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Bilateral Sciatica

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Does any one know if sciatica is rated for each side involved or is it just rated total? I am pretty sure that I have it on both sides with mild on right to moderate/moderate severe on left. I will probably have an emg test with my new doctor. If he uses mild and moderate on report, which would the VA use in rating if not separate?

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I think if it affects both limbs then you would get the bilateral factor. If you don't get it then you should appeal on the grounds that the sciatica affects both limbs. You might even be eligible for SMC if there is loss of use of either or both legs to some extent, but that is something others could comment on.

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Sciatic nerve:

Diagnostic code 8520, Paralysis of

Complete, the foot dangles and drops, no active movement

possible of muscles below the knee, flexion of knee weakened

or (very rarely) lost 80%

Incomplete:

Severe, with marked muscular atrophy 60%

Moderately severe 40%

Moderate 20%

Mild 10%

These ratings are unilateral(one leg/foot)

Bilateral factor would apply for both legs

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