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Is there a connection between having a bad back with sciatica and cold feet?

Is there a connection between having a bad back with sciatica and cold feet?

Evaluation rec'd: Back pain causing leg pain and vascular problems causing leg pain can be very similar in presentation. It's never a bad idea to have a specialist physician differentiate the cause. It is important to make the distinction between your feet actually being cold vs "feeling " cold. Doctor evaluation warranted here if think. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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 lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause a cold spot on one leg and foot? i have pain in one leg, buttocks and lower back. walking used to help but now hurts my hip.

Can sciatica cause a cold spot on one leg and foot?  i have pain in one leg, buttocks and lower back. walking used to help but now hurts my hip.

Yes, it can: Impingement of the S1 nerve can lead to weakness and erratic nerve pain down one leg. The interventional pain management involves special procedures to treat and manage nerve impingement pain. Ask your PCP for the specialist referral. ...Read more

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Do cold baths in the sea improve sciatica pain?

Do cold baths in the sea improve sciatica pain?

Possible: It can make you feel the cold more than the sciatica in a way tricking your brain into believing the sciatica pain is gone. If that works, wonderful. Likely it will only last until you warm up at which point the pain may return. If you are not getting relief, I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist for other options. ...Read more

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Is it better to use hot or cold compresses for back pain caused by the sciatica nerve?

Is it better to use hot or cold compresses for back pain caused by the sciatica nerve?

Either?: However, it will be temporary as it takes a lot to get down into the spine which might not work. Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether ...Read more

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Cold burning sensation in lower left calf. Sensation is sporadic, but happens several times an hour. Occurred after prolonged sitting. Sciatica?

Cold burning sensation in lower left calf. Sensation is sporadic, but happens several times an hour. Occurred after prolonged sitting. Sciatica?

Cold burning: I think most of us can agree your calf sensation is related to nerve irritation. In this case, it was probably not severe. Since it occurred after sitting, it may be from the sciatic nerve, the popliteal nerve, or a lumbar nerve root. It is hard to know. Regardless, it should not last long, and may recover. Many people get this after sitting on something with an edge, like stadium seats. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause numbness in right thigh and cold right foot?

Can sciatica cause numbness in right thigh and cold right foot?

Yes: yes it can. Especially, with activity.however, I would see a neurologist to make sure that you do not have a nerve disease, I eat underwear apathy whether the sciatica. The floor more is more likely to cause these symptoms. I meant former. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have an ice cold foot with low back pain and sciatica?

Is it normal to have an ice cold foot with low back pain and sciatica?

Common, Not Normal: Patients often share altered sensations such cold extremities with low back pain and sciatica. It would also be a good idea to be evaluated for vascular issues in the leg. ...Read more

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What are some stretches for sciatica? Also pain on top of foot that has sciatica. Burning pain. If i put my foot in bathtub full of cold water help?

What are some stretches for sciatica? Also pain on top of foot that has sciatica. Burning pain. If i put my foot in bathtub full of cold water help?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. You could try putting foot in cold water, likely it may help a little but not much. ...Read more

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I have a low back pain and feel extraordinary cold. Should I be worried?

No: It is interesting that people with back pain seem to feel temperature changes more commonly than others. There is nothing dangerous going on. ...Read more

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Low back pain fever and feel really cold also very congested. Hurts to bend?

Low back pain fever and feel really cold also very congested. Hurts to bend?

Could be...: It might be the flu based on the symptoms you are describing. However, there are other conditions that can cause similar symptoms and if you feel very sick you should be seen. Try to go to the nearest urgent care center for evaluation. If you have been like this and start doing better just drink plenty of fluids, rest and analgesics as needed. ...Read more

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I have low back pain my knee and leg are cold what could be wrong?

I have low back pain my knee and leg are cold what could be wrong?

Sciatica: Sciatica, or in medical terms lumbosacral radiculopathy, is commonly associated with differences in temperature to the affected extremity. Not all patients will complain of noticeable weakness, sensory loss or shooting pain. A good physical exam will usually confirm the diagnosis, however. The good news is this condition is usually quite treatable. ...Read more

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What could cause right side low back pain with cold chills when moving around becomes severe when sitting is persistant but dull also severe nausea?

What  could cause right side low back pain with cold chills when moving around becomes severe when sitting is persistant but dull also severe nausea?

Many: Consider the right lower abdomen and back and these include your appendix and yes, it can be to the back (posterior), the ureters, the kidney, and the stomach and in women the adnexa or ovary. There could also be referred pain. The chills is concerning for infection or even a stone. Go have a good evaluation and be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Myth or Fact? And why do you say? Body pain worse on Cold Days! I am experiencing lower leg pain and low back pain.

Myth or Fact? And why do you say? Body pain worse on Cold Days! I am experiencing lower leg pain and low back pain.

Fact: Muscle tend to tense up during cold. It is the response before shivering to generate more heat. The muscle tension may worsen the pain. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Last cpl nights I have been getting cold & last night i got bad headache severe body pain & tingling low back pain so bad it felt like contractions?

Last cpl nights I have been getting cold & last night i got bad headache  severe body pain & tingling low back pain so bad it felt like contractions?

Viral with muscular: Given your generalized symptoms, high suspicion and concern for a viral upper respiratory/sinus process with secondary muscular tightness. If symptoms continue during the day, fever present, loss appetite and energy more suggestion toward systemic viral origin. Even thought back pain can be severe at times, fact that not constant, nor radiating pain, less likely originating from the spine. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more