A 52-year-old female asked:
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strained rt lower back moving smthg heavy. mild soreness, tingling, numbness back to rt knee and thru neck down to rt hand. nauseous. see doctor?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Sciatica refers to the irritation of a nerve in the back causing pain down the leg and its course can be quite benign and does not always need a doctor visit when it first occurs because it can quickly resolve. But when you start having numbness and also symptoms in your neck and arm, i would suggest you be seen to make sure nothing else is going on. Thank you.
Answered on Jan 20, 2014
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Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist.
Answered on Jan 21, 2014
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