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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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Severe leg pain from sciatica, torn hamstring, both or something else?

Severe leg pain from sciatica, torn hamstring, both or something else?

Unknown: Severe leg pain can be caused by many things. Think about what's in there-blood vessels (disease can cause pain), muscles (rarely if ever a primary cause of pain), tendons and ligaments (can be torn in accident), joints (hip and knee can both cause pain), and nerves. In addition, damage to various structures in the back can cause leg pain. To find out, see doctor and get mri. ...Read more

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sciatica pain with hip and knee pain. is walking good?

sciatica pain with hip and knee pain. is walking good?

Back pain: The answer depends on the anatomical reason for your discomfort. Sciatica in your age group is usually a phenomenon which occurs secondary to a small disk herniation. More often than not, supportive treatment in the form of physical therapy and a short course or pain medication will work but you have to be patient :) In short, yes walking and even stretching are good. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg swelling, leg pain, calf pain and cold extremities. The following also describe me: leg tenderness, Calf pain, and Leg pain ...

I am experiencing  leg swelling, leg pain, calf pain and cold extremities. The following also describe me: leg tenderness, Calf pain, and Leg pain ...

Leg swelling pain: I am experiencing leg swelling, leg pain, calf pain and cold extremities. The following also describe me: leg tenderness, Calf pain, and Leg pain ANS: complex issue and if you do 2nd opinion with me we can quickly narrow down what it is and if you should go to ER or not. ...Read more

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Foot numbness + leg pain + new visible vein. What does that indicate?

Foot numbness + leg pain + new visible vein. What does that indicate?

See MD: Those signs and symptoms by themselves are fairly nonspecific. Even when when they occur together they do not point to a single diagnosis. If your pmd cannot treat this i would suggest that you be seen by an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at www.Aofas.Org. ...Read more

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Leg pain. Began w/pressure in shin. Spread to stiff/pain ankle+ hip & difficulty bearing weight/weakness & foot coldness.No recent injury.Suggestions?

Leg pain. Began w/pressure in shin. Spread to stiff/pain ankle+ hip & difficulty bearing weight/weakness & foot coldness.No recent injury.Suggestions?

Time for eval: With those symptoms and rapid progression, you should be seen by a physician very soon for an exam and hopeful diagnosis. Nerve pain, infection, systemic inflammation are possibilities. ...Read more

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How to relieve extreme leg pain possibly caused by lupus, vericose veins, restless leg syndrome, or fibromyalgia?

How to relieve extreme leg pain possibly caused by lupus, vericose veins, restless leg syndrome, or fibromyalgia?

Need more specifics: First you need to see a doctor and get a specific diagnosis then the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Can lumbar radiculopathy cause severe knee, calf, and foot pain?

Can lumbar radiculopathy cause severe knee, calf, and foot pain?

Yes: Depends on the nerve root involved. S-1 root causes pain in the posterior thigh, calf ; into the foot. If the pressure on the nerve is severe, there will b numbness ; muscle weakness noticed in the push off in ur gait. Meaning hard 2 rise up on ur toes. ...Read more

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Can a herniated s1 disc with an annual tear be causing severe knee, calf, and foot pain in both legs. Had sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy.

Can a herniated s1 disc with an annual tear be causing severe knee, calf, and foot pain in both legs. Had sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy.

It can: Severe disc herniations that push straight backwards can put pressure on the nerves going down both legs. So you need to discuss with your neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Smashed leg below knee leg hurts when bending on back of leg below knee also when bending foot? No bruising or swelling been 48 hrs

Get checked: You may have a simple bone contusion with referred pain. Could even be a hairline fracture. Sometimes trauma can lead to blood clots (DVT) as well, which could be painful in the calf area behind the lower leg (homans sign). Best to get the area evaluated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Deep pain in L buttock. Tension L hip. Stiff lower back. Numbness/tingling L shin & sole of foot. Cramping sensation in foot. L calf pain. Weakness in leg. Worse w/exertion/sitting/standing/lying down. Scans hip/butt OK. Suggestions, possibilities?

Deep pain in L buttock. Tension L hip. Stiff lower back. Numbness/tingling L shin & sole of foot. Cramping sensation in foot. L calf pain. Weakness in leg. Worse w/exertion/sitting/standing/lying down. Scans hip/butt OK. Suggestions, possibilities?

Please repost: and explain what you mean by a "butt" scan. Medically there's no such thing as a "butt" scan. Abandon your unfortunate tendency to use vague colloquial words like "butt" and and state EXACTLY what the scan was called. What you need is a scan of your lumbosacral spine, not your "butt." ...Read more

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Been to foot spine orthopedic family dr numbness foot leg knee thigh pain in leg no dr can tell me why?

