Sciatica

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:
constant thirst
much lower back pain
brittle fingernails
coffee consumption
dark urine color
history of adult allergies
severe emotional instability
history of stomach ulcers
morning sickness
indoor allergies
high alcohol consumption
numb/burning/tingling extremities
... and more than 20 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

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate problems with limbs, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
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.
Possible responses:
→ 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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