A 27-year-old female asked:
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can mild arthritis of the lower back cause significant sciatica pain? mri done in july. pain is getting worse. on gabapentin and meloxicam. thanks!

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Dr. Julia Sanchez
16 years experience Pain Management
Depends on MRI: It depends on what the findings on MRI where. Usually arthritis (or hypertrophy of the facet joints) can cause back pain that could radiate to the buttocks. 'sciatica pain' usually is caused by inflammation of the spinal canal that causes pressure on the nerve that forms the sciatic nerve. Medications should be accompanied by physical therapy for conservative treatment of this pain.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience Rheumatology
Unlikely: Unlikely, unless facet joint disease. Fibromyalgia more likely.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether.
Answered on Jul 21, 2014

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