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Lower back pain radiating down the front of both thighs but mostly my left front thigh Started after having to set in uncomfortable chair for hours?

Lower back pain radiating down the front of both thighs but mostly my left front thigh Started after having to set in uncomfortable chair for hours?

Possible stenosis: If these symptoms occur with prolonged standing or walking they are certainly consistent with spinal stenosis. If they are occurring street other possibilities exist there could be a form of neuropathy after your prolonged sitting. I would suggest seeing a neurologist to assess where the pain is coming from ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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I have been experiencing bad lower back pain, radiating down my left leg. I can't afford to go to my doctor...Any advice would be so appreciated!

I have been experiencing bad lower back pain, radiating down my left leg. I can't afford to go to my doctor...Any advice would be so appreciated!

Stretch and walk: Stretching and walking are the best for low back pain radiating to the leg. Lie on your back with one leg flat and bring the other knee up to your chest and hold for 10 seconds, then alternate legs. Repeat that 3 times. Do this every day. Try to walk at least 5 minutes 3 times a day. Ice and heat can help. Drink adequate fluids. If you tolerate them, you can take acetaminophen and/or naproxen. ...Read more

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I've been doing physical therapy, but after exercise yesterday, why would I have lower back pain radiating into my knee and front knee on the right?

Radiating pain: Pain after therapy radiating down the leg to the knee is most likely related to nerve irritation. I suggest you go back into the physician who referred you to physical therapy and be reassessed. ...Read more

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58 y pt. With severe low back pain radiating towards both legs. Unable to move xray showing straightening of lumber spine? Diagnosis and treatment?

58 y pt. With severe low back pain radiating towards both legs. Unable to move xray showing straightening of lumber spine? Diagnosis and treatment?

Evaluate Low Back: If you are not improving have your doctor order a lumbar spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the back can cause leg pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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I have really bad lower back pain radiating to the front. It worsen at night but I have the pain all day. It started Saturday night.

We need...: We need to know more information about what is going on with you. Did suffer any injuries? Did this start all of a sudden or has this happened before? Any urinary symptoms? Any vaginal bleeding or discharge? If pain is persistent then you should go to the nearest urgent care for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Developed severe stabbing lower back pain, radiating around hip to front groin area. Mri showed an hemangioma? What does this mean? A neurologist?

Depends on exact: Location of hemangioma, but get an opinion from a neurosurgeon if your doctor thinks hemangioma is cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Cause of left lower back pain radiating to hip?

Cause of left lower back pain radiating to hip?

Disk, sij: Pain could be from a bulging disk, sacro-iliitis (sacro-iliac joint), facet joint arthropathy, lumbar stain, muscle spasm or many other causes... Go see a medical specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain radiating through to my left side, it seems to ease if I drink lots of water.

Kidney stone?: The first thing I think of is a kidney stone. Of course there can be other causes and your physician will help clarify what's happening. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain radiating through sides and sides of belly. Blood in urine early today. Period ended 2 days ago. What could this be?

Severe lower back pain radiating through sides and sides of belly. Blood in urine early today. Period ended 2 days ago. What could this be?

Infection or stone: You likely have a kidney stone, though a urinary tract infection can cause similar symptoms, especially if tracking up from the bladder to the kidney (s). I think you should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain which radiates down the front of my left leg?

I have severe lower back pain which radiates down the front of my left leg?

Nerve issue: Symptoms suggestive of a potential radiculopathy or neuropathy. Please see your local physician who may suggest both imaging studies (such as an MRI) and/or electrodiagnostics. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain that radiate down the front of my legs what could be?

I have lower back pain that radiate down the front of my legs what could be?

Pinched nerve: Rest your back and try otc ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen). If pain persists beyond a week or so or if you develop any weakness of your legs, you need immediate medical attention ...Read more

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I have lower back pain on the left side and that pain is now in the front. Along with pain down the leg but not pass my knee and numbness in the arm?

I have lower back pain on the left side and that pain is now in the front. Along with pain down the leg but not pass my knee and numbness in the arm?

Back pain: The low back pain and radiation to the knee suggests a pinched nerve in the low back between the lumbar 3/4 disc. The numbness in the arm is unrelated to the low back. See a neurosurgeon or a neurologist to evaluate your pain and numbness to establish a cause and a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on left side with pain radiating down thigh to front of knee. Muscle above knee twitches. Feels better when I lay down.

Lower back pain on left side with pain radiating down thigh to front of knee. Muscle above knee twitches. Feels better when I lay down.

