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A 48-year-old female asked:

I am in my 40s and have chronic lower back and hip pain. pain shoots down front of leg. foot gets numb and tingly. any ideas what it could be?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Spinal problem.: With all that put together, my first thought would be an issue with your spine, perhaps a disc herniation or spinal stenosis. You may benefit from an X-ray of the lumbar spine with flexion and extension views along with an MRI of the spine to begin the investigation.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause. Thank you for your question.
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