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I have disc bulge at l4-l5 and a small gap in sacrum, with radiating pain in right leg, I wanted to know, whether swimming is good for my condition

I have disc bulge at l4-l5 and a small gap in sacrum, with radiating pain in right leg, I wanted to know, whether swimming is good for my condition

Excellent, but: Swimming if done properly helps ameliorate back pain. It is a low impact aerobic workout that is easy on the back and spine. Swimming should be performed under close supervision of the professionals who understand the limitations and special needs of back pain, and can address individual health needs. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area? .

I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area? .

Dermatome: The c5, C6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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L4 d L5 bulge for 10year mild pain with aggrevating factor like working in sitting position. But now I can able to feel the pain radiates post. Thigh?

L4 d L5 bulge for 10year mild pain with aggrevating factor like working in sitting position. But now I can able to feel the pain radiates post. Thigh?

Nerve impingement: Pain radiating to the posterior thigh can come from a l2-l3-l4 nerve impingement so an MRI will be able to help 'pin-point' the exact problem. Initially, you may just need a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pak (oral steroids) to see if that 'clears up' the inflammation. Injections may also help. Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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My l4-l5 and S1 are bulging. The pain radiates down my legs and is brutal. I now stand crooked due to it. What can I do to help without using narcotic?

My l4-l5 and S1 are bulging. The pain radiates down my legs and is brutal. I now stand crooked due to it. What can I do to help without using narcotic?

Physical Therapy: You should seek the help of a good physical therapist or chiropractor. Warm baths can also help since this can help to relieve any superimposed muscle spasm that is further irritating the nerves affected by the bulging disc. Over the counter analgesics can help providing your stomach and kidneys are ok. There are also prescription lidocaine patches and anti-inflammatory patches that can help. ...Read more

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I have left arm pain radiates to hand. Hand veins bulge more than right. Blood clot? Negative d dimer. Ultrasound on legs came back negative as well.

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I have left arm pain radiates to hand. Hand veins bulge more than right. Blood clot? Negative d dimer. Ultrasound on legs came back negative as well.

Upper Arm DVT?: This can be a sign of an upper arm deep venous thrombosis (dvt). These are somewhat unusual in a young lady, so certainly I agree with the possibility of a thoracic outlet syndorme (tos), particularly a sub-entity of it called "effort thrombosis" or "paget-schroetter syndrome." this is often associated with swelling of the arm, bulging veins, and a feeling of arm heaviness. ...Read more

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Why am I having radiating pain after hysterectomy?

Why am I having radiating pain after hysterectomy?

Pain: You have to be more specific about distribution of your pain, also the type of hysterectomy you had - trans vaginal or trans abdominal, than I can be more helpful. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how shooting pain and radiating pain differ?

Language, speed: The speedy propagation is shooting pain. Slow is radiating....More of amedical/anatomical descriptive term. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between shooting pain and radiating pain?

Please help! What is the difference between shooting pain and radiating pain?

Radiating pain: Is the pain that has a traveling character (e.g. You have a heart pain radiating to your left shoulder). Shooting pain is a local pain without traveling quality (e.g.Pain in your temple).
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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If I put pressure on outer left (as when getting up from sitting in the floor) get intense hot radiating pain?

If I put pressure on outer left (as when getting up from sitting in the floor) get intense hot radiating pain?

Need more info: Not sure if you left out a word after "outer left....? " Are you referring to your foot, lower leg, knee or thigh? Or perhaps non of the above. Resend your question to HT with this info.

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Why do I have radiating pain in my calf?

Why do I have radiating pain in my calf?

Nerve pain: The radiating pain in your calf is a nerve pain. It can be from your lumbar spine or nerve in your leg. Please see a doctor for evaluation. Nerve test would help to identify the issues.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Radiating pain in left testicle. What could it be?

Radiating pain in left testicle. What could it be?

Many things: From a simple muscle pulled to a serious hernia issue to a tumor..... Especially if associated with a bulge should prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause radiating pain down the posterior aspect of the right upper extrimity?

Cervical spine: I'm not sure if you mean your upper arm or your forearm. I would first make sure it's not coming from your neck (cervical spine). ...Read more

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5 CM paratubal cyst is causing radiating pain pain. Dr doesn't seem to think its an emergency situation. Why does this happen?

5 CM paratubal cyst is causing radiating pain pain. Dr doesn't seem to think its an emergency situation. Why does this happen?

Laparoscopy: With ovarian cysts there is always a good chance that they resolve on their own and it may make sense to buy some time with pain medication. I don't see this happen with a paratubal cyst. A laparoscopy would help to sort things out: ovarian cyst versus paratubal cyst versus hydrosalpinx. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you get a random radiating pain in your right arm?

