A 48-year-old female asked:
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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?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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.
Answered on Jun 10, 2017

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