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Difficulty in sitting, standing, numbness in lower back after driving for long hours. What should be done?

Hi, I recently drove 7 hours straight and now it hurts to sit, stand, walk, ect. I get this numbness in my lower back that extends into my backside and down my leg a little ways. Some people said it may be a Sciatic Nerve and if thats the case what can I do? I work standing up for 10 hours a day and the pain is just to much to handle..
Asked On : Sun, 16 Sep 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear Taylor Patterson, hello.
The problem you have mentioned seems due to excessive muscle fatigue due to sitting in one posture for long duration. The numbness and pain will be relieved if you give proper rest to your body.
You can take pain killers and muscle relaxant for quick relief. Physiotherapy will also be of help to you.
Avoid standing for long duration. Give rest to your legs in between as long standing can result in varicose vein.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Kulbir Singh's  Response
Hello and thanks for the query
Your pain is more likely to be due to Lumber stain or PIVD. Sciatic may be the factor but everything needs to be investigated and clinically examined. Consult your doctor and do your X-ray Lumber spine. That clears the picture and if needed can go for MRI Lumber spine. Complete bed rest is the best treatment for low back pain.
Till than follow some instruction that will help you in reducing pain:
1. Use hard bed, avoid pillow or use thin pillow.
2. Avoid jerky movements of neck. Avoid standing for more than half hour, change your posture regularly.
3. You can take anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxants drugs orally or apply gel locally.
4. Wear collar while sitting or standing or walking
5. Do regular exercise as advised by your physiotherapist.
Hope this will help you.
Best Wishes
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