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Sciatica: Radiating Pain From the Sciatic Nerve

By Jody Smith HERWriter
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Treating a mild case of sciatica with care, avoiding pressure on the sciatic nerve, is usually successful. After a week of pain that is not abating, or that is worsening, see a doctor.

You should also see a doctor if you are experiencing lack of bowel or bladder control, or if pain suddenly becomes severe. If your sciatica is the result of violent trauma such as an accident of some kind, you should see a doctor immediately.


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Reviewed October 27, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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This is a well-written and comprehensive article. You have several related articles on your site that are also very helpful.

What kind of doctor should I see to heal a sciatic nerve
Sciatica Causes and Treatments

I thought both were good resources for patients and I link to them on my site

I have a resource about Sciatica on my website

Hope this helps those are truly looking for help.

William M. Thomas, D.C.

February 4, 2012 - 6:24pm
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