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Sharp Pain In Back Of Leg Calf
I woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in my back leg. Pain went away after 10 minutes now the pain is back but it's my whole leg now?
Nerve or Vascular: Question is whether this is chronic or just an incident. The description of "sharp" pain while laying down may be related to position and the result of a nerve compression. However, another considering is that this could be vascular related the result of a clot and/or restriction of blood flow. Talk to your primary care physician either way, but if chronic, consider urgent care/er. ...Read more
Did deadlifts 2 months ago & had severe back pain 2 wk. Now mild chronic pain. Get sharp pain from spine across back if do deadlift, no leg pain. Other weight exercise ok. Can pulled muscle take +8 weeks to heal?
Avoid Deadlift: Usually exercises where you are flexed and having to lift heavy weights will make a disc herniations worse. Avoid bending at the waist with weights in hand and avoid twisting motions as well. Yes it can take up to 8 weeks for muscles to heal and can take up to 6months or longer for disc herniations to heal. Be careful. ...Read more
Need an exam: Many causes. Most innocent. But there could a serious unerlying cause. ...Read more
I have been having sharp pain in my right temple area for a few years now & am now having them in my left temple area as well. I am now having mild leg pain & tingling in both feet. Should I be concerned? Also, my previous doctor did nothing for another h
The best way to approach most doctors about new concerns is to set up an appointment to discuss only the new concern, not other chronic problems. This can be done by telling the schedule something like "i need to see dr. Smith for a new problem. The new problem is headache."
while waiting for the appointment, it is a good idea to think about the most accurate answers to questions the doctors is likely to ask. These questions include:
when did the problem start?
What happened around that time that could have caused the problem (injury, illness, medication changes).
What does the problem (such as pain) feel like? (for pain, answers could be things like throbbing, sharp, dull, constant, cold, burning, shooting.)
where is the problem?
What other things do you feel when you have the problem? (for example, numbness, tingling, weakness, nausea, blindess, neck pain, etc.)
does the problem happen all at once, or does it start gradually?
Does the problem happen all the time, once a day, several times a day, once a week...?
Does the problem happen at certain times of the day?
How long does the problem last?
What makes the problem worse?
What makes it better?
Most doctors would be able to quickly and efficiently respond to a patient who says:
"since I was 14, about 20 years now, I have had headaches that begin gradually, and are either right sided or left sided, and mostly on the front and in the back of my head. The pain feels like throbbing, and it gets severe. When I have the headache, I feel sick to my stomach and sometimes I throw up. Sometimes, even before the pain starts, I get a black spot in my vision. The headaches get worse when I do things like walk on the treadmill. I really just want to lie down in a dark, quiet room with a cold cloth on my forehead. I get these headaches about 4 times a month, and they last for 5 hours or more. Sometimes Excedrin helps, but most times the only thing that helps is going to bed."
most doctors would be very concerned if a colleague who heard the above story from a patient did not know the exact diagnosis, even before an examination.
At the appointment, it is a good idea to politely steer the direction of the appointment in the intended direction. An example could be "hello dr. Smith, I know I usually see you for my diabetes, fibromyalgia, and high blood pressure, but today I wanted to talk only about a new problem."
it seems to help most people if they think about going to the doctor in the same way they think about taking their car to the mechanic. ...Read more
While sitting straighten my back get sharp pain in calf and back of thigh and sometimes in butt on left leg?
You're too tight: This is simply a lack of flexibility in your hamstring and calf muscles. You need to stretch both muscle groups in both legs 3-5 times daily, 1 repetition each side, with stretch held 30-90 seconds. Do this regimen for a month and see the benefits....Then continue it for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Woke w/sharp pain in inner thigh in one leg, cramp in calf of other. Walked around a bit, pain went away-went back to sleep. Woke to thigh pain again.
Cramps: Recurrent muscle cramps or spasms may be caused by deficiencies of calcium or magnesium. Sometimes they are due to excessive muscle tightness caused by various muscle activities during the day. In this case stretching maneuvers of the legs before going to bed may prevent the nocturnal spasms. You could also take a magnesium supplement daily. See your physician as needed. ...Read more
Sharp pain in back of lower calf that comes and goes but doesn't last long but is intense. Could this be a bloodclot should I seek immediate attention?
When doing pelvic floor exercises I sometimes get sharp pain in back or sciatica pain running down leg? I have no spine problems.
Sciatic nerve: The sciatic nerve comes out of an area of the pelvic floor muscles. If you are contracting these muscles or if they are inflamed / irritated the sciatic nerve can be irritated. Stretching and chiropractic would be helpful. Also, there are Physical Therapists specifically trained to improve pelvic floor tone. ...Read more
Sharp pain in back and outside of thigh also ache in front, sharp pain inside calf, stabing pain outside calf? Not all at same time. Spine MRI fine?
Sharp pain in back of knee along with side of foot, calf, etc. Some tingling as well. Pain in toes. What could it be?
