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Lower back pain is causing shooting pain referred leg and hip and knee pain. What can I do for relief?

Lower back pain is causing shooting pain referred leg and hip and knee pain. What can I do for relief?

See details: Your description suggests you have sciatica which is due to a nerve root compression in your back. Try rest, heat to the area and aleve (naproxen). If the problem persists, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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I had lower back pain and got told it was a lateral pelvic tilt and I needed to change how I was walking. Since seeing the physio have had knee pain

I had lower back pain and got told it was a lateral pelvic tilt and I needed to change how I was walking. Since seeing the physio have had knee pain

Walk Wrong Knee Pain: Hard to determine what is going on with your knee without seeing how you are supposed to be walking now. Did your low back pain resolve after changing how you walk? Do you feel that your pelvis is in alignment now that you are walking correctly? ...Read more

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Neck and lower back pain and stomach ache and knee pain?

Probably > 1 cause: Could be viral symptoms, esp if fever present. If these persist or worsen give your PCP a visit. ...Read more

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Can low back pain and knee pain be related? I have lower left back pain and also have left knee pain that has been ongoing? Please help

Can low back pain and knee pain be related? I have lower left back pain and also have left knee pain that has been ongoing? Please help

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. ...Read more

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Can low back pain be connected to a knee issue? Or is it separate I have chronic knee pain I have been walking limping now my low back is hurting?

Can low back pain be connected to a knee issue? Or is it separate I have chronic knee pain I have been walking limping now my low back is hurting?

Back pain: Likely the new back pain is do to the way you are walking and protecting or guarding the knee, likely your gait or stance in walking is putting additional strain on your back. ...Read more

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I am experiencing hip pain, low back pain, knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. The following also describe me: Back pain, Leg numbness, Leg. ..

I am experiencing hip pain, low back pain, knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. The following also describe me: Back pain, Leg numbness, Leg. ..

Multifactorial pain: Without exam/MRI difficult to label your pains. Low back, hip, leg pain and numbness clearly CAN be related to indicate disc problems in the low back with resultant discogenic and radicular pain. Ibuprofen/naproxen/acetaminophen can help some pain. For diagnosis/treatment, you need a lumbar spine MRI and formal evaluation to see if all problems tie together. Treatment possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am experiencing low back pain, pain shooting down the leg and knee pain. The following also describe me: Leg tingling, Leg numbness, Back pain, Leg pain, and Leg weakness. What should I do?

I am experiencing low back pain, pain shooting down the leg and knee pain. The following also describe me: Leg tingling, Leg numbness, Back pain, Leg pain, and Leg weakness. What should I do?

Recommend: Medical assessment to include history & physical examination at a minimum. One cause might be sciatica. Once the cause is found - a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain, low back pain, hip pain, difficulty walking, knee pain, knee swelling. I had a baby 6 months ago and the pain started?

I am experiencing neck pain, low back pain, hip pain, difficulty walking, knee pain, knee swelling. I had a baby 6 months ago and the pain started?

Need a thorough exam: With this many joints and symptoms involved, an in-person exam is the only way to go. In the absence of trauma, an auto-immune process has to be aconsideration. A history, exam, x-rays and laboratory work-up will likely be a part of the process. ...Read more

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Bleeding between periods. Bloating & dizziness. Pelvic pressure/pain. Lower back pain, and left thigh and knee pain, should I consult my doctor?

Bleeding between periods. Bloating & dizziness. Pelvic pressure/pain. Lower back pain, and left thigh and knee pain, should I consult my doctor?

Yes: Your symptoms may be caused by variety of different condition related to female organs (as ovarian problem, Pms, back problem, intestinal issues.) Way too much to consider in on line consult. Yes, I recommend to see your MD. ...Read more

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Left knee pain, thigh pain, hip pain. Pelvis pressure & inflamation, low back pain, constipation, lump above navel, pelvic tilt to left 2 yrs?

Left knee pain, thigh pain, hip pain. Pelvis pressure & inflamation, low back pain, constipation, lump above navel, pelvic tilt to left 2 yrs?

Vague: Your symptoms may be serious but are very vague and could be related to any number of things. Best advice is get a physical exam from your md to discuss. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sciatica, low back pain, aching muscles, buttock itch, leg pain, knee pain, popping or snapping sound from joint, knee pop and legs?

I am experiencing sciatica, low back pain, aching muscles, buttock itch, leg pain, knee pain, popping or snapping sound from joint, knee pop and legs?

A lot going on: Will need to take one issue at a time the back and radiation to buttock may be one issue. This is separate from the knees and the itching. See your doctor and discuss one issue at a time calzone need to give a good history ...Read more

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What causes aching knees, painful ankles and lower back pain?

See an orthopaedist: There are a number of things that can cause pain in theese area of the body. These are very nonspecific symptoms. I recommend that someone pain that is not easily relieved by rest and otc medications be seen by an orthopedic surgeon for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Experiencing knees pain and lower back pain two months after C-section delivery. What could be the cause and how to remedy it?

Experiencing knees pain and lower back pain two months after C-section delivery. What could be the cause and how to remedy it?

