Ask an expert
Question

19 Apr 2006

Sciatica nerve
Hi Cyberdoc, just a quick question, I had back surgery 2 months ago L4/L5 Discectomy (disc pressing on my sciatica nerve) I am still having problems with pain running down my buttock and leg sometimes alternating left to right side. The Neuro Surgeon mentioned I have another two disc degenerating above L4/L5 could it be related? I am due to go back to work in May after being off for two months but I don't want to go back still having this most annoying pain please advise.
Answer 399 views
Expert
CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Hi Mickey
Yes - we learnt a little rhyme at medical school - 4 to the floor and 3 to the kne - meaning that pressure on L4 will give you pain down into the foot, L3 will give you pain to the Knee and L2 will give pain in the buttock and upper leg. However his pain may be due to the fact that you just had major surgery - give it more time to get better - 80% of this clears up by itself in 3 months.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
32% - 9428 votes
No
68% - 19906 votes
Vote