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I have sciatica pain and now a rash on that spot. What does that mean?

I have sciatica pain and now a rash on that spot. What does that mean?

Shingles?: It is hard to say without an evaluation and looking at the rash. Sometimes a one-sided rash that also has nerve pain with it could be a shingles outbreak. However, i think that it could be a whole variety of different things as well - or the sciatica and the rash may not be related at all. Perhaps it's just best to have someone take a look and evaluate it. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Sciatica pain for 2 months consistently. Now a pink rash on lower back and buttocks. What could this be?

Sciatica pain for 2 months  consistently.  Now a pink rash on lower back and buttocks. What could this be?

Shingles?: The dermatomes l4, l5, s1 and s2 (racepinephrine) go over the buttocks region on the way down to the leg. Shingles typically follow dermatome pattern, therefore it is quite likely that it can be over the buttocks region. ...Read more

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Back swelling at waistline on left. Had a lot of sciatica pain , now much less but swelling unchanged, ?What test should I have

Back swelling at waistline on left. Had a lot of sciatica pain , now much less but swelling unchanged, ?What test should I have

Maybe none: This can often be diagnosed by history and physical examination. You should discuss this with your doctor first. A plain x-ray then an MRI is is the normal route if your doctor is unsure. ...Read more

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My husband has has very bad sciatica pain for months now. Any suggestions on relieving pain?

My husband has has very bad sciatica pain for months now. Any suggestions on relieving pain?

Sciatica: The sciatica is caused by nerve compression. It is a pinched nerve. The herniated disc , spinal stenosis, slipping of vertebra, osteoarthritis & tumor can cause compression. He is taking advil (ibuprofen) & Naproxen with chiropractic manipulations. He can apply some pain patch & take stronger pain medication. If those don't help then see a neurosurgeon. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have had sciatica pain for 5 weeks now from heranited disc in l4/l5 how long will the pain last from in in my leg back doesn't hurt?

I have had sciatica pain for 5 weeks now from heranited disc in l4/l5 how long will the pain last from in in my leg back doesn't hurt?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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Having sciatica pain for past 4 weeks now. Doc advised me some painkillers which I refuse to take. Exercise makes better but for few hours only.

Having sciatica pain for past 4 weeks now.  Doc advised me some painkillers which I refuse to take. Exercise makes better but for few hours only.

Patience needed: Pain due to sciatica, usually lasts 6-8 wks. Be patient and be diligent with PT and exercise regularly for this to resolve in due course. ...Read more

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I am having sciatica pain....Some years back i was operated for slip disc.. Now, frequently i suffer from sciatica pain. Recommend some medicines plz.

I am having sciatica pain....Some years back i was operated for slip disc.. Now, frequently i suffer from sciatica pain. Recommend some medicines plz.

Spine Pain Options: This chronic 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 more

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Can sciatica switch legs? Started in the right now seems to be going down the left. Two months on the right two weeks pain free now left leg pain.

Can sciatica switch legs? Started in the right now seems to be going down the left. Two months on the right two weeks pain free now left leg pain.

Yes: Especially if the disc herniates out centrally it can touch both nerves on each side. Also if there is a tear, the leakage of the inside of disc can be irritating to the nerves on both sides. ...Read more

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I have had severe sciatica pain for about 2 weeks now. I had severe back pain for 3 days, then it got back but sciatic pain is getting worse. Help?

I have had severe sciatica pain for about 2 weeks now. I had severe back pain for 3 days, then it got back but sciatic pain is getting worse. Help?

Back & Leg Pain: Any weakness in your legs? Any bowel or bladder changes? If you have no problems with your kidneys and because your symptoms are acute (new), you would benefit from short course of oral steroids x 7 days or toradol x 5 days. If Urgent Care is open (cheaper than an ER visit), go there so they can give you an intramuscular injection of either of these medications in addition to script for oral med. ...Read more

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Lifted a stove for my MILaw back in May the next day I was hit with sciatica pain so bad. My bk hasn't been the same since now my lower legs are red?

Lifted a stove for my MILaw back in May the next day I was hit with sciatica pain so bad. My bk hasn't been the same since now my lower legs are red?

Need mri: of lumbar to see if disc slipped and ressing on nerve, redness could be circulation problem , usually unrelated unless severe pain can cause inflamation, if you smoke this is alraming for possible artery disease don't ever smoke, if cool extremeties get a vascular sugeon to do an ultrasound of the arteries/veins . ...Read more

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I hit the top of my foot. swelled up and bleed under the skin. sciatica now and numb foot top and bottom. could the hit cause the sciatica pain?

I hit the top of my foot. swelled up and bleed under the skin. sciatica now and numb foot top and bottom. could the hit cause the sciatica pain?

No: I think the numbness in the foot is related to the injury you describe. Ice the foot. If a hematoma is present (collection of blood) you may need it drained. ...Read more

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The ER dr told me I have a ruptured disc causing my sciatica pain n left leg. I'm on bed rest for now but what else can I do for the pain besides med?

Physical therapy: non surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation are : 1. Pain medication using NSAIDS 2. Physical therapy /Chiroprat --all geared towrds reducing pain and returning to your normal functioning capacity if after about 6 weeks you are still having increased pain , increased numbness or increased weakness of the leg, you need to see a neurosurgeon ...Read more

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I had bad constipation last week due to lota of sciatica pain relief drugs. Now I have heavy vaginal bleeding and my period isnt due. Should I worry?

Depends: If heavy menses is not normal for you nor is irregular or painful cycles, I would recommend talking to your doctor. Need to get your thyroid checked, a pelvic ultrasound ( large uterus may be the cause of your backpain) or perhaps a biopsy if you are obese or has a thickened lining. ...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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Severe leg pain for at least 4 decades and reflexes in knees now non-existent. diangosis peripheral neuropathy ten years ago. Low back pain 10 yrs. Any idea?

Severe leg pain for at least 4 decades and reflexes in knees now non-existent. diangosis peripheral neuropathy ten years ago. Low back pain 10 yrs.  Any idea?

Peripheral Neuropath: Different possibilities exist for leg pains: neuropathy, vascular disease, and sciatica. Each of these can be ruled in/out based upon history, examination, and studies. Neuropathy is typically diagnosed with history of diabetes, chemo, toxic exposures, or no cause, and is associated with numbness/pain in a stocking distribution with absent reflexes. Emg/ncv can be helpful. Mri/ct usually negative. ...Read more

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Im complement deficient. What does this mean? Low C3 and c4. joint pain, low back pain, rashes, anisocoria, low tsh, fatigue etc and it's not lupus

Im complement deficient.  What does this mean?  Low C3 and c4.  joint pain, low back pain, rashes, anisocoria, low tsh, fatigue etc and it's not lupus

Likely secondary: You probably has an autoimmune condition which is consuming the complements thus accounting for the low levels. Have you seen a rheumatologist? if so, you need to rush to find one. ...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


Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more