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Sciatic nerve is making my left foot have the feeling of pins n needles. plus lots n lots of pain in the calf. as well as pain down the leg.isit normal?

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Not normal: Sciatic nerve pain that causes numbness and/or tingling to the leg indicates some type of "irritation" to the sciatic nerve. Some use the term "pinched, " "compressed, " or other terms. Causes include arthritis, a slipped or ruptured disc, or other spinal issue. Best to be checked by your family doctor, internist, or orthopedic surgeon to find the cause and provide you a treatment plan.

Answered 12/30/2016

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Sciatica : Is a condition of pain along the sciatic nerve (buttocks to the feet.) is a normal pain distribution. My concern is your lots of pain in the calf. While, it may occur with sciatica, i feel it prudent to rule out a clot in the leg. You will need to see your doctor to get a referral for an ultrasound. (if they feel it warranted.).

Answered 12/26/2018

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Yes and No: Sciatica can cause these symptoms. It is not normal to have sciatica.

Answered 7/18/2014

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