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Old 02-05-2005, 06:22 AM   #1
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Question How do you tell the difference....

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?

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Old 02-05-2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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Re: How do you tell the difference....

You would really need to have a MRI , CT scan, or EMG, etc to try to pinpoint if it is truely sciatica or a disc problem. Good luck

Old 02-05-2005, 06:10 PM   #3
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Re: How do you tell the difference....

I don't think there is ANY way you can test that unless you get a imaging test. Sciatica could be caused by a disc, or not. Good luck and I hope it is just the sciatic nerve and NOT a disc.

Old 02-05-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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Re: How do you tell the difference....

Have you seen a doctor about this? I agree with myspine and Mel, you should get an MRI to check for disc involvement to be on the safe side. Good luck!

Old 02-06-2005, 07:10 AM   #5
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Re: How do you tell the difference....

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.

Old 02-06-2005, 12:59 PM   #6
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Re: How do you tell the difference....

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.

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Old 02-06-2005, 01:13 PM   #7
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Re: How do you tell the difference....

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

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