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Can You Tell Me How Sciatic Leg Pain Is Different From Leg Claudication
Nerve vs. Blood Flow: Sciatic pain is due to compression and inflammation of the nerve roots which give rise to the sciatic nerve. It comes on at rest while sitting and the pain usually starts in the buttocks and radiates down the leg. Claudication pain is due to blockages in the arteries and results in leg muscle cramping with exercise. This resolves with rest. An arterial ultrasound can help differentiate. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Sciatica refers to ANY cause of irritation ,injury or trauma to the sciatic nerve, at any point in its anatomic course. This can be from a stretch injury ,fall, surgery, or direct trauma. Piriformis syndrome is a irritability and spasm of the piriformis muscle ,which directly overlies the sciatic nerve. In rare cases the sciatic nerve passes through the muscle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. If your thigh pain doesn't hurt to that touch or pressure, then likely its sciatica or other nerve issue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can you do to treat sciatic pain in the left leg caused by a herniated disc? It is unbearable.
PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR: There are several meds that work well together to help your condition. ...Read more
Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?
Time is the best : healer as the majority of disc issues improve but exercise guided by someone experienced in this area along with avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms such as bending and twisting along with prolonged positioning. Get into shape by keeping trim, avoid smoking and develop a regular exercise regimen. Use of NSAIDs can help if no contraindications as well as epidural steroid injections too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. You may consider options like epidural steroid injections if not better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Time to relief: Most vascular problems cramp with duration of walking and respond over 2-5 minutes to rest. "neurogenic claudication" or pinched nerves from back arthritis come on more slowly, take longer to respond (try sitting) and feel better if you lean on a shopping cart, etc. Nerve pain from disc usually worse with sitting, and better standing up. However, these are not hard rules. Get it looked at! ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty
Depends: We would first have to figure out the etiology to know the best treatment, see an orthopedist for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Pain in the Butt: Typically s1 nerve root starts in the back and travels through the tailbone into the leg where it becomes part of the sciatic nerve. Typical pain patterns from compression of the nerve root can cause pain from the buttock region all the way down the back of the leg into the foot, heel and outward toe regions. ...Read more
Many options: I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level your problem is at 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What other ways that a leg can get amputated because of a knee injury besides knee dislocation and how bad does it have to get? Pinching nerves?
Usually not done: There would have to be something else - not the settiin you describe. Tumors or loss of blood supply would be some that might. You can discuss these with your physician. ...Read more
Muscle cramp: That could be 2/2 electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, overuse of muscle, injury to muscle, some medications like statin, depression med and birth control pills, low blood supply to the legs, please see your provider for evlauation. stay hydrated while running. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pinched Nerve: While there are many causes of leg pain and numbness one of the most common causes is lumbar radiculopathy. This occurs when one of the nerves leaving the back gets compressed as it leaves the spine and travels down the leg. Compression may occur due to degenerative/bulging discs or arthritic bone spurs contacting the nerve. See your physician if these symptoms last longer than 2 weeks. ...Read more
Spine Pain Options: This 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 and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spine Pain Options: This 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 and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lower leg and calf pain from 8 months , i doubt it could be compartment muscle syndrome, please tell me the symptoms and treatment for it.
No compartment syndr: Compartment syndrome is a catastrophic event typically following a crush injury or an ischemic event, in which the pressure inside the fascial compartment rises higher than capillary perfusion pressure, effectively cutting off the blood flow to nerves & muscle cells within the compartment. It usually requires emergency surgery (fasciotomy) to save the limb. ...Read more
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