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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

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


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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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Is there a relationship between having a bad back with sciatica and one foot feeling cold?

Possible: Nerves when irritated or injured can feel cold besides he normal pain/numbness/tingling... ...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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Hip hurts also numb hurt to touch feels like pins and needles and my toes get really cold right side could it mean sciatica nerve cud be gettin worse?

Hip hurts also numb hurt to touch feels like pins and needles and my toes get really cold right side could it mean sciatica nerve cud be gettin worse?

Very possibly: The pattern of pain and sensations you describe are common with a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine, what many laypeople refer to as "sciatica". ...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.
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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

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Felt cold yesterday, struggled to get warm, heavy legs and arms. Now very painful low back pain on left and right, what could it be?

Felt cold yesterday, struggled to get warm, heavy legs and arms. Now very painful low back pain on left and right, what could it be?

Possible virus: These symptoms are consistent with the early stages of a flu like viral infection of the respiratory tract or intestines. If symptoms of a head cold, cough or diarrhea do not develop and fever and chills persist, see your physician as a more serious infection may be present. If urinary symptoms appear a urinary infection may be present. ...Read more

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Ever since I had gotten low back pain my left arm, left ear and in my head plus rectum mostly has cold sensations what can I do im really worried.

Get going: Your original complaints of back pain are common in america. Your combination of other, fairly separate and unusual complaints (of coldness) are not easy to understand. You should have less worries when you get answers from your physician. An examination and blood work are in order. ...Read more

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How does sciatica feel?

How does sciatica feel?

Burn/electric pain: Sciatica refers to pain in the leg. It is usually limited to a specific area of the leg. Most often the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates down the back or side of the leg into the foot. The area of radiation is determined by the nerve root affected. The pain is a constant burning or electrical sensation, not worse with activities and not usually associated with back pain. ...Read more

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Can sciatica be cured?

Can sciatica be cured?

Cure, Unlikely...: Sciatica can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. ...Read more

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Help me I have sciatica?

Help me I have sciatica?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Any way to heal sciatica?

Any way to heal sciatica?

Depends on cause: There are many causes for sciatica. Some causes respond well to osteopathic manipulation while others require surgical correction. The first step is to figure out the cause. Then you and your doc can plan out what to do. ...Read more

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What should I do for sciatica?

What should I do for sciatica?

Pinched Nerve: 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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What are symptoms of sciatica?

What are symptoms of sciatica?

Back & Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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How does sciatica actually feel?

Pain in Back/Leg: Pain in the leg typically from the buttock through to the foot in the back of the leg. Sensation can vary from throbbing to sharp stabbing, electric like feeling or even numbness and tingling sensations can occur. ...Read more

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Are their medications for sciatica?

Possibly: There only pain medications and oral steroids that mask the pain or reduce the inflammation caused. Sciatica is a symptom associated by a pinched nerve in your spine. If it does not resolve in a few weeks, you might consider seeing a spine specialist to evaluate your spine further and determine other treatment options. ...Read more