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I'm fairly new here, but I've posted a few times.
I have a herniation at L4-L5 causing sciatica and every fun thing that goes with it. I'm currently waiting for a surgery discectomy which will occur on August 25, so I am educating myself in the meantime.
There's a video on this website that explains that this type of surgery is more effective for people who have radiculopathy than for people who's primary concern is back pain. The doctor in the video goes on to describe radiculopathy as pain that radiates from the buttocks or hip down into the leg.
I am bit confused as to how to differentiate hip/buttocks pain vs. back pain at this point. I know for sure is that the pain radiates from my hip/buttocks/lower back, but that pain is way worse than the pain in my leg. Does that make me one of the people that my primary complaint is back pain, or is that considered to be radiculopathy?
I'm getting the surgery either way because the leg pain is there regardless and we'll at least take care of that part, but does that mean that I can expect my lower back pain to remain? Again, I hesitate to call it back pain. It's not in the middle of my back, I know it's nerve pain, but it's pretty high in my buttocks. It's pretty vague actually; I couldn't even pinpoint exactly where the pain comes from.
As always, I'm looking forward to your responses.
Cheers from Canada!