Hi I have Si joint pain or piriformis, sharp pain in back, stabbing pain in thigh and calf it doesn't travel. Now stabbing pain in front ankle, related?
In my experience, "SI joint" and "Piriformis" syndromes are commonly over-diagnosed by mistake.
Instead, I do see a lot of cases of sciatica from degenerate discs and pinched nerves in the lumbar spine. From your description, I wonder if you might have a pinched L5 nerve in your lumbar spine.
http://www. Spine-health. Com/conditions/spine-anatomy/all-about-l5-s1-lumbosacral-joint ...Read more
I got shot by a gun 6 years ago and I still have sharp pain going up my leg to my lower back what should I do?
Get re-evaluated: See a Primary Care provider and explain your symptoms to them. Depending on the location of the injury they may order additional imaging tests to get more information. Don't just treat the pain with narcotics after 6 years of pain. If that's all they offer get a referral to an interventional pain specialist who may have more longer-term solutions rather than just more opioid pain pills. ...Read more
Muscle or nerve: For a young person, the most likely issue is muscle pain in the 'posterior chain" these are the muscles that keep you erect. These include the buttocks and the hamstrings as well as the low back muscles. They could be responding to a problem in the lower back. Or you could have an si, sacroiliac, issue. You could also have a pinched nerve from a herniation of the lumbar disk in the low back. ...Read more
I am feeling a sharp pinching feeling inside my left inner thigh also sharp pain left lower back all the way down my leg, what can it be?
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
Overnight I've had sharp pain in my right calf lasting a minute or do but very painful it's like electric shocks. I have a lot of back problems?
See below: This sounds like it is probably an irritated nerve in your back that starts firing spontaneously when you are in certain positions. This would be my leading guess although you need a good physical exam and review of your back problems. This is usually a treatable condition, often with medications that decrease nerve irritability. ...Read more
I have a? . I workout daily and have never really gotten hurt. Yesterday I through my back out. I have a sharp pain from my lower back into my leg. I tried extra strength tylnol for pain. Doesn't work
Yes: Yes, low back pain that radiates down the leg could be from an irritated lumbar nerve root. This is called sciatica or radiculopathy and the irritation usually comes from a bad disc or arthritic changes that compress the nerve. The distribution of pain depends on which nerve is irritated. See your md if this pain lasts greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more
I have cronic pain starting lower back with sharp pain shooting down left leg. What could this be?
Disc issues?: When pain travels down a leg, especially if it goes below the knee, it is usually from a nerve in the back that is either chemicaly inflamed or mechanically compressed. Lumbar disc problems (bulging or herniated), spinal stenosis, arthritic irritation of the neighboring nerve, can inflame or lean on the nerve causing pain. Injections into these regions (epidural, facets, nerve blocks) can help! ...Read more
I have a sharp pain in left ovary with pain radiating around to my back and down my leg. Would that be a cyst?
You, could be:
An ovarian cyst commonly causes a dull ache that may radiate to your lower back and thighs; pelvic pain shortly before your period begins or just before it ends, and
pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia). Ovarian cysts usually resolve without treatment. It is important to consider other things that might be causing your symptoms that may need to be treated, eg. urinary tract infection. ...Read more
I am a power lifter and I was squatting and I had a sharp pain in my lower back on the right side, now when I lift my leg it hurts a lot?
Disc herniation?: It is possible that you injured a disc. There is risk with lifting heavy weights and back injuries. Take a rest from training and avoid lifting heavy items and especially twisting simultaneously. ...Read more
RUQ intermittent sharp pain that radiate to right leg and sometimes to my right side of my back and a lot of chills...it is been two days.?
Female (45), Difficulty walking and sitting, Pain in lower left back, Pinching nerve from lower left back towards down the leg. And Sharp pain.
I have a 2 inch by 2 inch knot at the base of my spine. The pain is so bad that I am unable to walk. It is also causing sharp pain throughout my leg.
Hello Dr. I have pain right lower side of my back. The only way I can explain is like a tightness and sharp pain when I move my leg or neck downwards?
Low back pain: This low back pain, if not due to an obvious injury, could be due to muscular, bone, ligament, or disk origins. Strain or inflammation are common causes and an intervertebral bulging disk or spur pressing on a nerve root at the spine can produce low back and leg discomfort. Symptoms should improve with rest, cold or warm applications and anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve (naproxen). See MD if ...Read more
Pinched nerve: It sounds like you have "sciatica" -- a pinched nerve where it comes out from the spinal cord between the spine bones. Surgery can keep you in an awkward position while you are asleep, and worsen a minor, not noticed problem that existed before surgery. You should see your primary provider for an examination and studies to make sure it is not something more serious, and to get treatment. ...Read more
When you way "right side of foot" do you mean the outer part of ankle and foot around the heel area?
You may have a nerve entrapment of the sural nerve at mid-calf or at the lower end of calf muscle, or simply squeezing the nerve through the muscle and soft tissue can cause pain to radiate down to the foot. ...Read more