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Last nite had tightness in lower left leg w achiness. I was sick & today it feels better after drinking a lot of water. Could I have been dehydrated?

Last nite had tightness in lower left leg w achiness. I was sick & today it feels better after drinking a lot of water. Could I have been dehydrated?

Possibly: Make sure to drink 6- 8 glasses of water a day and avoid excessive ingestion of caffeine ( limit to 2 cups coffee or tea daily). You may need to increase the amount of fluids you drink when you have diarrhea or are sweating a lot ( exercise or heat). The color of your urine is a good measure of how well you are hydrated. Your urine should be a pale yellow color. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Last nite my left leg was bothering me, it felt tight in my lower leg w some slight achiness. Still feels a little tight today. What could be wrong?

Last nite my left leg was bothering me, it felt tight in my lower leg w some slight achiness. Still feels a little tight today. What could be wrong?

See a doctor: Without further information and examination, it's hard to say what is causing the ache in your leg. Possibilities include muscle cramps and clot in a vein (DVT)- the first a minor problem, the second a serious issue. Best to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Lower back hurting for 4 weeks.Getting slowly better; but still no lifting left leg to the front or bending down+coming up.Weak+tight or need MRI?

Lower back hurting for 4 weeks.Getting slowly better; but still no lifting left leg to the front or bending down+coming up.Weak+tight or need MRI?

If it's getting : If it's getting better - not sure an MRI is indicated. Typically these types of problems resolve within 2-3 months. I know, it's annoying and frustrating that it takes so long ... But stick with it. Perhaps some physical therapy might be helpful to speed your recovery. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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On feb 18 i had lower lumbar spinal fusion, since then my left leg below the knee is numb, tingly today and skin around my leg feel tight. Is this norm?

On feb 18 i had lower lumbar spinal fusion, since then my left leg below the knee is numb, tingly today and skin around my leg feel tight. Is this norm?

See below: In general spine surgery is performed for radicular problems which is numbness and tingling down the leg , weakness of the foot and ankle and unrelenting back pain. There are also our other indications for spine surgery but it sounds like you or one of these of the above. I'm not sure the symptomatology you had prior to your fusion you may want to go back to your spine surgeon get follow-up x-rays and other diagnostic studies or you may want to seek a second opinion. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Constant strange sensations lower left leg,combi prickly,spasmy.could it b my tight lower back/hip click?Xrays back/whole legs all ok.which doc next?

Constant strange sensations lower left leg,combi prickly,spasmy.could it b my tight lower back/hip click?Xrays back/whole legs all ok.which doc next?

MRI : It sounds like it is probably a variant of a "sciatica" which is an irritation of a nerve in the back causing symptoms down the leg (although there are other possibilities as well). It is not so much you initially need to see a spine specialist, but rather probably need an MRI to establish the diagnosis, which could potentially be ordered through your primary care doctor. ...Read more