What causes sciatic nerve pain?
started about 6-7 weeks ago.,At first it was diagnosed as sciatica,started in left leg down to the toes,2 days later right leg in groin area.Could not lift legs,once in a siting position upon raising up took a few seconds to be stable on my feet.NPA set me up with physical.Where upon My upper body weakened,My wrists .elbow ,shoulders became affected.Could now without pain raise my arms,comb my hair,dress myself,etc.I am set up for occupational therapy @ the end of Aug.Do you have any cause of my problems.???
Needs detailed investigations.
Thanks for posting your query.
The gradually increasing pain can be due to osteoarthritis, decreased levels of vitamin D3 or a nerve related cause. Generalized disorders like multiple sclerosis also needs to be ruled out.
Other causes can be rheumatoid arthritis, gout, inflammatory diseases like SLE, bursitis, fibromyalgia, etc. For proper diagnosis, some of the blood tests are advisable like-
1. Serum calcium levels.
2. Serum Uric acid levels.
3. RA factor
4. ESR and CRP
5. Serum Creatinine
6. X-ray of affected joints.
You need a thorough clinical examination followed by investigations under the guidance of an orthopedician.
Till then for symptomatic relief, you can take over the counter analgesics, do hot fomentation and apply local analgesic gel on the affected areas.
I hope this answers your query.
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