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Does sciatic nerve pain typically go down the outside of the calf muscle and back of calf?

Does sciatic nerve pain typically go down the outside of the calf muscle and back of calf?

Yes and Yes: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg or even the groin area. The nerve then goes to the muscle which can then hurt, spasm or feel sore or irritated. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Pain in calf to left side, stabbing pain that lasts for few seconds then goes and then comes back been going on now for a hour! Muscle or nerve pain?

Pain in calf to left side, stabbing pain that lasts for few seconds then goes and then comes back been going on now for a hour! Muscle or nerve pain?

Either or neither: If there is pain but no swelling, tenderness, warmth or redness to the area, either could do it and it would not be worrisome. If the calf is swollen or tender please do see someone to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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How can drinking milk for a lactose intolerant person cause severe muscle and nerve pain from the shoulder and back down to the leg into the ankle?

How can drinking milk for a lactose intolerant person cause severe muscle and nerve pain from the shoulder and back down to the leg into the ankle?

It shouldn't,: The type of pain that you are describing is not typical of problems due to lactose intolerance. The description that you give lends more toward an orthopedic, perhaps a back problem, or a neurologic cause. I would recommend a check up by your doctor or by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can muscle unbalances cause Pain in SI joint Area on one side?Plus nerve pain down leg. Had MRI and showed no disk problems, pain in side really sharp

Ask M.D..: Ask your doctor if this puzzling pain could be piriformis syndrome where the piriformis muscle in the gluteal area compresses the sciatic nerve and causes both unilateral pain in the buttock and sciatic nerve pain down the leg. There are other causes of sciatica that your doctor could relook at too. ...Read more

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Lump in lower right back for about 5 yrs. 3 yrs increasingly severe femoral nerve pain. Now losing muscle mass in right leg, pain when squatting?

Needs consultation: Recommend a neurological visit, and consider both imaging and EMG study. If your femoral nerve is involved, you can lose muscle bulk and strength over your thigh, and this can potentially be reversed. Not knowing the character of the "lump", would suggest at least a surgical consult also. ...Read more

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Recently a spot about the size of a quarter has started tingling off & on in my left calf muscle. Not painful. Tweaked nerve?

Recently a spot about the size of a quarter has started tingling off & on in my left calf muscle. Not painful. Tweaked nerve?

Either that: Or a varicose vein. Doesn't sound serious in either case. But show it to your doctor just to make sure. ...Read more

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When i manipulate, massage, rub up against may medial tibia nerve i get a numbing shock from the area just below calf muscle through to my toes.

When i manipulate, massage, rub up against may medial tibia nerve i get a numbing shock from the area just below calf muscle through to my toes.

Think tarsal tunnel: Tarsal tunnel is a condition of of the tibial nerve on near the inside of the ankle. Think of it as like carpal tunnel, but at the ankle instead of the wrist. You can experience, shooting/tingling pain, numbness, weakness and other symptoms around the ankle, and it can radiate into the heel, arch and even toes. Some radiation into the calf is not unusual. See a podiatrist for care options. ...Read more

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Since calf muscle function stems from s1 & s2 (racepinephrine) nerve, what'll happen to function if s1 motor nerve ( and s1 only) is completely pinched?

Foot drop: S1 is the main branch of the sciatic nerve. If it is pinched, the ankle/foot will not work due to lack of stimulation. Those people won't be able to do heel walking and will drag their foot on the ground. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more