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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

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?

Depends: If sharp, deep, ache type pain..usually muscle. If electrical, burning, tingling..usually nerve. When it happens try keeping knee straight, gently/slowly move top of foot up towards the lower leg/'ankle...making ankle/foot at 90 degrees and hold this. If muscle cramp in calf muscle, should relieve it. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...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

Yes but may not b: Yes muscle involvement can be involved, but also the facet joints can also cause radiating down the leg. As part of your evaluation the other thing to consider is if the nerve is being irritated outside the spine such as by the piriformis muscle . These are things your physician will need to try to evaluate and help you ...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?

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

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How can I heal my calf muscle?

How can I heal my calf muscle?

Don't know: What did you do to your calf muscle? Tear it, stretch it, bruise it. Need more information. ...Read more

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What can I do for a pulled calf muscle?

Calf muscle : Rest it. This is the best way for it to resolve itself. A walking boot can take some strain off of it. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my calf muscle is torn?

How can I tell if my calf muscle is torn?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What do you do if you tear your calf muscle?

Get some help: The calf muscle is slow to heal as is any muscle tear. See a orthopaedic doctor or podiatrist that help you with the recovery. ...Read more

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What is the best cure of a calf muscle prain ?

Depends if spasm: Calf can be artery narrowing( pulse will found to be poor) or low potassium calcium or phosphate, but could be without cause, in which case Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and quinine and muscle stretching can work. ...Read more

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I randomly felt a pop in my calf muscle, what could be wrong?

A cyst: There is a possibility that you have a cyst or a mass in the calf muscle that causes this.
The most common cause is a baker's that comes off the back of the knee joint ansd comes between the orgin of some of the muscles in the calf. An MRI can help determine the "cause" of the "pop". ...Read more

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What are the tests for torn calf muscle?

What are the tests for torn calf muscle?

Exam , MRI: The most important test would a good physical exam
often this is overlooked or cursory
to evaluate the severity of a tear an MRI would be the next step
sometimes this can determine whether treatment is conservative or surgical. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a torn calf muscle?

What are the symptoms of a torn calf muscle?

Pain, swelling: Usually it occurs secondary to sports such
as tennis or basketball
you will often feel a pop in the calf and will
end up with swelling and difficulty weightbearing on the leg
it is important to differentiate a calf injury from and achilles tendon injury which is likely
to require surgery. ...Read more

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How do you tape a torn calf muscle effectively?

Torn Calf Muscle: Immidiately after the injury, use ice locally, limit use of the injured leg use crutches for at least two wekks.
Compression with ace bandage
elevation of the leg
immobilisation of lower leg with cam
walker
and you may splint the ankle in natural position, foot at right angle with foot. ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my calf muscle is strained?

Does it hurt?: Does your calf muscle hurt? Typical symptoms of a strain include pain, stiffness, discoloration and bruising around the strained muscle. If you don't have any of those symptoms, then you're fine. ...Read more

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I sprained my right calf muscle, what should I do to fix it?

I sprained my right calf muscle, what should I do to fix it?

Conservative: Most calf strains are treated no operatively. Acutely, protected weightbearing and crutches with ice and elevation. When it is feeling better, then flexibility exercises, stengthening, and slowly back to activity. ...Read more

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How do a pulled calf muscle and a cramped calf muscle differ?

Cramps go away: A pulled muscle is painful and is due to an injury. A cramp can be from dehydration or a drug side effect. ...Read more

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How can I rehab a torn calf muscle?

Torn Gastroc: Torn calf muscle happened because it could not absorb the load you placed on it and it failed. Therefore the goal of rehab is to make sure you are better than you were prior to the injury so you can return to that activity without injury. Just resting is not the answer, reconditioned. Need pain control, weight bearing protection, stretching, progressive strengthening to include eccentric loading. ...Read more

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Would physio help a torn calf muscle?

Would physio help a torn calf muscle?

Torn calf muscle: Yes, soft tissue therapeutic modalities and kinesio- taping to protect. ...Read more

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Burning sensation in left calf muscle?

Burning sensation in left calf muscle?

Do you have varicose: Veins in the leg, if you do, this could be superficial phlebitis, if you do not it could muscular origin, both you could treat with Motrin and moist heat. If did not go away check with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you heal a strained calf muscle?

How do you heal a strained calf muscle?

Strain/calf muscle: R i c e
treatment consists of
1 rest
2ice locally
3compression with ace bandage
4elevation
followed by heelpad in both shoes, anti inflammatory medicines, ultrasond therapy, massage therapy and strengthening exercises. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a strained calf muscle?

What is the best way to treat a strained calf muscle?

Rest, ice, compress: Calf swelling and pain can often be due to local trauma- either a significant strain or actual partial muscle tear. This allows for local bleeding or hematoma formation within the injured muscle. Partial tears of the gastrocnemius (medial/inside head) are common injuries that may take weeks (2-3) to resolve with rest, ice, elevation and ace wrap compression as the standard treatment. ...Read more

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Why does my calf muscle hurt after I remove my shoes?

Why does my calf muscle hurt after I remove my shoes?

I apologize: For not knowing if you are make or female....in the event you are female and were wearing heels this may be a reason as in the heels there is contracture of the tendon and out of shoes it would try and stretch the muscle.... ...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)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more