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I have constant hip pain and muscle spasms in my thigh and calf with numbness in the outer half of my foot. What other tests besides MRI should happen?

I have constant hip pain and muscle spasms in my thigh and calf with numbness in the outer half of my foot. What other tests besides MRI should happen?

Nerve damage: What you're experiencing is nerve damage. It will or may be permanent if the cause is not corrected. Nerve conduction velocity is needed to help determine this. I would get the MRI asap. Then have your physician refer you to a neurosurgeon and neurologist to get further evaluation. A normal MRI and abnormal nerve study may indicate a more severe condition in terms of a demyelinating process. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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I've had a leg cramp for 3 days, it's moved down my leg, and now my foot is numb, but still with a lot of leg/hip pain. Is this dangerous?

I've had a leg cramp for 3 days, it's moved down my leg, and now my foot is numb, but still with a lot of leg/hip pain. Is this dangerous?

Leg pain and numbnes: Sounds like sciatica, the way you describe the pain moving down your leg and having numbness. This is usually due to a slipped disc. Would have it checked out. ...Read more

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Can hip pain be a symptom of herniated disc? I have l 3-4 disc protrusion (per mri) from lifting a heavy object. Initially i only had low back and hip pain. Over the period of 2 weeks I developed pain down my left leg and into the sole of my left foot.

Can hip pain be a symptom of herniated disc? I have l 3-4 disc protrusion (per mri) from lifting a heavy object.  Initially i only had low back and hip pain.  Over the period of 2 weeks I developed pain down my left leg and into the sole of my left foot.

Yes: A lumbar disc protrusion can definitely cause hip and leg pain. There are also many other potential causes including having a bad hip itself. A physical exam can usually determine the cause of your pain. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my hip? Hip pain/ numbness down leg and foot?

What is wrong with my hip? Hip pain/ numbness down leg and foot?

Pain and Numbness: If the hip hurts but the pain goes down to the knee, calf, foot or toes, you may wish to consider it sciatica — a pinched nerve in your back. If the pain doesn't get better after 6 – 8 weeks of rest from high demand activity, tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti-inflammatory medicines, it may be worth seeing a doctor. If the leg loses function (weakness) or if other major health issues develop — see one sooner. ...Read more

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After stretching, I could not stand from serious hip pain and burning. I have leg weakness and muscle spasms. Want to get back to the gym, but pain?

After stretching, I could not stand from serious hip pain and burning.  I have leg weakness and muscle spasms.  Want to get back to the gym, but pain?

RICE: Rest, ice to affected area, elevation if able and anti-inflammatory (if no reason not to take one) are initial treatments. Your complaints of weakness of leg are concern. If no better in next 3-5 days, please see your doctor for evaluation. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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I am in my 40s and have chronic lower back and hip pain. Pain shoots down front of leg. Foot gets numb and tingly. Any ideas what it could be?

I am in my 40s and have chronic lower back and hip pain. Pain shoots down front of leg. Foot gets numb and tingly. Any ideas what it could be?

Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Hi broke hip in 2005 thn pins got infectd takn out. Now 10 years later swelln feet leg knee also pain in hip if standing to long. Had mri nothing?

Hi broke hip in 2005 thn pins got infectd takn out. Now 10 years later swelln feet leg knee also pain in hip if standing to long. Had mri nothing?

See doctor: Hard to say without examining. Can be left with a chronic pain syndrome where the damage had recovered but the nerves remain active. And that might be why nothing is found. If this is the case your gp can refer you to a pain clinic. Best to see a doctor and get examined and go from there ...Read more

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Why is my skin on my thigh so sensitive and the muscle painful alongside my severe hip pain? My gp has booked MRI but not got a date yet

Why is my skin on my thigh so sensitive and the muscle painful alongside my severe hip pain? My gp has booked MRI but not got a date yet

Nerve irritation: The hypersesitivity you are reffering to usually indicates some irritation to one of the nerve of the thigt. The most common one is called meralgia paresthetica due to irritation or damage to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, however other ethiologies producing similar type of pain need to be investigated such as disc pathology, hip pathology etc. ...Read more

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Plantar fasciitis both feet hip pain both hips lower back pain right thigh is spasming. Help?

Plantar fasciitis both feet hip pain both hips lower back pain right thigh is spasming. Help?

Maybe Orthotics.: It sounds like you may have a biomechanical instability in your feet that is passing problems "up the kinetic chain." custom-made prescription orthotics, made by a certified lab, under the recommendations of a podiatrist can help tremendously! ...Read more

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I got hip pain, MRI showed I have lots of liquid in my hip joint. My doc ask me to eat cefixime 200, and now my foot sole feel cold. Wht happen?

I got hip pain, MRI showed I have lots of liquid in my hip joint. My doc ask me to eat cefixime 200, and now my foot sole feel cold. Wht happen?

Fluid in joint: Could mean some kind of injury, a sterile inflammatory response or... An infection!
Especially with fevers and chills and severe pain upon motion/walking, you may need a hip aspiration of the fluid to rule-out an infection, as that can be a significant problem... Speak with your doctor! ...Read more

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Severe lower right side back pain. Sharp pain to hip, behind knee to my foot. I've weakness and numbness in my foot and leg. What could be problem?

