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I have cronic pain starting lower back with sharp pain shooting down left leg. What could this be?

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

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What causes sharp pain in lower left abdomen, on left side of lower back, and on left leg down to the knee?

What causes sharp pain in lower left abdomen, on left side of lower back, and on left leg down to the knee?

Pinched nerve: Sometimes this pain can be caused by a pinched or irritated nerve. Sometimes a pulled muscle can also cause this type of pain. If it persists or worsens seek medical attention. ...Read more

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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?

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

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After hemicolectomy, I feel a sharp pain from my lower back then travels down to my left leg?

After hemicolectomy, I feel a sharp pain from my lower back then travels down to my left leg?

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

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Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Cross SLR : This could be a sign of a lumbar spine intervertebral disc herniation or something else. See your doctor for further evaluation and examination. The history and exam may be able to diagnose a disc herniation. An MRI is often needed to confirm the diagnosis and to help guide treatment options. ...Read more

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