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Sciatica after Hysterectomy

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Sciatica after hysterectomyWhat is sciatica?


Sciatica (pronounced sigh-at-i-kuh) is pain from the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the back of each leg. Sciatic pain can feel like shooting or constant pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back, buttock(s), and one or more legs. The intensity of the pain can range from intermittent and mildly annoying to constant and severe.

Sciatica is generally caused by damage or irritation to the sciatic nerve. There can be many causes for this, from infection to aging to herniated discs. In the case of post-hysterectomy sciatica, it is most likely caused by a pinching of the sciatic nerve during surgery or recovery. A patient can wake up from surgery with sciatica if her position on the operating table caused a sciatic nerve pinch. Or one can develop sciatica during recovery from lying in bed more than usual or lying in an awkward position.

You might find some relief from your sciatica by using heat or ice applied where it is most painful. Over-the-counter or prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories can temporarily alleviate the pain as well. If the pain continues to worsen and becomes debilitating, you can request an epidural steroid injection to reduce inflammation around your sciatic nerve and may experience immediate relief. Epidural steroid injections do not work for everyone, unfortunately, but they do have a high success rate in relieving acute sciatica for several months to a year. Some women also report finding relief from sciatica through exercises, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, or massage therapy. Be sure to discuss all of these options with your doctor.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-21-2011 - 09:49 PM


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