What questions to ask the doctor with sciatica?

We have all been there – you go to the doctors and don’t remember half of what was said/advised or didn’t get the answers you needed. Here’s some questions that might help – copy the ones helpful for you into your notes in your phone for when you next go.

When discussing sciatica with your doctor, it’s important to gather relevant information. Here are some questions you might consider asking:

  1. What is the cause of my sciatica?
  2. What are the treatment options available for my specific case?
  3. Are there any lifestyle changes or exercises that can help alleviate my symptoms?
  4. What can I do to prevent future episodes of sciatica?
  5. Are there any specific warning signs that I should be aware of?
  6. Should I avoid certain activities or positions that might aggravate my condition?
  7. Are there any medications that could help with pain management?
  8. What are the potential side effects or risks associated with the recommended treatments?
  9. Do I need any imaging tests or further diagnostic procedures?
  10. How long should I expect for recovery or improvement?
  11. Is there a possibility of needing surgical intervention in the future?

Remember, this is not an exhaustive list, and it’s important to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have about your condition and its treatment.

I’ve had 4 serious bouts of sciatica myself now, 2 needing surgery/intervention. Give me the t-shirt I am wearing and waving that flag. I know first hand how bad this pain can be. I do find my Pilates practice helps massively.

If you too genuinely suffer with sciatica and want to try one of my online classes complimentary – do reach out – I am on a mission to help as many people as possible. 

Kim x

Ps Question 4 is the one I struggle with – particularly having to lift a 6 year old and do soft pin downs.

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