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A 21-year-old female asked about a 52-year-old female:

Severe pain in lower back, leg & buttocks. can't sit down or walk up stairs. pain even too intense to walk. could this be sciatica or worse?

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Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Sciatica: This could represent sciatica or purifier is syndrome and warrants further evaluation
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, "sciatica" describes the irritation of a nerve in the back that then causes pain that runs down the buttocks into the leg. If it does not improve, or if it is associated with numbness, weakness, or bowel/ bladder problems I would be seen. On the other hand, many cases can resolve on their own as well.

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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