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Pain Tingling in Multiple Dermatomes

vermithraxvvermithrax Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Lower Back Pain
My MRI that I had a year back showed a medium herniation at L4-L5. I have noticed that my sciatic symptoms follow several different dermatomes on a chart. the front and back of my calf will hurt, or the top and bottom of my foot will tingle, though not at the same time.

Does anyone else here experience this? I know nerve root compression is supposed to follow a specific pattern down your leg.


  • After they realized the issues with your L4-L5 did your doctor order a EMG study? while it could all be related it is possible it is not all coming from your spine. Also keep in mind the dermatone map is not a 100% accurate as everyone is built different. While I have the sciatic issues from the same level, I further have a compressed peroneal nerve from a old fall that broke my ankle, so they are independent of each other, as it is trapped in the deep and the common nerve. You also might want to speak to your doctor about the pain your feeling and see what he/she has to say. keep us posted on how you do.
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