Exercise: After pregnancy, your body has to regain its "sea legs, "again. There was a change in your pelvis during pregnancy and your center of gravity that may have affected the mechanics of your knees in terms of the patellae or kneecaps as well as your back. Rarely, an autoimmune response can be triggered by your pregnancy. Start exercising when cleared to do so to avoid an incisional hernia ...Read more

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Could a malformed hip cause both hip and lower back pain? What can be done to help this please. Have been told I have hip malformation and knee tears

Could a malformed hip cause both hip and lower back pain? What can be done to help this please. Have been told I have hip malformation and knee tears

Hip and knee: Both the hip and the knee issues can cause back pain. A definite answer needs to be obtained exactly what the hip malformation is and whether it can be treated. As for the knee this also depends on how bad the tears are. A full evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon is required ...Read more

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Can gout cause sciatic like pain. I have 6.5 uric acid level. Have pain in right leg. Right knee and lower back pain.

Can gout cause sciatic like pain. I have 6.5 uric acid level. Have pain in right leg. Right knee and lower back pain.

Gout and Sciatica?: This would be quite rare. Being that gout is a joint based inflammatory condition, this is highly unlikely. Keep working on getting that UA level under 6 though. Sciatica can be successfully treated though with icing, stretching, physical therapy and even anti-inflammatories (motrin, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc.). ...Read more

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Lower Back pain and lower abdominal discomfort. What is the cause? I need pillow bet knees when I sleep for back pain. Any good exercise?

Several thoughts: Low back pain is often due to a strain or sprain of muscles and ligaments in the back (as from lifting heavy item) or from a herniated or bulging disc pressing on nerves that leave the spine and travel to the legs. Occasionally pain may radiate to lower abdomen. For good patient information SEE: bit. Ly/1v1juFX and bit. Ly/1wCMDpb ...Read more

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I have chronic knee and severe lower back pain what is this a sign of

It: It sounds like you have 2 problems. I would recommend seeing a orthopedic doctor for your knee and back specialist for your back. Back pain may arise from the bones, disks, joints, muscles, ligaments or from other organ systems. Back pain often responds to physical therapy, weight loss, steroid injections, radio frequency ablation, endoscopic rhizotomy or discectomy or major surgery. Please see my health guide on minimally invasive treatment of facet arthropathy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do I have lower back pain that radiates into my knees?

Why do I have lower back pain that radiates into my knees?

Radiculopathy: A lumbar disk herniation is one of many causes of this pain pattern... Talk to your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pain behind knees and thighs every night; lower back pain during day. What could it be?

I have pain behind knees and thighs every night; lower back pain during day. What could it be?

Check ytour posture: Check your posture and the way you walk
check if you are a flat foot person
you need to see a podiatry anf figure out if you have bad arches in your foot and in that case a special shoe and supportive arch can help you a lot. ...Read more

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I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

If u can put your: Feet flat with your hips at 45degrees and your knees at 90 degrees (or there abouts) it will take pressure off your lower back. ...Read more

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The lower back pain and the sciatica are making my walking and sitting difficult, I bend forward while I walk, my knees hurt too, will physical th. Help?

The lower back pain and the sciatica are making my walking and sitting difficult, I bend forward while I walk, my knees hurt too, will physical th. Help?

Hard to Say: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain which goes down till my right knee since a week. Bending forward gives me some relief, pills & heat pads r of no help, pls sugg?

Having lower back pain which goes down till my right knee since a week. Bending forward gives me some relief, pills & heat pads r of no help, pls sugg?

Hmm: You could have sciatica or a pinched nerve. Sometimes an evaluation by your doctor can determine if pain killers, steroids, muscle relaxants will be helpful. If stretching, heat is not helping a face to face exam will be suggested. Good luck ...Read more

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I have lower back pain with numbness on the front of right leg... Mostly on top of knee... What exercises can help relieve pain?

Must have evaluation: Need more information. An orthopedic evaluation can determine whether you have a ruptured disk or other problem. The orthopedist or a physical therapist will then be able to provide the most appropriate exercises based on your condition ...Read more

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I am a below the knee amputee and recently I have been dealing with lower back pain when sitting for extended periods could they be related?

I am a below the knee amputee and recently I have been dealing with lower back pain when sitting for extended periods could they be related?

Could be: The difference length in other parts of the limb may occur over time. (difference in thigh muscle girth) This might lead to a bit of a pelvic tilt and eventual unequal weight distribution on the articular elements in the lumbar spine. Plin films of the LS spine can reveal facet joint disease for example. Your therapist need to be made aware of any bone remodeling to adjust your therapy over time. ...Read more

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53 year old male, active runner. I had pain in left side of hip followed by lower back pain now returned to hip and also left knee. Any advice?

53 year old male, active runner. I had pain in left side of hip followed by lower back pain now returned to hip and also left knee. Any advice?

Hip pain: Please see your doctor to rule out medical conditions. Look into running shoes that may be a better match for your body and level of running. Be sure to stretch before and after workouts. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hey I have sever lower back pain from powerlifting in high school its excruciating. Iv never been diagnosed for it or for my knee which it pops alote?

If only I could...: Get people to understand that powerlifting destroys the skeleton. Young people won't notice problems until years later. So in your case, you will do best with an orthopedist who specializes in sports medicine. See who is good in the area where you live. Nearly every orthopedist has an X-ray machine in the office. Make an appointment right away & find out what is causing the pain and then get Tx. ...Read more

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Unexplained bruises on the back of the knees. Currently I am having a lot of lower back pain is it related to one another?

Unexplained bruises on the back of the knees. Currently I am having a lot of lower back pain is it related to one another?

Seizures?: If they are related, I would think they would be either due to seizures leading to falls with equally concerning diagnoses being severe thrombocytopenia which could lead to spontaneous bleeding in your lower back. If you have Neurologic changes, seek care emergently. I would still get a platelet count checked. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more