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A 20-year-old female asked:

had us on leg to rule out blood clots, was told i had sciatica.does it have to be fully straight down the leg or brief pains in spots?like by my groin?

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Sciatica: Sciatica or inflammation of the sciatic nerve is often caused by a herniatee disc in the low back. The location and radiation of the pain varies by the level and degree of the disc herniation. A physician who specializes in the spine can help relieve your pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Symptom Vs Cause: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg or even the groin area. The nerve then goes to the muscle which can then hurt, spasm or feel sore or irritated.

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Last updated Apr 28, 2016

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