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

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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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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When doing pelvic floor exercises I sometimes get sharp pain in back or sciatica pain running down leg? I have no spine problems.

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

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Laminectomy 4 mo ago. Have low back pain near incision / some leg pain. Epi injection didn't help. Cycling/running hurts it. Also tried resting. Mri?

Laminectomy 4 mo ago. Have low back pain near incision / some leg pain. Epi injection didn't help. Cycling/running hurts it. Also tried resting. Mri?

Laminectomy Recovery: The pain sounds incisional or from the muscles around your operation. At four months postop, you need to give it more time. Try lower impact exercises such as elliptical trainers or swimming. This type of aerobic training has less impact on the healing muscles. Physical therapy may also help instructing proper technique to prevent aggravation. Good luck on recovery. ...Read more

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Can you get sciatica pain running on the inside thigh and calf?

Can you get sciatica pain running on the inside thigh and calf?

Yes and no: There is a term radiculopathy that refers to pain in the leg from an irritation of a nerve in the back; you can get that condition and have pain in your inner thigh and leg. A sciatica technically is a radiculopathy also, but those nerves (L4,5, and S1) supply a different part if the leg. The inner thigh and leg are usually L1-4 nerve root levels. ...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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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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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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Can sciatica switch legs? Started in the right now seems to be going down the left. Two months on the right two weeks pain free now left leg pain.

Can sciatica switch legs? Started in the right now seems to be going down the left. Two months on the right two weeks pain free now left leg pain.

Yes: Especially if the disc herniates out centrally it can touch both nerves on each side. Also if there is a tear, the leakage of the inside of disc can be irritating to the nerves on both sides. ...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 recently had a discectomy L5 s1 about ten days ago iam still having severe sciatica pain shooting down through my leg how long should I expect this level of pain?

I recently had a discectomy L5 s1 about ten days ago iam still having severe sciatica pain shooting down through my leg how long should I expect this level of pain?

3 months: Surgery will remove the disc so it will not heal normally but can result in reduction in pain and resolving any lasting nerve damage due to the disc herniation. Healing can take up to 3 months. Healing on its own will take time and may keep the integrity of the disc intact which may be the best at keeping the disc as normal as possible. Healing on its own can take up to 6-9 months or longer. ...Read more

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Can this be an anovulation cycle. Late, no cramps, light bleeding for 16 days, severe sciatica pain down my left leg not gradual onset. I am 46.

Can this be an anovulation cycle. Late, no cramps, light bleeding for 16 days, severe sciatica  pain  down my left leg not gradual onset. I am 46.

Maybe: Sounds possible, but could be other reasons too - you can either wait to start or see your doctor if it's bothering you. It's highly unlikely the sciatic pain is related at all. ...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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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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What is it? I have low back pain. The following also describe me: Pain shooting down the leg, Back pain, and Leg pain.

What is it? I have low back pain. The following also describe me: Pain shooting down the leg, Back pain, and Leg pain.

Back & Leg Pain: You MAY have spinal stenosis, a narrowing in the spine that can pinch nerves. Please see your doc for diagnosis and treatment if needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing low back pain, pain shooting down the leg and knee pain. The following also describe me: Leg tingling, Leg numbness, Back pain, Leg pain, and Leg weakness. What should I do?

I am experiencing  low back pain, pain shooting down the leg and knee pain. The following also describe me: Leg tingling, Leg numbness, Back pain, Leg pain, and Leg weakness. What should I do?

Recommend: medical assessment to include history & physical examination at a minimum. One cause might be sciatica. Once the cause is found - a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Spinal canal narrowing no cord compression seen on MRI but could this cause my sciatica pain to go all way down to near outside ankle of right foot?

Possible: Depending on which nerves are getting compressed with the spinal canal narrowing it could cause the pain you are complaining about. See a Spine Specialist to determine what care you need. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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


Dr. Nolan Segal
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Leg Pain (Definition)

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