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Does sciatic nerve pain typically go down the outside of the calf muscle and back of calf?

Does sciatic nerve pain typically go down the outside of the calf muscle and back of calf?

Yes and Yes: 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 or even the groin area. The nerve then goes to the muscle which can then hurt, spasm or feel sore or irritated. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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I have a shooting pain in lower back down in my right leg. Is this sciatic nerve pain? How can I prevent this?

I have a shooting pain in lower back down in my right leg. Is this sciatic nerve pain? How can I prevent this?

Sciatica?: Symptoms sound consistent with sciatica, however, c your doc for an eval to receive proper diagnosis. If sciatica, cause must b must be determined & treated if necessary. Usually standing causes pain to be worse, as does sitting. Lying is usually more comfortable. If your doc agrees that these are safe 4 u, NSAID or Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help, as well as physical therapy. C ur doc & feel btr soon :) ...Read more

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Recently I've been getting sciatic nerve pain, both sides from hip, buttocks, down back of leg to my foot when I try a bowel motion. Why?

Recently I've been getting sciatic nerve pain, both sides from hip, buttocks, down back of leg to my foot when I try a bowel motion. Why?

See Pain management.: From all the medications and procedures it appears that you have had many studies and already take medications for pain. If symptoms are not controlled discuss with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband's sciatic nerve pain is on the upper back of the leg under his butt. It above. How can he get rid of this pain?

What do you suggest if my husband's sciatic nerve pain is on the upper back of the leg under his butt. It above. How can he get rid of this pain?

Given Your Pain: 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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How can I alleviate sciatic nerve pain down the leg?

How can I alleviate sciatic nerve pain down the leg?

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 more

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My husband's sciatic nerve pain is on the upper back of the leg under his butt. It above. How can he treat the pain?

My husband's sciatic nerve pain is on the upper back of the leg under his butt. It above. How can he treat the pain?

May not be sciatic: Question a little unclear, but could be other nerves which are inflamed: inferior cluneals or branches of posterior femoral cutaneous. Could try pain meds, but they don't work well for nerve inflamm. Vit D cream, Capsaicin (or Salon Pas patches-otc), lidocaine patches or neuroprolotherapy may help. Really need to get proper diagnosis for right treatment. See dr. Versed in pain/peripheral neuropathic pain ...Read more

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Usually have sciatic nerve pain in right leg/back. Now have it in left leg/back? Burning sharp pain from lower back through thigh, what causes this?

Usually have sciatic nerve pain in right leg/back. Now have it in left leg/back? Burning sharp pain from lower back through thigh, what causes this?

A few thoughts: Any pain that runs down buttock &/or back of thigh is often labeled 'sciatic' pain. Truth is, there are many poss. Causes. The sciatic nerve or one of it's branches can be 'pinched' by a herniated disc, stuck vertebra, or piriformis muscle spasm (COMMON in pregnancy).Many other causes such as referred pain from SI ligament injury, too. In pregnancy, ligaments stretch more easily leading to pain. ...Read more

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Sometimes I experience sharp pain run through my right leg and I barely can stand on my right leg. It has been many years. Is it sciatic nerve pain?

Sometimes I experience sharp pain run through my right leg and I barely can stand on my right leg. It has been many years. Is it sciatic nerve pain?

It may be if it is -: Pain that radiates down the leg from the buttocks or back down the leg below the knee that is generally made worse with prolonged positioning or activity & better with rest. Sometimes it may be associated with numbness, tingling or weakness. The pain can vary in intensity & sometimes feel like an " electric shock." the pain can be a continuous one over the path of the leg or can skip areas. ...Read more

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My right heap got hurt and my right leg was painful from heap to heel. I also got a sciatic nerve pain for my left leg.

My right heap got hurt and my right leg was painful from heap to heel. I also got a sciatic nerve pain for my left leg.

Multiple Problems: From the descriptions you give for your symptoms, You probably need to see a specialist. ...Read more

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Age 43, female, have recently noticed a new pain in my chest that feels like a stinging sensation. I also feel pain in my left arm from time to time that is similar to the sciatic nerve pain in my leg. I don't think the two are related. The pain just feels

Age 43, female, have recently noticed a new pain in my chest that feels like a stinging sensation. I also feel pain in my left arm from time to time that is similar to the sciatic nerve pain in my leg. I don't think the two are related. The pain just feels

Nondiagnostic: More information is needed to make a diagnosis. A nerve entrapment in the neck may be the problem. It is best to have your physician take a history and perform an examination in order to make a diagnosis. Any appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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What is the nest natural home remedy for sciatic nerve pain in right leg? I'm facing hip replacement surgery soon in this hip too and I've been having

What is the nest natural home remedy for sciatic nerve pain in right leg? I'm facing hip replacement surgery soon in this hip too and I've been having

Rest: For inveterate sciatica, positional changes can aid in resolution. I have discovered a useful position of resting. A long couch is chosen. The sufferer lies flat on the back. The pained hip-leg is bent at the knee and leaned onto back of the couch. The other leg is placed with foot on the distant arm rest of the couch. An important aspect is to keep head non-flexed & flat on the couch seat. ...Read more

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56 year-old woman notices radicular pain after taking vitamin B6 supplement for three years.....?

B6 toxicity is well recognized: There are a few questions that need to be asked in this case. Exactly how much B6 was the patient taking? According to recommended standards 200mg daily is the limit. Toxicity is thought to occur at levels of 1000mg. Daily and above though much lower have been reported on rare occasions (100-300mg). Secondly, what exactly was the quality of her pain? Described symptoms of neural toxicity involves sensory neuropathy described mainly as burning dysesthesias and numbness. The case talks about a RADICULOPATHY. That is typically not the same type of pain as we find in chemical toxicities. Pain in the feet could very well be dysesthesias but the history could be a bit more specific there in order to attach more positive points for B6 sequelae.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/16320662 ...Read more

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Am being treated for bulging disc pressing on sciatic nerve pain shoots back to front then down inner thigh to knee can this cause rash on inner thigh?

