A 32-year-old male asked:
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weak leg n back muscle n loss of leg strength/tingling.cant walk/stand for long.is this sciatica?emg normal.have history of b12/d def.now b12 is 250

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Dr. Yelena Kipervas
22 years experience Family Medicine
No: This is not sciatica. You need to continue investigating the reason for these symptoms.
Answered on May 9, 2017
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Possibly: An emg/ncv test is not 100 percent sensitive for sciatica, so it could possibly be coming from the irritation of a nerve in the back causing symptoms in the leg ("sciatica"), but there are other potential causes as well. An MRI of the lumbar spine would show if there is any nerve impingement that correlates with your symptoms. Continue being seen for further work up.
Answered on May 9, 2017

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