FAQ - Sciatica
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Does anyone know a good remedy for sciatica?

My mate is experiencing pain from his hip down to his calf. We have been told that it is sciatica but we have not been told any good remedies for it.

Yes, there is a solution to get rid of the cause. A fairly new Swiss one-time treatment named "Atlasprofilax" would do it. The manual treatment costs approx. 220 Dollars and is available in California and in Europe.

60000 persons have been treated already, also against other symptoms (whiplash, migraine, muscle trouble asf.) - and I myself have sent 30 people to a treatment personally. Until now 100% positive feedback.  (+ info)

What Is Sciatica And why does it tingle so much?

I've been being told that I have sciatica and I have no clue what it is. Can somebody PLEASE tell me what this is? I know it's a nerve that runs down your leg, but why is it tingling? Like, it tingles every time I lay down on my left side and its never done that before. What is it? Why does it tingle when its never done it before?

Sciatica is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body.  (+ info)

Can sciatica contribute to or cause incontinence?

I have had this problem with incontinence for years. Used to be just a sneezing or coughing thing but it has now escalated to involuntary moments which are usually small but have been bigger. I also have severe sciatica and am unable to walk for long distances or stand on my feet for very long at a time. Could the sciatica be making it worse?

Thanks for your help.

If you have had babies in the past, some of the muscles in your pelvis could be weak and causing urine to leak

Also, as you get older, you have estrogen. This can also cause relaxation of the things holding up your urethra and causing urinary incontinence

One more thing to check for is uterine prolapse as a cause for incontinence

See your Gynecologist or a Urologist  (+ info)

What kind of weight-loss exercise can a person with constant back pain/sciatica do?

I need to lose weight but I have a lot of problems with my back and deal with lower back pain daily...plus I have sciatica in one leg and too much movement/exertion causes it to flare up.

Are there any exercises (besides swimming) I can do thats low impact and wont cause me too much more pain?

First try to take care of your Sciatica. Here's a article I wrote.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5153443_heal-pain-caused-nerve-pinch.html  (+ info)

Is there a link between Sciatica and Urinary Tract Infections?

I have been recently diagnosed with Sciatica. I have also had around 6 reccuring Urinary Tract Infections over the past few months. Both of these problems started at around the same time, and I'm wondering if there is any link between the two, as I have found nothing in my research.

Thanks in advance.

I have had sciatica for years, ever since I broke my tailbone. In all those years, I have had a UTI twice. The two are unrelated. One is a nerve that gets pinched, the other is from a bacteria. However, sex can irritate sciatica and cause UTIs, so if there was a connection, that could be it. Otherwise, it is really just a painful coincidence.  (+ info)

What would cause pain on inner upper thigh similar to sciatica?

53 yr f. has pain on inner left thigh near groin. Feels similar to sciatica. but is not. Had hernia surgery, but hernia was not cause of pain, since after 6 wks pain is worse. Frustrated and my GP is not much help. Not sure who to see next. Please help.

This really sounds like a strained adducter(muscle that pull your leg inward) muscle. It attaches right in the groin area. However, it may be due to a compensation because of the hernia or it might be due to a misaligned pelvis.

I would really recommend that you see a chiropractor that specializes in muscle work. They can correct the misalignments and also work on that groin muscle.

I really wish you the best  (+ info)

Another sciatica question- Do most insurances pay for treatments?

I have medicaid at the moment as my primary insurance, but my husband just got a new job with insurance that is now in place. I am wondering what treatments most insurances will pay for? I've heard so many treatments for sciatica like physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, etc. I am pretty sure both of my insurances would pay for physical therapy, but what about other treatments, like the massage and chiropractor?

I have really good health insurance and they do not cover chiropractics so I would say that medicaid probably won't cover it either.. I"m not sure about the massage either.. I would guess not since that would not be a medically necessary procedure.  (+ info)

What are the exercises to combat sciatica?

My friend (male 37) has been in pain for a few months now with sciatica. His doctor doesn't seem to be able to help. Please help us!!!

Depending on the cause of the sciatica and the severity it varies.

Sciatica is an umbrella term.
If the cause of it is from a disc bulge the treatment program is longer and gentle core exercises may be indicated along with suitable treatment. Some manual therpists recommend Mckenzie exercises. From my observations of patients that try them they have largely been ineffective and i've found prescribing core exercises helps create stability around the spine and the disc bulge which seems to help take the pressure off the nerve root in cases where surgery isn't indicated.
if the cause is from a facet lock pinching the nerve root then exercises to open up the facets and decompress the foramina in the spine may be indicated.
If it is from piriformis syndrome stretches into the buttock will probably help.

Another cause of shooting pain into the posterior thigh is sacro-illiac dysfunction which often gets confused with sciatica and is frequently missed (even by healthcare professionals who specialise in it).

all of these possibilities give very similar symptoms.
If the pain increases when bending backwards it is unlikely to be a disc bulge.
it it in creses when bending forwards it could be a disc bulge, sacro-illiac irritation or priformis syndrome.
If proding into your buttock is painful it could be SI irritation of piriformis syndrome.
Disc bulges tend to have clearer clinical signs such as increased pain on coughing, sneezing and defecation and dural stretch.
SI irritation almost never goes below the knee but can affect the back, side or front of the thigh.
Piriformis syndrome can shoot down all the way into the toes.
best to see a suitably trained professional who has good experience in diagnosing and treating this condition. I like the Non US steopthic model (but i am biased) but you could also see a chiro or physio.
If you are going to see a doctor see an Orthopaedic specialist first.
I wouldn't bother as as Physio Chiro or Osteo will be able to assess you and refer you to one if you need to see one.  (+ info)

What do you think the best remedy for sciatica pain?

Sciatica? Have you had it? What you done to try to cure it?
I take Valium, Tramadol, Diclofenac, None of these damn pills are doing anything, the last time i had this was in my drinking days (over 2.5 yrs back), and I just drank, drank, and drank more. It's so painfull and its making me feel sick. Thanks for your answers, sorry i cant choose all as best.

Rach................. Your be ok, you have tried everything darling, stay of the booze or i shall put you over my knee. I love you. x  (+ info)

Been told I have sciatica any tips on how to get rid?

I am seeing a physio, and they are just giving me stretches to do. Any ideas on what I can do to speed up my recovery. I tore my hamstring last August and it resulted in me getting sciatica which I must have had for about 9 months according to my physio! Really frustrating injury to have!!! Grateful for any suggestions.

Here is the best info from medical professonals on Sciatica you will find on the web
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000686.htm  (+ info)

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