Am being treated for bulging disc pressing on sciatic nerve pain shoots back to front then down inner thigh to knee can this cause rash on inner thigh?

Unusual: It would be unusual for a disk to create a sciatic nerve neuropathy, but more of a root problem, which seems to correlate to your symptoms more. However, a rash would be unusual to be caused by such a nerve problem. Please see your physician to be sure it is assessed and evaluated. ...Read more

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Help, I have chronic sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain, how do I make this pain stop? I am a college student and I cant walk or lay down or sit.

Help, I have chronic sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain, how do I make this pain stop? I am a college student and I cant walk or lay down or sit.

Interventions: If your sciatica is secondary to a discogenic compression of a nerve root, you might benefit from epidural steroid injection, but it is possible that a surgical approach may be needed. Please seek out a consultation with a spine specialist. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my sciatic nerve pain in my lower back?

How do I get rid of my sciatic nerve pain in my lower back?

Work on it daily: Pain management can be useful if it helps you to move normally while you heal. If you smoke, you must stop. What ever type of activity/lifestyle produces the damage to your back must be modified. Physical therapy for a core strengthening, yoga type stretching home exercise program that incorporates proper breathing and body awareness is the pathway that I have seen the most success. Patience! ...Read more

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Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

No: Likely you are having referred pain through the muscles that are irritated. Sometimes the fascial layers that hold each muscle can get irritated and then can send that irritation to another muscle and fascial layer. See a pain/spine specialist if you are not improving. ...Read more

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I have lumbar hypolordosis, sacroiliac joint pain and sciatic nerve pain and numbness, can these symptoms be linked?

I have lumbar hypolordosis, sacroiliac joint pain and sciatic nerve pain and numbness, can these symptoms be linked?

Yes: Likely the hypolordosis results in bulging disks that can cause the sciatic and numbness symptoms. The sacroiliac joint issues are on top of that causing pain. See spine/pain specialist to discuss your options for relief. ...Read more

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What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

Back pain: Recommend that you do a neutral spine core stability program for a few weeks. If not significantly improved it may be time to have it evaluated. Can see videos of neutral spine exercises on youtube. This includes planks and "birddog". You can use over the counter meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. ...Read more

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What does smoking do to a sciatic nerve pain? When you say no smoking? My husband has this pain for months won't go to doctor.

What does smoking do to a sciatic nerve pain? When you say no smoking? My husband has this pain for months won't go to doctor.

Smoking: Decreases blood supply to the disc and nerves causing it to slow or halt healing altogether. Decreasing or stopping the smoking will help however it may take months before blood supply can return after cessation. Generally speaking though, you may want to see pain specialist about what your options are. Surgery is not the only option. ...Read more

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My sciatic nerve pain hasn't gone away actually it feels like it might be getting worse and with the dribbling of the pee when I think I'm done?

That is bad: If urination or bowel movement are included in the symptoms of nerve compression, that is bad. It has to be evaluated well, especially for other causes than just sciatica, and definitive treatment should be done as it does affect your life. Get it evaluated well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had my period 9 days early this month. Then a week later had bad sciatic nerve pain and started bleeding again with a bad odor. What's going on?

I had my period 9 days early this month. Then a week later had bad sciatic nerve pain and started bleeding again with a bad odor. What's going on?

Abn vaginal bleeding: F/U with Gyn/ob/ER today. Likely was not sciatic pain but pain from uterus/ovaries/tubes. May be infection, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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I've had sciatic nerve pain on/off for 2 years. Scans showed I have slightly bulging discs, doc said it's normal. Physio hasn't helped. Other options?

I've had sciatic nerve pain on/off for 2 years. Scans showed I have slightly bulging discs, doc said it's normal. Physio hasn't helped. Other options?

SIJ: 27 with chronic sciatica has insignificant imaging pathology of spine & lacks benefits from P.T. Sciatica is a pain pattern which can be aroused by a variety of pathologies. A common cause of chronic sciatica is sacroiliac joint disorder. Female of this age might have Joint Hypermobility Disorder with associated sciatica. Pyriformis Syndrome is another possibility. ...Read more

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How long before sciatic nerve pain from injection goes away?

How long before sciatic nerve pain from injection goes away?

Several days: Epidural steroid injections have used since the early 1950s to treat lower back & radicular pain. It is generally accepted that they provide short term relief of symptoms in at least 50% of cases, there is still no good studies to substantiate long term effect. There may several days of increased pain initially because of increase of pressure from the injected fluid or due to local irritation. ...Read more

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I'm having bad sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy. Will this go away after?

I'm having bad sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy. Will this go away after?

Usually yes: Sciatic pain can be quite painful - especially during pregnancy. It can result from the increased pressure from the fetus or a herniated disc. The good news is that most patients have full resolution of the symptoms by the end of the third trimester and after delivery. If your symptoms are severe or aren't going away, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter meds are good to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

What over-the-counter meds are good to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

NSAIDs vs Tylenol (acetaminophen): Aleve and Ibuprofen area non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications that can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Acetaminophen is a anti-pyretic medication used to reduce pain and fever, however tylenol (acetaminophen) does not reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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Someone recommended ruta graveolens to help with sciatic nerve pain. Can you tell me if this could work?

Someone recommended ruta graveolens to help with sciatic nerve pain. Can you tell me if this could work?

No Data: To support its use. Maybe a nauropathic or homeopathic doctor can help you with this option. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more