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What can I do for sciatica pain? I have a LP shunt in my back. The pain is on the right side into my buttocks.

What can I do for sciatica pain? I have a LP shunt in my back. The pain is on the right side into my buttocks.

Speak with: Neurosurgeon who out in the shunt. They will be your best guide since there can be risks with doing anything in the spine with shunt in place. If they OK you for injections they may direct them or discuss your options with you. ...Read more

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Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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Sciatica? Pain in my left buttock, runs down leg, back of knee and into calf. No needles and pins. Burning sensation on side foot & under rib on left.

Sciatica? Pain in my left buttock, runs down leg, back of knee and into calf. No needles and pins. Burning sensation on side foot & under rib on left.

Probably: Although there are other potential causes, your symptoms are classic for "sciatica" which refers to symptoms that run down the leg from an irritation of a nerve in the back. Don't hesitate to be seen for it as there are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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Sciatica pain for 2 months consistently. Now a pink rash on lower back and buttocks. What could this be?

Sciatica pain for 2 months consistently. Now a pink rash on lower back and buttocks. What could this be?

Shingles?: The dermatomes l4, l5, s1 and s2 (racepinephrine) go over the buttocks region on the way down to the leg. Shingles typically follow dermatome pattern, therefore it is quite likely that it can be over the buttocks region. ...Read more

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Lumbar scoliosis. Experiencing sciatica pain. Recently accompanied by muscle spasms in buttocks and calf. Tingling and numbness in arms and hands?

Lumbar scoliosis. Experiencing sciatica pain. Recently accompanied by muscle spasms in buttocks and calf. Tingling and numbness in arms and hands?

Lumbar scoliosis: Where you diagnosed by a physician. While the tingling and numbness in the arms may result from cervical radiculopathy, The spasms in the buttocks and legs may be related to the lumbar scoliosis. An evaluation and possible radiological studies will be helpful. Your age and full medical history ...Read more

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My doctor told me I have sciatica but I have no back pain just buttock and leg pain which is more intense at night and early morning why is that?

My doctor told me I have sciatica but I have no back pain just buttock and leg pain which is more intense at night and early morning why is that?

For most people the: Leg pain with or without buttock pain is the main symptom. There is usually no or minimal back pain although it may start with back pain and then as the leg pain starts or worsens, the back pain decreases or resolves. The pain is due to direct nerve compression. The timing of your pain, however, is not typical as most feel better at rest. You need a MRI ideally or ct to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Sciatica pain, buttocks, low back, front of thigh and outer thigh, foot tingling?

Sciatica pain, buttocks, low back, front of thigh and outer thigh, foot tingling?

Doubt sciatica: More likely lumbar disc disease will require further evaluation, see your physician. ...Read more

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What are the best stretches for sciatica? Pain goes from tailbone through left buttocks down leg into left ankle. Is heat or ice better?

What are the best stretches for sciatica? Pain goes from tailbone through left buttocks down leg into left ankle. Is heat or ice better?

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. Ice recommended for 1st 48 hrs, then ice or heat is fine. ...Read more

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I've had sciatica pain on & off for about 2years, but this time it's really painful/achy in my top left hip/buttock. What causes this? What can I do?

I've had sciatica pain on & off for about 2years, but this time it's really painful/achy in my top left hip/buttock. What causes this? What can I do?

There are many cause: There are many causes of sciatic. Many know that it can be cuased by a pinched nerve, but other causes can include joint pain and muscle pain. The location of you pain actually suggests muscle or bone. ...Read more

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Sciatica pain in the buttock and nerve pain down the leg. Who should I see?

Sciatica pain in the buttock and nerve pain down the leg. Who should I see?

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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I have disc protusion l5s1 with sciatica pain in buttock, leg & testicles. Testicle pain is getting a lot worse. (no torsion) should I be concerned?

I have disc protusion l5s1 with sciatica pain in buttock, leg & testicles. Testicle pain is getting a lot worse. (no torsion) should I be concerned?

