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 I have been suffering from really painful headaches for a few days, and sort of pains behind my eyes,?
does anybody know what this can be ?...

 Pleasepleasepleasee help me?
okay, there has been this weird thing happening to me at nighttime, and i'm not sure what the heck is going on.

this is what happens;
it's happened about three times, and ...

 How to Prevent Leg Cramps?
I get leg cramps in the calf often, and once i had one at night, caused me to scream, waking everyone up. anyone know how to cure this?...

 Whats the best thing to ease ear ache?
my 3 year old has ear ache he has a bad cold and has just woke up crying with pain in his ear gave him calpol is there anything else i can ...

 Do blood tests hurt?
im having 1 tomorrow will it hurt? Please someone comfort me. Do they do something like a anasthetic or numb it?
My friend said "I had one and the doctor said if you have it on your right ...

 Is it called strip throat when you swallow and it hurts?

 Why does your elbow have no feeling?
Try pinching the skin right at your elblow, the loose skin. No matter how hard you pinch, you don't feel it!

Yet your knee, similar to the elbow, you do feel the same.


 Whats a good remidy for hurting feet .?
after work each day my feet are killing me . i work very physical job with lots of lifting and i must ware rubber boots while working. in morning when i wake i can barely walk until my feet wake up ...

 Can long hair be the cause of frequent headaches/migraines?

 Neigbours rat is walking around with head to one side and seems to lose balance, any idea???
I thought it might be waltzing rat syndrome but I cant actually remember what the treatment is for this?...

 10 week old with gas pains?
My daughter has had alot of gas recently. I havent changed anything in her routine at all. I give her the mylicon gas drops and they help some, but not all that well. Has anyone tried the gas relief ...

 Whats that thing in the center of your chest called?
that little bone thing, between your chest. if your a guy you should know what it is.

ok my question is how come now when i breathe hard it hurts....not the bone but the parts around it ...

 How to avoid a headache ?

 What does it mean when it's very painful towards the end of my urination stream?
I went to the doctor on Friday because my sides were hurting and they ran tests. He said I had urinary tract infection and prescribed Bactrim, twice a day. Didn't seem too concerned about my ...

 When i take a pain killer how does it know where the pain is?

 Pain in center of Chest what is the problem?

 Do you want marijuana be legalized?
I do..for migraines, nausea and stress....

 Stiff neck?
i've been suffering with a very stiff neck since sunday, i've suffered no trauma to my neck, but it's getting worse now, then pain is now spreading to my base of skull and makin me ...

 Laxatives dont work?
I havent been to the toilet properly for about a week .Sunday i was in agony severe pains in my stomach,sweating and felt sick.Had two laxatives and two pain killers which helped with the pain.I ...

 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Massage vs. Surgery?
My hands hurt all the time and my right one is pretty painful/stiff. My massage therapist says surgery is dangerous and not necessary, and that massage will help. Do you think this is true? Have ...

No doctor can help me, so is there any cure for sciatica?

...is sciatica a kind of DOCTOR ALLERGY?

I was once told to put a drop of white vinigar in bath and that would help sciatica, a friend of mine tried it and it helped, physiotherapy can also help.

I found acupuncture very helpful for sciatica. A doctor can also prescribe Diclofenac tablets which might help, but they can upset your stomach.

i had it a few years ago tried everything then was told that if walked picking my knees right up every time it would put the nerve back in and it worked

My sister in law and my husband had it and they both laid on the floor, flat with no support for 20 mins each day which cured their sciatica. I suppose it depends on how bad it is but its all a question of time i'm afraid.

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Difference between Sciatica and Piriformis Muscle Syndrome

Understanding sciatica
Low back pain and/or leg pain that usually travels down the large sciatic nerve, from the lower back down the back of each leg, is generally referred to as sciatica and is fairly common. This pain can be caused when a nerve root in the lower spine that helps form the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated.

Sciatica is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc (also referred to as a ruptured disc, pinched nerve, slipped disk, etc.) in the lumbar spine. The problem is often diagnosed as a "radiculopathy", meaning that a disc has protruded from its normal position in the vertebral column and is putting pressure on the radicular nerve (nerve root) in the lower back, which forms part of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica occurs most frequently in people between 30 and 50 years of age. Often a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica, but rather it may develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine. The vast majority of people who experience sciatica get better with time (usually a few weeks or months) and find pain relief with non-surgical treatments.

Practical point:
Symptoms of sciatica pain can vary greatly but usually decreases after a few weeks or months with non-surgical treatment.Understanding sciatica pain
For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the pain might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse. Usually, sciatica only affects one side of the lower body, and the pain often radiates from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate to the foot or toes.

One or more of the following sensations may occur as a result of sciatica:

Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting

Burning or tingling down the leg

Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot

A constant pain on one side of the rear

A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up

Low back pain may be present along with the leg pain, but usually the low back pain is less severe than the leg pain

While sciatica can be very painful, it is rare that permanent nerve damage (tissue damage) will result. Most sciatica pain syndromes result from inflammation and will get better within two weeks to a few months. Also, because the spinal cord is not present in the lower (lumbar) spine, a herniated disc in this area of the anatomy does not present a danger of paralysis.

Symptoms that may constitute a medical emergency include progressive weakness in the leg or bladder/bowel incontinence. Patients with these symptoms may have cauda equina syndrome and should seek immediate medical attention. In general, patients with complicating factors should contact their doctor if sciatica occurs, including people who: have been diagnosed with cancer; take steroid medication; abuse drugs; have unexplained, significant weight low; or have HIV.

