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A 39-year-old member asked:

How to know if i have pinched nerve or piriformis syndrome?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 40 years experience
Pyriformis/nerve: Its very difficult for you to tell. But a doctor who does a proper examination should be able to tell. Sometimes its difficult without an injection being done.
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Piriformis syndrome: The sciatic nerve or one of its component when pinched can cause "sciatica". At the spine level it would be one of its components but once outside, it can be pinshed by the piriformis muscle causing similar symptoms with added pain from the muscle itself. A nerve conduction test preformed by a neurologist or a PM & R specialist can diagnose it.

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A 33-year-old female asked:

Can the symptoms from a pinched nerve come and go? Or symptoms of piriformis syndrome?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Piriformis Pain: The sciatic nerve runs underneath the piriformis muscle and typically does not irritate the nerve. However if the muscle is irritated or the nerve runs through the belly of the muscle (5-10% of people) it can press on the sciatic nerve and cause the sciatica type pain in the buttock region but also radiate into the leg as well. Typically stretching and nsaids are mainstay for treatment.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How to know when you've recovered from a pinched nerve?

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Dr. Atif Haque
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
symptomatically: Recovery usually is signaled by improvement/resolution of your symptoms.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have a pinched nerve?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Need MRI: If you are concerned, i would consider asking your physician to order you an MRI to evaluate your spine.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How will I know if I have a pinched nerve?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
Pinched nerve: Your doctor will often be able to make the diagnosis by asking relevant questions and performing a physical examination. A diagnostic study such as an MRI will often be performed to confirm the diagnosis and to help guide treatment options.
Dr. JAYENDRA SHAH
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 60 years experience
IF YOU EXPERIENCE PAIN- NUMBNESS OR WEAKNESS AFTER TRAUMA OR STRENIOUS ACTIVITY, YOU CAN HAVE PINCHED NERVE. ORTHOPEDIC,NEUROLOGIC AND FUNCTIONAL EXAM PLUS TESTS LIKE EMG-NERVE CONDUCION AND MRI CAN HELP IN CORRECT DIAGNOSIS. SUCCESFUL TREATMENT DEPENDS ON CORRECT DIAGNOSIS
Nov 29, 2014
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 59 years experience
I agree with Dr. Shah and Dr. Omrani
Nov 29, 2014

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