When should I seek professional care for Sciatica?
It can be quite difficult to diagnose Sciatica on one’s own. Hence, it is imperative to seek the help of a medical professional.
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- If the pain isn’t improving after several days
- If the pain seems to be getting worse
- If you are <20 years or >55 years, and experiencing sciatica for the first time
- If you have cancer or a history of cancer
- If you had lost a more pounds recently
- If you have unexplained chills and fever along with back pain
- If you are HIV positive or using IV drugs
- If you have trouble bending forward for over a week or two
- If you can notice weakness is getting more pronounced over the passage of time
Go to an emergency department if you experience any of the following:
- If the pain is unbearable, in spite of trying first aid
- If your pain has followed a violent injury
- If the pain is in the back of your chest
- If you are unable to move or feel your legs or feet
- If you have lost control of your bowels or bladder or have numbness in your genitals.
- If you have a high temperature (>101 F).