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What is the difference between sciatica and just having hip or thigh pain

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Arcos
Pain Management 38 years experience
Complex answer: Great question! sciatica usually refers to a nerve type pain that radiates down the leg, often to the foot. It can be sharp, shooting, burning, and ti... Read More
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Big difference: Sciatica pain runs down the leg in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. Hip pain strays localized to the hip/outside of thigh.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Hard to tell: However an easy way to tell is if your pain is in the groin region or in the front thigh area where the legs meets the pelvis it could be hip. Otherw... Read More

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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Yes: A good clinician can usually make that differentiation rather easily. A simple ultrasound will rule out a blood clot.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Hip pain: Sounds like sciatica--a pinched nerve that is caused by a bulging or herniated disc, that refers pain down the leg in a specific distribution. Also co... Read More
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Could be. See orthop: Edist to get it evaluated and treated. One can have sciatica without any back pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
You : You have a classic picture of an s1 radiculopathy. More likely than not you have a disc problem at l5-s1. Another less common problem is compression o... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Radiculopathy: Very commonly a disc protrusion can cause radiating posters lateral thigh pain. If associated with numbness tingling or weakness, or any other neuro... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Posssibly: There are many causes of low back pain and hip pain. Often they are related. A bad hip can cause buttock, groin, and/or thigh pain. Sometimes a pin... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Sciatica: Sometimes it is difficult to determine if the pain is coming from the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, or the hip. An MRI of the lumbar spine, pelvis, ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Merralgia parastheti: It can be merralgia parasthetica or part of your hip pain pathology.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Jackson
Neurology 11 years experience
Need an exam to tell: Sounds like it has components of muscular, joint, and nerve compression and unlikely to be as simple as a one word description. You are a little youn... Read More