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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. 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


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I think i pinched a nerve in my hip. The pain goes down my leg. What should I do without going to the doctor?

I think i pinched a nerve in my hip. The pain goes down my leg. What should I do without going to the doctor?

Not much: Besides rest, hope, and prayer. You might have injured your low back too. When pain travels like this, it means you have an injury that involves a nerve, like the sciatic nerve. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a shooting pain starting in my hip and running down my leg?

What does it mean if I have a shooting pain starting in my hip and running down my leg?

Sciatica: A common cause for the type of "shooting pain" described is an injury to the sciatic nerve. Anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy are common treatments for nerve injuries, but the best treatment is to start off with a trip to a neurologist's office for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I have so much burning pain down to my knee when i sit down? The pain is extreme please help and explain

Why do I have so much burning pain down to my knee when i sit down? The pain is extreme please help and explain

Good question : This could be pinched nerve but most likely is si joint arthritis. It can cause severe pain when sitting or lying on that side. Treat with test, antiinflammatories, stretching and see a therapist or pain doctor if these don't help. Don't let anyone do a epidural steroid injection until they consider si joint first. ...Read more

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How do I know if my leg pain is sciatica or DVT?

How do I know if my leg pain is sciatica or DVT?

First see Ur PCP-: -to rule out DVT. It is more serious. Also he/ she should also be able to decipher it from sciatica. ...Read more

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My leg hurts because of running. What can I do to ease the pain?

My leg hurts because of running. What can I do to ease the pain?

RICE: The tried and true method of rest, ice, compression (using something like an ace warp for joints like knees and ankles) and elevation work well to ease the short term pain after running. If this is a recurring problem, make sure you're using good footwear, not having too hard or intense of sessions, and having a good warm up and warm down routine. Good luck! ...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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What do I do for lower back pain on my right side that goes all the way down my leg to my ankle? It happens often, especially when I run.

What do I do for lower back pain on my right side that goes all the way down my leg to my ankle?  It happens often, especially when I run.

Further work up: You may have a "pinched nerve" in the lumbar spine. When you run (high impact activity) the nerve can get irritated. You may need further work up, physical exam /mri of your lumbar spine. Treatment depends on the cause but generally anti inflammatory medication, physical therapy, possibly epidural steroid injections. In the interim chose a non impact aerobic exercise program ie swim/bike. ...Read more

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I have pain in my buttocks, leg and knee, down to the foot. I Have diabetes and take Metformin. The pain is constant and its a burning pain. I can hardly walk. What should I do?

I have pain in my buttocks, leg and knee, down to the foot. I Have diabetes and take Metformin. The pain is constant and its a burning pain. I can hardly walk. What should I do?

Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, compression, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my back which makes it hard to do things but it is now going thru my right hip down my leg what do i do?

I have arthritis in my back which makes it hard to do things but it is now going thru my right hip down my leg what do i do?

Recheck: Pain radiating down the leg, especially past the knee, may signal that it is not arthritis but rather sciatica, a pinched nerve in the back. Also, if you are 24 years old, it would be highly unusual to have significant osteoarthritis of the spine. Sacroiliitis or other forms of arthritis may be present. I would get a re-evaluation through your primary care doc or a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have right hip dysplasia, and leg really hurts. What i can do to reduce the pain?

I have right hip dysplasia, and leg really hurts. What i can do to reduce the pain?

See details: The major issue with hip dysplasia is that it leads to major osteoarthritic changes. The hip needs evaluation by an orthopedist and new x rays. You can try advil or aleve (naproxen) to see if they help. ...Read more

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My leg pains a lot because of shin splints specially when i run. I started doing stretching but it does not help. What should I do?

My leg pains a lot because of shin splints specially when i run. I started doing stretching but it does not help. What should I do?

Stress fracture: Stress fractures are often diagnosed es shin splints. If the pain is worse as you are exercising, it may be the stress fracture. They heal by relative rest. If it hurts you cannot do it. Requires about two months. Sometimes a cast is needed. ...Read more

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I have been having pain going down my leg, makes my whole leg hurt down n to my foot. Have back prob what nerve root could b doing that what will help?

Wait a minute...: Back problems are not the only things that could cause your whole leg to hurt. Without a thorough examination it would be unwise not to include the possibility of other serious conditions such as arterial vascular disease or deep vein thrombosis. You might want to consult with your family doctor to start. It would be best not to delay in seeking care for too long. ...Read more

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I have a pain that goes from my lower back down my left leg. I do not like going to er if i can help it. What can i do to stop the pain?

I have a pain that goes from my lower back down my left leg. I do not like going to er if i can help it. What can i do to stop the pain?

This pain: sounds like RADICULAR pain , that is pain from a PINCHED NERVE in your BACK (At the L4-5 or L5-S1 levels) TRY APPLYING HEAT (MOIST HEAT BEST) on your lower back (at the level of your HIPS) and lie down on a relatively FIRM surface! TRY ADVIL (ibuprofen) 2 tablets (400 MGM) after meals and at bedtime with MILK (to protect your stomach) Call your PCP as soon as practical for further advice! Good luck!!! Z ...Read more

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Dr. Nolan Segal
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