A 20-year-old female asked:
i have a severe pain shooting down my lower leg towards the back. it hurts to walk on it and it goes numb frequently. what could be causing this?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Steve Springer answered
23 years experience Family Medicine
Unnerving : You likely have some pressure on a nerve in your lower back. There are some simple findings on physical exam that can determine the severity of your problem. Head to your doctor and get checked out.
Answered on May 1, 2019
Dr. Kenneth Smith answered
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve or condition call neuropathy possible. Need to see physician and proceed with evaluation.
Answered on Apr 13, 2014
Dr. Qamar Khan answered
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 Jul 22, 2014
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