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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Doctor, I have had sciatica with leg muscle weakness for

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Hi Doctor, I have had sciatica with leg muscle weakness for 6 weeks, how long does it take to ease?
Thanks Cat
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi Cat. We can continue after this but usually sciatica, with rest, only is a problem for perhaps a few days. With this lasting so long I don't think it's a compression of your sciatic nerve but compression of a nerve root in you lumbar spine from a ruptured disk. If you haven't seen a doctor about this you need to so you can get an MRI of your lower back and then treatment from a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist