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Is it possible to have sciatica in both legs?

Is it possible to have sciatica in both legs?

Yes: There is a bowling analogy but I know too little about bowling to get it right so I' won't even try. Some sort of split. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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I have sciatica in both legs i need to work out to lose weight but I'm so scared I will be in pain I am a mother to 4 kids my legs ache I stretch alot?

I have sciatica in both legs i need to work out to lose weight but I'm so scared I will be in pain I am a mother to 4 kids my legs ache I stretch alot?

Weight loss: Please see your doctor or a nutritionist about the safest way to loose weight. Ask the professional about the ketogenic diet--low carb and higher protein. Lifestyle changes need to accompany this. A personal trainer at a gym can provide the best exercise plan for your situation. You can do it. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis go to your neck and cause sciatica in both legs?

Can spinal stenosis go to your neck and cause sciatica in both legs?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis can effect your back and you can have spinal stenosis of your neck. Stenosis simply means narrowing. Neck stenosis would not cause sciatica. ...Read more

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How do I distinguish pain from my sciatica in both legs from a blood clot?I get scared because the pains I Get from hip to foot.Pain similar 2 dvt?

How do I distinguish pain from my sciatica in both legs from a blood clot?I get scared because the pains I Get from hip to foot.Pain similar 2 dvt?

Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

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Treated for sciatica in the past, but this flareup has last for 10 days and has been much worse (both legs and lower back). Chances it could be CES?

Treated for sciatica in the past, but this flareup has last for 10 days and has been much worse (both legs and lower back).  Chances it could be CES?

Sciatica pain worse: Hello. Doesn't sound like you are dealing with CES because you don't mention any bowel or bladder dysfunction. You didn't mention any weakness or numbness that was progressing. Might just need short course of oral steroids or some Toradol if you are just dealing pain. IF however, you are noting the other things mentioned, you'll need prompt medical attention (could include surgery if CES). ...Read more

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Can sciatica effect both legs? My chiropractor says I'm very out of alignment and I was in agony with one leg and now it's in the other

Can sciatica effect both legs? My chiropractor says I'm very out of alignment and I was in agony with one leg and now it's in the other

Uncertain it is you: Yes, sciatica can occur in both legs. It is not certain this is your diagnosis, all we know is that you have pain in both legs and your chiropractor thinks you are out of alignment. ...Read more

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Would a central disc herniation ( l4/l5) have to be quite big to cause sciatica down both legs? And could it cause pain in front of the thigh?

Would a central disc herniation ( l4/l5) have to be quite big to cause sciatica down both legs? And could it cause pain in front of the thigh?

Lower leg symptoms: L5 nerve impingement (L4-5 level) from a herniated disc can cause weakness in extending the big toe and potentially in the ankle (foot drop). Numbness and pain can be felt on top of the foot, and pain may also radiate into the buttock. S1 nerve impingement (L5-S1) may cause loss of the ankle reflex and/or weakness in ankle push off (patients cannot do toe rises). Numbness and pain in foot noted. ...Read more

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Pain on left side hip from front and back of leg travels to foot hard to walk very painful if sciatica is it bound to get hip pain and on both legs?

Pain on left side hip from front and back of leg travels to foot hard to walk very painful if sciatica is it bound to get hip pain and on both legs?

Rarely: usually sciatica stays on one side, occasionally can affect both sides, but if I were you, I would see a specialist, perhaps a urologist to determine the cause of your sciatica. That will give you a better answer as to what is going to happen. ...Read more

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I have been told I have sciatica but its not getting better I have pain in my lower back into my butt into both legs and down to my feet the pain is very sharp and i can not move its mainly in my left leg and thigh and lower back my leg goes numb and ting

I have been told I have sciatica but its not getting better I have pain in my lower back into my butt into both legs and down to my feet the pain is very sharp and i can not move its mainly in my left leg and thigh and lower back my leg goes numb and ting

Given Your Pain: 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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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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Pain in lower back/hips especially on right side. Tailbone sore to touch and achy down both legs. Sciatica? Also have sharp pain right side of groin.

Pain in lower back/hips especially on right side. Tailbone sore to touch and achy down both legs. Sciatica? Also have sharp pain right side of groin.

Nerve impingement: can be caused by nerve being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain and burning pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. Take care. ...Read more

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What else can cause sciatica and tingling in both legs, numbness in both feet, when MRI says broad based disc bulge at l4, L5 and spine dr says looks normal and the bulge isnt causing my symptoms! help?

Leg tingling: Other options: poor circulation, peripheral neuropathy (diabetes or other causes), or compression outside the spinal canal. Based on your age, i would make sure that the spine doc looked personally at the films. I see too many patients with missed diagnoses because the report-only was reviewed. If in question, sometimes ct myelogram will show pathology better. Emg/nerve conductions also may help. ...Read more

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Can a herniated s1 disc with an annual tear be causing severe knee, calf, and foot pain in both legs. Had sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy.

Can a herniated s1 disc with an annual tear be causing severe knee, calf, and foot pain in both legs. Had sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy.

It can: Severe disc herniations that push straight backwards can put pressure on the nerves going down both legs. So you need to discuss with your neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Does tingling or pain in leg mean sciatica?

Possibly: It depends where the sensation is coming from on the leg, where it originates from, where it travels to etc. There are many sources of leg pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the neurosurgeon just recommended laminectomy for l5-s1 herniated disk w/leg sciatica?

What does it mean if the neurosurgeon just recommended laminectomy for l5-s1 herniated disk w/leg sciatica?

You'll be better soo: You have leg pain and a appropriate disc herniation he will make a all hole in your spine and remove th out of place disc piece and you be better barring conplications. ...Read more

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I am experiencing low back pain plus soreness in my legs and weakness of my body. What does this mean?

I am experiencing  low back pain plus soreness in my legs and weakness of my body. What does this mean?

Body ache.: More information is needed to answer this question. But if I understood correctly, it seems that you are experiencing a condition commonly known as body ache. You might get body ache from a viral/bacterial infection or after an extremely physical activity. Sometimes, you can get body ache after taking certain medications. Daily body ache is generally caused by some underlined medical conditions. ...Read more

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My MRI reads: Modic type I curvilinear trabecular stress response/hyperemia at L4-5. what does that mean. I have had low back pain with leg and feet?

My MRI reads: Modic type I curvilinear trabecular stress response/hyperemia at L4-5. what does that mean. I have had low back pain with leg and feet?

Modic changes: describe various stages of vertebral body end plate marrow changes in the progression of degenerative disc disease. It could potentially be associated with pain, but not the leg/foot pain you describe, because it doesn't involve nerve roots. ...Read more

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Did ESR test and it was very very high from the normal level...A test was done because of my constant severe pain in both legs...What does it mean?

Did ESR test and it was very very high from the normal level...A test was done because of my constant severe pain in both legs...What does it mean?

Nonspecific: The ESR or erythrocyte sedimentation rate is the rate at which red blood cells sink to the bottom of the tube given in mm/hr. It is a non-specific measure of inflammation that has been around since 1897. The ESR tends to rise with age and is higher in women and when anemia is present. There are many reasons for an elevated esr, so the test is not useful for indicating a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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