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my sister says she has sciatica. are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
16 years experience Neurology
To some degree: If her sciatica is due to bulging discs in the back or a hereditary subtype of arthritis, then it is more likely to run in families. That being said, it is a complex disease with multiple interacting factors, and genetics plays only one part.
Answered on Jan 25, 2013
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Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Hard to Say: Back problems in general can be related since you may have similar genes, but I wouldn't worry so much about that. Keep your back strong by doing core strengthening exercises and hopefully it won't be an issue.
Answered on Jan 1, 2017
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