Is there a way to tell if you are suffering from a flare up of sciatica from other reasons than a disc problem? I know about the straight leg raise test for prelimiary diagnosis of a disc problem. How accurate is this test? Is there any other simple tests that can give a clue if the sciatica is from a disc problem?
Thanks for the replys. I had a microdisc/lamin. on Nov. 1st. I was doing great until a few weeks ago. I returned to work and the pain has been returning. Sometimes pretty bad, others times not as bad. I also have the tingling feet/leg again. I was just trying to figure out if it is necessary to call my doctor or not. I have heard these things take time to heal and you may not ever be pain free but I have a bad feeling about this "flare up". It is not as bad as pre-surgery though, which is a good thing. I just didn't want to over react and call too soon.
What kind of work do you do? It's possible you returned too soon and I do think you should make an appt. and see your surgeon. It could be scare tissue, or heaven forbid, re-herniation. I don't think you should delay....the longer you wait, the worse the problem will become.
Carol, I am a Medical Technologist on 3rd shift by myself. I do alot of walking, sitting, and bending. I really don't have to do any lifting. What will the doctors do if the pain is from scar tissue? What does it feel like if your SI joint is inflamed? I see that you suffer from this. I have alot of pain in that area that radiates. Maybe that is the problem. Thanks for your input. Aero