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Dr. Whitworth-please

Dr. Whitworth-please

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Posted by James on April 02, 2000 at 17:53:52:

Having been diagnosed with sciatica in Nov 99, I have a problem. I have been on indomethicin 3mos, ibuprophen and taking vicodin. I am seen @ a low income clinic where Nsaids, TCI and pain clinics (learn to live w/ it) are the options. Because of no insurance an MRI is out. I have had several bout of sciatica but this is the first involving foot numbness, calf pain and hip pain. Question: 1-What are chances of this resolving on its own? 2-Are epidurals the next step or prednisolone Tablets/injections. What is your experience with the success rate w/ this tx.
My Dr. suspects L-5 radiculopathy or at least wants to rule it out, coupled w/ L-3 & L-4 (small amount of DDD).
Am I doing damage to the nerve by not getting a more invasive or aggressive treatment. Thank you for the help here and on MGH forum.



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