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Can sciatica cause my whole leg to swell. I am being treated for sciatica for a couple of years now. But I have never had my whole leg swell.

Can sciatica cause my whole leg to swell. I am being treated for sciatica for a couple of years now. But I have never had my whole leg swell.

Not typical: Sciatica typically does not cause the whole like to see well. Swelling in the lower leg can happen if there is weakness and the muscles are not pumping blood back to the heart. In your situation, if it is truly the entire leg that is swelling, I would be concerned about a vascular problem and have this evaluated right away. An ultrasound of the leg would be the most prudent first step. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Does sciatica nerve cause pain on lower leg?

Does sciatica nerve cause pain on lower leg?

Symptom Vs Cause: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg. The nerve then goes to the muscle which can then hurt, spasm or feel sore or irritated. ...Read more

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I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

Should be evaluated: If back and leg pain persist despite exercise and rest, it likely reflects a more significant problem causing nerve compression and should be more thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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Mother said to have sciatica, is it normal for leg to swell and feel like skin is raw?

Mother said to have sciatica, is it normal for leg to swell and feel like skin is raw?

See Pain Specialist: You may be developing a pain syndrome called complex regional pain syndrome. This should be checked out asap so that treatments can be offered to reduce or eliminate this pain. The longer it goes on makes it harder to treat. Also, the pain could be coming from your spine and may need to be evaluated further. I would see a comprehensive pain specialist that can manage everything you need. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Herniation with Tear: The disc is like a jelly filled donut. If the donut is compressed too much the jelly leaks out through a break in the donut's bread. The same is true with a disc, the tear is caused by the compression resulting in a herniation (protrusion) and the jelly (inside portion of the disc) is either leaking out or trying to get out. This can result in chemical inflammation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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Small random bruise on my leg. Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise. Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Small random bruise on my leg. Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise. Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Probably not: Sciatica does not cause any locally visible changes since the actual source of the leg pain is from a pinching of the nerve at the level of the back or when it passes through the pelvis. ...Read more

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Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Absolutely: This certainly could be sciatica so you should get it checked out straightaway as you have an excellent health care system that lets you get treated easily. A pinched nerve which provides muscles w/the info to move can cause tingling & numbness as you describe. The swelling should also be evaluated by a spine specialist. Imaging, Meds & PT are likely to be used to help you feel better. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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Can facet arthropaty cause sciatica and walking problem/limpness and pain in the leg/ for months?

Can facet arthropaty cause sciatica and walking problem/limpness and pain in the leg/ for months?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. If the arthropathy is great enough you may have sciatica like symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause cramp pain in thigh, butt and leg when standing up or sitting and straighten my back up goes away after few seconds?

Can sciatica cause cramp pain in thigh, butt and leg when standing up or sitting and straighten my back up goes away after few seconds?

Yes: Herniated disks that are cause of sciatica pain typically get worse with sitting, bending at the waist, and definitely worse with bending/twisting and raising a heavy object. Try avoiding these positions/activities initially. Typically most herniated disk pain improves on its own by 3-6 weeks. If still bothering you then I recommend seeing your doctor for further imaging. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause localized pain? Example: more in the calf or back of thigh. Also can it cause muscle spasms in leg?

Can sciatica cause localized pain? Example: more in the calf or back of thigh. Also can it cause muscle spasms in leg?

It can present: In all the ways you describe. Sometimes it is best to have it checked out to make sure there are not two different independent problems occuring simultaneously. ...Read more

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Can anxiet cause electrical shock type pain and lightening pain around buttocks? My doctor said it wasn't sciatica because it doesn't go down leg.

Can anxiet cause electrical shock type pain and lightening pain around buttocks? My doctor said it wasn't sciatica because it doesn't go down leg.

