Sciatica

Sciatic:  pertaining to the ischium

Sciatica is a form of neuritis ( inflammation of a nerve ) characterized by severe pain along the sciatic nerve and its branches.  The pain radiates into one or both buttocks and descends to the back of the leg or legs, it results from the compression of the sciatic nerve at the base of the spine.  There are many causes of this disorder, but probably the most common are rupture of a disk between the lower lumbar vertebrae and arthritis of the lower part of the spinal column. It can be cause by poor posture and or muscle strain.

Symptoms:

Pain radiating into one or both buttocks, down the back of the thigh and down the leg and even foot.
Pain may be a burning feeling
Pain can be dull or sharp
Numbness and weakness
May be aggravated by lilting and or strenuous activity
Usually affects one side of the body. 
An intermittent or continuous, shooting and or burning pain.

Your doctor may do a CT scan, MRI and or X-ray

Treatment:

Physical therapy may be recommended
Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication called NSAID's, such as Naprosyn. or  Motrin,  There are many others!
Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants, and or narcotics
Your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids medication.

To help ease the pain, try sleeping with a pillow under or between your knees. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, sleep on your back and or side with your knees bent. A firm mattress is recommended.

If pain persists for more than 72 hours with no relief, accompanied by leg and or foot weakness, * Call your doctor promptly.

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