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Nerve Pain and Sciatica

Sciatica means symptoms attributed to one or more of the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve. It’s not a diagnosis, since there are potentially many causes of irritation to the nerves. Sciatica can include very low back pain, buttock pain, pain in the back or side of the thigh, lower leg and foot. It might include pins and needles or other ‘buzzy’, tingly or numb feelings, and might co-exist with loss of power or coordination in the lower limb. The nerves affected are normally not ‘trapped’ at all – rather, the blood supply to the nerves has been compromised – sometimes only by stress and tension in the powerful muscles in the lower part of the body. The so-called ‘slipped disc’ (discs do not ever ‘slip’ – although they can degenerate or be damaged) is in fact a rare cause of severe sciatica.

The vast majority of cases of sciatica can be effectively managed by attention to relaxation, sufficient (and correct) exercise, and sometimes by manipulation and acupuncture, and attention to posture.

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Stephanie, Teddington

We came to see Dr Downing when our son Matthew was seriously unwell aged 10 with an unspecified post viral fatigue syndrome. Our GP had not been able to reassure us or provide us with anything other than advice to rest and it would pass. We were desperate when Matthew was unable to get out of bed and seemed to be going downhill. Dr Downing reacted immediately with a series of blood tests and vitamin infusions . It took two sessions but Matthew stabilised and started to eat and drink. Over the next two months, his condition improved and he was able to go back to school. It has been nearly three years since those dark months and Matthew has grown into a very tall, handsome 14 year old who has not been ill once - not even a cold!.

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