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Is an ache in my back and running down my leg cause for concern?

Is an ache in my back and running down my leg cause for concern?

Yes: Yes, the referral of the pain down the back of the leg could be sciatic nerve pain, which needs the attention of a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Levin
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I have got piles and I am suffering with back ache an it's going right down my left leg is it normal with piles . How long do piles last . ?

Not typically: If the pain is running from your lower back down your leg i would be more worried about something like sciatica where the nerve e down the back of your leg is pinched or trapped or inflamed leading to those symptoms. If the pain is running from your anus or near there down your leg than i could see how bad perianal pain might feel that way. Best to see an md to help u differentiate. ...Read more

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What are the common causes for lower back ache? My wife is suffering from persistent pain near left hip for last 1wk tht started radiating to her legs

What are the common causes for lower back ache? My wife is suffering from persistent pain near left hip for last 1wk tht started radiating to her legs

Many causes: There are many causes of back pain including muscular strain, sprain of ligaments, arthritis of facet joints, herniated and degenerated discs. Radiating pain in legs occurs when nerves in the back are pinched . If pain is in hip area then hip joint also needs to be examined and possibly x rayed. ...Read more

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Occasional lower back ache. My butt feels like it cramps. Both legs get cramp like pain on and off in calves and feet.Occasional numbness. Causes?

Occasional lower back ache. My butt feels like it cramps. Both legs get cramp like pain on and off in calves and feet.Occasional numbness. Causes?

Recommend evaluation: Symptoms may suggest lumbar spine or neuromuscular pathology caused by vitamin deficiencies or hormone and electrolyte imbalances. Questions regarding other sxs should be addressed. You could schedule a consult or see your PCP. I recommend further evaluation with lab tests including B12, CK, TSH and a basic metabolic panel as well as an MRI of lumbar spine and if negative an electromyelogram. ...Read more

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Severe chest pain, breast pain and tenderness, headaches/migranes and back ache. also shooting pains down arm and legs.. ?

Severe chest pain, breast pain and tenderness, headaches/migranes and back ache. also shooting pains down arm and legs.. ?

See a doctor: Severe pain is an alert - a way to get your attention. It says "get this looked into!" It may not be too serious, but w/out proper treatment, it could become worse. I hope you have an exam, follow directions for treatment and feel better soon! ...Read more

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What could cause low back ache along with calf and foot spasms?

What could cause low back ache along with calf and foot spasms?

Disc disease: Back and leg pain/ spasms can come from disc herniations or referred pain from disc degeneration. Usually the symptoms will resolve after 6 weeks. For persistent symptoms, a lumbar MRI can show whether the nerve is being compressed. Physical therapy and injections can calm things down. Surgery is reserved for those with disc herniations that don't respond to anything else. ...Read more

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For like two weeks now I have been feeling pains in my limbs coupled with back ache and neck pain. What could be the cause and what natural therapy?

Many things: There is not enough history to make a guess. Dehydration, viral illness, muscular overwork, connective tissue diseases like lupus, neurologic illness like fibromyalgia can all cause painful muscles. Curcumin and white willow extracts are pain relievers like ibuprofen. Using any without diagnosis is not the best approach. Talk to your health care provider. ...Read more

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What might the problem be if iam getting leg cramps and back ache?

What might the problem be if iam getting leg cramps and back ache?

Leg cramps & back: pain are things you need to see your doctor about. If he/she rules out medical conditions you might consider having your magnesium level checked by the doc. Low magnesium can cause muscle cramping. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why do my legs and lower back ache so bad when I just have a cold?

Why do my legs and lower back ache so bad when I just have a cold?

Muscle aches : Muscle aches and pains may indicate you have influenza or a more serious acute upper respiratory infection than you think. Any fever/chills? See urgent care md for full history pregnancy test if indicated and physical exam. ...Read more

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Toss an turn all night from too hot too cold . an lil sleep an headache. an leg ache back ache next day from too much estrogen or too little ?

Toss an turn all night from too hot too cold . an lil sleep an headache. an leg ache back ache next day    from too much estrogen or too little ?

The Temperature: problem may in fact be due to too little estrogent! There are a number of treatments for this problem. Check with your Primary Care Provider/ The headache and backache may be related to your mattress/pillow! Try sleeping without yor pillow and if your mattress is over 10 years old consider buying a new one! Hope this helps Happy/Healthy New Year Dr Z ...Read more

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Often have knee/leg/back ache standing a lot @work. Today sharp aching pain more severe on right side: low back, butt, & whole leg. ?

Often have knee/leg/back ache standing a lot @work. Today sharp aching pain more severe on right side: low back, butt, & whole leg. 
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Pinched nerve: I would need to know where exactly is the leg pain and whether numbness is also present. For how many days have u been experiencing the problem? Did you lift up something heavy prior to onset? From the limited information it sounds like a radiculopathy. Whenever people complain of buttock pain I usually think of one of 3 possibilities: problem from the back, hip or sacroiliac joint. ...Read more

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Feeling sick for 2 days , back ache and pains in the tops of my legs in also tired, any ideas wot it cud be?

Virus?: Sick for 2 days with backache, pains in legs, and fatigue could be all related to a virus like the flu or something similar. Stay hydrated and well rested. If the feeling has not passed in 2-3 more days, see your primary care provider. ...Read more

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22yr/f. Been unusually tired even w/ normal sleep, my muscles especially in legs and back ache like after a hard workout, what could be causing this?

22yr/f. Been unusually tired even w/ normal sleep, my muscles especially in legs and back ache like after a hard workout, what could be causing this?

Energy metabolism: You have to turn food into energy just like a car burns gas. Wrong gas----lousy performance of car. Wrong food-----lousy cell performance in body/brain. I advise only "god made" food and leave the "junk" alone, particularly all the sweet stuff, including sweeteners. ...Read more