Nerve irritation: Anxiety can cause many physical symptoms, but specific pain and "electric shock" type pain sound more like your nerve is being irritated. The sciatic nerve does indeed innervate the leg, but does not necessarily have to cause pain all the way down the leg when irritated. You may have a a "minor" case and localized tx with heat or an NSAID may help. Follow-up with your dr. If it persists. G luck. ...Read more

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15 weks pregnant last 3 nights at 9 30 my legs get restless and achey. What could cause this? I have been having sciatica symptoms in both legs lately

15 weks pregnant last 3 nights at 9 30 my legs get restless and achey. What could cause this? I have been having sciatica symptoms in both legs lately

Lots of Reasons: When pregnant, there are so many things going on. Your hormones are very different causing your ligaments to stretch quite a bit especially in the pelvis resulting in pain. Also the baby's position can place stress on your spine resulting in bulging discs or even herniated disks causing the sciatica pain. Recommend seeing a pregnancy specialized therapist that can guide you through this. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis go to your neck and cause sciatica in both legs?

Can spinal stenosis go to your neck and cause sciatica in both legs?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis can effect your back and you can have spinal stenosis of your neck. Stenosis simply means narrowing. Neck stenosis would not cause sciatica. ...Read more

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Can a nerve block performed for surgery cause "sciatica" the excruciating sharp shooting pain from my butt down through my leg and foot?

Can a nerve block performed for surgery cause "sciatica" the excruciating sharp shooting pain from my butt down through my leg and foot?

Hard to say: Many times if you have post procedure pain it can last a few days up to 1-2 weeks. If you are not feeling better, ask your doctor if they might give you something for this pain for the next few days while you wait to see surgeon. ...Read more

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Can piriformis muscle syndrome cause sciatica type symptoms (pain and tingling in legs). Can you suggest anything that may help relieve it?

Can piriformis muscle syndrome cause sciatica type symptoms (pain and tingling in legs). Can you suggest anything that may help relieve it?

Suggestions: Yes, if sciatic is caught by buttock muscles, pain can simulate a pinched nerve from the back, BUT you describe issues in "legs", and the bilaterality causes some concern regarding lumbar stenosis vrs peripheral neuropathy. First, get diagnosis confirmed, then if appropriate, try physical therapy or osteopathy. ...Read more

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Would a central disc herniation (l4/l5) have to be quite big to cause sciatica down both legs? And could it cause pain in front of the thigh?

Would a central disc herniation (l4/l5) have to be quite big to cause sciatica down both legs? And could it cause pain in front of the thigh?

Lower leg symptoms: L5 nerve impingement (L4-5 level) from a herniated disc can cause weakness in extending the big toe and potentially in the ankle (foot drop). Numbness and pain can be felt on top of the foot, and pain may also radiate into the buttock. S1 nerve impingement (L5-S1) may cause loss of the ankle reflex and/or weakness in ankle push off (patients cannot do toe rises). Numbness and pain in foot noted. ...Read more

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Outer thigh has palm sized raise/swell, leg hurts if moved in certain way, on off pain, Have sciatica but swelling seems odd, Should I go to ER? Clot?

Outer thigh has palm sized raise/swell, leg hurts if moved in certain way, on off pain, Have sciatica but swelling seems odd, Should I go to ER? Clot?

Acute painful: Swelling in leg is worrisome. Clot & infection r possible and do require immediate attention. There is your answer. Let us know ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve cause groin pain? Hve pain in back close to kidney, bum down bk leg and groin. Any remedy besides meds? Dr after physical said sciatica

Can pinched nerve cause groin pain? Hve pain in back close to kidney, bum down bk leg and groin. Any remedy besides meds? Dr after physical said sciatica

Yes It Can: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Can a disc bulge (not herniated) cause temporary sciatica throughout the day eg muscle twitches sharp leg pain then go for a few hours or days?

Can a disc bulge (not herniated) cause temporary sciatica throughout the day eg muscle twitches sharp leg pain then go for a few hours or days?

Not typically: Most disc bulges do not touch nerves to cause any nerve related symptoms. At times Radiology reports may call something a broad based disc bulge, where there maybe other things going on as well including decrease in disc height, etc. That in combination can push on a nerve and cause symptoms down the legs. Seek care from a Spine Specialist. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps? They're brief but they hurt. No twitching, happens at research. I do have sciatica and hypothyroid. Is it related to either?

