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Dermatome Map/Pain

Started by Frankie66 on 10/02/2019 10:01am

Little background I had a discectomy on my L4/5 back in 09’. I had a rough time after surgery but after about a year i made good recovery. Still had occasional pains that I could resolve with stretching and Mckenzie/Cobras method/yoga.

Skip forward to now I woke up two weeks ago with sciatica all the way down the back of my leg to my 2nd toe. I had been sleeping on my stomach by accident. I have never been able to sleep on my stomach without causing pain down my leg since surgery.

Last MRI before this showed nothing out of the ordinary for me. L5/S1 showed a bulge maybe 2mm.

I had seen a surgeon 5 years ago when I had a flare up. He suggested the pain I was having at the time was coming from the L5/S1 area but he hadn’t seen an MRI at the time to confirm anything.

I was wondering how close to a dermatome map has your disc problems/ sciatica followed? It seems by looking at a map my current pain would be coming from my L5/S1 level.

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