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why does my lower back and legs hurt

A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Ko
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Go to your doc: low back pain that travels down the legs can be anything from arthritis to more serious conditions It's time to seek medical care with your doctor wh ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saad Chaudhary
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Will likely improve: How long ago did it start? Any trauma? Most lower back/buttocks and sacral pain can be improved with anti inflammatory medications and directed phys ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Herniated discs: Herniated discs cause compression of nerves. Tears in the discs (annular tears) can mimic a herniated disc. When the low back (lumbar spine) is involv ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Possible: It is possible that foot pain can come from a pinched nerve in the back. The other possible causes can include problems with the foot itself or a com ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Noahleen Betts
18 years experience Podiatry
Exercise: I recommend stretching before and after exercising, it reduce injury and pain.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Shaffer
16 years experience Neurology
Back: Sounds like it could be degenerative disease, or arthritis, in your back affecting the nerve roots.
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A female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Why?: You must be examined, evaluated, diagnosed, and treated: cannot be answered online.
A female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Infection: It sounds like you might have a urinary tract infection. You should get seen today. If it is an infection and it does not get treated, it could spre ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Pulled muscle: If a muscle injury in your low back is causing the back pain the nerve that runs through that area innervating your scrotum could be affected as well ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Bromson
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Need more info: There are lots of causes of lower leg pain, and without knowing your medical history, it can be hard to determine. Assuming you are healthy, it is qu ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: It is usually either that there is a nerve that is irritated in the back causing pain to radiate into your hip, or one of the structures in your back ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Impossible : To know with such common and broad symptoms. . You should be formally evaluate.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Hastriter
18 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Back pain : Many causes for pain in back. When you breathe deeply you ribs and the muscles connecting them stretch and if you have strained your back this could ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: It is impossible to say without being able to examine you and order appropriate studies. Have it evaluated.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Need exam: Difficult to say w/out examining you...U may have strained one of your hamstring muscles mildly and continue to aggravate it w/ running.Sacroilliac jo ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Nerve impingement: is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched betwee ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me try to help: There must a reason for that, do not ignore it , listen to your body and go and check it out.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marybeth Crane
26 years experience Podiatry
Ouch!: Lumbar radiculopathy. Which means a pinched nerve in your back which gives symptoms going down your legs. I would see a neurologist.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: There are numerous causes. You do not mention how long it has hurt and this fact is very important. Possible causes range from sprains and strains to ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amogh Sahai
19 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Different reasons: I would need to have more history. Do you have history of injuries to the low back. Sometimes spinal stenosis is one condition that triggers low bac ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: These kinds of symptoms can only be adequately evaluated by your doctor in person through a physical examination. You should make an appointment.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Need evaluation: Anatomically, the upper abdomen includes: spleen, pancreas, stomach, descending duodenum, mid colon & flexures, associated vessels & aorta, liver, gal ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
Question?: I am not sure what you are asking. Please restate your question
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset ... Read More
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