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can you tell me how sciatic leg pain is different from leg claudication

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Nerve vs. Blood Flow: Sciatic pain is due to compression and inflammation of the nerve roots which give rise to the sciatic nerve. It comes on at rest while sitting and the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Consult a doctor: Claudication is a symptom of poor circulation in the leg and is commonly associated with generalized atherosclerosis and increases risk of gangrene, h ... Read More
A 80-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Exercise: Walking to comfort at least a half hour a day is about what you can do, if your legs tolerate it.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
35 years experience Anesthesiology
Sometimes : It's very difficult to differentiate between those two. A good physical exam and history necessary. Avoid positions that worse the pain. An MRI somet ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Arcos
37 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Sciatica refers to ANY cause of irritation ,injury or trauma to the sciatic nerve, at any point in its anatomic course. This can be from a stretch inj ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
29 years experience Neurosurgery
Tricky: Sciatica can cause thigh pain but it usually goes down the back or side of your thigh/calf into your foot. Sometimes there will be mainly pain in the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR: There are several meds that work well together to help your condition.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Lo
Dr. Justin Lo answered
20 years experience Pain Management
Sure: Assuming you don't have loss of nerve function (numbness, weakness of leg) you can start with conservative measures like pt, rest, anti-inflammatory m ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Ok: First ensure the diagnosis is accurate. Not all symptoms in the leg are sciatica. Good thing is that you may successfully manage your symptoms with co ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yeshvant Navalgund
21 years experience Pain Management
Epidural Block: A very frequently used technique used for this condition. Vist your pain doctor for a proper evaluation and see if you qualify.
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aron Rovner
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Sciatica: You may have a pinched nerve in you lower back. Try antiinflammatory medicine. Physical therapy might help. You should see a doctor who might recommen ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Burns
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Time to relief: Most vascular problems cramp with duration of walking and respond over 2-5 minutes to rest. "neurogenic claudication" or pinched nerves from back art ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: A good clinician can usually make that differentiation rather easily. A simple ultrasound will rule out a blood clot.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Depends: We would first have to figure out the etiology to know the best treatment, see an orthopedist for proper evaluation and treatment.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Pain in the Butt: Typically s1 nerve root starts in the back and travels through the tailbone into the leg where it becomes part of the sciatic nerve. Typical pain pat ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Le answered
16 years experience Pain Management
Sciatic pain: The sciatic pain can be caused by spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. You should s ... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Relieve pressure: A back problem that includes leg pain should be evaluated by a primary care doctor, who can then refer the patient to a physical therapist, orthopedic ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Usually not done: There would have to be something else - not the settiin you describe. Tumors or loss of blood supply would be some that might. You can discuss these ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Hashemi
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Muscle cramp: That could be 2/2 electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, overuse of muscle, injury to muscle, some medications like statin, depression med and birth cont ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
17 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pinched Nerve: While there are many causes of leg pain and numbness one of the most common causes is lumbar radiculopathy. This occurs when one of the nerves leavin ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
30 years experience Neurosurgery
Conservative Rx 1st: After a thorough neurological evaluation, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, narcotic and/or non-narcotic p ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Reynolds
34 years experience Pain Management
1st get a diagnosis: See your doctor and start w/ a proper diagnosis.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Robertson
35 years experience General Surgery
No compartment syndr: Compartment syndrome is a catastrophic event typically following a crush injury or an ischemic event, in which the pressure inside the fascial compart ... Read More
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