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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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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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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?

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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I've had sciatica pain from the disc issue for almost 3 mos. I can barely walk, and my leg constantly feels like it's on fire. Is that normal?

Yes Its Normal: However you might want an evaluation by a spine specialist and you may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injections to relieve your pain. ...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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Buldge disc right leg sciatica for 8 months, only pain around right buttox, should I do surgery or wait and see to see it gets better. Thanks :)?

Buldge disc right leg sciatica for 8 months, only pain around right buttox, should I do surgery or wait and see to see it gets better. Thanks :)?

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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Should I sit out of soccer if I'm having what I think is sciatica problems from an injury a year ago? Will this tingling/weakness in my leg persist?

Should I sit out of soccer if I'm having what I think is sciatica problems from an injury a year ago? Will this tingling/weakness in my leg persist?

Spine Injury: 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. ...Read more

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Does tingling or pain in leg mean sciatica?

Does tingling or pain in leg mean sciatica?

Possibly: It depends where the sensation is coming from on the leg, where it originates from, where it travels to etc. There are many sources of leg pain. ...Read more

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What do I do for sciatica pain that is running down my leg?

It depends: Sciatica without numbness, weakness, or bowel or bladder symptoms is often treated with anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen. It is best to avoid activities which can irritate the back like bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting. Walking is usually ok if it doesn't make the pain worse. If the pain is severe, or persists for several weeks, or has other symptoms, it should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Why do I not have pain with sciatica? I only have leg swelling

Why do I not have pain with sciatica? I only have leg swelling

See Pain Specialist: You may be developing a pain syndrome called complex regional pain syndrome. This should be checked out asap so that treatments can be offered to reduce or eliminate this pain. The longer it goes on makes it harder to treat. Also, the pain could be coming from your spine and may need to be evaluated further. I would see a comprehensive pain specialist that can manage everything you need. ...Read more

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Is pain in the lower back with leg pain at the same time necessarily sciatica?

Is pain in the lower back with leg pain at the same time necessarily sciatica?

Could be: There are many possible reasons for this combination, sciatica would be high on my list, but it is not all inclusive. ...Read more

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My hips are rotated so bad that it is causing sciatica down the leg of hip that is rotated forward. What can I do conservatively?

My hips are rotated so bad that it is causing sciatica down the leg of hip that is rotated forward. What can I do conservatively?

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. Additionally You should would work on exercises around the hip as well. ...Read more

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My back is always out of alignment my L4 is the worst I can move my leg but I get sciatica pain from my back down my butt and leg?

My back is always out of alignment my L4 is the worst I can move my leg but I get sciatica pain from my back down my butt and leg?

Out of "alignment"?: Sounds like you've been going to a chiropractor who's been hoodwinking you with quack chiropractic claptrap. Don't be surprised that you're not getting better. You're not really being treated. When it comes to health, chiropractic is one of the most dangerous frauds ever perpetrated on the ignorant and the gullible. Go see a REAL doctor. You should have no trouble finding one in Massachusetts. ...Read more

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I have sciatica pain, in my right leg from last 3 years. Operated once last year but no relief what should I do because pain persists.

I have sciatica pain, in my right leg from last 3 years. Operated once last year but no relief what should I do because pain persists.

Several options: If no recent imaging, repeat MRI is warranted to exclude recurrent herniation vs scar tissue. If surgery is not warranted, can try Lyrica (pregabalin) or Gabapentin for neuropathic pain relief. Cymbalta can also be effective for chronic neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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There is a pain in my left leg (calf area) specially when I ride a motorbike, and I even have sciatica problem. What steps should I take to cure it?

There is a pain in my left leg (calf area) specially when I ride a motorbike, and I even have sciatica problem. What steps should I take to cure it?

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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I have been cracking my back multiple times aa day for many years. It cracks far more than most others that I know. Could this be causing symptoms of sciatica to now flair up? Skin on leg feels qsensitive to the touch as well and hurts if anything rubs ag

I have been cracking my back multiple times aa day for many years. It cracks far more than most others that I know. Could this be causing symptoms of sciatica to now flair up? Skin on leg feels qsensitive to the touch as well and hurts if anything rubs ag

Generally No: Cracking backs has not had any relationship with causing other issues. There could have been a problem you already had going on regarding the sciatica and has just gotten worse lately. I would consider further evaluation if things aren't getting better, maybe MRI of spine to see. ...Read more

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Will the pillow between my legs help sciatica pain on my right side?

