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I have sciatica pain and now a rash on that spot What does that mean

A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Coller
12 years experience Family Medicine
Shingles?: It is hard to say without an evaluation and looking at the rash. Sometimes a one-sided rash that also has nerve pain with it could be a shingles outbr ... Read More
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Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience Family Medicine
Shingles: This sounds like you have developed shingles (herpes zoster). This could have caused your initial pain prior to the rash. This can be treated, so se ... Read More
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Shingles?: Not typical for sciatica to cause a rash. However Shingles is possible and can cause sciatica like symptoms. See your doctor to make sure.

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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Herpes Zoster?: Or shingles would give you a rash and can give you long lasting pain. The condition is treatable. But you should be examined by a doctor to be sure.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
See your DR.: Pain for 2 months, then a rash is not zoster. Zoster will be on 1 side, following a nerve, consisting of clusters of small blisters & scabs.
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Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Shingles?: The dermatomes l4, l5, s1 and s2 (racepinephrine) go over the buttocks region on the way down to the leg. Shingles typically follow dermatome pattern ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Not generally: Shingles can be mistaken for siatica.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: True sciatica cannot cause a rash.
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
No: However, if that rash turns into blisters and burns, that might be shingles. See your doctor to evaluate and treat you appropriately.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Disc: The vast majority of lumbar discs will resolve spontaneously, but can take months for some people. Physical therapy is often helpful and would be the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Yes, it can: Impingement of the S1 nerve can lead to weakness and erratic nerve pain down one leg. The interventional pain management involves special procedures t ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
17 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See below: The rash and sciatica are likely 2 separate problems. See your physician for a diagnosis and treatment.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
Maybe none: This can often be diagnosed by history and physical examination. You should discuss this with your doctor first. A plain x-ray then an MRI is is the ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
L.p. shunt: Since spinal nerve irritation is listed as a possible problem with lp shunts, I would ask an expert who places these shunts whether sciatic nerve irri ... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Many approaches: First, assessment to identify where the radiculopathy pain is coming from and if there is any progressing nerve damage. For pain relief in the meantim ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience Pain Management
Not sure: I certainly suggest you continue to follow up with your doc. You may be a candidate for a steroid dose pak or epidural injection. Finally if u devel ... Read More
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