Severe lower right side back pain. Sharp pain to hip, behind knee to my foot. I've weakness and numbness in my foot and leg. What could be problem?

Check your nerves: See a neurologist. I suggest checking your nerves with NCV test of the lower extremity. Sounds like you might have sciatica which is the compression of sciatic nerve that emerges from your lower back and goes all the way to your toes. ...Read more

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I am experiencing left leg pain and hip pain that now has progressed to my big toe and calf and inner thigh. Xray of my hip and knee shows nothing.

I am experiencing left leg pain and hip pain that now has progressed to my big toe and calf and inner thigh. Xray of my hip and knee shows nothing.

Leg Pain: I am having left leg pain, hip pain progressing to my big toe, calf, and inner thigh. Xray of hip and knee shows nothing.
The Xray primarily evaluates the bones. The nerves and vascular system need to be considered.
Have you had labs done? More history and conversation is needed. ...Read more

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Top of thigh/hip pain for few weeks. Only hurts when weight bearing, or moving leg certain ways. Can this be muscles? Or something sinister? So scared

Top of thigh/hip pain for few weeks. Only hurts when weight bearing, or moving leg certain ways. Can this be muscles? Or something sinister? So scared

Suspect pelvic muscl: This could be a variety of structures in the pelvis. This includes muscles, bursitis, tendon etc. The hip also needs to be evaluated. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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Heavy pain in left calf and shin, deep inside leg. Doctor gave me steroid shot in left hip. Pain stopped in 3 days. Heal/bottom foot now herts?

Heavy pain in left calf and shin, deep inside leg.  Doctor gave me steroid shot in left hip.  Pain stopped in 3 days. Heal/bottom foot now herts?

It is possible: You were applying too much stress to the foot due to your original pain and as a result developed plantar fascitiis. But my recommendation would be to follow up with thet doctor who gave you the shot. ...Read more

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Hip pain. Leg/hip not holding weight after sitting. Arthrogram MRI yest. Can hardly walk. Won't hold my weight?

Varies : The two most common causes would be a problem in the hip verses a pinched nerve in the back. The MRI arthrigram should go a long way in determining if it is from the hip or not. ...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 have had hip pain for several years now starting after birth of first child. Tender to touch, possible swelling and leg numbness if sitting too lon?

I have had hip pain for several years now starting after birth of first child. Tender to touch, possible swelling and leg numbness if sitting too lon?

Need to examine: 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. There is no need to put up with pain as the cause may be treatable. ...Read more

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Left Hip pain and pain in top front thigh/. Painful when lifting leg up. Pain started in big toe which has been pinned for several years.

Get evaluated: Your pain can have multiple sources, but it sounds like you may have a "positive straight leg raise," which means potential nerve compression. Nerve compression can cause a radiculopathy and lower extremity pain. If you have any bowel or bladder symptoms it's a sign of an emergency. ...Read more

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Severe hip pain that travels down my leg and into my feet. I had a hemilaminectomy in my L5 S1 15 years ago and my scar is burning...

Severe hip pain that travels down my leg and into my feet. I had a hemilaminectomy in my L5 S1 15 years ago and my scar is burning...

See your doctor: Given the past surgery, seeing your doctor is strongly suggested to determine if additional evaluation needs to be performed. You may need imaging studies to evaluate the area, depending on any findings on physical exam. ...Read more

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I have ddd and been having back and hip pain w/ pain going down the left leg to the foot. What can I do?

I have ddd and been having back and hip pain w/ pain going down the left leg to the foot. What can I do?

See details: This is radicular pain caused by nerve compression in the lower back (sciatica). There are several approaches available including physical therapy, antiinflammatory meds and targeted injections. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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29F hip pain. Waling is painful, noticed my leg/foot are turning inward hip is painful to touch & pops more often knee/foot pain also foot asleep?

29F hip pain. Waling is painful, noticed my leg/foot are turning inward hip is painful to touch & pops more often knee/foot pain also foot asleep?

Tendon vs hip joint: You need to see your physician. It sounds like tendon or bursa but the foot turning could suggest joint. You may need imaging ...Read more

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Pain on left side hip from front and back of leg travels to foot hard to walk very painful if sciatica is it bound to get hip pain and on both legs?

Pain on left side hip from front and back of leg travels to foot hard to walk very painful if sciatica is it bound to get hip pain and on both legs?

Rarely: Usually sciatica stays on one side, occasionally can affect both sides, but if I were you, I would see a specialist, perhaps a urologist to determine the cause of your sciatica. That will give you a better answer as to what is going to happen. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain, arm pain, arm weakness, hip pain, leg pain, muscle weakness (side: one side) , wrist pain, hand pain, elbow pain and popping or snapping sound from shoulder joint. The following also describe me: Hand weakness, Loss of streng

I am experiencing  neck pain, arm pain, arm weakness, hip pain, leg pain, muscle weakness (side: one side) , wrist pain, hand pain, elbow pain and popping or snapping sound from shoulder joint. The following also describe me: Hand weakness, Loss of streng

Medical evaluation: You have many complaints that can suggest many problems and beyond the scope of this space. Muscle weakness can come from inflammatory muscle disease and lab testing and a full neurologic exam. Arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid can cause joint pain but also muscle pain. Problems in the spine such as disc narrowing can cause some of these issues. Again you need a full workup by a provider ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...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