Any condition that causes irritation or impingement on the sciatic nerve can cause the pain associated with sciatica. The most common cause is a lumbar herniated disc. Other common causes of sciatica include lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or isthmic spondylolisthesis.

Sciatica medical definition
To clarify medical terminology, the term sciatica (often misspelled as ciatica or siatica) is often used very broadly to describe any form of pain that radiates into the leg. However, this is not technically correct. True sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated and the pain along the sciatic nerve is caused by this nerve (radicular pain). When the pain is referred to the leg from a joint problem (called referred pain), using the term sciatica is not technically correct. This type of referred pain (e.g. from arthritis or other joint problems) is quite common.

Sciatica treatments
Sciatica nerve pain is caused by a combination of pressure and inflammation on the nerve root, and treatment is centered on relieving both of these factors. Typical sciatica treatments include:

Non-surgical sciatica treatments, which may include one or a combination of medical treatments and alternative (non-medical) treatments, and almost always includes some form of exercise and stretching. The goals of non-surgical treatments should include both relief of sciatica pain and prevention of future sciatica problems.

Sciatica surgery, such as microdiscectomy or lumbar laminectomy and discectomy, to remove the portion of the disc that is irritating the nerve root. This surgery is designed to help relieve both the pressure and inflammation and may be warranted if the sciatic nerve pain is severe and has not been relieved with appropriate manual or medical treatments.

i have the same problem and all i get told off my doctor is take Paracetamol if u find one let me know.

concentrate on your posture and if you have a desk job make sure your chair supports your lower back, same with driving....also ther are sum quite simple exercises you can get from your local physio.....and dont forget to sleep on a hard bed

i am sure a doctor can help you with pain control & pain relief, i dont know of any cure for sciatica, i do know it is an extremely painful condition and you can be awarded disability living allowance through having this condition.

Warlock Fiend
Are you sure its Sciatica? I had an MRI scan on my lower lumbar region and it turned out that my sciatica wasn't sciatica

Rest and dont do strenuous activity. Massage helps to relieve the tensions in the muscles which will help relieve the pressure on the Sciatic nerve.

the wise one
the moist 1 has answered your question perfectly and i suggest you take his advice as it worked for me,my doc used to give me brufen but it only helped sometimes,
take the good advice given by the moist 1,
good luck

Sexy Red
Hi i have suffered with Sciatica for 5years now and i agree with you all the way.I have had many scans on my bck,pills given to me,physio and nothing has helped what so ever.The Dr even wanted me to try sleeping pills ha ha dont think so.When i do get it bad i do go on to anti-flammatry pills which help only a bit not alot thou.I have now been referred to the hospital now(pain clinic) and the bck consultant see what happens there not alot i suppose,more scans and more pills and injections.Good Luck with you.

If it is sciatica then try:
1) lying on your back on a hard surface for an hour or two each day
2) do yoga, particularly the exercises where you lie flat on your back and stretch your legs to both sides
3) NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) like Ibuprofen will help in the short term
4) osteopathy and chiropractors can help
5) try to lose weight
6) if you drink a lot of alcohol, stop for a while.

If it's really persistent and painful then you'll need surgery. Like the first answerer said, be really sure that it's sciata. There are more serious conditions with similar symptoms that you want to ensure are not the cause. Good luck

I am no doctor but it is my understanding that there is no absolute cure - my partner suffers from sciatica when he throws his back out and after years of it coming and going and seeing a chiropractor to ease the pain he changed and went to see a Physiotherapist which according to him was much more affective, 1 year later (touch wood) it has not come back. You need to see what the trigger is (if any). Anti-inflamitries can sometimes help. Sorry i can't help much more than this - this is just what we tried and seemed to work.

i am a chiropractor and specialize in spine related problems. the disc acts as both a cushion and a spacer between each vertebrae. if a disc is bulging, that bulge can put pressure on the nerves exiting between each vertebra which causes a "pinched nerve." also if the disc is wearing out (getting thinner) you lose the space between the vertebra, which leaves less room for those nerves to exit--and again can pinch a nerve. those nerves in your low back form the SCIATIC NERVE which runs all the way down your leg. if any are "pinched" they can cause severe pains from your low back to the foot-otherwise known as sciatica.

as a chiropractor i see this type of scenario on a daily basis. for those who have degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, disc bulging, etc.--normal chiropractic care can usually help with those problems. but there are also many people out there that have had this problem for many years and can't find relief with anything they try--including chiropractic.

but now there is a treatment that is perfect for your situation and the best part is: it's non-surgical and non-invasive. if you haven't heard of it yet there is a newer treatment out there called spinal decompression. this type of treatment focuses on disc injuries and the problems they cause. i use the DRX9000 spinal decompression system in my office and it works wonders for people with these types of injuries. the DRX9000 is fda approved and is the best decompression system available (there are cheap knock-offs that don't give the same results).

my recommendation would be to research this treatment and then contact someone (usually a chiro) who uses it in their office. i would just google "DRX9000" to find info on it and doctors in your area who may have it. this treament is able to encourage the disc to go back to it's normal orientation and also rebuild its height--which then takes the pressure off whatever nerve it is compressing. this then would result in the "cure" that you are looking for.

this treatment is extremely effective for degenerative disc disease, disc bulging, herniation, etc. and also sciatica type of cases, especially if you haven't had surgery yet. i've had many patients who were scheduled for surgery, tried this treatment as a last resort, and then ended up cancelling their surgery altogether after treatment was completed. it really does work and that's what my recommendation would be for you. good luck and hopefully this gives insight to others experiencing similar problems--there is a solution!!!

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