Yes: It's not impossible that the disc herniation is the cause of all of your symptoms, but testicular pain from a disc herniation is rather rare. I would suggest being evaluated further. ...Read more

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How can u differentiate between sciatica pain & piriformis synrome? Pain above & down left buttock & leg hurts to stand sit lay

How can u differentiate between sciatica pain & piriformis synrome? Pain above & down left buttock & leg hurts to stand sit lay

Exam, studies, injec: It can be hard and piriformis syndrome as a diagnosis is likely often missed. Physical exam can help, a nerve conduction with the hip in neutral verses internal rotation can tell, response to injection into piriformis is most diagnostic. Also seeing a patient with severe pain running down the leg with a normal looking MRI of lumbar suggests something else like piriformis syndrome might be issue. ...Read more

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Long saphenous vein blocked on left leg. Could this cause sciatica? Pain back of both legs, hips and right side groin. Worse right side

Long saphenous vein blocked on left leg. Could this cause sciatica? Pain back of both legs, hips and right side groin. Worse right side

No.: Development of a clot of what was once called the long saphenous vein may cause discomfort, tenderness to touch, redness, or warmth over the length of the vein itself -- something called thrombophlebitis. This is a local issue, self-limited, and should not lead to discomfort in the other leg or the hips. If the clot extends near its junction with the deep veins, it may lead to a DVT. ...Read more

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Mri report annular tear with no nerve root impingment. How can this be? Having slight left leg pain and left side low back pain.

Mri report annular tear with no nerve root impingment. How can this be? Having slight left leg pain and left side low back pain.

Pain generator: The true task is to discover the pain generator, and the annular tear is unlikely to be the culprit. You might have pyriformis syndrome, peripheral sciatica, or even a sacra-iliac dysfunction. Find a physiatrist and get this diagnosed, as this will certainly facilitate your rehab. ...Read more

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For several weeks I have lower back pain, left side, right above buttocks. But only there (no pain in legs). And the pain comes & goes. Sciatica?

Lumbar strain: Due to overuse or injury of the muscles of the lower back. Sciatica is usually one sided sharp, knife-like pain radiating from the buttock straight down the front or back of one or both legs. I suggest an examination and imaging. ...Read more

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Low back pain progressed to buttocks, hips, thighs, mostly Lt sided. No injury. Hurts to sit. Walking relieves pain. MRI soon. Is it a herniated disc?

Low back pain progressed to buttocks, hips, thighs, mostly Lt sided. No injury. Hurts to sit. Walking relieves pain. MRI soon. Is it a herniated disc?

Likely yes;sciatica: Could be if numbness down leg, mdi good to see, often body healed itself, surgery only if worsening. physical therapy, maybe gabapentin first and alive/acetaminophine ...Read more

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How can I best take care of back sciatica pain?

How can I best take care of back sciatica pain?

NSAI's: Sciatica is not normal but will commonly go away with conservative treatment including rest and analgesic pain medications such as non steroidal anti-inflammatories. If it persists for more than 6 weeks or if it so severe you cannot tolerate it you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Is sciatica pain different from back pain?

Is sciatica pain different from back pain?

Symptom Vs Cause: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg, . ...Read more

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How different is sciatica pain from back pain?

How different is sciatica pain from back pain?

Different symptoms: Back pain and sciatica may be related, or can occur independently. Sciatica describes the pain that radiates down the back of the thigh to the leg, most often due to a herniated disc in the low back compressing/irritating a nerve that contributes to the sciatic nerve. There are other causes of sciatica. There are also many different causes of back pain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sciatica pain and back pain?

What is the difference between sciatica pain and back pain?

Not Much: Sciatica can be just back pain alone, however typical pattern is back and leg pain. ...Read more

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Is there any where apart from the back to get injections for sciatica pain n degenerative disc in the lower back?

Is there any where apart from the back to get injections for sciatica pain n degenerative disc in the lower back?

