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Leg Pain (Definition)

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Left back of leg pain is worse lying down. What should I do?

Hard to say: You need to see a doctor for a thorough physical exam. The pain could be coming from pinched nerves in your back, nerve compression in the buttock or it could be bursa, joint or muscle pain. Too many variables here. ...Read more

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I am 35+ and having chronic leg pain only while lying down. What could be the reason? Could one suggest any remedy without using medicines?

I am 35+ and having chronic leg pain only while lying down. What could be the reason? Could one suggest any remedy without using medicines?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of upper leg pain when lying down?

Tight proximal quad: Hip flexor tightness common today from all the sitting and stair steppers and no quad stretching we do our hamstrings and calves few stretch the hip flexors or abductors remember middle school pe and the hurdler stretch second part lying back. ...Read more

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I only have leg pain when I'm laying down or sitting up what can be the cause of it.

I only have leg pain when I'm laying down or sitting up what can be the cause of it.

Sciatica: Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. ...Read more

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Severe leg pain down through foot when laying down?

Sciatica: This sounds like a pinched nerve in your back
it would be best to have this looked at by a physician. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing severe leg pain and cramping while laying down. I take aleeve and as soon as it wears off I wake up in tears from the pain. Help?

I'm experiencing severe leg pain and cramping while laying down. I take aleeve and as soon as it wears off I wake up in tears from the pain. Help?

No time to ponder.: Without more historical information describing your general health issue, (medication, etc), help could be easily misdirected. Severe leg pain, while lying down, is suggestive of advanced vascular involving your legs. There could be other issues, but without more information, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Persistent leg pain down right from butt to calf?

Persistent leg pain down right from butt to calf?

Sciatica: This sounds most like sciatica or sciatic nerve symptoms. The site of irritation could be the lower back, ls spine, or much less commonly a piriformis syndrome. If there is irritation in the lumbar spine at the nerve root level then it is termed a lumbar radiculopathy. ...Read more

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Persistent leg pain down right from butt to calf?

MRI: See a spine specialist. You many benefit from an mri, as your symptoms may mean you have a herniated disc in your spine. ...Read more

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How long does it take for radicular leg pain to settle down does it go away it self?

Usually a few weeks: Most sciatica improves on its own within a few weeks to 6 to 8 weeks. If you are having extreme pain or have noticed any significant weakness you should consult with a spine physician. ...Read more

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Leg pain in inner-upper left leg when sitting. Radiates down leg. Increases frequency of unrination. No issues when active. What?

Hmmm: Leg pain could be coming from your back. If it is associated with inability to control your urine then that could be a neurological emergency. Please see your doctor as soon as possible to consider back, urinary issues. ...Read more

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If a back issue is causing leg pain, would the pain originate in the lower leg and work its way up over time, or would it begin higher and work down?

If a back issue is causing leg pain, would the pain originate in the lower leg and work its way up over time, or would it begin higher and work down?

Usually from the top: Most of the time the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates down to the calf or foot. It is possible the pain can occur lower in the leg first ...Read more

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I have leg pain in both of my legs when I lay down at night. I wonder what it could be?

Nerves maybe: Often nerves can be pinched exiting the spine by certain positions. Poor blood flow to the legs is a cause. Restless leg syndrome symptoms are relieved by moving. Probably the most common cause is peripheral neuropathy, which usually affects toes and feet more than calves or thighs. Numbness is prominent and persistent. Strictly positional recumbent pain is probably of spinal origin. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg pain and pain shooting down the leg. The following also describes me: Lower leg pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing leg pain and pain shooting down the leg. The following also describes me: Lower leg pain. What should I do?

Hard to say: There are many potential causes. Sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back, is one of the more common causes. Arthritic conditions can cause leg pain as can vascular problems. A detailed history and exam can often determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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I have severe leg (left leg) pain every time I lie down. I limp on my left side. My back hurts mostly when I sit down.? Cause of pain and solution?

I have severe leg (left leg) pain every time I lie down. I limp on my left side. My back hurts mostly when I sit down.? Cause of pain and solution?

Lumbar radiculopathy: Nerve irritation caused by damage to the discs between the vertebrae. Damage to the disc occurs because of degeneration ("wear and tear") of the outer ring of the disc, traumatic injury, or both. The central softer portion of the disc can rupture (herniate) through the outer ring of the disc and abut the spinal cord or its nerves as they exit the bony spinal column.
Recommend neurological consult. ...Read more

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For the past 2 weeks I have been having leg pain. Its dull, achey, and throbbing, and is worse when I lie down. What do you think could be the cause?

Pinched nerve: You are kind of young for this but it could be a ruptured disc with a pinched nerve

a through evaluation may be helpful
i would suggest seeing a doctor about this
best wishes. ...Read more

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What makes you have leg pain and or soreness constantly from the knees down?

Many things: Including poor circulation, a lumbar spine issue, or muscle injury. You should have this looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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I am a grad student who suffers severe lower leg pain. Do any other students who climb up/down suffer from the same?

Depends: Are you a grad student in mountain climbing?
It depends on your activity and where exactly you are hurting. ...Read more

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I sustained injury in lower spine after a fall down the stair in 2012 Ever since I'm in extreme leg pain of which the pain is there 24/7?

I sustained injury in lower spine after a fall down the stair in 2012 Ever since I'm in extreme leg pain of which the pain is there 24/7?

Back injury: This has been there for some time and needs further investigation. At a minimum an MRI is needed. Then a decision made thereafter a treatement plan - like PT, Epidural injections etc.... ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe back pain and pain shooting down the leg. The following also describe me: Leg pain and Back pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing severe back pain and pain shooting down the leg. The following also describe me: Leg pain and Back pain. What should I do?

Needs to be checked: Back pain especially lower back pain radiating down the legs needs to be checked by your doctor. Need a detailed history&Physical Examination if indicated may need imaging like xrays and/or MRI test to find out the cause and treat properly. A trial of pain meds like non steroidal drugs and muscle relaxant may be prescribed with or withot physical therapy before imaging is done. It may be pinch nerve ...Read more

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Pain on right back when bending down to the right like when I want to pick something and back pain when bending my neck backward plus leg pain..

Pain on right back when bending down to the right like when I want to pick something and back pain when bending my neck backward plus leg pain..

Sacroiliitis: Likely inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. This a joint between the sacrum and the ilium. The joints are located bilaterally where the small dimples in the low back are located. Pain in this joint is made worse by rising from a seated position, rolling onto the affected side while in bed, and taking a step up on the affected side. Apply ice at night in addition to anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more