how to diagnose and treat?
Your gp will be able to diagnose sciatica etc... if your signs point to it. Tell your dr. The exact ailment and you will be diagnose, if need be, acccordingly. I don't recommend internet symptom searches, these give some people the impression that they are sick when they are in fact not. So do yourself a favor and only know YOUR body, your own symptoms, write them down in a "pain(ournal" if you have a memory and busy life like most of us. It really helps going to an appointment (with your regular, family doctor) if you're prepared. But believe it or not, Doctors know when a patient comes in with their own diagnoses and is trying to convince her of it :) I have sciatica and you do not want it. I wish you the best and hope you get your answers.
Your caregiver will take your health history. This may include details about your job, and history of any back pain, disease, or surgery you may have had. He may also do a straight leg raise test. This is done by simply raising your leg to check if it causes you pain. You may also need any of the following:
•Blood and urine tests: Samples of your blood or urine are collected and sent to a lab for tests.
•Electromyography: This is also called an EMG. An EMG is done to test the function of your muscles and the nerves that control them. Electrodes (wires) are placed on the area of muscle being tested. Needles that enter your skin may be attached to the electrodes. The electrical activity of your muscles and nerves is measured by a machine attached to the electrodes. Your muscles are tested at rest and with activity.
•Bone scan: This is a test done to look at the bones in your body. The bone scan shows areas where your bone is diseased or damaged. You will get a radioactive liquid, called a tracer, through a vein in your arm. The tracer collects in your bones. Pictures will then be taken to look for problems. Examples of bone problems include fractures (breaks) and infection.
•Computerized tomography scan: This test is also called a CT or CAT scan. An x-ray machine uses a computer to take pictures of your hips, thighs, and legs. Before taking the pictures, you may be given a dye through a small tube placed in your vein (IV). The dye helps the sciatic nerve, muscles, or blood vessels show up better in the pictures. People who are allergic to shellfish (lobster, crab, or shrimp) may be allergic to this dye. Tell your caregiver if you are allergic to any of these.
Magetic resonance imaging: This test is also called an MRI. During the MRI, pictures of your hips, thighs, and legs are taken. Caregivers use these pictures to look for damaged nerves, muscles, bones, or blood vessels. You will need to lie still during an MRI. Never enter the MRI room with an oxygen tank, watch, or any other metal objects. This can cause serious injury. Tell your caregiver if you have any metal implants in your body
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