Yes: Could be either. Could also be muscle tightness and electrolyte imbalances as well. Suggest seeing your doctor to determine which it is. ...Read more

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I have muscle wasting in my leg where I'm having trouble with sciatica & having to be on bed rest. Can that cause my frequent falls when I get up?

I have muscle wasting in my leg where I'm having trouble with sciatica & having to be on bed rest. Can that cause my frequent falls when I get up?

Yes: Muscle wasting in the leg could contribute to falls. Prolonged bed rest can lead to a cycle of decoditioning and muscle wasting. Physical therapy can help restore your strength. ...Read more

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Short leg cause scoliosis, sciatica, stenosis, disc bulge. Lift on now, still hurts. Surgeon says too young for fusion surgery that chiro wants? I'm 32.

Short leg cause scoliosis, sciatica, stenosis, disc bulge. Lift on now, still hurts. Surgeon says too young for fusion surgery that chiro wants? I'm 32.

Scoliosis: The indications for scoliosis surgery are based on the degree of the deformity and not the age of the patient. When the curve is greater than 40 degrees or progressive in nature then surgery is recommended. Consider a second opinion with a surgeon who specializes in spinal deformities. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause a cold spot on one leg and foot? I have pain in one leg, buttocks and lower back. Walking used to help but now hurts my hip.

Yes, it can: 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. ...Read more

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Calf cramps and numbness r leg. Arch cramps. Sometimes tender to touch. Slightly collapsed arch history of sciatica. Dr doesn't think clot. Causes?

Calf cramps and numbness r leg. Arch cramps. Sometimes tender to touch. Slightly collapsed arch history of sciatica. Dr doesn't think clot. Causes?

Ligament injury: The ligaments that support the arch or your feet are damaged. They can make the back pain worse.

Prolotherapy can deal with the problems and force the body to heal and relieve the pains.

Visit www. Getprolo. Com, www. Proloshot. Com, or www. Aaomed. Org for information and to find a doctor tro help you get out of pain. ...Read more

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Can tight hamstrings cause sciatica without any involvement of the piriformis muscle? (pain in the upper part of my leg after sitting over 3 hours)

Opposite: It is actually more likely the. Other way around. Chronic "sciatica" will cause a person to lean forward and not fully straighten out at the hip and knee which can potentially lead to hip flexor and knee flex ion (hamstring) contractures; not typically the other way around. ...Read more

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Long saphenous vein blocked on left leg. Could this cause sciatica? Pain back of both legs, hips and right side groin. Worse right side

Long saphenous vein blocked on left leg. Could this cause sciatica? Pain back of both legs, hips and right side groin. Worse right side

No.: Development of a clot of what was once called the long saphenous vein may cause discomfort, tenderness to touch, redness, or warmth over the length of the vein itself -- something called thrombophlebitis. This is a local issue, self-limited, and should not lead to discomfort in the other leg or the hips. If the clot extends near its junction with the deep veins, it may lead to a DVT. ...Read more

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Leg feels heavy, muscle spasms, hurts from toes to buttocks, possible bursitis in knee, Can sciatica cause all this or could it be a blood clot?

Leg feels heavy, muscle spasms, hurts from toes to buttocks, possible bursitis in knee, Can sciatica cause all this or could it be a blood clot?

Not likely: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. If you are overweight it is imperative that you lose weight through diet and exercise. ...Read more

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What else can cause sciatica and tingling in both legs, numbness in both feet, when MRI says broad based disc bulge at l4, L5 and spine dr says looks normal and the bulge isn't causing my symptoms! Help?

What else can cause sciatica and tingling in both legs, numbness in both feet, when MRI says broad based disc bulge at l4, L5 and spine dr says looks normal and the bulge isn't causing my symptoms! Help?

Leg tingling: Other options: poor circulation, peripheral neuropathy (diabetes or other causes), or compression outside the spinal canal. Based on your age, I would make sure that the spine doc looked personally at the films. I see too many patients with missed diagnoses because the report-only was reviewed. If in question, sometimes ct myelogram will show pathology better. Emg/nerve conductions also may help. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more