Thigh leg pain: Sometimes the correct diagnosis is difficult to ascertain . Perhaps the best way to obtain an answer is to stick with one specialist and ask for follow up visits and repeat testing . If u only see a dr one time and then move on to a different one , you may confuse the process of getting the correct treatment ...Read more

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Told DVT ruled out from blood test & probably muscle pain is this right? Varicose veins in 1 leg with bruising. Throbbing above bruises under knee.

Told DVT ruled out from blood test & probably muscle pain is this right? Varicose veins in 1 leg with bruising. Throbbing above bruises under knee.

Venous reflux test: Recommend that you look into your vein disease further w/ a venous reflux ultrasound test to assess your varicose veins & to look into venous insufficiency as a possible cause. An ultrasound can also assess for other possibilities such as ruptured Baker's cyst, hematoma, or tumor such as sarcoma. If US negative then consider a MRI of the leg joints / muscle. Could also be nerves or inflammatory. ...Read more

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Leg stiffness and possible leg cramps when lying lying down?

Nocturnal leg cramps: This may be nocturnal leg cramps. The best treatment for this is quinine, but now the fda does not allow quinine to be used for this. It is very effective for this, does have side effects, but has never had formal testing. There are a lot of medicines we have learned to use which it never had formal fda testing. Unfortunately this is one we can't use anymore. Available treatment is now stretchingmaintain electrolyte balance. ...Read more

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Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

MRI: Which part of the body was the MRI performed? It should be have been done at the lumbo sacral region of your low back. Sound like a nerve root compression. You may require an epidural block. Apply ice to your low back to see if symptoms improve for now along with an anti inflammatory for pain if not allergic. ...Read more

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Leg tingling and numbness with foot pain?

Back vs leg: "tingling and numbness" usually means a nerve is not functioning properly. Depending on what part of the leg is affected, it's possible that the nerve irritation is at the level of the back (nerve root) or a peripheral problem (nerve affected at the level of the leg. ...Read more

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Can herniated discs, stenosis t-spine with loosening hardware from fusion cause pain in buttocks, groin and lower legs with weakness?

Can herniated discs, stenosis t-spine with loosening hardware from fusion cause pain in buttocks, groin and lower legs with weakness?

Possibly: It seems like your fusion goes from the lower Tspine into the Lspine so yes there is a possibility that if the fusion has failed and/or if disc herniation are present this could cause many of your pain symptoms in buttock, groin area. The weakness seems to suggest a neurological process that could come from T or Lspine. Incontinence, spasticity, balance problems are other things to look out for. ...Read more

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Small random bruise on my leg.Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise.Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Small random bruise on my leg.Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise.Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Probably not: Sciatica does not cause any locally visible changes since the actual source of the leg pain is from a pinching of the nerve at the level of the back or when it passes through the pelvis. ...Read more

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Circular bruise with raised clear center, above ankle.Leg feels like sciatica.Out of town so is it safe to wait a week to go to dr?No other symptoms.

Circular bruise with raised clear center, above ankle.Leg feels like sciatica.Out of town so is it safe to wait a week to go to dr?No other symptoms.

Be seen: Without really being able to see it, I would recommend you be seen. Unless you clearly have an explanation for it like a minor injury or very mild burn, you are lacking a diagnosis and it could potentially be harmful. You might consider being seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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I have sciatica and have been prescribed tramadol I have now noticed a lot of unexplained bruises on my legs could this be connected to sciatica?

I have sciatica and have been prescribed tramadol I have now noticed a lot of unexplained bruises on my legs could this be connected to sciatica?

No: Bruising is not related to sciatica. It could be related to any medications you could be taking. See your doctor to evaluate thus further. ...Read more

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Front of thigh 12 inch above knee is a bruise,no hit.Leg has been spontaneously cramping in that spot for wks.Clot?? Dd was neg a month ago, sciatica.

Front of thigh 12 inch above knee is a bruise,no hit.Leg has been spontaneously cramping in that spot for wks.Clot?? Dd was neg a month ago, sciatica.

Be seen: You would certainly wanted to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. There are multiple potential consideration and a blood clot is certainly in the potential diagnostic possibilities. ...Read more

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Clear blood test at er for chest tightness.Out of town noticed round bruise on shin with raised clear center. Feels like sciatica.Clot?

Clear blood test at er for chest tightness.Out of town noticed round bruise on shin with raised clear center. Feels like sciatica.Clot?

Be seen: I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated for an accurate diagnosis; especially if you are having persistent leg pain and/or chest tightness. That being said, the lesion that you are desiring in your tibia is not typical for a deep blood clot. ...Read more

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I have dvt, pe 2 yrs ago, take blood thinners & wear compression stocking. Have bad low back pain last 24 hrs & large bruise behind knee. Advise pls.

