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    Old 08-02-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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    Can sciatica pain travel upwards?

    I have sciatica pain, have had it before and this time its about 3 weeks none stop!!

    But Im getting hip and rib pain too, can that also be from the sciatica?

    Also I have been to a physio in the past for it and they didnt help at all, so Ive contacted a chiropractor, anyone else had good results from a chiropracter?


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    Re: Can sciatica pain travel upwards?

    My answer would be no. Sciatic pain is caused by irritation or compression of one of the lumbar spinal roots that twists together to form the sciatic nerves. 90% of all sciatic pain is caused by a lumbar disc herniation. Usually the sciatic pain comes from the L5 and/or S1 spinal nerve that is being compressed or irritated.

    The pain can be felt in the lower back and then running into the buttock and down the back of the leg. Hip pain is fairly common when these lower lumbar nerves are irritated or compressed. But it would not cause pain in the rib.

    If the rib pain were related to the spine, it would be from a problem in the thoracic area of the spine...but, chances are, it is coming from something else.

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    Re: Can sciatica pain travel upwards?

    Hi K9Love. I'm having exactly the same problem. My pain moves around between my buttock, hips, my S1,L5 area and up to my lower ribs at the back/ kidney area. It's that horrible numb sciatic feeling. It's been like this since I had a discectomy S1,L5 9 months ago. I've had 4 MRI's since my op (2 lumbar, 1 mid back and one one my hips) and the consultant has no idea as the scans all look OK with the exception of a bit scar tisue around the op area...although he doesn't think that's the problem. I'm going to see a pain management guy next week who can hopefully shed some light on it. Please let me know if you get anywhere as our pain sounds similar.

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