How a Sciatica Diagnosis Might Change Your Life
A sciatica diagnosis can be as much a mental relief as it is a foundation for the plan you’ll use to treat your physical symptoms. When you experience shooting leg pain, tingling toes, lower leg weakness or any of the other symptoms associated with a compressed sciatic nerve, the emotional and mental strain can be immense. Part of the problem is trying to function through the pain and other symptoms. Another part of the problem is the worry that naturally accompanies the appearance of sciatica symptoms. You wonder about the causes, and whether you will have to live with these symptoms for the rest of your life.
Steps to take after a sciatica diagnosis
Once the diagnosis has been confirmed by your physician, the first thing you’re likely to experience is relief; relief that the cause of these insidious symptoms is no longer a mystery, and relief that you finally have meaningful information on which to base a treatment plan. Do not underestimate the importance of a positive attitude when it comes to treating sciatica and other spine health problems. Someone who allows a negative attitude, or a sense of helplessness, to dissuade them from putting in the work necessary to combat sciatica symptoms is less likely to experience meaningful relief.
Maintain communication after a sciatica diagnosis
During the course of treatment, especially in the early going, it is vital to communicate concerns and reservations with your physician. It is natural to feel some discouragement along the way, because no non-surgical treatment regimen is guaranteed to provide instant relief in the days following a sciatica diagnosis. Maintain an open line of communication with your health care provider and be especially vigilant regarding changes in symptoms, for better or worse.
If conservative treatment proves ineffective after several weeks or months, contact Laser Spine Institute to request a review of your MRI or CT scan. We are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, and we can let you know whether you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures to treat your sciatica symptoms.