Should I talk to my doctor about my sciatica?

In most cases, mild sciatica will go away by itself. If your pain is severe, if it worsens, if it is worse when you lie down or it wakes you at night, or if it continues past  four weeks, talk to your doctor. If you suddenly develop intense pain in your leg or lower back as well as weakness or numbness in one of your legs, get medical attention right away. You should also get medical attention right away if your pain started to occur after a violent injury, if there's redness or swelling along the spine, if it's accompanied by unexplained fever, blood in or a burning sensation with urination, or if you're losing control of bladder or bowel function.

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