A 42-year-old member asked:
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might a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?

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Dr. Douglas Beall
27 years experience Radiology
Absolutely: In fact most sciatica is not caused from frank nerve compression but mostly chemical irritation from the disc problem affecting the nerve.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment.
Answered on Jul 10, 2014

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