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Sciatica - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the pain that occurs in the large sciatic nerve that runs from our lower back down through the back of the legs. It’s a disease that causes severe and debilitating pain. Sciatica pain that originates in the lower back moves down and travels through our buttocks along the path of the sciatic nerve, behind our legs causing numbness, tingling sensation or weakness.Anatomically speaking, this nerve is the largest single nerve in our body and constitutes of individual nerve roots that starts by spreading out from our spine in the lower back and then assimilate to form the ‘sciatic nerve’. The symptoms of this disease arise, when this large nerve gets compressed or irritated at or near its point of origin.

Causes and Risk factors

Patients suffering from sciatica pain are rarely aged below 20. This disease is commonplace in middle age people who are between the ages of 40-50.While sciatica pain is often loosely used to describe all kinds of leg pains, but researchers estimate that up to 43 percent of the global population gets affected with this disease, at some times in their lives.Although pain from a pinched nerve can be debilitating, but most of the patients suffering from sciatica, find themselves feeling better with medication, within a few weeks or months.

Sciatica is a condition that seldom occurs because of a particular injury, but rather this painful condition develops over time.

The following 6 lower back medical issues are the most common causes of sciatica:

In addition to the above stated 6 most common causes, a number of other conditions can also cause sciatica, which includes:

Treatment :

Sciatica can be treated both surgically and non-surgically. There are a wide range of options that are available for nonsurgical sciatica treatment, such as, ice and heat compression on the affected site, ingesting over-the-counter pain medications and injecting epidural steroid injection for relieving acute pain. Usually all these treatments are prescribed in conjunction with specific exercises. In addition, these common medical treatments, a wide number of alternative treatments have also proved effective for many patients for alleviating this pain. Some of the most accepted forms of alternate care for treating sciatica includes acupuncture therapy, chiropractic manipulation, massage and cognitive behavior therapy.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Constant pain that remains on any one side of the buttock, but seldom on both sides. Pain originates in the low back and continuing to travel along the path of the sciatic nerve- down through the back of the thigh and into the lower part of the leg and foot. Pain often feels better when lying down or while walking, but worsens when sitting or standing. Pain is not a dull pain, rather, it’s a searing and sharp agony. Numbness, prickling and a pin-and-needle sensation that travels down the leg.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi, I am using neugaba m 75 for pinched sciatica nerve. Please let me know whether this capsule can be used or not for sciatica leg pain.

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yes it can be used , it works well for sciatica . But before that please explain in detail if your leg pain is associated with any kind of tingling or abnormal sensation in your lower limbs or not ??

Sciatica pain excruciating. Taking Myonal50 twice a day can I take more as it only gives me 3 hours of relief then it starts again. Too painful to bear. Please help please I’m suffering.

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I have a spine problem, L4 L5 disc is protruding due to which have sciatica causing radiating pain to my left leg. Sometimes I feel disoriented & dizzy, is it also related to the spine.

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I am 36 years old. I have a problem of sciatica pain in my right leg around ankle for last 13 days. The improvement is a little such as feeling no pain while sleeping but I feel pain under the ankle after walking about 500 meter. I am taking gabapin nt 100 mg tablet twice a day. Please advise me what should I do to get rid of this pain.

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Hi Sir, Mere baye pair me bahut dard hai doctor se dikhne pe wo mujhe sciatica ka Problem bata raha Mujhe sciatica ka koi achha sa doctor bataye.

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