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sciatica cause?

JacBJJacB Posts: 1
I have sciatica that has flared up recently, I've had the symptom for about four years on and off, the nerve pain radiates down my right leg and has been affecting my sleep at times flares as I can't find a comfortable position when it f. I know that exercise helps and it does when I can do it but I'm concerned about the cause of the sciatica and given I'm 34 and the majority of cases are in people older. A previous doctor I spoke to about a year ago didn't seem concerned and advised more exercise, but when it flares up it can be very uncomfortable and affects my sleep.

Can anyone give me any advice?


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  • Sure. Get an MRI done and get in touch with a good neurosurgeon.
    There are a few things that can cause the sciatic nerve to flare up and you can find good info here on this website.
    In the mean time I would advise to stay away from lifting heavy weights if you are going to the gym. Work instead on strengthening your core muscles.
    Do it following the exercises that someone suffering with back problems would do and not barbells and dumbells.
    If you are overweight look into maybe loosing a few pounds that can help too. By the way I am 33 so back problems aren't just an older people thing. There are lots of young people who suffer with low back pain.
    Keep us posted. Take care.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    From your thread, it seemed that you have not seen a doctor yet.
    So, I would start with your primary care physician to see what they can find. Based on their clinical examination they may send you to physical therapy, order a MRI, etc. Then based on the results, they may suggest seeing a spinal specialist.

    Here in the states, you cant just ask to have a MRI done. Because of stricter insurance procedures, the doctors need to justify why a MRI is needed. Then the insurance company can approve or deny.

    If you research into sciatica you will find one basic root cause. That there is an impingement of a nerve root.

    But start your research here All about Sciatica

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Yes I've noticed that you have tougher laws when it comes to healthcare.
    In Italy I just go see my doctor and ask him for whatever I need and he will gladly provide. That's the way things work in Sicily-very straight forward haha.
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