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Doctor insights on: Is Sciatica Usually A Problem In The Central Or Peripheral Nervous Systems

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Dr. William Singer
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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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Need help. Is 'sciatica' a problem in the central or peripheral nervous systems?

Peripheral: Sciatica is a condition that affects the sciatic nerve which from the lower back down the back side of each leg. The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves. ...Read more

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Is it the central or peripheral nervous system problem if you get back pain with sensations going down a leg?

Is it the central or peripheral nervous system problem if you get back pain with sensations going down a leg?

Describing sciatica: Peripheral nerve compression.As the nerves leave the spinal column the "disc", a tough, fibrous, shock absorber that is between the vertebral bones can extrude and press on the nerve in a few places.This is usually "self-limited" meaning it goes away over time with stretching, nsaid's like ibuprofen, and traction(gravity boots).Usually no images(x-ray, ct, mri) needed unless weakness, bladder, bowel, chang. ...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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What are the drawbacks of drinking coffee ? Can it cause problems, although the caffeine doesn't give you jitters or anxiety/nervousness ?

What are the drawbacks of drinking coffee ? Can it cause problems, although the caffeine doesn't give you jitters or anxiety/nervousness ?

Moderation: Like any chemical, caffeine can cause health problems if abused. Limit your intake to one or two portions a day, and you should be fine. Remember that tea and most colas also have caffeine. Too much could cause fast heart rate, arrythmias, high blood pressure, and hyperactivity. So, enjoy, just don't overdo it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have this problem that everything has to be right in order. If it gets off track, then i go crazy. With chest pains, blood pressure rises nervousness?

After a good: Check up w/doc to rule out medical conditions, you can consult a clinical psychologist. You may have obsessive compulsive disorder to some degree. We all have a bit of it under stress. Your psychologist can diagnose and treat. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing 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


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