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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Sciatic Nerve


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Sciatic Nerve in Legs [posted 1/13/99]
Question: I have been having sciatic nerve problems in both legs. Do we have one on each side? My doctor has prescribed cataflam and flexeril, not just for the nerve problem, but also for spasms in my back. What about surgery for the nerve Problem? Is there such a procedure?

Answer: They are present on both sides and no surgery is known to help currently.

Sciatic nerve [posted 1/4/99]
Question: I have gone to 3 doctors for my back problem where I have a pain from my back pain radiated trough my right leg. They prescribed me motrin, flexeril and darvocet, but the pain is getting worse. I have been having this pain been for 3 weeks, and also I have been putting some hot pads, but it's not working. What can I do?

Answer: I would do a CT of your spine and possibly nerve conduction tests if it isn't responding(which it isn't) to ensure you don't have a disc or some other problem.

Tigan / Sciatic Nerve [posted 8/6/98]
Question: What are the ramifications of an IM injection of 200 mg Tigan into the sciatic nerve?

Answer: Probable damage to the nerve distal to the injection site. The damage may vary from sensory to motor, although sensory/pain would be more common. These are usually long term lasting several years to life once the nerve has been damaged.





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