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Review: could Sciatica cause Fluid retention?

Summary: Fluid retention could be caused by Sciatica, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, also have Pain, and take Neurontin.

We study 2,211 people who have Sciatica from FDA and social media. Among them, 17 have Fluid retention. Find out below who they are, other conditions they have and drugs they take.

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Sciatica (latest reports from 44,400 patients) is typically treated by Gabapentin, Lyrica, Tramadol Hydrochloride, Neurontin, Prednisone, Diclofenac Sodium.

Fluid retention

Fluid retention (an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the blood) (latest reports from 89,011 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, diabetes, primary pulmonary hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 2,210 people who have sciatica are studied. Among them, 17 (0.77%) have Fluid Retention. They amount to 0.02% of all the 88,838 people who have Fluid Retention on eHealthMe.

Trend of Fluid retention in sciatica reports

Gender of people who have sciatica and experienced Fluid retention * :

Fluid retention82.14%17.86%

Age of people who have sciatica and experienced Fluid retention * :

Fluid retention0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%19.05%66.67%19.05%

Severity of the symptom * :


Top co-existing conditions for these people * :

  1. Pain (17 people, 100.00%)
  2. Intervertebral disc degeneration (2 people, 11.76%)
  3. Back injury (2 people, 11.76%)
  4. Neuralgia (1 people, 5.88%)

Most common drugs used by these people * :

  1. Neurontin (17 people, 100.00%)
  2. Premarin (17 people, 100.00%)
  3. Depo-medrol (17 people, 100.00%)
  4. Zocor (17 people, 100.00%)
  5. Celebrex (17 people, 100.00%)
  6. Bextra (17 people, 100.00%)
  7. Lyrica (14 people, 82.35%)
  8. Hydrochlorothiazide (7 people, 41.18%)
  9. Valium (6 people, 35.29%)
  10. Vioxx (4 people, 23.53%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

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  • I have never suffered depression in my life. However, after being on various codeine products and now morphine sulfate for over a year for severe sciatic pain, I am suffering severe depression and anxiety. I am crying all the time about everything. I need to find alternative pain medication that does not cause this devastating depression.


    Nancy on Mar, 27, 2014:

    Yes, Brisa, I am now going to a good chiropractor.

    My brother said to make sure he is a Palmer graduate, and he is. No one seems to know what is causing the sciatic in my left leg until I went to the chiropractor. I started going to him a month ago and am improving slowly. He took an xray and showed me the problem starts in my neck, and then my spine goes sideways to the left. He said he can fix me - 3 visits per week for 16 weeks, then one visit per week for 12 weeks, then only maintenance as needed.

    I started out a year ago at a pain doctor. After having an MRI, I had all the injections in spine and piriformis, and nothing worked! I then went to a very good physical therapist, and after 15 visits, I was worse!

    I am now taking 30MG of Morphine Sulfate at night just so I can relieve the pain enough to get to sleep. I will be slowly cutting down over the next couple of months and be off the pain med completely.

    Yesterday the pain MD prescribed Amitriptyline (per my daughter's suggestion) to help me get to sleep. If I can get to sleep quickly, I feel I can start cutting back the pain meds again. I already cut out 15 MG over two weeks a few weeks ago, but had to stop because the pain was too great and my depression and crying greatly increased in withdrawal. I guess I was cutting down too fast. I took 10 MG Amitriptyline for the first time last night and was out like a light! So I feel I can start cutting back the pain med again.

    I also started taking L-Tyrosine and L-Tryptophan a couple of days ago for the depression and anxiety, and they seem to be helping a little.


    Brisa on Mar, 23, 2014:

    The drugs you are using are really HEAVY DUTY pain meds. Not knowing the cause of your sciatic nerve pain, might I suggest that you seek relief thru chiropractic adjustment and massage therapy. If you're only treating the symptoms (pain) and not the cause, it seems to me you're on a treadmill without a way to get off.


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