Definition Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own. Alternative Names Neuropathy - sciatic nerve; Sciatic nerve dysfunction Causes, incidence, and risk factors Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the spine and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot. Common causes of sciatica include: Piriformis syndrome (a pain disorder involving the narrow piriformis muscle in the buttocks) Slipped disk Degenerative disk disease Spinal stenosis Pelvic injury or fracture Tumors
“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
The use of prednisone is a topic that is highly charged in some circles. My point of view is that we all need to weigh the pros and cons of using steroids in light of our own individual circumstances.
Prednisone was the first medication that gave me relief from the unrelenting pain that was making my life a nightmare. It was prescribed by my orthopedic doctor while I was waiting to get in to see a rheumatologist. That was in March of 2010. I have not been completely off of prednisone since.
I know several people who cannot take prednisone because of other health issues, and I feel for them. My best friend is has Type 1 diabetes and uses an insulin pump. Her blood sugar levels get dangerously high if she is given prednisone. She can take Toradol, an NSAID, which is a blessing for her.
One of the biggest “issues” with prednisone is the weight gain factor. Prednisone actually causes weight to be redistributed to the face, abdomen and back, and it makes a ...
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