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Have sciatica, muscle spasms in back, pins and needles in legs, difficulty walking. Prescribed Tramadol and diazepam

I suffer from sciatica and recently the muscle spasms in my back and the pins and needles in my leg are at a point where I m finding it difficult to walk anything but short distances I m also going on a 10hour flight next tuesday my doctor has perscribed me tramadol and diazepam which has taken the edge off can you recommend anything to help on my journey please
Asked On : Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Hi and thanks for using healthcaremagic,
These are classical symptoms, certainly compressions of the sciatic nerve due to the condition. The management of sciatic pain from the beginning is usually medical. This starts from using analgesics, non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, morphines, muscle relaxants and benzodiazepines depending on the case.
However, the physician might have to engage in injection steroids into the region or surgery when it becomes necessary. This happens when the pain becomes unbearable despite all medical measures and life style changes like weight loss and adoption of recommended postures, when signs of compression become too apparent and when there is paralysis. This might cause your treating physician to opt for surgery.
I suggest you visit your neurosurgeon or neurologist for proper clinical evaluation and morphologic examinations to actually discuss your treatment plan and options.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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