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[QUOTE=teteri66;5386167]Welcome to the board. Did the lumbar MRI show any spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis? What symptoms did you have that caused you to get a MRI of the cervical spine?

When you have pain in both legs it indicates that there is some irritation in the central canal or something that is affecting both sciatic nerves such as a disc that has become damaged in the middle rather than on the left or right side.

While the piriformis is often the culprit for sciatic nerve pain on one side, it is a bit unusual to have both piriformis muscles affected and pinching sciatic nerves descending into both left and right sides.

There are a few things I can suggest for you to try that may help. Once the sciatic nerve becomes irritated, it is important that you do what you can to stop any activity or position that irritates it. I would try resting for a few days, icing several times a day to try to get any inflammation to go down. Limit sitting to 15-20 minutes. Then get up and walk for a few minutes. Sleep on your side or back with a pillow under your knees to preserve the natural curves of the spine. Drink lots of water and other fluids.

I strongly suggest you do the following exercise several times per day. Lie on a firm surface like a carpeted floor, yoga mat, etc. on your back, knees bent with feet flat on floor. Place arms close to the body with palms facing up to the ceiling. Relax and breathe deeply and slowly from the you can see the belly going up and down. Do this for 2-5 minutes at a session. (Be sure pelvis is in a neutral position, not tipping forward or back.)

This exercise helps to realign the spine, helps to unload the discs and the deep breathing in this position can help to reset the parasympathetic nervous system. If any muscles are guarding the injured area or overcompensating to protect injured area, this will help them to relax and let go.

This is a great position to do even when there are no back injuries as it helps to keep the spine properly aligned and functioning appropriately.

If you did irritate the sciatic nerves, it can take a good six weeks for recovery, so be patient and maybe just do very gentle walking for exercise...and not too far![/QUOTE]
Thanks for the quick answer, well all I got as an answer from the MRI was that everything was fine and there was nothing to worry about. Yesterday I visited a neurologist who, based on my symptoms, pointed towards piriformis syndrome. He said that it still could be piriformis syndrome in spite of the bilateral symptoms. He also did some sort of nerve-conduction test in which electrodes were placed at different places on my legs and electrical shocks were sent through them. The results were also nothing abnormal, but he did mention that the signal to or from my L5 was not 100%, but then argumented that this was common, as it is hard to measure that area. I really don't know what to do anymore. I might want to see an orthopedic, who maybe can point out anatomical asymmetries.

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