Will the pillow between my legs help sciatica pain on my right side?

Some people: Find this helpful. Many modalities may help. From back exercises to steroid shots, nothing helps more than an accurate diagnosis. If pain persists, see an Ortho Spine Specialist for guidance. ...Read more

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How can I address my sciatica in the buttock and nerve pain in the leg?

How can I address my sciatica in the buttock and nerve pain in the leg?

Depends: On what you have already done. Most sciatic pain is self limiting and will resolve with time. Anti-inflammatories and even oral steroids are helpful in acute cases. Physical therapy osteopathic manipulation and chiropractic care are 1st line conservative options. Injections could be useful if conservative treatment is not effective. Mris should not be done early on. ...Read more

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What home exercises can I do for fibromyalgia and get sciatica pain down my legs?

What home exercises can I do for fibromyalgia and get sciatica pain down my legs?

Yoga: Dr. Mooney (uc san diego, orthopedist, emeritus) showed that strengthening opposite side (contralateral) latissimus dorsi & same side (ipsilateral) gluteus maximus muscles stabilized subluxing sacroiliac joint (sij), commonly accompanied by sciatica. Yoga posture called "superman" evokes strengthening of this strap muscle mechanism & relatively stabilizes underlying sij. Physical therapy to learn. ...Read more

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Can you get sciatica from an epidural or spinal anesthesia or a leg block in surgery?

Can you get sciatica from an epidural or spinal anesthesia or a leg block in surgery?

No.: Sciatica is caused by a herniated disc that impinges in the nerve roots of the Lumbar Spine. Sciatica is a condition where the Sciatic nerve is irritated and the patient describes this pain which is constant and radiates from the lower back to the foot, the patient describes the pain as a pull or a burning sensation. Patient also might referred that when walking she might noticed the leg gives up ...Read more

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I have sciatica and its causing pains in my legs my knees and even in myneck what should I do?

Back & Neck: Issues are the cause of your problems. The sciatica is due to your low back resulting in pain in the knee and legs. The neck is causing its own issues. I would suggest seeing a spine specialist that can evaluate both of these areas to address your issues. ...Read more

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Pain in buttocks and legs generally feels achey and bottoms of legs feel tingly / shaky inside. Could it be sciatica?

Uncommon, but...: Sciatica as the isolated involvement of the sciatic nerve is uncommon. More details are needed to be able to determine if sciatic nerve involvement is causing your symptoms. Please see your physician who can acquire a detailed history and physical exam to help localize the issue. ...Read more

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Does this sound like sciatica? Pain in different parts of leg (stabbing) last for 10 mins then goes only to come back later,

Does this sound like sciatica? Pain in different parts of leg (stabbing) last for 10 mins then goes only to come back later,

Sciatica: This type of pain generally occurs due to compression of the sciatic nerve as it exits the lower back from the spine. It usually occurs only on one side of the body and can range from intermittent sharp stabbing pains to excruiating pains and numbness from the buttocks, down the back of the leg and into the calf. Certain positions and activities can aggravate this compression and make pain worse ...Read more

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I am having extreme pain in my right leg and thigh. It has kept me awake for 2 nights. Sciatica runs n my family. Please help me.?

Leg pain: Try sleeping on your stomach with two pillows under your pelvis to decompress the nerves of your low back. These are the nerves involved in sciatica.
If the pain is that bad the I suggest you follow with a neurologist or back specialist.
leg pain can occur from a myriad of different reasons. ...Read more

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Does sciatica always follower a path or can it start in the bum miss a bit of thigh out then start again further down the thigh or leg?

Sciatica: You can feel the pain either in the lower back or radiating to one leg as far as the toes and is exaggerated by coughing sneezing or laughter usually severe limir your movements and even common anelgesic will not take it away. ...Read more

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