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Sciatica VS Neuropathy
vjtadeo posted:
I was told about a month ago that I had sciatica. I was experiencing pain in my hip, thigh, calves, ankles & feet. Since then, the pain has subsided in all areas but my feet. I now constantly feel like my foot is asleep and I experience lots of pain when walking. So my question is: "Is it still Sciatica, or is it neuropathy?" I have had Type 2 Diabetes since 2007. My numbers have always been in the normal range. (Both my A1c and my blood sugar readings before and after meals.) Can anyone offer some insight as to what is going on? Any maybe what I should do next?
dianer01 responded:
Hi, I am going to give you a really awful answer. Yes. Sciatica can cause neuropathy and so can diabetes. Unfortunately once the damage is done, there is no way to tell what caused it.

Here is the good part. If the pain is caused by the sciatica, it may subside over time.

The best I can offer is continue to take good care of yourself and keep your blood glucose under the best control possible. You probably want to consult with your doctor. Have you seen a spine specialist?

my best to you.
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auriga1 responded:
It is difficult to say which it might be.

The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body. It's origins start in the lower back and run down the buttock, hip, thigh, all the way down to your feet.

Sciatica is a nerve pain when something is pressing upon it be it a herniated disc, inflamed muscle or compression of two vertebrae.

I do not know if your sciatica was diagnosed because of your symptoms or if actual tests were performed such as an MRI or a contrast dye procedure.

I am not a medication professional. I had sciatica and it was diagnosed via a myelogram. I don't know how often they do this procedure anymore. It's a contrast dye procedure. They extracted spinal fluid from my spine and inserted a contrast dye. They could actually see two herniated discs pressing on my sciatic nerve.

I had a procedure done to correct the two hernicated discs. I also have a compression of one disc due to an abnormality of two vertebrae. I still get a little nerve pain in my lower back and hip.

Did you have any tests performed for the diagnosis of sciatica to be reached?
vjtadeo replied to auriga1's response:
No, I had no tests done. I have had sciatica before and it has always gone away in a timely manner. Maybe I should check into having some testing done, to see if it is true sciatica or something else. I did have back surgery for bulging discs at L4 & L5. That surgery was for pain I was having in my right leg. It worked for about 3 months and then the pain returned. I know I do have arthritis in the spine, hips & knees. But have never had this sensation of my foot being asleep and pain radiating up the leg.
Thanks to all who responded. You gave me some things to think about.
brunosbud replied to vjtadeo's response:
The most under explained aspect of medicine, today, is "rehab" (after major surgery). I will never (willingly) go under the knife, again, until I have my arms completely around proper post-surgery rehabilitation. It's just as important as the surgery, itself, and it is so poorly explained to most patients.

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