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Burke, VA
A 36-year-old male asked:

I often wake up with numbness in hands; have elbow pain during the day; was diagnosed with sciatica; have bulging discs in back; obese. back surgery?

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Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Sciatica: is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve which runs from the buttock area down and around the leg. Surgery is a last resort. I suggest speaking to your orthopedic physician about oral or injected anti inflammatory medicines.

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