Re: Anyone diagnosed with radiculitis?
The radiculitis refers to nerve root irritation from a bulging or herniated disc in the back, or from bone spurs pressing on the nerve root. The pain radiates down the sciatic nerve, a large nerve that extends down the buttock and goes all the way down to the ankle/foot. The MRI will show what is pressing on the nerve. The neuropathy should be worked up to find the cause. Most common causes are diabetes, alcohol excess, VIT b12 or folic acid deficiency, low thyroid levels, and connective tissue diseases. These can all be ruled out with blood tests, so specific treatment can be helpful. Sometimes neuropathy can be hereditary or idiopathic (no identifiable reason). The numbness and tingling can also be caused by the disc problem if the disc or spurs are pressing on both sides. Neuropathy is diagnosed by a nerve conduction study, if taking care of the disc doesn't clear up the numbness and tingling.