What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose sciatica, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "sciatica" as a symptom. For example, dehydration.
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
an average-stress lifestyle
frequent unexplained nausea
lower back pain
frequent runny nose
dizziness when standing up
reduced skin elasticity
being a lethargic person
... and more than 30 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sciatica.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you experience pain that radiates from your lower spine to your buttock, and down the back of your leg(s)? It is sometimes accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness. This is known as Sciatica.
→ I never had it / don't know
→ Probably/minor episode now resolved
→ Major episode now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of sciatica or sciatica, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Dehydration
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