral - P.T.s are trained specialists - Ask for the new "pattern-recognition" back pain therapy or the older Mckenzie protocol. Best wishes, drdanbullock (orthopedics)
How long will a prednisone injection control your sciatic nerve pain injected into the buttock not the nerve?
Depending on the type of shot (whether it was an epidural or just a steroid shot), and which nerve is being compressed by the disk, and how bad it is, will determine how long …it takes to start working. Also, if your doctor really put the needle in your buttock and not the small of your back where the pain is (not the nerve - it takes a special procedure for that) then I'd wonder what he/she is doing, and think about getting another doctor. That's not where it's supposed to go. Steroid shots don't control or reduce pain - they reduce the inflammation of the disk pressing on the nerve and the back spasms associated with it. It's the back spasms and the nerve pressure which cause the pain in your legs. Depending on the type of shot, there's sometimes a specific period and procedure for how long they wait. For example, if it's an epidural (you'll know if it is - before I had major structural problems in my back that needed working on I used to get epidurals all the time - they're not fun. Imagine a steel shank being sunk into your back next to your spine about 4 inches to deliver the steroid. In those cases, they allow for 3 shots, with checking every week to see how much you've improved. If you haven't improved they give you another at the end of the first week, second and third weeks. If you don't have any improvement by the third shot, they start talking about surgery, but in reality it's after the second shot - they rarely give a third. If you've just gotten a steroid shot to reduce the muscle spasms, it'll wear off pretty fast, within about 2-3 days - they don't last long at all. If you can stand to take Flexeril, it'll loosen you up and stop the back spasms and allow the pressure on the nerve to relax. Trick is you have to take it for a couple of days to really notice the effects, which will knock you out pretty good. Other than that, your doctor probably told you the standard lines about lying on your side in a fetal position, pillow between the legs to reduce hip pressure and spine pressure, etc. I've actually found it's more comfortable laying on the floor with your butt up againd the front of a couch (the bottom) and your legs on the couch itself, so your back is flat on the floor. The idea is to reduce all pressure on the flat of the back, so the nerve pressure can relax and the spasms can stop. Sciatic pain is bad, but trust me, do what your doctor tells you to do, and use the 'net to learn as much as you can about your particular problem. There's much worse pain that you could have to endure if you don't take care of yourself. After 3 major spinal surgeries, and having to take some of the strongest opiates on the planet for the past 9 years and likely the rest of my life, I WISH all I had to deal with was sciatic pain. I relish those days. If a shot doesn't last long enough for you, talk to your doctor about getting a Prednisone dosepak or a 9 day course - that'll loosen you up real good. 2 years ago before my last operation my L3 disk finally collapsed (when I mean collapse, I mean bone on bone with the vertebrae - that's the result of the disease I have) none of my opiates were putting a dent in the pain, and as a result of constant chronic pain for the past 11 years (I've had disk problems for 20) I have an extremely high pain and opiate tolerance. I had an idea about using Prednisone to reduce the inflammation enough for the opiates to work, as I also have asthma, and I normally have a 9 day course on hand for emergencies. That did the trick - I wound up doing several 9 day courses (if you don't know what "courses" mean with Prednisone, it's 3 pills a day for 3 days, then 2 pills a day for 3 days, then 1 pill a day for 3 days. You can't just stop Prednisone or you run the risk of heart failure). I gained 60 lbs in the 2 months I had to do it before my surgery, but it at least allowed the opiates to work. So consider it as a possibility. There are a couple of good sites I use and contribute to - one is a spine site, the other is a pain site. They are: American Pain Foundation. Spine Universe Another good item if you don't have one is a Thermopore pad - if you've ever been to a Chiropractor some of them use 'em a lot. They only cost about 75 bucks, give you moist heat in about a minute, and is a godsend for back pain of any type.
