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Can sciatica cause symptoms above the waist?

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Old 02-09-2009, 02:30 PM   #1
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Can sciatica cause symptoms above the waist?

Hi, everyone. For about a year now, I've had a sunburn-like feeling over much of my body. It starts at my toes, goes up the tops of my feet and into my shins. Then it dips behind my thighs, up through my butt, my lower back, and into my shoulders and arms. I've had tons of tests, and the only thing that shows up is that I've got a slightly herniated disc at L5. My spine doc says that there is now way that an L5 bulge/herniation could give my symptoms in my arm. I'm inclined to believe him, but my symptoms seem to have started after I moved a bunch of big rocks around. And when I read about sciatica, it really seems to describe my symptoms below the waist... If anyone has any thoughts, I'd appreciate them. Best wishes, Marlow

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