Check spine: May be from L3 level of the lumbar spine from herniated disc, bulging disc, osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. Symptoms include localized pain or pain that travels to the inner thigh anteriorly to middle of the leg. Tingling, numbness or muscle weakness might also be experienced. Mr examination would define etiology of pain. Can see neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic physician. ...Read more

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Heel very painful to put down in morning, with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling, and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Heel very painful to put down in morning, with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling, and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Many causes: There could be a problem with the Achilles tendon and calf muscle (gastrocnemius or soleus), or there could be a problem in the lower back, related to to the S1 nerve. When a muscle is bothered, it affected the way you walk and it can cause back pain too. ...Read more

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Hi, I have Heel very painful to put down in morning, with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling, and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Hi, I have Heel very painful to put down in morning, with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling, and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Knee, calf, or back?: Does the crunching occur with a sound or a feeling? Does your knee feel ok with movement when you are not bearing weight on it? I would be concerned about your knee and your calf muscle based on these observations. ...Read more

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I am having lower back pain that appeared after leaning over. That was a week ago and is worse now & radiating down my leg. Do I need to go to my dr.?

I am having lower back pain that appeared after leaning over. That was a week ago and is worse now & radiating down my leg. Do I need to go to my dr.?

Wait another week: Many herniated discs like what sounds like what you are having will resolve on its own in a few days to weeks. If you are still in a lot of pain and anti-inflammatories are not helping or if you notice numbness/weakness presenting itself then seek medical care to evaluate this further. ...Read more

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I have been having lower back pain and pain down my leg for 5 months. My right side is distended and everyone I have seen doesn't know how to help me.

Plan: Sorry to hear this. I hope you have already done some tests like X-rays or CT or even MRI. If not, proceed with investigation and start physical therapy. ...Read more

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If cortisone shots don't work what would be the next option for treating lower back pain that is sending pain down my leg n bottom?

If cortisone shots don't work what would be the next option for treating lower back pain that is sending pain down my leg n bottom?

Nerve damage: Great question... Its very important to treat pain and to prevent nerve damage. There are multiple ways to treat a herniated disc. They include: weight loss, physical therapy, chiropractic care, disc decompression (traction), epidural injections, intradiscal procedures, and surgery. An EMG is the best test to see if you have old or active nerve damage (if so- you need surgery). ...Read more

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Hi I had strong lower back pain last night and now the front of my thighs hurt more on left leg, can you shed some light on this plea?

Strain: Probably just a muscle strain in the lumbar spine. The sensations in the anterior thigh are most likely referred pain. If your symptoms persist and it does not go away, see in orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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I have really bad lower back pain. It doesn't shoot down my leg or get numb. Hurts the worst when I stand up from a sitting position. What can it be?

I have really bad lower back pain. It doesn't shoot down my leg or get numb. Hurts the worst when I stand up from a sitting position. What can it be?

Mechanical back pain: Back pain that doesn't radiate and gets worse after standing is usually musculoskeletal back pain. When we sit our iliopsoas muscles get tighter and then when we stand that tightness causes pain. Usually, a back extension program is a quick and easy fix. But see your doctor for treatment options. ...Read more

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Lower back pain mainly in middle. Doesn't shoot down leg, no numbness. Really bad to go from sitting to standing. Need pillow behind back when sitting?

Lower back pain mainly in middle. Doesn't shoot down leg, no numbness. Really bad to go from sitting to standing. Need pillow behind back when sitting?

Disc pain: Likely a disc related pain. This pain feels worse while sitting and leaning forward or slouching, getting up from a siting position, bending forward, reaching out and above. Most damaged discs heal n their own if the causative factor is avoided such a lifting heavy objects, bending down all the time etc. Pillow behind the back extends the spine and relieves pressure on a damaged disc. ...Read more

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Lower back pain with stomach pain radiating down leg?

Lower back pain with stomach pain radiating down leg?

See your PCP: You need a thorough evaluation by your primary care provider and probably some i, aging studies and perhaps a referral to a specialist for a consultation. ...Read more

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I have Rheumatoid Arthrits my tail bone is throbbing, shooting pains going down my leg and lower back pain. Why would my tail bone throb?

I have Rheumatoid Arthrits my tail bone is throbbing, shooting pains going down my leg and lower back pain. Why would my tail bone throb?

Inflammation: Possible inflammation of the vertebra or sacroiliac joints. Your rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you for this. A ruptured disk is another possibility in view of the radiation into the leg. ...Read more

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What would cause lower back pain on the right side, also shooting pains down my spine into my legs?

Back pain: A problem in the lumbar spine, either a disc or a bone spur, can cause pain and radiating symptoms in the leg. This is something that requires a physical examination and consultation with a doctor. ...Read more

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I have bad lower back pain when I lie down, as well as constant bilateral lower leg pain. I'm 22 otherwise healthy. Any thought?

Lower Back Pain: Pain in the back and legs in a horizontal position that is not relieved by changing position except to be upright is a red flag. Concern is something blocking venous return of blood through batson's plexus. Especially concerning if radiating into legs. ...Read more

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I'm having severe lower back pain. Pain goes down right leg and throbbs. Have history on protruding disk. Why is pain so severe?

It may be that there: Is a further protrusion of that disc or at least a further tear of the outer part of the disc known as the annulus & called an annular tear or both-any of those scenarios may cause increased pain symptoms. One also has to consider other causes of pain in the region & if the pain is so severe you should seek medical attention for an accurate diagnosis & appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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