What is the source?: Sciatica is commonly caused by a disk protrusion in the lower back in a young person. There are other less common causes such as piriformis syndrome (hip area). While a lumbar epidural steroid injection in the lower back can help if a disk is pressing on the nerve there. It is not going to help if the cause of the sciatica is somewhere else. MRI and examination can help pin point the cause. ...Read more

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My Brother 28 went Dr on Friday w/ back & leg pain was told he has Sciatica. Today pain so bad he did not get out of bed, should he see a Dr?

Sciatica: Is an extremely painful condition and he should call his prescribing doctor to rule out the possibility of a herniated disc. He will need anti-inflammatory and pain medication. ...Read more

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How to help my sciatica pain with knot in my back?

How to help my sciatica pain with knot in my back?

Stretching: Many times acute sciatic pain will resolves after stretching the area abit. The muscles will loosen up and help resolve pain. If not, then consider further imaging studies to see which exact nerve in your spine is getting pinched for further treatment options. ...Read more

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I am having sciatica pain....Some years back I was operated for slip disc. Now, frequently I suffer from sciatica pain. Recommend some medicines plz.

I am having sciatica pain....Some years back I was operated for slip disc. Now, frequently I suffer from sciatica pain. Recommend some medicines plz.

Spine Pain Options: 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 and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Can I use pferde balsam (horse balsam) for lower back and sciatica pain?

Can I use pferde balsam (horse balsam) for lower back and sciatica pain?

Possibly: However, it will be temporary as it probably won't get deep enough to be next to the spine. 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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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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Back swelling at waistline on left. Had a lot of sciatica pain, now much less but swelling unchanged, ? What test should I have

Back swelling at waistline on left. Had a lot of sciatica pain, now much less but swelling unchanged, ? What test should I have

Maybe none: This can often be diagnosed by history and physical examination. You should discuss this with your doctor first. A plain x-ray then an MRI is is the normal route if your doctor is unsure. ...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?

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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Can sciatica pain be intermittent? Does lower back pain need to be present for sciatica pain?

Yes and No: Sciatica pain can definitely be intermittent because it depends on how much the disc is irritating the nerve as it may only do so in specific positions like when you bend at the waist or twist your spine. Back pain does not necessarily need to be present to have sciatica pain. ...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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Is there a condition that causes rapid decline in a healthy 68 yr old woman? My mom's only complaint is sciatica pain and lower spine spondylosis.

Unsure: Sciatica and spine spondylosis should only result in back and leg pain. Not sure what your mean by decline. If concerned I would recommend follow-up with her pcp for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have muscle knots everywhere I have fibromyalgia and there's some over the bottom of my spine and I get sciatica pain alot is it comming from knots?

I have muscle knots everywhere I have fibromyalgia and there's some over the bottom of my spine and I get sciatica pain alot is it comming from knots?

No: ? 21 yo female w. sciatica queries whether sciatica derives from trigger points. Trigger points are generated within spastic muscles generated by a tilted body. Sciatica is incited by sacroiliac joint (SIJ) subluxation &/or pyriformis muscle spasm. The presacral neural plexus, which overlies the ventral SIJ sulcus, is impinged by an hypermobile SIJ. ...Read more

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I'm female 17, some days I have light sciatica pain (lower back, knee)I think it is because of my bad sitting posture, could it be something else? Worried

I'm female 17, some days I have light sciatica pain (lower back, knee)I think it is because of my bad sitting posture, could it be something else? Worried

Sciatica: ? 17 yo female w. sciatica. Absent back trauma, concern raised for pyriformis syndrome or sacroiliac joint (SIJ) disorder related to Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (see Brighton Criteria). Presacral neural plexus gives rise to sciatic nerve & impingements in regions of pyriformis muscle or hypermobile SIJ arouses pain in buttock-posterior thigh-posterior knee regions, i.e., sciatica. See Osteopath. ...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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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


Buttock (Definition)

The buttocks are the paired curved masses that make up our "posterior." each buttock consists of a layer of fat superimposed on the gluteus maximus ...Read more