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

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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

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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing 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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