I have dvt, pe 2 yrs ago, take blood thinners & wear compression stocking.  Have bad low back pain last 24 hrs & large bruise behind knee. Advise pls.

Need exam: Sounds like you need a physical examination and blood work to recheck your inr level in your blood. You probably have a hematoma (blood collection) behind your knee. Sometimes these need to be drained. An exam is important to make sure you are not having neurological changes related to the back pain that might also mandate intervention. Don't delay! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have sciatica in both legs?

Is it possible to have sciatica in both legs?

Yes: There is a bowling analogy but I know too little about bowling to get it right so I' won't even try. Some sort of split. ...Read more

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Severe leg pain from sciatica, torn hamstring, both or something else?

Unknown: Severe leg pain can be caused by many things. Think about what's in there-blood vessels (disease can cause pain), muscles (rarely if ever a primary cause of pain), tendons and ligaments (can be torn in accident), joints (hip and knee can both cause pain), and nerves. In addition, damage to various structures in the back can cause leg pain. To find out, see doctor and get mri. ...Read more

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Can I use Hifenac P for sciatica ? Pain radiating from right butt to the leg.

Can I use Hifenac P for sciatica ?
Pain radiating from right butt to the leg.

Strong NSAID: That's an uncommon anti-inflammatory medication. We normally start off with ibuprofen and perhaps a muscle relaxer. I would not try to self diagnose things like sciatica as there may be more concerning symptoms that you're not aware of. The first step would be to see your family doctor and make sure that you're not having more serious problems. ...Read more

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Male age 37 having sciatica pain in right leg please tell precautions and cure?

Male age 37 having sciatica pain in right leg please tell precautions and cure?

Time is biggest: Healer! 90% with sciatica due to disc herniation get better without surgery independent of any treatment . Treatment can include: medication, injections, activity modification, physical therapy, acupuncture/chiropractic. For those having indicated surgery, the success is 90-95% if one is not a smoker or morbidly obese. Regular exercise, not smoking & sleep habits key as is good body mechanics. ...Read more

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I have burning and prickling sensations in my legs.Could this be sciatica or something similar ?

I have burning and prickling sensations in my legs.Could this be sciatica or something similar ?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Herniation with Tear: The disc is like a jelly filled donut. If the donut is compressed too much the jelly leaks out through a break in the donut's bread. The same is true with a disc, the tear is caused by the compression resulting in a herniation (protrusion) and the jelly (inside portion of the disc) is either leaking out or trying to get out. This can result in chemical inflammation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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How can I treat sciatica naturally, especially at the stage of increasing numbness and tingling of leg?

How can I treat sciatica naturally, especially at the stage of increasing numbness and tingling of leg?

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. ...Read more

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My left outer thigh is fatter than the right one. I always have pain where my left leg joins my upper body. Not sciatica. ?

My left outer thigh is fatter than the right one. I always have pain where my left leg joins my upper body. Not sciatica. ?

Need a physical exam: You should have a doctor examine it. Could be several things, but with persistent pain you should get it checked out. The size difference could be due to swelling, or some sort of mass. ...Read more

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I *think* I may be developing sciatica effecting my rt leg, seeing doctor in two weeks. Would sciatica make my leg feel very heavy?

I *think* I may be developing sciatica effecting my rt leg, seeing doctor in two weeks. Would sciatica make my leg feel very heavy?

Could be: Sciatica merely describes radiating pain in nerve root distribution, but if compression is enough, there may be associated numbness and weakness, which could cause your sensation of heaviness. ...Read more

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I have had sciatica pain for 5 weeks now from heranited disc in l4/l5 how long will the pain last from in in my leg back doesn't hurt?

I have had sciatica pain for 5 weeks now from heranited disc in l4/l5 how long will the pain last from in in my leg back doesn't hurt?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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My Brother went Dr friday w/ back & leg pain, was sciatica & got pain meds yesterday pain bad did not get out of bed, should he see a specialist?

Sciatica: 95% of people experience an episode of back pain and leg pain in their lifetime. Most episodes only last a few days but may require bedrest doing that time. Fortunately he has medication. Since he has already seen a doctor, he should wait a few days and return to his doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My rt leg has shrunk more than 1" in size; sciatica for 5 yrs, no disc compression on mri, did all prescribed therapies, so who else should I go to?

My rt leg has shrunk more than 1" in size; sciatica for 5 yrs, no disc compression on mri, did all prescribed therapies, so who else should I go to?

Spine Pain Options: This 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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