Radiating arm pain: From the neck down means neck problem. From the wrist up the arm usually means distal entrapment form Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There is also thoracic outlet syndrome, anterior interossius syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and a few others. Geography matters. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Get a thorough exam and if need be an nerve conduction-EMG test to localize the problem. ...Read more

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It hurts when right between my srotum and butt when I ejaculate and its a stiff dull radiating pain?

It hurts when right between my srotum and butt when I ejaculate and its a stiff dull radiating pain?

Orchitis: It sounds like you are suffering from orchtitis. Please get back to us, we would love to help youl ...Read more

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I have radiating pain in my right arm which usually comes and go on its own for the past 6 months. What could be the problem?

I have radiating pain in my right arm which usually comes and go on its own for the past 6 months. What could be the problem?

Pinched nerve: The most common condition to cause pain that radiates down the arm is radiculopathy, or a pinched nerve in the neck. Other conditions that affect the brachial plexus nerves (in the shoulder) or even carpal tunnel syndrome could also cause arm pain. ...Read more

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Protruding bump on the left side of my upper neck that has moved slightly from 2 days ago, hurts, radiating pain through my back, should I worry?

Protruding bump on the left side of my upper neck that has moved slightly from 2 days ago, hurts, radiating pain through my back, should I worry?

Abscess?: I have a number of questions, including how long it has been there and whether it is getting bigger or more painful. It could be an abscess (red, warm, painful), or it could be an enlarged lymph node, which could itself be infected, or could be an indication of infection elsewhere. A health provider needs to look at it and see if it needs drainage, antibiotics, or other evaluation. ...Read more

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I sneezed really hard, then felt a sharp radiating pain across my upper chest and shoulders. Pain went away in like 20 seconds. What caused that pain?

Muscle pain: When you sneeze really hard you you use upper body muscles and some times you can strain your muscles and that might have caused pain in chest and shoulders. You don't need to do anything unless pain returns. ...Read more

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I have radiating pain on my left ankle and outside of my leg, what could this be?

I have radiating pain on my left ankle and outside of my leg, what could this be?

See a podiatrist: It could be irritation of the sural nerve or it could be over pronation. ...Read more

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Does arthritis cause a radiating pain up your arm?

Does arthritis cause a radiating pain up your arm?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm 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 pain at the base of my penis radiating pain up the right groin.

I have pain at the base of my penis radiating pain up the right groin.

Hard to say....: In general, if a pain is occurring that persists despite conservative measures (e.g. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) etc...) more than a few days, you should see your doctor about it. You may have an infection of the urinary tract or prostatitis. ...Read more

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What could be causing radiating pain in upper left arm? Started for no reason after I woke up today.

What could be causing radiating pain in upper left arm? Started for no reason after I woke up today.

Heart?: We worry a great deal about "radiating pain" in the left upper arm. This can suggest heart attack. Seek care asap. ...Read more

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I am having sharp stabbing pain beneath my lower left ribs. If I move wrong, its like shooting radiating pain?

I am having sharp stabbing pain beneath my lower left ribs. If I move wrong, its like shooting radiating pain?

Costochondritis: Sounds like you have some inflammation in your chest wall.

Your thorax consists of ribs, muscles, nerve, and connective tissue like ligaments and cartilage. Like any place on your body, you can pull and strain your ribcage.

If appropriate, stretches and anti-inflammatories are the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the lower left side of my back. There's some radiating pain in my glutes and my left leg due to this.

I have a pain in the lower left side of my back. There's some radiating pain in my glutes and my left leg due to this.

Sciatica: Pain from a pinched sciatic nerve in your lower back can often cause these symptoms. Stretching, ibuprofen, and chiropractic treatment all can help. ...Read more

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My elbow has been hurting for over a month now. It hurts right over the bone, I have less strentgh and some radiating pain. What should I do?

Tennis elbow?: The common causes of elbow pain include:
1) tennis elbow, pain on the outside, difficulty holding/grasping a handle on a gallon of milk. 2) golfers elbow, pain on the inside of the elbow, squeezing the hand, lifting with palm up, flexing wrist towards elbow, occasional finger numbness. Treat with ice, nsaid's, elbow strap and avoidance of painful activities. If pain > 1 mos then see your doctor. ...Read more

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7 days post laproscopy for hyst/d&c/endo removal. Now experiencing dull radiating pain post eating / drinking in mid - upper rhs ab near bellybutton?

7 days post laproscopy for hyst/d&c/endo removal. Now experiencing dull radiating pain post eating / drinking in mid - upper rhs ab near bellybutton?

Check diet, use meds: Make sure that you are not eating foods that might make you more "gassy" than usual. If no nausea/vomiting, try using your post-operative pain meds. If this resolves the pain, it is likely benign and nothing serious. If it persists/ worsens, or if you have fever, pain, or swelling at your incision sites, call your surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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What could cause a yeast infection with radiating pain?

