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Sciatica - September 13th 2012, 09:29 PM

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I saw my doctor today after being in pain for over ten days and it getting worse (pain in my lower back) and my doctor told me I have Sciatica. She's put me on I think 4000mg of Co-codamol over the next five days and so far its helping. But when I stop taking it in five days, will the sciatica have gone or will I still be in pain? Like how long before it stops hurting so badly and goes away?

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Re: Sciatica - September 15th 2012, 12:41 PM

I've just done a bit of searching around on the internet and it seems like painkillers are a common treatment of sciatica. Just make sure you take it easy and the pain should be gone sooner rather than later.
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Re: Sciatica - September 16th 2012, 04:21 AM

Although sciatica is usually treated with medication, it is usually considered to be a symptom and not a condition. Therefore, there may be another issue associated with the sciatic nerve that's causing the sciatica (for instance, the nerve could be pinched due to a herniated/bulging disc in the spine).
Pain medication such as co-codamol (known to us Americans as Tylenol 3) can be a temporary fix and may take care of your pain for a while, but it is likely that it will come back. Other treatments for sciatica may include physical therapy, other medications such as muscle relaxers, and routine corticosteroid injections.
If the pain continues, you may need to go back to the doctor and look at further diagnostic procedures to see if there are no other issues with your back as well as looking into other treatments and a referral to a neurologist.


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Re: Sciatica - September 16th 2012, 04:45 PM

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Although sciatica is usually treated with medication, it is usually considered to be a symptom and not a condition. Therefore, there may be another issue associated with the sciatic nerve that's causing the sciatica (for instance, the nerve could be pinched due to a herniated/bulging disc in the spine).
Pain medication such as co-codamol (known to us Americans as Tylenol 3) can be a temporary fix and may take care of your pain for a while, but it is likely that it will come back. Other treatments for sciatica may include physical therapy, other medications such as muscle relaxers, and routine corticosteroid injections.
If the pain continues, you may need to go back to the doctor and look at further diagnostic procedures to see if there are no other issues with your back as well as looking into other treatments and a referral to a neurologist.

Thanks This really helped and I will keep all of what you have said in mind!

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Re: Sciatica - September 18th 2012, 04:05 PM

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