WHAT CAUSES MINE IS A PINCHED NERVE IN THE LOWER BACK THAT CAUSES A BURNING FEELING DOWN THE BACK SIDE OF MY LEG AND A NUMBING FEELING IN MY FOOT Many things can cause it…, either individually or as a group of complaints. Usually the pain is as a result of compression or irritation of the nerve as it travels from the back to the foot. The most obvious causes are: disc protrusion in the lumbar region lumbar spine hypo-mobility piriformis muscle spasm gluteal muscle injury hamstring tightness (calf tightness too) poor posture poor sitting position for prolonged periods sitting on your wallet in your back pocket (NB for professional drivers) If the pain is associated with numbness in the buttock, thigh or leg I would recommend you see either a Chartered Physiotherapist or Doctor. Don't waste time or cash on any other specialty. a Physiotherapist (Ireland)
Probably. Most anesthesiologists are able to perform an epidural block in someone who has sciatic nerve pain. The doctor will place a very small catheter or tube into the epid…ural space below the spinal cord, then inject the medication that will be absorbed into the nerves. Depending on which medication your doctor chooses it can take up to 20 minutes for the medication to take effect. The placement of the catheter is usually slightly higher on your back than the area of pain from sciatica. As a bonus the block may even relieve the pain in your sciatic nerve!! If your sciatic nerve pain is caused by scar tissue around the spinal cord, or a disc that is newly ruptured leaving pieces of cartilage in the area there may be some difficulty in getting the needle into the epidural space. Or if you had an injury that resulted in multiple areas of damage going further up your spine. The doctor can only go so high before the medication would also effect the nerves going to your lungs causing the sensation of not being able to breathe. If you or your doctor feels there may be issues with an epidural block it maybe wise to get the block done earlier rather than later in your labor, so you are able to fully cooperate with the anesthesiologist as she or he attempts placing the catheter in just the right spot. Much easier to do when you have a few minutes between contractions rather then waiting until you're in transition and the contractions are coming right on top of each other. A pregnant woman with issues of back pain is the perfect patient to participate in child birth classes that focus on pain control through relaxation by having a focal point and breathing techniques. Consult your doctor about this. Be sure and bring up any issues, sooner rather than later, with your doctor. Most things he will be able to answer immediately so you won't sit around and worry.
Go see your regular doctor first. Your doctor can make the diagnosis and refer you to a specialist. If you jump right into looking up a specialist, you are going to have… to wait for ages to make an appointment. Sciatica is not always caused by a bulging disk. Mine went away after I moved my wallet to my side pocket...A chiropractor recommended that to me (and helped lighten that wallet, too).
YES! ask your doctor about the new drug called lyrica it might and might not help but its worth a shot. I'm only 20 yrs old and had a L5 S1 fusion about 3 weeks ago and my lef…t leg hurt SOOOO bad all the time. find a pain management doctor that does spinal injections and he can give you a epidural injection which on the nerve which will make the pain go away. it helped me for about 3 weeks and then it came back and i had another one and it helped again. but that's not the reason for my spinal fusion i had a lot more wrong with my lower back than just my disc having my sciatica nerve pinched
No because someting could still be wrong.Maybe cuz it could be a side effect.
The sciatic nerve is a combination of the common fibular (peroneal) nerve and the tibial nerve.
Sciatica is pain in the sciatic nerve. It's a type of radiculopathy.
No the sciatic nerve only affects the legs.
Sciatica is felt in the lower back, the buttocks, and the backs of the upper legs.
Yes. Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve that extends from the lower back down the back of the leg.
One can cure sciatic nerve pain by applying ice or heat to the affected area for 20 minutes, repeating this every 2 hours. They can also get over the counter prescriptions to… help relieve their pains.
If one wanted relief for pain caused by a pinched sciatic nerve, they can the Web MD website. That site gives treatment tips and helps you to diagnose your symptoms. It can al…so prevent something that could potentially become a major problem later health-wise.
If you have pain due to this "pinching" of the nerve, treatment can be a little as taking pain relievers and/or cortisone or surgery.
Get two tennis balls and but them in an old men's sock. Tie the end of the sock and then lie on the tennis balls or put the sock with the tennis balls against a door Frame and… back against it and roll it up and down your static nerve. This should help release that tightness. Also lay flat on your stomach and have someone but the ball of their fist or their elbow into that nerve and gently rub until it releases sometimes they may have to try to pull your leg up and stretch it out for you. Then ice it for twenty minutes.