Not related.: Yeast infections are very common. They may present with thick white/yellow discharge with or without vaginal itching/burning. Some infections are actually without symptoms. However, yeast infections are never the cause of radiating pain. There might be a secondary process involved. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis also cause radiating pain from my lower left abdomen to my lower back?

Potentially: Yes, diverticulitis is one of the more common causes of pain in the left lower quadrant, there are other causes as well. Don't hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How common is the "domino effect" after a c5-c6 c6-c7 fusion to address radiating pain/weakness due to disc/spur compression?

Disc loading: I do not use terms, "domino effect." The fact is having two levels fused in your neck definitely means adjacent levels are being overworked and have a significant chance of being injured resulting in bulges/herniations. If you gave récent l'y hard fusion as above, try to minimize neck flexion. If you have recurrent neck/arm pain since above fusion--problems. I might be able to help you. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a radiating pain down my left leg (mainly upper inside) when sitting with legs at 90 degree angle? No pain when exercising.

What is the cause of a radiating pain down my left leg (mainly upper inside) when sitting with legs at 90 degree angle? No pain when exercising.

Possibly sciatica: Sciatica symptoms include pain in the buttocks/leg that worsens when sitting, burning/tingling down the leg, etc. Conservative measures including PT, pain medications, etc are tried first. Surgery can be considered if conservative therapies fail to relieve symptoms. See your physician in order to determine a diagnosis. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/sciatica. Html ...Read more

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Hello, I have radiating pain between upper left chest and upper left back and shoulder, unable to lay down to sleep. Constant pain slight short breath?

Hello, I have radiating pain between upper left chest and upper left back and shoulder, unable to lay down to sleep. Constant pain slight short breath?

Constant pain: Radiating pain from the front to the back can be from the aorta. If you have risk factors such as high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure etc. You should see a physician right away to rule out any aortic aneurysm.
On the other hand it could just be heart burn, muscle spasm or something minor but you can't bet your life on it. ...Read more

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What can I do if I think I have a pinched nerve in my upper back in between my shoulder blades that radiating pain in my back, neck, &in shoulder socket?

What can I do if I think I have a pinched nerve in my upper back in between my shoulder blades that radiating pain in my back, neck, &in shoulder socket?

Upper back pain: The pain that you describe could be from a pinched nerve but it could also be from muscles or tendons that are inflamed or injured. For example, the attachment of the rib head to the spine can be malpositioned and create the pain you describe. It is important to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon or spine surgeon to determine the cause of the pain so that a proper treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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Sharp radiating pain in lower right stomach, should I go to er?

Abd. Pain: Yes, I advise to go to er, to r/o any possible cause that may need urgent intervention, if not sometimes severe irritable bowel syndrome with gases and intestinal distension can leads to that pain. ...Read more

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Might myocardial infarction have referred pain or radiating pain?

Might myocardial infarction have referred pain or radiating pain?

Absolutely: This is why you often hear about people having jaw pain or pain going down their left arm. Some people feel a heart attack like heartburn type pain. Others may only have shortness of breath as the only symptom of their heart attack. ...Read more

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What causes extreme buttock pain with radiating pain down entire leg?

What causes extreme buttock pain with radiating pain down entire leg?

Pyriformis v disc: This sounds like sciatica (pain over this large leg nerve's distribution to the foot from the buttock) which can occur due to a disc herniation in the lower back compressing a spinal nerve and not cause any back pain or be due to a hip muscle known as the pyriformis irritating the sciatic nerve which it straddles in the buttock region mimicking a disc herniation pattern. ...Read more

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How can you suddenly get extreme buttock pain with radiating pain down entire leg?

How can you suddenly get extreme buttock pain with radiating pain down entire leg?

Varies: Usually sudden pain from the buttocks to the leg is associated with "sciatica", often due to disc herniation. There are other causes such as nerve compression from spinal instability, sacroiliac dysfunction, pyriformis syndrome, and even osteoporotic fractures to the sacrum. If severe, and if having weakness, loss of sensation, and/or bowel/bladder issues, seek out emergency evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes radiating pain from the lower back down into the legs, besides disc herniation?

What causes radiating pain from the lower back down into the legs, besides disc herniation?

Vascular disease: Peripheral vascular disease & spinal stenosis both can cause pain into both legs mimicking sciatic pain as can other issues like hip & knee arthritis. Other causes of nerve compression in the spine due to a tumor, infection or fracture can cause this pain. Bilateral pyriformis syndrome can also cause bilateral radiating leg pain. ...Read more

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I have radiating pain down my left leg that goes from my calf to my ankle. What should I do?

Need evaluation: Multiple causes. Your doctor will be able to narrow down the differentials. ...Read more