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Does Your Leg Hurt When You Cough?

Does Your Leg Hurt When You Cough?

Accurately diagnosing sciatica on the basis of symptoms has long been a challenge.

A new report in the European Spine Journal suggests that one simple question may accurately identify which patients have herniated discs or nerve compression.

Dutch scientists studied a group of 395 patients with severe sciatica. The patients were asked if their pain worsened when they coughed, sneezed, or strained. The patients could choose one of four answers:

No worsening of pain

Worsening of back pain

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