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what are symptoms of having low back pain at the level of l5-s1? what is sciatica? please help and explain

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Dr. Alvin Stein
Pain Management 60 years experience
Sciatica is leg pain: Sciatica is a symptom . Leg pain and it does no say where it originates. L5-s1 could cause a back ache or leg pain or spasms in the low back or numbness in the buttock or leg. You need to be examined by a doctor to find the origin of the pain so that a decision can be made as to what to treat or not to treat.
Dr. George Arcos
Pain Management 38 years experience
Back and leg : I assume you arereferringto. A disc herniation at l5-s1. Symptoms include sharp or burning pain in the center of the low back. Pain can radiate across the low back , to. The buttock, or down the leg, depending upon th eleven of nerve involvement. L5 nerve pain will usually travel down the leg to the top of the foot or great toe. S1 will produce pain , shooting , or tingling to the outside /sole foo.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist.

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A 23-year-old female asked:

Is sciatica always associated with low back pain?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Yes: Impingement of the S1 nerve can lead to weakness and erratic nerve pain down one leg. The interventional pain management involves special procedures to treat and manage nerve impingement pain. Ask your PCP for the specialist referral.

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