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

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
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
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Different cause: Sciatic pain is nerve pain. May originate at nerve root level or where nerve passes through muscle. Shooting pain down back of leg when raise leg up w... Read More
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Sciatic: Pain is from irritation of the nerve. Claudication is from decreased blood flow due to pad.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Vascular evaluation: Claudication is a sign of decreased blood flow to a leg. It does not put her at immediate risk of losing her leg, but should be assessed by a vascula... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
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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
Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
EMG: There are two options.First one is to do and emg(electromyogram)this test should tell you if the sciatica is due to a radiculopathy or due to others c... Read More
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Clinical exam: A good medical doctor will examine you and find out what is going on. Usually, straight leg raise testing will make it clear if this is from the nerve... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Schlessel
Specializes in General Surgery
Yes: Smoking does cause changes in the artery that can worsen claudication.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Decreases risk: Several studies have shown a protective effect of moderate alcohol consumption towards claudication. Men who drank 1-2 drinks/day and women who drank ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Stop walking: The initial treatment for leg claudication is to stop walking on the painful leg. Increased fluid intake, an asprin, NSAID or other blood thinning med... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, even smoking of marijuana has been shown to have adverse effects on blood vessels. There are debates about this, but the official stance by the s... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Schlessel
Specializes in General Surgery
No: Claudication of the leg in and of itself would not cause sexual dysfunction but poor blood supply to the leg can be associated with poor blood flow to... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: If you have true "claudication" (which is muscle cramping from poor circulation), then shoes will not prevent symptoms. Regular exercises will help im... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not likely: Blockages of arteries to the arms are possible but much less likely to occur than blockages in the legs. In addition, the blockages in the arms are a ... Read More

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