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Can multiple sclerosis cause sciatica pains?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Its possible since MS can affect nerves not only in the brain but also in the spinal cord.
Alternatively, diseases like Transverse Myelitis (related to MS) can occur and cause pain in a sciatic pattern as well.

In brief: Yes

Its possible since MS can affect nerves not only in the brain but also in the spinal cord.
Alternatively, diseases like Transverse Myelitis (related to MS) can occur and cause pain in a sciatic pattern as well.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Jordan Fersel
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Ms is the great masquerader. It can present in a multitude of ways.
It all depends on where the plaques are anatomically in the brain or spinal cord. But in medicine as in life common things are most common, so first it should be assumed that sciatica is due to herniated disc and MRI of spine should be ordered.

In brief: Possibly

Ms is the great masquerader. It can present in a multitude of ways.
It all depends on where the plaques are anatomically in the brain or spinal cord. But in medicine as in life common things are most common, so first it should be assumed that sciatica is due to herniated disc and MRI of spine should be ordered.
Dr. Jordan Fersel
Dr. Jordan Fersel
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In brief: A bit uncommon

Greater than 90 % of MS patients do suffer pain, and leg pain is not rare.
But always best to check that the sciatic like pain is NOT due to a ruptured disc in the lower back, or due to diabetes. Co-morbidities do exist in MS.

In brief: A bit uncommon

Greater than 90 % of MS patients do suffer pain, and leg pain is not rare.
But always best to check that the sciatic like pain is NOT due to a ruptured disc in the lower back, or due to diabetes. Co-morbidities do exist in MS.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Can coexist

Sciatica is common so it can coexist with many other conditions without being etiologically connected.

In brief: Can coexist

Sciatica is common so it can coexist with many other conditions without being etiologically connected.
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
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