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Can you tell me how sciatic leg pain is different from leg claudication?

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 more

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Dr. Jerry Light
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Leg Claudication (Definition)

Claudication is described as a symptom of various disorders that cause enough pain in the leg to cause one to walk with a limp. The most common disorder is probably occlusive vascular disease, or poor circulation. Both neurogenic claudication and venous claudication are also possible, however. The symptom can either be constant or intermittent, depending on the ...Read more


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My mother has leg claudication. What should I tell her?

My mother has leg claudication. What should I tell her?

Vascular evaluation: Claudication is a sign of decreased blood flow to a leg. It does not put her at immediate risk of losing her leg, but should be assessed by a vascular surgeon. If it is mild/moderate, it can be treated with medications, exercise, and not smoking. If it is more severe, she may be a candidate for endovascular (minimally invasive) or open surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises I can do to improve my leg claudication?

Can you tell me if there are exercises I can do to improve my leg claudication?

Regular Walking: Supervised daily walking programs have been proven to improve the distance claudicants can walk before they develop pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do to improve my leg claudication?

Start with walking: Supervised walking (30 minutes, 3 or more times/ week) will do as well for claudication as interventions such as angioplasty and stenting. Start with walking, and expand to other aerobic regimens as you can tolerate them. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my l side sciatic px is from piriformis syndrome or herniated disk? The pain intensity varies & at time only in my l low back/buttock. When I have leg pain to my left foot goes cold.

How can I tell if my l side sciatic px is from piriformis syndrome or herniated disk? The pain intensity varies & at time only in my l low back/buttock. When I have leg pain to my left foot goes cold.

Sometimes : It's very difficult to differentiate between those two. A good physical exam and history necessary. Avoid positions that worse the pain. An MRI sometimes necessary to r/o hnp. Ice, rest and stretching exercises will improved a piriformis syndrome. Also the use of nsaids meds sometimes indicated. Can take long. I went through ps symptoms in the past. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could smoking make my leg claudication worse?

Could smoking make my leg claudication worse?

Absolutely: Smoking causes the process of progressive deposition of cholesterol / trigycerides in your arteries to be accelerated about 10 times faster than without smoking. In addition, your blood will clot faster ( making treatment results worse if continued ) and causes the arteries to constrict. All of these are added to the risk of lung and other cancers. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect leg claudication?

Decreases risk: Several studies have shown a protective effect of moderate alcohol consumption towards claudication. Men who drank 1-2 drinks/day and women who drank 0.5-1 drinks/day had a lower risk of claudication. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for leg claudication?

What is the treatment for leg claudication?

Stop walking: The initial treatment for leg claudication is to stop walking on the painful leg. Increased fluid intake, an asprin, NSAID or other blood thinning medication may be appropriate. Al leg ultrasound may be prudent and sometime atherosclerotic or thombisis medication may be necessary. This pain should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Could smoking weed worsen my leg claudication?

Yes: Yes, even smoking of marijuana has been shown to have adverse effects on blood vessels. There are debates about this, but the official stance by the society of vascular surgery is that it does adversely affect blood vessels. ...Read more

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Can leg claudication affect my sexual performance?

Depends: On whether you use your legs during sex. Certainly, blockage of the arteries to the legs can be associated with blockage of the arteries to the penis. Viagra (sildenafil) and similar drugs dilate these arteries compensating for partial blockage allowing for erection. ...Read more

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Dr. Nolan Segal
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Leg Pain (Definition)

Leg pain is a clinical finding that can occur with exercise, injury, arthritis, infection, ...Read more